In this guide you will find the best places to go in Cairo, Egypt. Everything from the best places to stay, eat and drink, and the best thing to do in this eclectic city. You will also find several point of interests as well as activities to do in Cairo.
To experience the real Egyptian Mezze, I would recommend asking locals for help. To foreigners it can look like a little hole in the wall, but to locals it can be a restaurant that serves the best mezze in town. To give you some options beforehand, here are some of the best places to eat in Cairo:
The best places to go in Cairo for drinks, both coffee and cocktails are located in Zamalek. The area is not so crowded and noisy, with small, cozy streets and big outdoor seatings. Everywhere in town you can get properly fresh squeezed juices, and the Egyptian special is mint and lemon.
Even though it is vastly touristic, one of the best places to go in Cairo and maybe the most famous point of interest – Giza. Take a day trip about 2 hours from Cairo, and visit the Sakkarah pyramid in Sakkarah, and Giza for the three big pyramids and the Great Sphinx of Giza. To avoid the worst traffic, burning heat and crowds of people, I recommend going early in the morning.
There are many other activities to do in the centre of Cairo. Here are some of my favorites, because I really like experiencing the local areas and give you tips that differs from the main attractions:
I visited Cairo for 5 days, and stayed at Ramses Hilton. The hotel offers a big pool area overlooking the Nile, and a great location between Downtown and Zamalek. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from your bedroom. If you want to tan when you visit Cairo, you have to stay in one of the huge hotels by the Nile. The best time is April, May, September and October.
For a longer stay, I would recommend renting a flat in Downtown or Zamalek. You can find many options on Airbnb.
Cairo is just like any other big city. Busy, busy, busy. No point in waiting for streetlights to cross the road. Follow the locals or you will never get anywhere. Taxi is the way to get around. Buses, well, they are for the natives. Like seriously.
Cairo is not more dangerous than other big cities just because it’s a Middle-Eastern country. Of course you need to respect the culture, but this is something you should do everywhere you travel. Surprisingly (for some) in a big city you don’t see the differences as clearly as you do when you read about them in the news. Both men and women are out eating, drinking in bars and enjoying life, just like any other place in the world.