Guidebook for Cairo & Giza

Sarah

Guidebook for Cairo & Giza

Essentials
Shops, Pharmacies, and other Services
This supermarket, also on Mesaha Street, is a mere five minutes' walk from the flat. From here, you can buy food and toiletries.
Seoudi Market
This supermarket, also on Mesaha Street, is a mere five minutes' walk from the flat. From here, you can buy food and toiletries.
This currency exchange is a four minutes' walk from my apartment. I come here often to exchange USD, EUR, and EGP.
Queen Exchange
This currency exchange is a four minutes' walk from my apartment. I come here often to exchange USD, EUR, and EGP.
It's a printing shop - come here in case you need to make any copies of documents or if you have anything you need printed. Office supplies are also sold here.
Xerox - Galaxy copy center
5 Amin El-Rafaey
It's a printing shop - come here in case you need to make any copies of documents or if you have anything you need printed. Office supplies are also sold here.
Arts & Culture
Performances take place here many days a week, of music all around the world (despite the name, the Cairo Opera House doesn't only perform Opera!). Tickets are very affordable - seats go for usually around 100 - 150 EGP, or about 7 USD / 5.50 EUR.
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Cairo Opera House
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Performances take place here many days a week, of music all around the world (despite the name, the Cairo Opera House doesn't only perform Opera!). Tickets are very affordable - seats go for usually around 100 - 150 EGP, or about 7 USD / 5.50 EUR.
I'm sure that this needs no explanation :) In case you want any tour guides to the Pyramids, let me know - I can get you an Egyptologist Tour Guide at an affordable price.
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Giza Necropolis
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I'm sure that this needs no explanation :) In case you want any tour guides to the Pyramids, let me know - I can get you an Egyptologist Tour Guide at an affordable price.
Every city has a panoramic tower. This is Cairo's! The viewing platform allows you to experience a breathtaking panorama over Cairo's skyline. The line to the tower, as with all towers worldwide, can get rather long, so make sure to bring water, snacks, and maybe a book to read.
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Cairo Tower
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Every city has a panoramic tower. This is Cairo's! The viewing platform allows you to experience a breathtaking panorama over Cairo's skyline. The line to the tower, as with all towers worldwide, can get rather long, so make sure to bring water, snacks, and maybe a book to read.
A new Egyptian Museum is currently under construction near the Pyramids in Giza and is scheduled to open some time in 2020. For the time being, the old Egyptian Museum is still open and located in a historical building on Tahrir Square. Its most famous attraction - Tutankhamun's Mask - is, as of now (August 2019), still on display. Make sure to go there while you still can!
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Egyptian Museum Cairo
15 Meret Basha
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A new Egyptian Museum is currently under construction near the Pyramids in Giza and is scheduled to open some time in 2020. For the time being, the old Egyptian Museum is still open and located in a historical building on Tahrir Square. Its most famous attraction - Tutankhamun's Mask - is, as of now (August 2019), still on display. Make sure to go there while you still can!
This Citadel, one of Cairo's most iconic landmarks, was the seat of the Egyptian government since the 1200s until the advent of Modern Egypt around 150 years ago. One of the most well-known symbols of Cairo is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, whose eponymous builder is widely considered to be the founder of modern Egypt. You will have great view of Cairo from the Citadel, and, on a clear day, you will even be able to see the Pyramids, 16 kilometers (10 miles) away!
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Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel
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This Citadel, one of Cairo's most iconic landmarks, was the seat of the Egyptian government since the 1200s until the advent of Modern Egypt around 150 years ago. One of the most well-known symbols of Cairo is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, whose eponymous builder is widely considered to be the founder of modern Egypt. You will have great view of Cairo from the Citadel, and, on a clear day, you will even be able to see the Pyramids, 16 kilometers (10 miles) away!
This very modern museum has a large collection of Islamic art, starting from the Umayyad Caliphate up until modern times. Its geographic scope is also very large, as it collects pieces from Morocco to the west up until Afghanistan in the east.
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Museum of Islamic Art Cairo
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This very modern museum has a large collection of Islamic art, starting from the Umayyad Caliphate up until modern times. Its geographic scope is also very large, as it collects pieces from Morocco to the west up until Afghanistan in the east.
