Travel Essentials: Shopping for
Shopping for souvenirs
Shopping in Egypt can be relaxed and leisurely, at
high-class souvenir stores and hotel outlets, or
part of an authentic - but sometimes hectic! -
Middle Eastern experience at the local bazaars and
souks. Particularly in the local bazaars, a healthy
amount of bargaining is expected - which means that
the "best", or "correct" price is simply the one
that both parties agree on during that sale. Enjoy
Some of the loveliest and best value souvenirs
available from Egypt include:
Gold and silver jewelry, or "Cartouches" inscribed
with your name in hieroglyphics.
Wooden boxes inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
Hand-engraved brass and copper-work.
Carved alabaster from the quarries of Upper Egypt.
Hand-sewn appliqué work - with Arabic, Pharaonic, or
"naïf" folk designs.
Cotton "Galabeyyas" - traditional robes and kaftans,
often beautifully embroidered.
Papyrus - still made by traditional methods, and
hand-painted with intricate designs.