Considered the best in Egypt, the newly opened Cairo City Stars (also known as Heliopolis Stars) is sure to be a jaw-dropping shopping experience. It would take even a marathon shopper some effort to go through each of the 550 stores located in the mall. Home to major international retailers and native Egyptian craftsman alike, the mall throws a challenge to shoppers to name an item that it can't find. Kids are sure to run first to the Magic Galaxy indoor theme park, the largest of its kind in the nation. The 8 screen Golden Stars Cinema is sure to air all the latest movies. Truly, nothing is left to one's imagination.
In designer-starved Cairo, the AgroDolce store is a breath of fresh air for those craving some serious designer wear items. In the wealthy Zamalek district, this store has taken it upon itself to dress Cairo's fashionistas in uber-chic apparel sourced from the likes of Michael Kors and other fashion greats. Aimed at affordable fashion, AgroDolce stocks everything from coats, jackets, denim wear and skirts to glittering cocktail dresses, playful jumpsuits and even a smattering of menswear. Also find accessories such as bags, shoes and more.
This is a retreat from the Sun in summer, while it's easy to lose a day in this sprawling market during the mild winters. This bustling souk dates back to the 14th Century and the maze of alleys are reminiscent of the marketplaces in those days. Either side of the lane is lined with merchants displaying crafts, souvenirs, accessories and more. Most of the shopfronts conceal cramped workshops where craftsmen still produce lanterns, inlaid boxes, water pipes and brass ware using traditional techniques. Before a trip here, make sure you work on your bargaining skills. Cash is definitely preferred, but some vendors accept credit cards too.
One of the most popular malls in the city Maadi City Centre is home to a number of retail outlets, entertainment zones and restaurants. The peculiar glass and concrete structure stands out amidst the buildings surrounding it, at precise the heart of the city. Home to a number of internationally recognized fashion brands, including Zara, Bass Collection and Vero Moda, as well as other outlet stores, this truly is every shoppers dream come true.When all of the shopping gets you tire, head up to one of the many fast food restaurants and cafes for an instant refreshment.
Located in the very upscale Zamalek area, this attractive shop stocks a wide range of Egyptian arts and crafts. Bedspreads, Bedouin embroidery, tablecloths, handmade kilims and clothing are just a few of the tempting items on offer. The goods are original and generally of very high quality, making it an ideal place to shop for gifts and souvenirs.
Located in the bustling Al Doqi area in Cairo, Bashayer is a delightful Oriental trove. The shop features a range of unique Egyptian handicrafts, including intricate pottery objets d'art for your home, ornate lamp shades and lighting units, furniture designed in time-swept styles, Kelim fabrics and enchanting Egyptian jewelry. Peruse the shop at your own leisure, and you are certain to find a fitting souvenir that resonates with the collector in you.
An excellent place to visit if you are looking to splash some serious cash on that special someone. There is a superb range of exquisite jewelry, including diamonds, gold and silver rings, necklaces and bracelets. The collection of watches is particularly outstanding with many top designer names to boot. If you don't see anything that you fancy, you can arrange to have a piece made to your specifications.
One of Egypt's leading importers of leather, clothing and perfume, MM is a well-established name associated with quality and elegance. Shop here for the chic Italian leather footwear, alluring fragrances and runway fashions you won't find in other stores. Prices tend to be high, but given the quality they are not unreasonable. There are several outlets throughout the city.
Amaze someone with a souvenir that is unique, from Surprise in Giza. This is a charming nook that has a vast range of traditional goods and knickknacks. Filled with little treasures, the helpful staff are more than happy to lend you a hand to find the perfect gem to take home. All the money paid for these delightful items aid a local charity, so you not only get to gift someone but also check mark your good deed for the day.
Boasting three branches in the city, Nomad specializes in jewelry and traditional crafts and clothes. It's a good place to shop for gifts, with items that are original and of better quality than similar offerings you might find in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, for example. Bedouin veils, embroidered coats and hand-made silver pendants are just a smattering of what's on offer here. Also at Cairo Marriott Hotel and Nile Hilton Hotel.