Zamalek’s streets are not only lined with trees, they are lined with numerous shops carrying artsy home accessories and great gift ideas. On Mansour Mohamed Street, Clara is one shop that shouldn’t be missed.

The tiny, crowded shop has a peculiar shape; it feels as though it was created out of the back rooms of several other shops on the street. Customers toting large purses might do well to hug their bags close as they manoeuvre between shelves and tables of home accessories.

Countless decorative dishes, serving trays, glass sets, vases and candle-holders are on display in Clara. While some of the shop’s products are local, much of the stock is imported from Brazil and Germany. Stand-outs among the merchandise are Brazilian made serving trays. At 150LE, the glass dishes come in several colourful and chic designs. A German-made Apero asymmetrical and bright-blue candy dish (200LE) is one of the many accessories in Clara with a lot of character. Oversized vases are well represented in Clara and range in material, design and price. A beautiful, deep, treated wood vase for 400LE caught our eye, as did a translucent apple-red glass vase.

Much of Clara’s stock is quite affordable, such as the high-quality glass dishes ranging between 100LE and 200LE and a number of candles at only 5LE apiece. Clara also has some bigger ticket items. A sage-green ceramic Apero tea set (1280LE) with an ultra-modern design was tucked in a cubby out of harm’s way.

Clara’s selection could use a bit of editing; as some of its products aren’t particularly memorable, such as flatware and Valentine’s-themed cork bottle stoppers. Unfortunately, these items are displayed more prominently than some of Clara’s more enticing offers. Additionally, the shop’s side room has much less aesthetic appeal than the rest of the shop. Items seem haphazardly displayed on the shelves and a large table in the centre makes it nearly impossible to examine all of Clara’s items up close. However, the room has a number of great finds; so be sure to at least give it a quick check.