Exploring Cairo, Egypt
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Abou El Sid RestaurantMediterranean, Middle EasternAbou El Sid is the quintessential authentic Egyptian dining experience. Cairo’s first hipster resto is popular with tourists and upper-class locals. You can get better molokhia (Garlicky leafy soup, an Egyptian delicacy) elsewhere but here you can wash it down with local wine & beer while lounging on ornate copies of classic French furniture otherwise known as the ‘Louis Farouk’ style.
Andrea RestaurantMiddle Eastern, EgyptianOne of Cairo's long established restaurants dating back to the early 80's, Andrea is famous for their spit-roasted chicken and variety of mezzes. Recently, Andrea has moved out to a new hilltop spot in New Giza, making this a great spot for lunch or dinner after a trip to the Pyramids. Locals usually like coming here for brunch during the weekends where you can eat in the garden while overlooking the city of Giza. Andrea has vast outdoor space and an indoor area too.
9 Pyramids LoungeInternational, Middle EasternNewly opened in 2020, the 9 Pyramids Lounge is the only restaurant to actually be on the Giza plateau with unobstructed views of all three pyramids. Needless to say, the view is out of this world! The best thing about the 9 Pyramids Lounge is, there is no building. Instead, it's built in a subtle wooden setting with indoor and outdoor spaces for dining with a relaxing outdoor majlis seating with pillows scattered on the ground to emulate the Bedouin style. They serve Mediterranean grill & Egyptian food as well as international cuisine with hefty portion sizes. Overall the food is average but the view is hard to beat and worth a visit.
City of The Dead Walking TourPrivate or Group tourLocated at the foot of Mokattam Mountain, the City of the Dead is an astonishing graveyard turned makeshift city where pantheons, mausoleums and tombs are full of life. There, what would begin centuries ago with the people who worked taking care of the tombs of the nobles, would not stop growing until it became another of Cairo's neighbourhoods, an unusual place where the living and the dead coexist. Some of the inhabitants of the City of the Dead are proud to have the opportunity to share accommodation with the graves of their relatives Like other cemeteries, the City of the Dead is full of art, and around the area you'll find buildings that are home to important characters from Egyptian History as is the case of the imposing mausoleum of the Mohammed Ali family, or the Sultan Sayf al-Din Inal Mosque.
Downtown Food TourPrivate or Group TourFood tours are the perfect way to get acquainted with this lively city. Get an introduction to Egyptian cuisine and culture in just a few hours while witnessing modern local life at its best. This walking tour, led by women, takes visitors on a food whirlwind through Cairo, tasting everything from local falafel to kushary to Egyptian Lasagna. Witness local life at its best, no tourist traps, no unnecessary filtering, Cairo as it really is.
Eish & MalhItalian, MediterraneanEish & Malh has become an established fixture of the culinary world in downtown Cairo, offering new Italian cuisine using fresh local ingredients. Located right beside the old Egyptian Synagogue (a true architectural gem), this eatery is active within the local food and cultural scene. They specialize in thin-crust pizza, house-made pasta, meats, fish, big "empire" brunches, and artisanal hand-made ice creams. Since opening, Eish + Malh’s involvement in the social and cultural scene in downtown has manifested in varied ways. They frequently host supper clubs, live music nights and art events.
- From $60
Islamic & Coptic Cairo Day TourPrivate guided tourStart your full-day tour visiting Old Cairo that is known as Christian Coptic Cairo which is among the most important locations visited by the Holy Family where the spiritual impact of their presence is most felt still, then continue your day tour to Islamic Cairo that was founded in 641 A.D by the First Muslim leader Amr Ibn Elaas.
IzakayaJapanese, AsianA favourite restaurant and hangout amongst the local high-society crowd, Izakaya is a fusion of Japanese precision with a Peruvian flair. Nestled on the top of a plateau in one of Egypts most expensive neighborhoods on the western outskirts of Cairo, Izakaya can easily be a 45-60 min drive from downtown Cairo. If you're curious about seeing how the upper society hangs out, don't mind spending a pretty penny, and want to have some world-class food while you're doing it, this is the place to go.
Koshary El TahrirEgyptian, Middle EasternThis fast food chain is famous for two things and two things only - it's main location in the famous Tahrir Square and it's Koshary, a local vegan meal and a staple to the Egyptian diet. Macaroni, rice, lentils, fried onions - all mixed together, topped with their da’a (lemon, vinegar and garlic dressing) and salsa make this quite a hearty meal for under 50 cents. As with all good koshary joints, the restaurant caters as quickly to those wanting to take-out as they do to those wanting to dine in.
- From $6.5
Nile Kayaking in CairoPrivate tourOne of the best ways to explore the world's longest river. Kayaking the Nile is a chance to experience Cairo away from the hustle and bustle. Touring the river from the central district of Zamalek provides a unique perspective to see some of the cities most iconic landmarks. Suitable for all.
Old Market TourPrivate guided tourLocated in the heart of Islamic Cairo, this busy and colorful open-air bazaar is filled with unique and exotic items from spices and perfumes to jewelry and souvenirs. The spot is home to many old cafes and you won’t know which to try first. There’s El-Fishawi, one of the oldest in Cairo (established in 1797) and one of Naguib Mahfouz’s favorite cafes. Also worth checking out is El-lord where you’ll get to enjoy the songs of Umm Kulthum. As for food, there are plenty of places serving traditional Egyptian food.