In a short row of little shops across from the Popular Restaurant, the Oases Bookstore makes the most of a very limited stock. It stocks Cassandra Vivien's essential, if hard to follow, Guide to the Western Desert, Ahmed Fakry's book on Siwa, and Ahmed Hassan Bey's tales of turn-of-the-century exploration. They also carry maps, a few souvenirs, and T-shirts.
The Girls Work Shop sells local handicrafts made by the women of Bahareya. Wares include simple embroidery, some jewelry, and wool caps and scarves. Not only are prices very reasonable (wool scarves for LE30/$5.45/£2.75, for example), and fixed, but the money goes directly to the women who make the products. The store is in the corner of a schoolyard a couple of hundred meters from the main square. Don't be discouraged if the front door seems to be locked; just walk 20m (66 ft.) down the wall to your left, enter the yard through the gate, and go into the store from the back. Hours of operation are approximate, but they're usually 10am to 1pm and 4 to 8pm.
Ganoub is an attractively arranged place that sells handmade baskets and attractive camel-wool blankets, as well as locally made scarves, embroidery, and pottery. It's just off the main square near the bank, and is open daily 9:30am to 1pm and 4 to 8pm.
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