Zanqat El Settat, Manshaya
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Old Fashioned Murder (and Shopping!)
Very easy to find but relatively unknown to non-locals, this market's winding alleyways are tight and full of shops dedicated to the sundries that traditionally ladies gravitate towards. Known colloquially as the "women's squeeze", pretty much anything can be found here and yes, men are allowed. Its an historic district for sure, having been the center of shopping until the recent phenomenon of malls. Its most famous inhabitants were a pair of murderous sisters from the 1920s who lured naive young women to their deaths, dismembering their bodies. These days the market is more known for its 'cozy' pathways and wide range of inventory: lingerie shops with fetishwear mix in quite comfortably with prayer-bead kiosks and fabric stalls. I enjoyed the tight walkways that often required me to step inside a shop in order to let others pass. I lost myself in the maze of what I had been told was a small market, but which seemed to go on endlessly. The merchandise leans towards local fare rather than tourist kitch but visitors could easily find some creative souvenirs should they so desire. I walked away with a sliver necklace that was fairly priced and some colorful hair clips for the little girls in my life. Be sure to look up as much as you look around as there are some great old mosques and shops on the second levels. Located just behind the monument to the Unknown Soldier along the corniche and beside Manshaya Square.
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