A trip to Aswan is not complete without a visit to the bazaar or
old souk of the city, located on a street parallel to the
southern part of the corniche. It is a lively market full of colourful merchandise
and the scent of exotic spices. You want to bring home some “karkede”
tea, made from hibiscus flowers? Buy it here. You like
cooking? You will find all the ingredients for an exotic meal.
The bazaar is also a good place to stock up on souvenirs
from Egypt and local handicraft. Pottery, leather and brass
products are abundant. The hand-blown glass perfume bottles are
beautiful and in the right season you might also find hand-blown
glass ornaments for your Christmas tree. Should your heart be
set on gold or a carpet, you will also find it here.
serves everybody in the city, not only the tourists. It is where
the inhabitants of Aswan get their daily needs satisfied.
The merchants are very friendly and helpful. Some of them can be
a little persuasive but don’t lose your calm and good temper. A
smile, a joke and a few kind words will make you a success in
the souk. There are no set prices so a little bargaining is part
of the process. Remember that the right price of a product is
exactly what you are willing to pay for it.
HOW TO REACH THERE
On foot from any hotel or cruise ship downtown.