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Maadi, Cairo, Egypt.
Adam Bookshop: All Your Needs in One Bookshop in Maadi
It's hard for smaller bookstores to compete with the bigger chains, as is the case with Adam Bookshop; a small but beautiful bookstore situated on the first floor of Maadi Grand Mall - and it's fully equipped to meet the needs of all ages.
Divided into sections according to language - English, French, Arabic and German - Adam Bookshop has an excellent focus on both leisure and education.
If you want to stock up on CDs, phrase books and dictionaries in order to learn a new language then this is the place. One small Arabic-German dictionary will set you back 13.40LE. Or, if you have a child attending school, there are a range of educational/learning books to choose from as well as some fun, laminated posters aimed at developing the child's brain activity.
A large colourful poster focusing on numbers and counting costs 16LE. Another poster containing a map of the world costs 20LE. Additionally, Adam Bookshop provides a colourful and fun area for children.
It's not only books that are sold here but also a mixture of other random items including relaxation CDs for massages and yoga. The window is decorated with gift ideas for friends and family, such as personalised key rings, calendars, diaries and journals - one intricately bound journal costs 75LE.
Last but not least, if you are planning to travel, Adam Bookshop is perfect for stocking up on travel books for many of the world's most popular tourist destinations; these books are filled with colourful pictures, travel advice and tips on the best places to see.
Some of the prices are a little steep here at Adam Bookshop, but the merchandise is of good quality.
Stationary shops are in no short supply in Egypt. The average type of stationary can be found on almost every other street corner. But once we start talking about quality, a wide selection and, sometimes, obscure little knick knacks, suddenly, there’s far fewer choices of stationeries to go to.
Possibly the most famous of all the stationary shops is Samir & Aly. Situated on Sherif St. in Downtown Cairo, this particular branch has two large spacious floors plus two separate quarters located at either side of Alwan.
With a much bigger selection than any other stationary shop, Samir & Aly look to meet all the needs from school and office supplies to an extensive art section with different types of paint, canvases, sketchbooks, paper, and even a selection of easel’s to choose from.
Sketchbooks are available in a range of sizes—A4, A3 and A5. The qualyty of the paper feels very rich. There is a whole wall dedicated to drawing pastels with one small box of 12 costing 53,55LE. A set of 18 Gouache paints costs 46LE plus the bottle of fixative to brush over your finished painting costs 14.95LE. Should you run out of one particular colour, Samir & Aly offer single 200ml tubes of acrylic paint at 23,90LE. Other sizes are available as well.
In the window there is a nice range of stylish stationary gifts including beautiful wooden pen holders for your desk; paper holders and organisers made from the same mahogany wood and even a large selection of lamps. One of the cheaper ones costs 50,89LE, whereas a more stylish and mobile lamp costs 159LE.
The prices here at Samir & Aly are a little steep, but that is reflected in the qualyty of the brands that they carry, including Faber Castell, Uni Ball, Parker Fabriano and Office.
The first branch of Samir & Aly was opened in 1969 by Samir El Maayergy and Aly Shatla, it quickly grew to four branches by the early 1980’s and thanks to their savvy business minds has became a staple of stationary shopping in Cairo.