Every once in a while you stumble upon a shop in Cairo that takes your breath away. As soon as you walk in you want to own everything in the shop and start wondering why you never knew about this place before. Funktion is one of those shops; take one step inside and you will find yourself return many times. You will never leave empty-handed because all the items in this shop are absolute must-haves.

Located inside the Degla Shopping Centre on Hassan Sabry Street, Funktion might be a bit difficult to find. The entrance to the mall is located across from the Dutch Embassy and you will find Funktion on the second floor on your left-hand side. The shop interior is bright and clear, and it’s difficult to decide where to start because everything is so attractive. The right side of the shop has several chairs hanging on the walls, functioning as shelves. At the time of this reviewer’s visit, the sale items were displayed here and the discounts reached up to 70% on certain items (we love, we love).

The other side of the shop has shelves filled with the coolest and funkiest pillows that we’ve encountered in Cairo. The pillows’ designs are best described as retro pop art with an artistic twist. One pillow sells for 285LE; not the cheapest you'll find in Cairo. There is also a section with the funniest accessories ever. How about chewing gum magnets for 95LE or a banana-shaped pan holder for 100LE? If you are more of a pizza fanatic, then slicing your pizza just became more fun with the saw-shaped pizza cutter for 110LE.

If you want to make your sushi meals a little funkier, you can buy Funktion’s drumstick-shaped chopsticks for 115LE. Their Lego-shaped cutlery (120LE) is a great option for a kid who is a pain at feeding time (or an adult who just doesn’t want to grow up). Other items include ice trays in hilarious shapes, photo frames and beauty cases. A small jewellery collection is displayed on the shop’s counter with bracelets starting at 50LE.

Aside from the kitchen stuff, there are lots of other trinkets and accessories for your home as well as your wardrobe, including calendars for 200LE and the best thing ever; customised Converse All Stars. Funktion works with a designer who has a portfolio of over 100 designs; and she hand-paints your shoes personally, making them the coolest and most original shoes that Cairo has ever seen. You can also request a personal design to be made.

The shop’s owner Lina is very friendly and welcoming, and she’s a designer herself too. This reviewer recommends that you pay a visit to this shop as it’s one of the best in town to buy something for your home or a gift for someone else’s.