khan el khalili:
Khan el-Khalili once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, is now usually just called the 'Khan', and the names of it and the Muski market are often used interchangeably to mean either. Named for the great Caravansary, the market was built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in the heart of the Fatimid City. Together with the al-Muski market to the west, they comprise one of Cairo's most important shopping areas. But more than that, they represent the market tradition which established Cairo as a major center of trade, and at the Khan, one will still find foreign merchants.
This market is situated at one corner of a triangle of markets that go south to Bab Zuwayla and west to Azbakiyyah. The Khan is bordered on the south by al-Azhar Street and on the west by the Muski Market
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Normal tourist jewelry is rarely made to exacting details as reproductions of actual jewelry from Egypt's antiquity, and in fact, most of it bares no resemblance to actual historical pieces. However, a few jewelers to make such reproductions, which are generally very expensive, and for good reason. Most use massive amounts of gold with setting stones that match the actual museum piece. Frankly, this type of jewelry may probably be found just as easily outside of Egypt as in Egypt, though it is likely to be less expensive if found in Egypt. Mostly, this type of jewelry is found in some of the finest jewelry stores.
Tent makers market:
Built in 1650, this is the city's only surviving covered market and a wonderful place to visit even if you don't plan to buy anything. Shops on either side of the narrow alley feature handmade cotton applique everything from pillow cases to cushions and quilts. The colours are brilliant and the Islamic motifs make them ideal souvenirs. Check the stitching carefully, as the quality is variable.