being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers have wooden stalls of which they put the souvenir items on display while the hawlers carry them and aggresively pursue tourists to buy them. my suggestion will be to don't buy at the wooden stalls and hawkers around the area as the prices are sky high and they don't accept haggling and even act aggressively to you if you would not buy their overpriced items. even our local egyptian tour guides had a hard time shielding us from these pesky and lousy sellers.
if you are in a group tour like us, you can buy all the items they sell at shops outside the giza necropolis which the tour buses drop you off and you can even haggle for items you buy.
What to buy: all the touristy items you can buy like fridge magnets, post cards, books, egyptian crafts and more, but it is better to buy at the shops outside the necropolis at the pyramid road, near the entrance to the necropolis, as these shops are more secure and you can also haggle for this same items with no possible physical harm!
What to pay: depends on your haggling skills
Egyptian perfumes are available in this store. They call it Essences of Flower Perfumes. They have a variety of essences and you will find the list on one of the photos I posted. The perfumes smell good and the price is a skyrocket. I bought a bottle of Lotus Flower perfume. The size of which is a little bigger than a nail polish bottle. You know how much I paid? 50 Egyptian Pounds.
You will find this store near the Pyramids of Giza. I posted their telephone here. Call them to get direction. You may try it. The perfume stays longer.
What to buy: Essences of Different Flowers
What to pay: From 50 to 200 Egyptian Pounds
You will find this type of stores in the vicinity of Giza. Stores selling a variety of fruits. I am not lucky enough to shoot many photos of convenience stores, but I can tell you that you will find many in and around the Pyramid of Giza
What to pay: From 5-20 Egyptian pounds. You should always be ready for exact pay. If you don't, most vendors will not give you change.
Anything you can find cheaper to buy uncluding, parfumes, local spices, clothes, copper, all kinds of souvenirs, cosmetics, food, etc...
What to pay: Always offer the half of the price then you will find the middle.
It's a nice shop where you can find out all about how perfumes are made, how to make a difference between male and female perfumes and choose your own perfume.
What to pay: The perfume is sold in special bottles. The price of the perfume depends on the size of the bottle. If you buy 4, you'll get 1 free together with a present of the owner's choice.
You want to buy a papyrus print? No problem! Every guided excursion leads to a papyrus shop. You may listen to the lecture about how a papurus print is producing. After that dealers will offer you a lot of things from 50LE ($10) till .... But I wouldn't advise you to buy a papirus here. There are a plenty of other places wher you can do it for another price. I quite agree with Michael who suggested to buy it even in Germany!
You may watch my VIDEO-Clip from my personal YouTube channel: 2 min 08 sec Egypt Giza Papyrus Shop 2007
There are a lot of souvenir shops around the Plateau of Giza. Local dealers offer many fine but useless things. Usually they start to bargain from the sum, which is in several times more than the final price. Then they considerably reduce the initial sum, leading it up to symbolical. If you really need the offered subject you can buy it for very few money. But do it only after the dealer has completely lost the interest to you. Otherwise you can overpay in several times.
near the entrance to the sphinx you will find a lot of children selling postcards.
they're much cheaper than the ones in the bookshop by the museum, only 5 pounds for about 10 postcards.
just buy the postcards, you're helping the children too...
What to pay: 5 egyptian pound
Our personal guide took us to one of these shops (where I assume she would have received a commission if we would have bought anything). They claim to offer you the same fragments which they sell to large and famous fashion houses all around the world who sell their scents under a different brand-name. I'm always suspicious about such things, so we didn't buy anything in the end.
But they sit you down, give you a tea and show every fragment one by one. When I clearly stated that we are interested in the history of these fragments and such, but we are not going to buy anything, the girl smiled and said "no problem if you don't buy anything" and in about 20 seconds she was gone from our table...
What to buy: It's up to you whether if you want to buy some Egyptian perfumes which are told to be the same as the famous brandnames, in very nice little bottles (those are really nice indeed).
It is not really a shop, but another place where they try to sell STUFF to the tourists. When you are visiting the Pyramids, you will surely go to the lookout point behind them, from where a great view opens up. Now this is the place, where around the inofficial parking lot, the locals put out their stuff on carpets and try to sell everything what they have.
I didn't stop, so I'm no familiar with the prices and with all the goods available, but I'm sure that it's not the cheapest place in town and all typical gifts/souvenirs can be found among the displayed things on the carpets.
What to buy: All local crafts, gifts, souvenir type of things.
What to pay: Probably more than if you would go to one of the markets in Cairo.
At the Obsrvation Point there are a number of stalls with the typical souvenirs found all over Egypt- carved busts, miniature pyramids, hookah pipes, Arab head-dress etc.
Some of the carvings are pretty crude though..
What to buy: However, we found that after haggling we could get a good bargain- a set of pyramids for a few dollars make a nice memento for children.
What to pay: a s little as you can , if you are clever.
Many people are selling postcards and souvenirs around the pyramids, they are really cheap, but only if you bargain!
They will offer some astronomical price at first, and you should bargain.
You can buy books, statues, mini sculptures, even some jewelry, but I suggest postcards, they are very nice and veeeeeeery cheap!
What to buy: postcards, head scarf, little souvenirs, books...
What to pay: very little
There are lots of great places to go shopping as a tourist , BUT around the pyramids of Giza the shops are certainly the most expensive and also the quality is not any better than in any other, a lot cheaper places in Kairo or Alexandria.
What to buy: The main problem for the tourists arriving by cruise-ship is the fact that they have just a few hours ashore and are under a certain pressure to take home souvenirs of the places, they did not have enough time to explore !
What to pay: Prices are much too high around the pyramides !!
Such a plate with engravings is 25-40 $ at the pyramides
and just 3-7 $ at the port of Alexandria !
Our group had a fun time here... We went in and all sat down and the shopkeeper chatted with us and gave us a choice of mint tea, Turkish coffee, or hibiscus tea. Then he gave us a detailed description of how they make their essences and how to use them. Then we got to sample several of the essences and whichever ones we wanted.
What to buy: If you find some fragrances you like, buy several to get the discount and use them for gifts. If you want a decorative bottle, get it somewhere else... you can find much better deals on the bottles at many other locations. They shouldn't be hard to find.
What to pay: $20 for the smallest bottle of perfume, but discounts for buying larger quantities. There is also a buy 3, get one free deal for any size of perfume. The decorative perfume bottles start at about $15. You can get better deals on the bottles at other locations.
There are all kinds of shops on the Giza Plateau. And you don't even have to surge for them. They come to you!
What to buy: You can buy everything; even things were you didn't even would have dreamed that it exist. Statue’s, drawings on (fake) papyrus, photo equipment witch are far more expensive then when you buy them at home. Everyone wants to sell everything. Even little children will come up to you and try to sell you something.
What to pay: The best part is: you can negotiate about the price. You can even say in which kind of money you want to pay. In dollars, Egyptians ponds or Euro’s is also possible. Make sure that when you decide that you want to buy something, you go a little below that price, but make sure you’re not to low or else they get a little mad about the fact that you value the goods so low.