HURGHADA STAR: One Stop Everything Shop
Hurghada Star is a large souvenir shop, that kind of reminds me of a large discount store. It has all the gifts and souvenirs that the smaller shops in the area have. Hurghada Star is one of the largest shops on the Promenade.
What to buy: Hurghada Star sells T-shirts, sandals, leather wallets, Egyptian carvings, Shishas (Water pipes), children's clothing, scarves, souvenir cups and drinking glasses, luggage, post cards, candy, snacks, water, and sodas. This is probably the place to come if you can't find what you are looking for in the smaller shops.
What to pay: No Hassle so you will pay what is on the price tag.
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Morgana Gallery: A Gem in Hurghada
This is one of the classiest shops in Hurghada, located on the on the Promenade at the strip of resort hotels. This shop is more like a one-of-a-kind art gallery. The items here are from all over Egypt and beyond. Morgana Gallery is more than just an average gift shop. The owner, Mr. Mohamed Abd Elgawad is an honest and kind man. He has has regular clients that come in from all over the world when on holiday in Hurghada. Shoppers come in to check out his new and everchanging high-quality inventory. This gallery is not a hard sell shop you may find in the market. The staff is friendly and courteous. Everytime I stop by here I always have to make extra room in my suitcase for the items that I buy. If you are ever in Hurghada, stop in.
What to buy: Wooden carvings, wall hangings and lamps. My favorite gift to buy is the wooden giraffe carvings
What to pay: 15-30 USD and up but well worth it! (or you may be able to bargain)
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no name......: shopping on the street
This is one stall on the street near of hotel tree corners empire and hotel amal... There are many street sellers on the way....
What to buy: they have papirus, kerchiefs, pendants, bracelets, caps....
What to pay: the price is of cours conventional :)
at Marc's: bazar
Many shops like this can be found one next to the another in Hurghada - they sell souvenirs, clothes, jewellry, perfumes, shoes, various items and stuff popular among tourists. Shopkeepers are very friendly and they will offer you a shisha to smoke with them or a tea and treat you like their best friend!
Bargain is inevitable of course! It's an insult for them if you don't do it. :)
What to buy: whatever your heart desires
Abu Ashara Market: Grocery Shopping
This is a reasonably priced grocery store in the Sakala area of Hurghada. Within walking distace of the hotels in the area it is a good place to pick up snack food and more importantly WATER.
The staff are friendly, helpful and surprisingly will point out when you have handed them 50 Egyptian pounds accidentally rather than 50 plastres. There is no coin currency so this is an easy mistake.
What to buy: Water
chips (crisps) and general snack food
and other hygine items
What to pay: I beleive I bought two 1,5l bottles of water for under 3 Egyptian pounds. 3 pounds is about 40 euro cents.
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Alama and the Papyrus Shop Next Door: All Your Souviner Needs
Initially we went to this shop because we decided that we wanted to buy our own snorkel equipment and had seen that they had a display. Too bad it was on a Friday and they were closed.
Never fear the nice saleman at the papyrus place next door helped us find another place that was open but made us promise to come back later and look in his store.
Two days later we returned because of that promise and the fact that my friend saw a picture of an Ankh on papyrus that she liked. It turns out that the shop owner was in town and as we talked to him he informed us that he was just visiting but lived in Thuringen, Germany. So we sat down and had a nice cup of mocha with him.
Then I mentioned that I was looking for a hipscarf for belly dancing and he directed me next door to Alama. It is a nice shop with everything imagniable for gifts. The owners there were also very friendly and helpful.
What to buy: Papyrus and leather goods at the store next to Alama as well as beautiful jewlery boxes.
At Alama small statues, postcards, T-shirts, and hip scarves.
What to pay: The first store is a bit pricy but the merchandise is top quality.
The second, Alama is a standard gift shop but they are willing to bargin. So prices may vary
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Everywere you turn you will see a shop. In Egypt all you need is money. Most of the shops have fixed prices but some you have to bargain in, it thats the case you should atleast lower the price with 30%-
What to buy: Egyptian cotton, perfume, spices, shoes, handmade carpets. All bags, shoes and clothes are copys of famous brands like Louis Vuiiton, Prada, Gucci, Armani and many more
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What to pay: It´s very cheap
Aisha: Best souvenir shop in town
This store is across the street from the 3 Corners Hotel. It's the only classy one I saw. It is run by an Englishman who has lived in Egypt for the past 7 years. His passion is for the Bedouin culture and he has picked out the most beautiful items, such as rugs, jewelry, dolls, lamps, figurines and other things for sale. He told me that the proceeds go to a women's coop to help them help themselves. Prices are from middle-to-high but well worth the visit.
