For tea lovers, remember to buy back some tea leaves from Aswan, if you happen to be at the bazaar that was mentioned in my shopping tip.
The peppermint and hibiscus tea leaves i brought back are fantastic! The flavour is very strong and it's simple the best! My mum love it and is lamenting that how could i buy so few!!!
It cost me 15 EP for one big bag of peppermint tea leaves, but i paid more for hibiscus at 45 EP. A big Bag too.
A tip though, for peppermint tea leaves, try to ask the shop owner not to give you those with too many stems.
I bought 50grams of red peppercorns from this stall in the souk and every time I use my pepper grinder I think of this market. It's well worth a visit even if you don't intend to buy anything. I'm sure the traders will find some way of parting you with your money as there are some fantastic souvenirs. I went here at just before midnight ( the day had been no stop from 3.30 that morning and so no time) but there were plenty of locals doing their shopping even at that time.
The market is quite large and is full of tourist souvenirs, spices and clothes. A great place to do some haggling or pick up some gifts for friends and family.
Be aware that they will go very low compared with the starting price. If you walk away they will often chase you prepared to accept what ever you offered, providing it is reasonable.
For shopping I like to stroll in the souqs.
For daily shopping as fruits, bread and drinks, but also for spices, local craft and other stuff to bring home.
You can find everything from local to touristic stuff. Just go there and find out yourself.
What to buy: Nubian things.
There are many beautiful essence shops in Aswan where you can buy directly the essences which are used in many of the European perfume houses. Just give the shop assistant the name of the perfume you like and they will tell you which essence to buy - at a fraction of the cost of the perfume in Europe.
About 3 blocks from the Nile, running parallel for a good 6-7 blocks is the Aswan tourist Bazaar. This is the cheapest place to buy souvenirs.
Every herb you can imagine, fresh, also expensive 'safraan' and pitta herbs, different currys, chilli peppers,...