Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Cairo

Oum El Dounia

At a great central location, Oum El Dounia sells an exceptionally tasteful and good-value selection of locally made crafts. These include glassware, ceramics, jewellery, cotton clothes made in Akhmim, and other in…
Top Choice Gifts & Souvenirs in Cairo

Abd El Zaher

Cairo’s last working bookbinder also makes beautiful leather- and oil-paper-bound blank books, photo albums and diaries. Gold monogramming is included in the prices, which are heartbreakingly low considering the wor…
Top Choice Books in Cairo


Fabulous: English, French and German titles, from novels to travel guides to coffee-table books. It also has a kids’ section, a large music wing and a small cafe.
Arts & Crafts in Cairo


Specialists in jewellery and traditional Bedouin crafts and costumes. Items include appliqué tablecloths and cushion covers, dresses made in the oases, woven baskets, silk slippers and chunky silver jewellery. To fi…
Arts & Crafts in Cairo

Fair Trade Egypt

Crafts sold here are produced in income-generating projects throughout the country. Items for sale include Bedouin rugs, hand-woven cotton, pottery from Al-Fayoum and beaded jewellery from Aswan. The cotton bedsprea…
Books in Cairo

American University in Cairo (AUC) Bookshop

The best English-language bookshop in Egypt, with two floors of material on the politics, sociology and history of Cairo, Egypt and the Middle East. Plenty of guidebooks and maps, and some fiction.
Gifts & Souvenirs in Cairo

L'Oiseau du Nil

Original gifts made in Egypt, great cotton clothing and the wonderful Egyptian cotton bed linen by Malaika.
Mall in Cairo

Citystars Centre

Cairo’s most lavish mall is the current landing spot for every new international chain, from Starbucks to Zara. There’s a kids’ theme park and a big cinema. It’s about 12km east of Downtown. Just hop in a taxi and s…
Mall in Cairo

Talaat Harb Complex

This small, old-style mall is a major landmark along Sharia Talaat Harb. There's a decent food-court inside.
Handicrafts in Cairo

Souq al-Fustat

Brilliant shopping complex with various good craft shops, respectable vendors of carpets, modern ceramics, spices, richly embroidered galabiyyas (long Egyptian dress for men and women) and wooden toys along with a b…