Hot, busy, noisy, smelly - just great! Khan al Khalili will leave you frustrated, angry, elated and happy all at the same time. Soak up the sights, sounds and smells of old Cairo here, and test your haggling skills to get a bargain on pretty much anything you can think of. Head off the main tourist drag and explore some of the more interesting back alleys where the locals are friendly and enthusiastic. There are good (and cheap) places to eat and drink too - go where the locals go. Learn to speak some Arabic, even just a couple of words, and you will have a much more pleasant experience. As a solo female traveller, I felt safe, if a little overwhelmed at first - but it soon became one of my favourite places.
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