There must be some unwritten rule stating that no affordable and fashionable item of clothing shall be made accessible without a painstaking search across all of Cairo. For example, in a high-street fashion shop, you scour dozens of expensive items to find a reasonably priced one; or in a cheaper shop, you have to go through dozens of unappealing items to find a good catch.

The recently opened Boho Gallery breaks this rule. It seems they have scoured both the local and European markets and made all such good catches readily available to Heliopolis residents under one roof. Located on a side street off Salah Salem, in the Sheraton Buildings, the shop offers trendy clothes, evening dresses, bags, shoes, accessories and home accessories by both local and regional designers as well as high-street brands from Europe.

Once you're inside you are immediately greeted by a stand filled with imported miscellaneous items such as reusable party picks and chopsticks, or colourful phone handsets that connect to any mobile at the price of 190LE. They are all fun pieces which you would not ordinarily find in Cairo.

Home accessories include cushions, coasters, towels, trays, mugs by Egyptian designers Joud, Khamsa Wekhmeisa and Cairoed, as well as candles from Candle Collection. A key chain hanger in shape of a wooden key by Emseko Elkhasab was especially nice, as was a seven-piece steak knife set. We also liked the colourful waterproof mitten and apron set for 85LE.

Our favourite items would have to be the accessories by Zinab Chahine with sarcastic Egyptian and Lebanese phrases such as “Etfo 3alik” and “Egyptian haybosny” printed in Arabic on bright coloured rings ranging from 50LE to 70LE.

Other accessories are available by designers Tash, Loulisque, Yokiis, Bangles & more, as well as items from Express and Primark. WeWood watches are also available as well as cute bikinis and beach dresses.

A variety of shirts and tops are displayed further inside. A white t-shirt by Nada Akram has Audrey Hepburn with a pink bow in her hair and the caption ‘I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls’ (300LE); other portrait t-shirts have Marilyn Monroe, Suad Hosny and Elizabeth Taylor. Another interesting item was a set of cropped tops by Boho Sharky with an embroidered eye and moustache that give the image of a man wearing a tarbouche (290LE).

Strewn about the gallery are stylish bags, shoes and sandals. Colourful Boho bags are about 250LE and Boho clutches start at 120LE. Bags by L.mak, J-Rose, Naomi Hanem as well as Michael Kors are also available. There was also a limited but nice collection of ballerinas, sandals and flipflops by Atmosphere as well as other European brands including a pair of cheerful orange sandals with a price tag of 190LE.

A separate room is dedicated to dresses. Rafik Zaki evening dresses are on one rack, starting from 190LE; while another rack carries imported dresses from BCBG, Miss Selfridges and Primark.

Boho Gallery is a welcome addition for its wide-ranging collections and fun pieces, but mostly for breaking the golden rule of shopping in Cairo by actually making good clothes accessible and affordable, all in one place!