S is for Sheesha
These sheesha pipes – a popular buy for tourists – were on sale at the Khan el Khalili. Sheesha pipes are also known as hookahs or nargiles – and a variety of other terms in the different countries where they are used. Smoking sheesha is a popular pasttime for people in Egypt – usually for men in coffee shops, but more and more women are smoking sheesha. The water pipes are used to smoke flavored tobacco – traditionally honey-flavored. Apple is another typical choice at most cafes and at some coffee shops you can find flavors such as melon, mixed fruit, apricot, cherry, mint, strawberry, and even cola or cappuccino.
Read more about sheesha smoking in Cairo in this EgyptToday article.