Flights to Cairo (CAI)

Cairo elegantly fuses the old with the new. There are plenty of historical landmarks and monuments waiting to be explored, along with endless modern delights.
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Cairo, Egypt

What to do in Cairo

Admire the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx

The number one thing on your Cairo to-do list should be a visit to the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Nearly every hotel in the city organizes daily trips to this fascinating complex of monuments. This marvel is the oldest of the ancient wonders of the world, and the only one still in existence.

Giza Necropolis
Al Haram Street
Giza
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Try some Egyptian street food

Almost everywhere you go in Cairo, you’ll find a food cart or stall selling delicious street food and drink. Try a refreshing sugarcane or mango juice, prickly pear (cactus fruit), falafel, koshari, and foul (a form of baked bean). Also, check out Zooba Cafe, which serves street food with a twist in a cafe setting.

Zooba Cafe
26th of July Street
Zamalek
+20 10 2315 2510
facebook.com/ZoobaEats

Take a boat trip along the Nile

One of the best places to take some time out and watch the world go by is along the River Nile. Avoid the evening crowds by taking a traditional felucca during the day. These boats usually wait for customers on either side of the river or at larger mooring spots, like the one that also houses Nile Maxim, a great spot for lunch.

Maxim Restaurants
Saraya El Gezira Street
In front of Marriott Hotel
Zamalek
+20 2 27388888
facebook.com/maximrestaurants

Visit Tahrir Square

Cairo’s famous Tahrir Square is the icon of modern Egypt and is framed on one side by the Mogmaa Al Tahrir (Tahrir Palace). Situated a stone’s throw away is the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the majority of the country’s historical gems, including the treasure of Tutankhamun.

Tahrir Square
Meret Basha
Qasr El-Nile

Immerse yourself in Cairo’s nightlife

Cairo’s nightlife is among the most exciting in the region. Enjoy the VIP treatment at either Riverside or TIU. For a laid-back evening and a relaxed dress code, Cairo Jazz Club is the best venue around. Don’t be fooled by the name; it hosts everything from jazz to indie.

Cairo Jazz Club
197 26th of July Corridor
El-Agouzah
+20 2 3345 9939
cairojazzclub.com

Drink at El-Fishawi Coffeehouse

Downtown Cairo is home to Khan El-Khalili, the city’s best bazaar, which sells everything from carpet to souvenirs. Ignore the first shops you come across and make your way through the maze-like alleyways to the renowned El-Fishawi Coffeehouse, which has been in business since 1773. It has served everyone from kings to celebrities, and its coffee, or qahwa, is exquisite.

El-Fishawi Alley
Al Gamaleyah
Qesm Gamaleyah
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Where to eat in Cairo

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Le Deck (International)

For a fancy lunch with a spectacular view, this intimate lounge and restaurant is the only hot spot of its kind that’s square in the middle of the River Nile area. With a wide variety of tasty international dishes on offer, there’s something on the menu for even the fussiest eater.

Sofitel El Gezirah Cairo
3 El Thawra Council Street
Zamalek
+20 2 2737 3737
sofitel.com/sofitel-cairo-el-gezirah/restaurant

Koshary Abou Tarek (Egyptian)

For the best koshary in town, this is the place to go. Simple, fuss-free, and super affordable, Abou Tarek attracts locals, Egyptian expats visiting from abroad, and a few tourists. Don’t go looking for other menu items, as there are none, but if you have room, share a rice pudding for dessert.

16 Marouf
Qasr El-Nile
+20 100 105 9950

Abou El Sid (Egyptian)

Starting out with a single restaurant in central Cairo, Abou El Sid, named after the famous chef, now has branches all over the city. That’s testament to the restaurant’s authentic, quintessentially Egyptian cuisine. The menu is full of exciting dishes; go for the traditional experience in the Zamalek branch.

Muhammad Mazhar
AZ Zamalek
Giza Governorate
+20 101 008 500
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El Morocco (Middle Eastern)

Located on a boat on the Nile, this authentic eatery offers a wide variety of Middle Eastern specialties, endless types of shisha, and traditional Arabic music and dancing. It is highly recommended that you make a reservation in advance, as it can get busy after dark, particularly on the weekends.

Blue Nile Boat
9a Saray El-Gezira Street
Zamalek
+20 2 2735 3112

Mori Sushi (Japanese)

You might not think that the words Cairo and sushi go together, but in recent years the demand for Japanese cuisine has skyrocketed in Egypt. Mori Sushi which specializes in fusion sushi and sashimi creations as well as grilled wagyu beef dishes, is a firm favorite in the city.

19 El Gabalaya Street
Zamalek
+20 2 2735 0206
mori-sushi.com

Fairmont Nile City Brunch (International)

This legendary Friday brunch is a favorite among trendy locals, with the buffet selection here being big, bountiful, and delicious. Anything you can think of is served, from waffles, pancakes, and muffins to Peking duck, sushi, pasta, and salads. There are loads of desserts on offer, too.

Nile City Towers–2005B
Corniche El-Nile
Ramlet Beaulac
+20 2 2461 9494
fairmont.com/nile-city-cairo

Places to stay in Cairo

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Talisman Hotel

Located out towards the east of the Nile, the Talisman Hotel is a retro-style property with plenty of traditional charm. The rooms are elegant and decorated with locally sourced art. There are also hot tubs, free Wi-Fi, and a library, and the restaurant serves good local food.

39 Talaat Harb Street
Downtown Cairo
Ganayen Al Waileyah
+20 2 2393 9431
facebook.com/talismanhotelcairo

Staybridge Suites & Apartments–Citystars

This hotel is a very convenient place to stay in Cairo, particularly if you have children. Staybridge is attached to the Citystars Mall, one of the biggest shopping complexes in Egypt, so you’re never far from dining or entertainment options. Additionally, there’s a laundry room that’s free to use, so you won’t have to worry about the little ones getting messy.

Emtedad Makram Obeid Street
Heliopolis
Nasr City
11737
+20 2 2480 3333
ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/cairo

Four Seasons Cairo, Nile Plaza

With the city center just a short drive away, this luxurious five-star property is one of the best placed in Cairo. Featuring delightful panoramic views of the city, the Four Seasons Cairo is perfect for relaxation and downtime, with a luxury spa and outdoor pool open to guests.

1089 Corniche El-Eil
Garden City
11519
+20 2 2791 7000
fourseasons.com/caironp

Freedom Hostel

Located a short walk from the famous Talaat Harb Square, Freedom Hostel offers everything you need at rates that won’t blow your budget. The spacious rooms are split into shared or private areas, and there’s a small guest kitchen.

6 Bank Misr Street
Off Sherif Street
In front of Central Bank of Egypt
+20 2 2392 6157
freedomcairohostel.com

Mena House Oberoi

Fancy waking up to a view of the Great Pyramids of Giza? The legendary Mena House Hotel provides just that. Surrounded by acres of lush gardens, and with a spa and swimming pool to boot, the hotel has suites named after famous figures who have stayed at the hotel, including the wartime British Primer Minister Winston Churchill.

Yara
Bab El-Louq
Abdin
+20 2 3377 3222
menahousehotel.com

Fairmont Towers, Heliopolis

Right in the center of the super-trendy Heliopolis district, the Fairmont Towers may not be near the city center, but it’s only a 10-minute drive from Cairo International Airport. Boasting spacious, luxurious rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, the hotel offers plenty of activities for the whole family.

Uruba Street
Heliopolis
2466
+20 2 2267 7730
fairmont.com/towers-heliopolis-cairo

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