With over a hundred stalls and several “districts” within each market, the twists and turns of the souks are more complex than that of the hieroglyphs. A walk through these bustling streets is a multi-sensory experience. Myriad shades of traditional spices, garments and jewellery intermingle with the twinkle of silver and copperware. The wafting aroma of freshly baked breads, Egyptian street food and Arabic coffee intermingle with the
intoxicating fragrance of oud (incense) and perfumes.
The air is filled with the sounds of vendors peddling their wares, haggling with customers and trying to get your attention in creative ways. Their unconventional sales pitches range from hisses and tongue clicks to an invitation to a cup of coffee at their shop.
While the whole experience might seem overwhelming to first-timers, veteran shoppers will tell you, it’s all part of the fun.