While no one would argue that Cairo is the capital of Egypt, not a lot of people know that it’s also the shopping capital of Egypt. The bustling city offers endless options of markets and stores where you can purchase just about anything you can think of. From high-end, designer stores at shopping malls, to crowded marketplaces, to local street stores and everything in between. Visitors to Cairo usually like to take away a little bit of Egypt with them when they leave, in the form of souvenirs. Some good souvenirs to buy from Cairo are statues, silver and gold accessories, stones, kilim carpets and fabrics, belly-dance outfits, shisha (hookah), handcrafted metal items like pots and trays, tea sets, spices and herbs, incense, essential oils, paintings, blown-glass ornaments, Arabic coffee and of course, dates and oriental desserts. While you are sure to come across a few irresistible bargains while shopping in Cairo, shopping in these places allows you to have a unique experience, where you get to mix with the local people of Egypt and observe the culture from the inside. Shopping for souvenirs can be overwhelming at first, however, the fantastic time you will have browsing and looking through all the fascinating, hand-made products will make up for it. When it comes to handmade products, there’s a story behind every picture, statue, stone, fabric, pot and pan. Most of the products displayed in these places are locally handmade. Some are handmade using ancient methods handed down from the Ancient Egyptians, like papyrus paper for example. It’s always a good idea to decide what kind of souvenirs you plan to buy before deciding on which place you visit. This is helpful so you can take into consideration luggage weight and handling, as well as deciding where you will do your shopping. All of the places mentioned have plenty of stores displaying countless products; however, some markets are specialized in some products more than others. Time is an important factor as well. If a whole day of browsing for bargains does not sound appealing to you, and you’re just looking for somewhere to grab some quick, last-minute gifts, we’ve got you covered as well.