Khan al-Khalili, Cairo’s Biggest Open Air Market

By JC, Germany, June 2012

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One of the most enduring Western clichés about the “exotic East”—along with the harem and the caravanserai of camels making its stately progress across the desert sands—is that of the souk. A labyrinth laden with goods, teeming with inscrutable faces, seething with mystery and temptation, it has occupied many a traveler’s imagination.

To visit Cairo’s Khan al-Khalili market is to have those elusive impressions come to swarming, noisy, fragrant life.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Egypt Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Egypt.

Photo courtesy of Luciana via Flickr.

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