Khan el Khalili, Cairo
If you r in Cairo then you will not miss the khan el Khalili area in Al Hussien district.
It use to be a center for commercial and trade interactions and the architecture of the place will show you this. Now it is still used for the same purpose but with different looks and type of goods.
You will go shopping, walking, eating, drinking, smoking shisha and my favorite is watching the different groups of people coming from all over Egypt and abroad in this area.
The mosques (Al Hussien) is one very important religious site for many Egyptians. They go there to pray and get the blessings of Al hussien who is the relative of the muslim prophet Mohammad.
Due to the 100s of years of trade theat included herbs and essance, the place has its unique smell that you might get addicted to.
Dress Code: Outside the mosques wear what you want but not very short so to avoid the parasetic touches of the kids and the big kids.
If you are planning to visit the mosques where the shrine is inside, then make sure to wear conservative clothes under your knees and ladies should get a hair cover as a respect for the place.
Shown twice a week for free, the Tannoura Sufi Dance Show is a beautifully executed event. The live music and dance show is a more modern adaptation of traditional Sufi religious dance, also known as whirling dervishes. The show takes place in the beautiful courtyard of the recently restored Wikala el-Ghouri, an old caravanserai near Khan el Khalili and el-Azhar, creating a perfect ambiance for the show. The Arabic music, using traditional middle eastern instruments, along with the mesmerising dance of the participants is highly hypnotic and photogenic. Bring your camera and catch the show at 8pm every Saturday and Wednesday... it is one of the few free events or experiences in the whole of Egypt!
Naguib Mahfouz Cafe is a very interesting spot ,you can enjoy the eastern atmosphere
specially under the eastern music played by a crew of eastern musicians
one is playing Oad ,and another is playing Alkanon , they are both eastern
stringed instruments .
Minumum charge is 20 LE perperson , they serve juices, sheesha , some arabic/egyptian food and desserts
Khan el Khalili is one fun place to shop local products/souvenirs.From keychains,pyramid replicas,rugs,carpet etc...name it and you can find it here!
Though the place is really chaotic at night i still managed to enjoy having my husband beside me who also served as my interpreter :-)
There are coffeeshops within the area if you plan to have Tea or coffee plus Shisha.
There are also lots of street sellers as well as free lance entertainers (singers/musicians)
Dress Code: Anythign goes!
El Fishawy is the mirrors cafe. Have seat and a tea and just see people walking. It is inside the Khan El Khalili, so tell your "friend" to go there and invite him to a drink. Get a table outside, much better.
Well, I suppose it's not precisely nightlife...but it certainly is a kind of nightlife...Khan-al-khalili: a multi-acre covered bazaar. It goes for streets on end, ancient, winding, narrow, cobbled walkways in which you will get lost, found, and lost again. I went with Egyptian friends and had a wonderful time. It reminded me--of all places--of the old city in Jerusalem. It is exotic, filled with unusual scents, stenches, views of a lifetime, accidents waiting to happen, and experiences you won't long forget. But you must surrender yourself to the place and just allow yourself to follow your spirit, or 'a' spirit, or even just follow your nose to the closest cooking meat or fruit vendor. The people are very friendly, the beggars inevitable, and the experience, incomparable. This wonderful photo is NOT MINE. It and many others can be found at www.george.jean.connectfree.co.uk
A very cool coffee shop located in the Khan al-Khalili and frequented by locals and tourists alike. Great place to grab a coffee and a shisha and people watch. Supposedly has been open for 24 hours a day for the past 200 years, though we found it closed one day.
I believe that Hussien and Khan EL-Khalili area is one of the best places to spend the night write there.
enjoying smoking shisha looking to people some some stuff,eat a very good food.
its something you cant miss.
check my things to do section for more information about Khan Khalili and Hussien
Fishawys, open day and night, always good for a hearty mango juice or tea and a smoke!
Dress Code: Not that kinda place!