~ Old Sharm ~: ~ Lots of bargains ~
We were recommended by our holiday rep to go to Old Sharm for the day as the shopping was supposed to be really good and this is where you can get all your bargains. It only cost us 20 Egyptian Pounds from our hotel in Sharm el Sheikh to Old Sharm.
It was a good day out but i did get abit fed up with the hassle to go into the shops from all the shop keepers after a couple of hours of it. It is still a nice day out and dont be scared of them just say hello and carry on shopping, you will be fine. Also i would advise ladies to dress sensibly to avoid excessive attention from the locals.
What to buy: You enter the souk area through a huge archway over the road. There are hundreds of shops and stalls to look at but i admit that once you've walked past about five or six stalls then you've seen it all, it tends to repeat after that.
There are lots of different stalls selling the usual sovenirs from the stuffed camel, to a fridge magnet, shisha pipe and postcards which are all alot cheaper than in Naama Bay, you can also buy spices, shisha pipes, gold, carpets, lanterns, antiques, jewellery, Egyptian cotton clothing, belly dancing costumes, fruit and vegetables, local produce and there are lots of restaurants and cafes for you to enjoy a nice ice cold drink or coffee or something to eat.
What to pay: Anything, there are no set prices so use your haggling skills. The locals expect it so no need to feel cheeky just go for it!
IL Mercato: Sale , Sale , Sale
IL Mercato is one of the big shopping arcades in Sharm El Sheikh
it has many brand names such Adidas , Or , Daniel Hechter , many cafe's and Fast food outlets KFC , Mac , Pizza Hut , Baskin robins
all shops now are having big discounts , Sharm is not busy at the moment due to clashes in Cairo
What to buy: Men's clothes , women clothes , sport wear , eye glasses , with discounts up to 70% in all items
- Budget Travel
Numerous shops: Old Market in Sharm el Sheikh
There are hundreds of small shops in Sharm el Sheikh, in Naama Bay as well as in the Old market. The goods are the same but the prices are very different, generally everything is much more expensive in Naama Bay, which is the new and commercial centre of Sharm. There are so many tourists all year and shopkeepers just don't want to bargain because there will always be some Italian or German or French or Englishman to pay the price they demand. We, the Serbs, just can't afford to pay every price and therefore we appreciate shopping at the Old market where prices are even 50% lower than in Naama Bay.
There are very nice papyrus, souvenirs, nargile etc. everywhere in Sharm, only the prices differ.
What to pay: Always bargain, especially in the Old market. Always start 50 or even 60% off of the price they say.
- Budget Travel
Caliente: Pizza parlour
Great pizza etc at an outstanding price. They range from 18LE (£1.80) for you basic C&T up to 25LE (£2.50) for a full loaded special,and they are more than big enough for one person.They make and cook them fresh in front of your eyes.We found that most of the time one between two was enough.They only sell soft drinks but they have no problem at all with you either bringing your own alcohol or popping out to the beer shop(30secs away) to get your own.They are also open from 11am until 3am every day
What to pay: It would be very hard to spend more than £5 a head including pudding and drinks
Makani bakery: Bakery
A real good bakery and take away,but you can eat in if you prefer.
What to buy: Bread of all sort plus sandwich fillers and soups.Puddings. The filled subs are particularly good ranging from about LE12(£1.20) for cheese and onion up to about LE18(£1.80) for really tender roast beef or about the same for a "build you own".There is plenty of other choices.
What to pay: Nice and cheap.
All Shops: Sharm Shops
There are about 4 kinds of shop in sharm, Jewellry, Perfume, Clothes and everything else! Every shop you pass will have an owner running out of it asking where you are from and asking if you would sign his book, or just come in for a look. Dont get offended or annoyed, they are only trying to earn a living, but they can be persistent!
What to buy: I found Silver Cartouches to be very well priced, I bought a few here ( not as cheap as Luxor) and they cost me around 35LE each, and they are beautiful. I also picked up some nice leather wallets and purses, just check that its leather not plastic! A good sniff usually tells you.
- Family Travel
- Diving and Snorkeling
Everywhere you go in Egypt you will find people trying to lure you into their shop to buy perfume. They will serve you cups of Hibiscus tea, sit you down to chat about your world, and display their wares at leisure.
Most of the shopkeepers are charming people, and it is difficult indeed not to be tempted to buy something. The first time you go you will probably buy many things. In fact, you'll be trying to think of people at home that you can buy things for! You will be tempted by the thought that "this" was Cleopatra's favourite scent. Forget Western advertising - you wil picture yourself languishing ravishingly in a bath of perfumed asses milk!
The perfume here is sold in oil form and so is far longer lasting than the usual alcohol-based perfumes. Most of the scents are also very pleasant indeed. In addition to the scented oils, all of the shops sell prettily crafted, multicoloured glass perfume bottles. These are all incredibly fragile and delicate, so make sure that they are very well packed with bubble wrap before you travel.
What to buy: Perfume oil, glass perfume bottles, scent burners etc.
