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Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

The souks are fun to shop in--oils, perfumes, cobra skin belts, silverwork, etc. - Jan 3, 2018
Yes, many people go to the Khan el Khalili, which is the large open air market in Islamic Cairo to buy any manner of traditional crafts. Alabaster is also very cheap in Egypt and they make many items out of the stone, which are usually very nice. Be ready to haggle when buying items in markets. Tourist/foreigner pricing applies and you will be gouged, just expect it. Some people will take a local with them to try to avoid the gouging, it doesn't always work. - Sep 9, 2017
It's definitely not a shopping post but there's plenty of shopping available. Of all types. Locally made stuff can be fabulous. The old bazaar, Khan el Khalili, is amazing. - May 16, 2017
chess sets, lamps, local musical instruments, custom wood furniture, tablecloths, wall hangings. In the Khan al Khalili back alleys you can find bizarre things like antique diving helmets and typewriters. - Jan 30, 2016
Copper from the Khan, Fayoum pottery, beautiful light fixtures, mashribaya woodwork, lovely jewelry and handicrafts - Jan 29, 2016
Egyptian crafts such as lanterns, ornate room dividers, large serving trays to turn into coffee tables, ottomans, etc. etc. - Oct 8, 2014
Alabaster, handmade dolls, clothing, jewelry, linens, brass/copper, papyrus, ceramics and TRAVEL. - Aug 19, 2014
Alabaster lamps, copper, nice jewelry. - Aug 19, 2014
alabaster, funky lamps, brass/copper items and table tops silver jewellery (not super cheap, I think Istanbul is cheaper). - May 28, 2014
Alabaster. - Apr 2, 2014
Local alabaster, silver lamps, furniture. - Jul 23, 2013
You can find some good artwork at Khan al-Khalili. - Jul 17, 2013
Not much worth buying. What is worth buying can't be taken out of the country. Even the stuff they make: if it looks like it faintly resembles an antique, they won't let it out. - Jun 16, 2013
Travel, furniture, cotton sheets and pillows, pottery. - Jun 7, 2013
Metal works, handicrafts, art work in general, and some nice furniture. - May 22, 2013
Local crafts, most of which are mass-produced garbage. - May 12, 2013
Lots of local art, jewelry, etc. Khan Khalili is the place to shop. - May 12, 2013
Alabaster, Khayamiya (Egyptian applique), jewelry, fanous (lanterns), and travel. - Feb 1, 2013
Furniture, carpets, papyrus paintings, pottery, and glass. - Feb 14, 2013
Be careful, as most items are brought in from China. You can get some decent rugs and perfume oil if you know where to go. - Mar 31, 2013
Gas masks for the tear gas! - Mar 26, 2013
Junky egypto-trinkets made in China. But don't try to mail it out, or they'll think you're smuggling ancient artifacts. - Feb 13, 2013
Nothing -- Egyptians have not produced anything since the Pyramids. All of the Egypcrap is produced in China now. - Jan 18, 2013
Alabaster, silver and brass lanterns and platters/hangings, jewelry (silver and gold - made to your liking), papyrus paintings. - Nov 27, 2012
Middle Eastern carpets, artwork, souvenirs. - Sep 20, 2011
pottery, silver jewelry - Aug 4, 2011
All kinds of Egyptian crafts: alabaster, blown glass, engraved copper table tops, mashrabiya wooden screens, wool carpets, cloth items from quilted items to tent fabric and table cloths. - Jul 19, 2011
Papyrus paintings, silk tapestries, 100% Egyptian cotton bed sheets, dive trips. - Sep 22, 2010
There is nothing here I like, but some people do like the blown glass and the alabaster. - Jun 26, 2010
Aside from the typical tourist trinkets, Egypt is known for blue glass, applique fabric wall hangings, pillowcases, etc. (khayamiyya), metal/brass work, intricately carved wooden furniture (mashrabiyya), gold and silver jewelry, perfumes and perfume bottles and alabaster. - Dec 2, 2009