Azbakiya Market

NileGuide Expert Says:

Azbakiya Market is one of the most fascinating areas of Cairo to rummage around - you never know what you might turn up


Azbikaya Gardens, Ataba Metro station


Azbakiya Market is situated in the crazy market area of Ataba in Islamic Cairo, just next to the Ataba Metro station. It's primarily a second hand book market, though there are also new volumes on offer. You can find everything at Azbakiya Market, from leather bound Qurans and books on Islam, to trashy novels, cook books and books on computing. It's also a good place to pick up language learning books.

The books at Azbakiya Market are primarily in Arabic or English, though you will find other languages. They cost a fraction of what you would pay at a book store, and you can uncover some real old gems. As well as books, you can find vintage film posters, old magazines and comics - including 70 year old National Geographics - and ancient photographs.

Azbakiya Market doesn't just sell books though. As the gateway to Ataba, it also has stalls selling random goods such as clothing, incense, household items, sunglasses and other odds and ends. It's well worth rummaging around, to see what treasures you can dig up!

It's a short walk from Azbakiya Market to al-Muski Street, which leads up to Khan al-Khalili.


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