Shopping Centre in Heliopolis

Citystars Centre

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

Hanafi Bazaar

With its mock Pharaonic facade, this is the oldest, no doubt also the dustiest, and best bazaar in town, with genuine Nubian swords, baskets, amulets, silk kaftans and beads from all over Africa, run by the totally …
Antiques in Alexandria

Sayed el-Safty

Probably the most interesting antique shop in the city. Well worth a browse.
Antiques in Alexandria

Attareen Antique Market

Antique collectors will have a blast diving through the confusion of backstreets and alleys of this antique market. Many items found their way here after the European upper class was forced en masse to make a hasty …
Books in Aswan

Nubia Tourist Book Centre

Good, air-conditioned bookshop near the train station with loads of books on Aswan and Egypt. This branch was closed at the time of our visit, but there is another well-stocked branch in the tourist bazaar at the Un…
Maps in Alexandria

Mohandes Mostafa el Fadaly

A mohandes (engineer) who created and sells a street map of Alexandria (E£30), indispensable if you’re spending any significant time in the city. Find Mostafa above the Mr Sanyo clothes store.
Market in Alexandria

Souq Ibrahimiyya

This is one of our favourite markets for peeking into Egyptian life. Down several tiny, covered side streets near the Sporting Club, it’s packed with fresh produce, piles of still-wet seafood, and stalls selling pou…
Mall in Alexandria

City Center Mall

A 20-minute drive south of the city, this is one of the largest malls, and includes the massive French superstore Carrefour. It sells everything from groceries to TVs.
Books in Alexandria

Al-Maaref Bookshop

Has a small English-language section that includes titles on Egypt and Alexandria.
Smoking in Alexandria

Mohammed Abdo

Build-your-own sheesha like the locals do.