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Shopping in Cairo: The Ultimate Guide

Shopping in Cairo: The Ultimate Guide
    written by
    Soraya Morayef

    Any shopper in Cairo worth their weight in gold knows that Cairo is chock-full of
    shops and markets; but it takes a keen eye to track down the best among the
    thousands of venues.

    While the city can’t compare yet to the shopping hubs of Beirut
    and Dubai;
    we’ve come a long way and are set to compete with these cities when the massive
    US$300 million Mall of Arabia project opens in 6th October City
    within the next year, while Cairo Festival City in the Fifth Settlement
    promises retail giants such as Marks&Spencer, Waitrose and IKEA.

    For the
    time being, the savvy Cairene shopper knows the following deals:

    Citystars is
    the shopping hub of Cairo
    : say what you like about Citystars, but
    this megamall continues to dominate the Cairo
    shopping scene with its hundreds of shops, restaurants and high-wuality cinema
    screens. Boasting multiple parking levels and proximity to several hotel
    chains, the mall is a perfect stop for both tourists seeking Khan Khalili-type
    memorabilia (head to the Fourth Floor of Phase1) and locals seeking mid-range
    fashion brands such as H&M,
    Zara,
    Massimo
    Dutti
    and Sfera. Aside from clothing, the mall also houses Mothercare and
    Premaman for expectant parents, as well as a ground-floor space dedicated to
    furniture, garden furniture, lighting fixtures and rugs.

    Supermarket
    Supreme:
    For
    cheap kitchenware and garden furniture, a trip to
    Hyper 1
    is well worth it, while Carrefour has an equally impressive
    collection of bargain kitchenware, bedding and freshly baked bread. Alfa
    Market’s furniture selection is definitely more expensive, though they often
    have great deals on computers and flat-screen TVs. If you need dirt-cheap
    household goods and kitchenware, check out El
    Tawheed Wel Nour
    . This multi-level department store chain has the cheapest
    products around; so if you don’t care about quality but need to furnish your
    whole house; this is the shop to head to.

    Mohandiseen: While Gamaat El Dowal Street
    may overwhelm you with its flashy shoe shops and fast food outlets, the real
    shopping area is in the Geziret El
    Arab/Syria Street/Lebanon Street area, where a
    plethora of boutiques and cheap shops are lined up side by side. Head to
    Geziret El Arab for Pull&Bear, Bershka and the soon-to-open Burberry, while
    Faces and Bang&Olufsen are across the road. Lebanon Street has Reebok, Roche Bobois
    and Accesorise, while Syria Street
    has Vero Moda, Display and Metro Market. It’s best to take a taxi or walk if
    you’re brave; parking in this area is quasi-impossible and often dangerous for
    your car.Nearby in Dokki, head to Mohieldin Abul Ezz Street, Amman Square and Mosadaq Street for major treasures like Elements.

    Zamalek: This area has increasingly become the
    hub of boutiques and galleries in recent years, with Villa
    Baboushka
    , Amuse,
    Mounaya,
    L’Oiseau Du Nil
    and Ghazl
    Banat
    all open within walking distance. Furniture accessory shops Tanis and Alef are located
    on Mohamed Anis Street,
    while Mansour Mohamed Street
    is an excellent destination when you’re looking for a gift, with Katr El Nada, Sami
    Amin
    , Altay
    and Home&
    Beyond
    lined up. Look out for Matchbox
    and Fostok;
    these shops sell export reject clothes at bargain prices, so you can pick out comfortable
    cotton PJs or Tommy
    Hilfiger
    t-shirts for under 100LE.

    Maadi: While Maadi’s
    Road Nine has a truckload of tiny shops and restaurants, it severely lacks in
    clothing shops; which is why your best desination is Maadi Grand Mall. It may
    not compare to the sophisticated and label-heavy Citystars, but it has its fair
    share of small clothing shops. Be sure to take your time and delve into the
    clothing racks; you’ll be surprised at the amazing gems you find. Aside from
    its excellent pharmacy full of imported creams and perfumes, the mall has
    several restaurants and shisha places nearby, as well as the decently priced
    Shoe Room.

    Be sure to also check out Road 233 for leather shops like
    Suede or accessory shop Kaf Fatima, but if you’re in need of major shopping,
    head out to Carrefour Maadi City Centre, which houses Zara and Mango as well as
    the only Topshop branch in Egypt. Right next to Carrefour is the Adidas/Timberland/Reebok outlet shop, which is
    also right next to the first branch of Gourmet Egypt.

    6th of October: This suburb has come a long way since
    being a mere speck in the Cairo
    desert. Now with Dandy Mall, suburban shoppers can enjoy Vero Moda, Gourmet Egypt, Aldo and Nine West, in addition to thesoon to open H&M and the first Marks&Spencer branch in Egypt. The mall also has decent nail salons, a kids’ fitness center and Al Shorouk
    Bookstore. A Little further down the road is Designopolis, a megamall that
    specialises in furniture and home accessories, and includes major brands such
    as Alchemy, Eklego, Alessi, Artissimo and Andrew Martin.

    Market
    Shopping:
    There’s more to
    markets in Cairo
    than the pomp and flash of Khan
    Khalili
    . In fact, the city is full of interesting markets, whether the
    second-hand book market in Sour
    El Azbakia
    or Wekalet
    El Balah
    , which sells cheap quality
    fabrics for your home and clothing, with a second-hand market held every
    Sunday. 

    For more details on
    the best in bargain shopping, check out our
    bargain hunting guide
    , while we’ve given you the
    best in gourmet food shops

    fruit and vegetable sellers
    , bakeries
    and
    butchers
    .

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