Sheraton Street: The most famous street in Hurghada
Sheraton Street is one of the most famous streets in Hurghada. When I asked the receptionist at my hotel where to go for souvenirs shopping he recommended Sheraton Street! There you can find all kinds of Bazaars and unlike Khan El Khalili in Cairo street vendors and shops owners are not pushy and back then it wasn't crowded. I enjoyed shopping there, The ambiance of the street is cool and safe! it's easy to get there by Minibus or Taxi.
There where lots of fast food joints but didn't feel like eating junk food!
Authentic & fake Papyrus
If you booked with a touroperator they guide you to the museum of Papyrus.
There you can buy authentic Papyrus. They also show you how they made it.
It's with a special authentic stamp at the back of it.
What to buy: We bought 2 nice Papyrus (see pictures below):
The first one is in special brown Papyrus with nice colours, and something different
The second one shows the reincarnation belief of the Egyptians
For a small one you pay around €20, a bigger one around €35.
The Papyrus Museums walls are decorated with lots of examples with number on it.
You can fill in the number on a piece of paper that you receive and downstairs you can pay for it. It's packed in a special cylinder for protection.
GHAYDAA SHOP: Ashraf's souvenire store
First of all this shop is special because it's owened by my friends Zeinab and Ashraf, and it's named after their daughter Ghaydaa. You've had the pleasure of seing them on some of my pics. In here you can find everything from water to souvenires, shals etc.
As you can see from the pic, it's beautiful (ignore my face in front )
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Valid for all shops: General shopping hints
Egypt is clearly NOT a shopping paradise. As soon as you are walking anywhere where shops are crowds of touts will try to talk to you in every language they suspect it might be yours. The best is just to ignore everything and pass the shops as fast as you can and enter a shop only if you are 250 % sure that you want to buy a clearly defined item. You will hear an absolute utopic price for it. Make your offer about 50 to 80 % below that what you are willing to pay. Ignore every tea or something what might be offered to you and just discuss about the price. If you dont get your item for that what you are ready to pay just leave the shop - there are more than enough others. And if you leave the place and even Egypt without having bought anything - dont worry, you did not miss anything. Maybe the only thing you might really need to buy is a bottle of a drink. Be sure to pay a multiple for it compared to that what locals pay.
It does not help too much if you go to any sorts supermarket where you pick the items yourself from the shelf and put it into the basket - at the end they will sum up fantastic prices. It is a good idea to learn the Arabic figures to be able at least to read the price if there is any written. They will be shocked that you can read it and maybe argue that it is the price of last week/month/year and they only forgot to change the label...
And if you are asked where you are from just dont answer the right. It might be best to say that you are Romanian because the Romanians are known here to have not much money and are rather unwilling to pay the high prices.... Maybe you hear then: I make a good price for you, Dracula, you are my friend...
What to buy: Sparkling mineral water in bottles with unbroken seal.
What to pay: always too much, whatever you pay.
Shop assistants are storytellers
Shop owners are such story-tellers! They will tell you anything just to keep you entertained so that you actually buy something in their shop. I remember my first shopping in Hurghada. It was a parfume shop, and we entered not because we wanted to but because at that time we didn't quite know how to refuse. We thought we would just have a look round and leave, but the owner seated us on that incredibly comfortable sofa and started to spin yarn; he was talking about the parfumes, letting us smell and test them on our skin; he asked us questions, about our names, our country, our impressions of Egypt; then he would serve tea and start talking about himself, and our eyes opened wider and wider as he talked abour his wives, his travels, his university diplomas, etc. We were spellbound, we actually believed every single word. The guy won our hearts. And of course we did buy some parfume. It was only after a few stories like this that doubts began to set in. We started to take everything in with a grain of salt but still found it hard to distinguish between a story and the truth.
Haggle, Haggle, Haggle
What to pay: All I have to say on shopping is YOU HAVE TO HAGGLE. It's expected. If you don't, you'll end up paying 4-5 maybe even 6 times more than you should've. Don't get all shy either. I usually start by dividing the original asking price in half and work from there. Just remember don't get punked by the vendors. Yes, I know they gotta make a living too. But, their main business is getting as much money out of tourists as they can; and there's always a tourist (not me or you) that'll pay the first price they hear. It may also help you if you buy several items and you can compromise on the final price. And if you still don't like what you hear, LEAVE. There's another vendor that'll do business with you.
Cleopatra Center: shopping
Cleopatra Center is in Sekalla, Sheraton Street, nearly compared to Aqua Fun Hotel. This shop has Fixed prices! So the shopping is relaxed, personal very friendly and helpful, 2 Supermarkets included.
What to buy: There you can buy egyptian gifts, jewelry, leather cloths and bags,...
What to pay: prices are acceptable and there you also get an overview about the prices for things, which may you need in other shops
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