Alexandria Shopping and Districts
Alexandria has recently discovered the wonders of shopping malls and there are a number located all around the city. As well as being home to a good selection of shops, Alexandria's numerous shopping malls are also known for their eateries, entertainment, coffee houses (ahwas) and also as a place to socialise and meet up.
A more traditional market (souq) can be found on the western side of the Midan Tahrir, which is a particularly memorable shopping experience. Be aware that most prices are quite negotiable and with a little friendly haggling, can be reduced greatly. If you find some market traders a little pushy, then simply walk away. You'll be sure to find the same goods at another stand or shop nearby.
When to Shop and Opening Hours
Many shops in the city close on Friday and during public holidays, while some also choose to not to open on Sundays. The main shopping hours in Alexandria are as follows:
- Summer season: 09:00 to 13:00 and 17:00 to 22:00
- Winter season: 10:00 to 18:00
- Ramadan season: 09:30 to 15:30 and 20:00 to 22:00
Where to Shop
Those who enjoy searching out antiquities and collectibles will enjoy a stroll around the labyrinth of backstreets around the Attareen neighbourhood, with the bustling Attareen Antique Market being especially appealing. For high fashion, trendy clothes and stylish shoes, the shops around the Saad Zaghloul and Sharias Safiyya Zaghloul are hard to beat.
Amongst the most popular shopping malls close to the city centre, the following are worth a visit:
City Centre Mall
- Cairo Desert Road, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Located just a short drive from the heart of Alexandria, the City Centre Mall lies to the south and is one of the biggest shopping malls in the whole area. The main anchor store here is Carrefour, a well-known French supermarket.
Green Plaza Shopping Mall
- 14th of May Bridge, Smouha, Alexandria, Egypt, EG
Especially popular with the Egyptian locals, the Green Plaza Shopping Mall can be found in the suburbs area of Smouha, along the Agricultural Road to Cairo. This is a particularly fun place to shop and always a hit with children, since it is also home to a funfair, tenpin bowling, multi-screen cinema and large food court.
Other shopping malls in the Alexandria area are as follows:
- Deeb Mall
- KiroSeiz Mall
- Mina Mall
- San Stefano Grand Plaza Mall
- Wataneya Grand Mall
- Zahran Mall