What to pay: Bargain - it's not very expensive and they WANT you to bargain.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
Few women can resist the lure of a beautiful handbag on holiday, and in recent years there is a huge demand for great designer fakes.
Just down from the Savoy Hotel in Sharm is a little shop selling bags, purses, suitcases, and umbrellas. They're all designer fakes - mostly Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Burberry.
Most of the fakes are obvious fakes but a couple are pretty well made. Even most of those have tell-tale "Made in Egypt" tags:-)
I had a very amusing chat with the owner of this little shop. I was carrying a real LV that I paid Euro600 for and he was trying to persuade me to buy a fake from him for Euro40. he just couldn't see the difference between a real one and a fake, even when I pointed out the differences to him. In fairness I don't think he had any concept of what a designer label was, and just knew that everyone was anxious to buy these bags. initially I was afraid I had insulted him, but then realised that he was delighted with the chat and was already scheming how he might make his look more like mine.
I even bought one for fun and it made his day. Pic will be posted.....
- Women's Travel
As you will soon gather when you visit any part of Egypt, papyrus shops are part of the scenery and you will also find that you are dragged into any shop that you cast even a casual glance at.
Initially I have no doubt but that you (like me) will be fascinated by what's on offer and tempted to buy all around you.
My first visit to Egypt was spent eight nights in Sharm and two in Cairo. I was indeed entranced by the papyrus and, wanting to bring home a part of authentic Egyptian culture, I bought lots of them in my hotel and again at a shop in the Old Sharm market. They were pretty, but to be honest it was a mistake. When I eventually went to Cairo and visited the genuine papyrus museum I noted that the quality of the papyrus and the paintings on them was far and away superior to the Sharm ones.
I'm posting a pic of my favourite Cairo papyrus purchase. This is supposedly by a famous Egyptian artist, but I can't even read his name on the painting:-)
What to buy: If you're going to Cairo, wait till you get there to buy "decent" papyrus, otherwise just buy some small souvenirs in the local supermarket in Sharm.
- Arts and Culture
Drinkies: Another alcohol shop
It is an off licence or beer and wine shop if you are not from the uk and the thing that is special about this one is that they deliver,mainly for free.They may only deliver in the Hadaba,Om el sid,old town side of Sharm though I do not know this for sure.There is now a Drinkies in Naama bay,at the end of the main pedestrian street,at the side/rear of the Movenpick hotel (opposite end to the Naama centre).Drinkies got a refurb in sept 10 and now stocks a lot more wine,mostly egyptian but a fair few from abroard as well.
What to buy: The local Stella at 7.5LE for 500ml(4.5%abv) and Sakara gold LE7.5 for 500ml(4%ABV) are two of the highlights/lowlights,but whilst out there in Aug 06 we came across a new champion by ABV beer,the Sakara King,10%,blimey. They now stock a bigger range of alco pops,all locally made,10% I.D. edge being the pick.They also do wine and now do spirits,local stuff only but pretty cheap.
Baccuha Market: 2006 - Beer Shop - Make over
Yes this is the same beer shop we went to on September 05 and its had a make over. Looks much better now and you really cant miss it.
And dont worry still the same cheap prices!!
What to buy: Beer of course but also snacks icecream and water.
What to pay: Not alot
- Diving and Snorkeling
- Beer Tasting
Habada: Beer Shop
What to buy: Make sure to stock up on your alcohol beverages here, much cheaper than the hotels.
Most hotels charge approx 2.50 GBP for a pint of beer i.e. Stella, here it's approx 75p for a large can. Bottles of flavoured vodka bassed drinks like Barcardi are pretty good and only approx 85p a bottle.
Water is cheap - for a littre approx 20p
Also sell a variety of crisps and snacks.
When staying at the Creative Grand Sharm and Mexican we took some bottles/cans back to our room so we could have a drink before we went out on an evening.
Beyond Limits: Dive gear in naama bay/old market
For a town that is such a mecca for diving it was surprisingly empty of proper dive gear shops.Everywhere sells the cheap mask and snorkel sets but if you want a shop with a wide variety of top gear then this is the best one we found.
What to pay: We found that BCDs,computors and regs where about the same as in the UK,suits where more expensive and masks and fins where cheap.
- Diving and Snorkeling
Naama Center: Shop till you drop!
A huuuuge shopping mall :-)))))) I think out of 10 days in Sharm i spent 9 for sure :-))))))
What to buy: lots of lots of lots of things :-)))))))
souvenirs, skarves, koshmayos,t-shirts, silver, gold, ACCESSOIRS (!!!!!!), some egy hand-made stuff..pffffff.......a looooooooot!!!!!!!
All over Sinai & the Orient!: Sishas
Atmosphere, bazars are something special!
The cheapest town in Sinai is Dahab, then it is Old Sharm and Naama bay is most expensive - take a cab to Dahab!
What to buy: Sishas, jewellerybox,onyx,t-shirts, shoes are very cheap etc......
I bought my Sishas directly at a Sishabar and only paid 120-160 Le for them, If You buy them at Bazaars You have to pay about 250 - 400 Le!
What to pay: 1/2 the price asked