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Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt.
Diwan Kids: Diwan Bookstore Launches its Kids-Only Shop in Zamalek
Buying a gift for a kid can often be quite difficult, especially if they are not your own or if the kid in question is already spoiled to the bone. Diwan recently opened up their third venue in Zamalek, and this new branch caters exclusively to children. Though officially a bookstore, this shop carries only toys and party accessories. The shop is located between Qirtassiyat and Wel3a on 26th of July.
The shop is rather small and in this reviewer’s opinion, it felt kind of unfinished. Whereas other Diwan branches are usually organized and easy to browse through, this branch feels like it’s been stuffed with goods in a very random order. The toys are categorized according to age and they’re mostly educational toys..
There are some interesting gizmos as well, such as toys by the brand 4M. You can buy a kit that teaches kids how to clean water or how to make a car out of empty bottles. There is also a kit that teaches kids how to make a robot out of a can and how to make a cart out of CDs. Even this adult reviewer got excited about these toys. Prices are very reasonable, with kits starting at 70LE. We got even more excited when we found the civilization kits (150LE). With these kits you can build your own pyramid, copy Machu Picchu or rebuild the long lost city of Atlantis.
Other well-known toy brands are also available such as Lego, which costs 118LE for a small box. There are also various puzzles, mostly Disney-themed, starting at 70LE. You can also score yourself a Mr or Mrs Potato Head for 40LE, which come in different characters and would also make fun gifts for adults. For the little nerdy girls, there are Hello Kitty laptops available at 375LE.
There is quite a big collection of gift bags and cards as well. However, they are not so special and the gift bags were the same as those sold in Qirtassiya. There is a small miscellaneous section with items like lunchboxes (25LE), face painting kits (40LE) and glow in the dark stickers (25LE). Near the counter is a section of party accessories such as party hats (12LE) and drinking cups (6.50LE).
If you’re looking for a gift for extremely clever or sophisticated kid, then Diwan has your back. How about surprising the little toddler with a wooden Sushi slicing set at 222LE? The packaging promises a nice funny chopping sound when you slice the sushi.
Though Diwans Kids doesn’t have the most comprehensive collection of kids’ toys in Cairo, if you need some last-minute decorations or toys and don’t have time to venture beyond Zamalek; then this is your shop.