Boho Gallery: One-of-a-Kind Picks at Quirky Zamalek Boutique
There’s an increasing problem with what you might call mainstream shopping venues in Cairo – think of imported chains and brands, and local ones that follow the same trends. Most items are both generic and mass-produced, resulting in hundreds of others rocking the same outfits and looks – which is not cool, of course. That’s why clothing boutiques that offer only one or two pieces from each design have come to hold a special place in the heart of true shopaholics.
Located in Zamalek, Boho Gallery offers a collection of bold, unique clothing items that are both imported and designed locally by young Egyptian designers. The store has a relaxing vibe, with the minimal décor allowing the clothing items and accessories to stand out. A previous review of Boho Gallery's Heliopolis branch had praised the shop's eclectic range of products and its reasonable prices, so we were hopeful that this was still the case.
Offering all kinds of women’s apparel, one can most definitely build up a whole outfit from the quaint shop. From quirky, bejewelled denim shorts, to evening wear, swanky dresses, handbags, accessories, swimwear, sneakers, kimonos and kaftans – more than enough clothing options are on display.
Our eyes caught a collection ZAAM handbags lined up in a corner, including the basic bucket bags (450LE). Heading over to the vests and kimonos section, we loved the short floral vests (400LE), a black and white Aya Ashraf Designs kimono (290LE), a long white lace Medany Designs maxi kimono (500 LE), an eccentric pink-fringed kimono by Nada Akram (330LE) and a white lace beach coverup (380LE).
In the middle of the shop, we found a table boasting all kinds of gold-coloured jewellery, including earrings, bracelets and necklaces. We, however, loved the long arm cuffs (700LE). All throughout our visit, the staff was quite friendly yet not all overbearing or pushy, retreating to allow us to shop freely yet offering to help when needed.
Boho Gallery is quite the delight to visit and shop in. We love the fresh concept of the store’s offerings and how helpful the staff was. Needless to say, we couldn’t quite leave without treating ourselves to one of the dozens of pretty kimonos on display.