As there are thousands of shops/stalls in the Khan you will never be at a loss for places to stop, people to watch, items to browse and shop for. Go to the Khan if you are pressed for time(in my opinion)- it is such an amazing place/experience, you don't want to miss it. The Museum is absolutely worth a visit but given the choice of one or the other, Khan El Khalili will most certainly provide you with an unforgettable view of Egyptian life. If you cross the road (Al Azhar) by overpass footbridge you wil find yourself in the El Ghouri market which is more of a local market than Khan El Khalili. Keep walking south down Al Muezz Li-din Illah and you will find yourself standing below the minarets of Bab Zuweyla - the most prominent of the still existing gates to the ancient city of Islamic Cairo. Exit the enormous gate and you will be entering the Tent-makers market - unique and worth a quick visit. Along the way you will be awed by many sites, sounds and smells. Soak it up - this is the real Cairo.
Celebrating the begining of the holy month of Ramadan for muslims all over the world is something very religious and spiritual but in Egypt in general and in Cairo specially is different......all the streets are set with lamps,,,,,all children has to have one of those lamps....going in the streets of Cairo singing the traditional song"wahawee ya wahawee".
Something I will never forget!
I got my own fanoos (as locals call it) in Ramadan 2008.
Shopping in Cairo!? You must visit Khan el-Khalili, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period. The market was built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in the heart of the Fatimid City. It is now usually called the 'Khan' where you can get lots of souvernirs, special gifts from Egypt.
Visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar:
A warren of twisting, noisy, dusty streets, the Khan El Khalili is the oldest and largest center of commerce in Cairo. Since its inauguration in 1292, goods of every type have been obtained at variable prices, depending on the quality of the barterer. As sundown approaches the bazaar begins to fill as thousands of locals, buying gold, leather, brassware, furniture and textiles crowd their persons and vehicles into a few square kilometres