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Downtown, Cairo, Egypt.
Soraya Mostafa’s Optical Store: Wonderland of Vintage Frames
From Andy Warhol in the 60s to Gwen Stefani in the 90s, international icons have always had some of the funkiest frames and shades around. Whether they are prescription frames or sunglasses, glasses are the ultimate accessory that can not only be functional but make a serious statement about the person who’s rocking them.
It just so happens that with some very good luck, we’ve stumbled across a glasses gem that is a wonderland of vintage goodness. Not only that, but the down-to-earth service and actual prices will also leave you feeling like you’ve hit gold.
Situated around the corner from the ever-popular Horreya Bar in Bab El Louk is Soraya Mostafa’s Optical Store. At first glance, you wouldn’t necessarily be tempted to go in, but if you’re looking for some rad yet affordable one-of-a-kind frames; search no further.
The shelves are lined with glasses from all over the globe coming in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re looking to sport some horn-rimmed, brightly hued 1950s glasses or a pair of vintage aviators, it’s very likely that Soraya will have what you’re looking for.
If you’re nearly blind and need a prescription, the staff will read your numbers from your old glasses or recommend another optometrist to have your eyes examined at. They’re efficient in their service and can have your new frames ready in less than a day.
Soraya will provide an honest opinion when you’re having a tough time deciding which glasses to choose. While she may have you trying on some crazy frames, she encourages you to think outside the box and provides perspective for not only what’s cool, but what suits your face and style best.
For the frames and new anti-friction lenses, our chosen pair rang in at 250LE. For 75LE, we also nabbed a pair of gold-rimmed aviator shades. The prices alone left us wanting more!
Stop in, take a look and hit the Cairo streets in style with a new pair of fabulous glasses.
For ladies, there is a wide selection of glamorous shades. We danced around trying on just about every pair and added most of them to our ever expanding wish list. Firstly, we spotted some classic, black, oversized Bvlgari sunglasses for 3320LE and an equally large Prada pair in a nude colour for 1970LE. We also fell in love with the Meditteranean Bvlgari model sporting stones and gems on the temples – made famous by the adverts – for 3280LE. Alongside these, Dolce & Gabbana have released a stunning pair of on-trend, leopard print sunglasses which are priced at 2900LE.