Khan el-Khalili market is a historic souk, or bazaar, located in the heart of Islamic Cairo, Egypt. It dates back to the 14th century and is considered one of the largest and oldest markets in the world. Named after the prominent merchant Al-Khalili, who opened the first shops in the area, the market is now a popular tourist attraction and a bustling commercial hub.
The market features a maze of narrow alleys and lanes filled with shops selling a wide range of products, including textiles, jewelry, spices, handmade crafts, souvenirs, and more. Visitors can bargain with shopkeepers for the best deals on local merchandise and enjoy the colorful and vibrant atmosphere of this historical market.
Apart from shopping, one can also find various cafes and restaurants where they can indulge in traditional Egyptian food like falafel, koshari, and shawarma. One of the most famous landmarks of the market is the souk’s gate built in 970 AD, Bab Al Khalili, which still welcomes thousands of visitors to this day.