This is the traditional market (Souq) of Cairo. It's a good place to pick up souvenirs, but even if you don't intend to buy anything, it's nice just to wander around and look at the wares on offer. Make sure to haggle over prices if you do choose to purchase anything from here!
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Khan el-Khalili
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This is the traditional market (Souq) of Cairo. It's a good place to pick up souvenirs, but even if you don't intend to buy anything, it's nice just to wander around and look at the wares on offer. Make sure to haggle over prices if you do choose to purchase anything from here!
This is one of the most famous nightclubs in all of Cairo. Live performances often take place here, and alcohol is served here as well. It's a nice place to go on the weekends especially(Thursday and Friday evenings).
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Cairo Jazz Club
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This is one of the most famous nightclubs in all of Cairo. Live performances often take place here, and alcohol is served here as well. It's a nice place to go on the weekends especially(Thursday and Friday evenings).
The Manial Palace is a relatively recent addition to Cairo, having been built less than 150 years ago during the reign of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. It is a very relaxing place to go and escape from Cairo's urban sprawl, as it offers nice, quiet, and secluded gardens to its visitors. This palace is located approximately thirty minutes from the apartment.
Manial Palace
The Manial Palace is a relatively recent addition to Cairo, having been built less than 150 years ago during the reign of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty. It is a very relaxing place to go and escape from Cairo's urban sprawl, as it offers nice, quiet, and secluded gardens to its visitors. This palace is located approximately thirty minutes from the apartment.
Shopping
Comfortable and stylish clothes are here at affordable prices. This is one of my favorite places to go shopping for clothes.
Max
143 El Tahrir
Comfortable and stylish clothes are here at affordable prices. This is one of my favorite places to go shopping for clothes.
Food scene
Koshary is a form of traditional Egyptian fast food, usually containing chickpeas, lentils, rice, pasta, fried onion, tomato sauce, and garlic vinegar. It is very affordable and filling, and is even vegetarian friendly. Koshary El-Tahrir is an approximately five minute walk from the apartment, so it's a great place to go and try this Egyptian dish!
Koshary El-Tahrir
Koshary is a form of traditional Egyptian fast food, usually containing chickpeas, lentils, rice, pasta, fried onion, tomato sauce, and garlic vinegar. It is very affordable and filling, and is even vegetarian friendly. Koshary El-Tahrir is an approximately five minute walk from the apartment, so it's a great place to go and try this Egyptian dish!
The Yemeni Restaurant, as the name suggests, serves Yemeni food for those who want to try foods from other Arab countries. It specializes in meat and chicken, and Yemeni bread is also famous throughout the Arab world. The restaurant is only a ten minutes' walk from here, and is a very good price.
Yemeni Corner Restaurant
The Yemeni Restaurant, as the name suggests, serves Yemeni food for those who want to try foods from other Arab countries. It specializes in meat and chicken, and Yemeni bread is also famous throughout the Arab world. The restaurant is only a ten minutes' walk from here, and is a very good price.
Chef Saber is a restaurant often visited by locals living in Dokki. It offers many varieties of Egyptian food, so it is an excellent place to go and taste many different dishes. The restaurant is very affordable and only a ten minute walk from the apartment. Additionally, its sister restaurant, Chef Saber Seafood, is located next door. As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in Egyptian seafood, and always has fresh fish on offer.
Chef Saber Restaurant
1 Gad Eid
Chef Saber is a restaurant often visited by locals living in Dokki. It offers many varieties of Egyptian food, so it is an excellent place to go and taste many different dishes. The restaurant is very affordable and only a ten minute walk from the apartment. Additionally, its sister restaurant, Chef Saber Seafood, is located next door. As the name suggests, this restaurant specializes in Egyptian seafood, and always has fresh fish on offer.
This beverage stall is a five minutes' walk from the apartment, located on El-Tahrir street. It is full of fresh fruits at affordable prices, but in particular, you should definitely try the sugarcane juice here, for which Egypt is famous. It's a good place to visit to cool down on hot days.
Abo Amr City Drink
This beverage stall is a five minutes' walk from the apartment, located on El-Tahrir street. It is full of fresh fruits at affordable prices, but in particular, you should definitely try the sugarcane juice here, for which Egypt is famous. It's a good place to visit to cool down on hot days.
This is a rooftop bar located three minutes' walk from the apartment. You can sip on Egyptian beer here at affordable prices while socializing and enjoying the nice view overlooking the Nile.
ELTONSY HOTEL
143 El Tahrir
This is a rooftop bar located three minutes' walk from the apartment. You can sip on Egyptian beer here at affordable prices while socializing and enjoying the nice view overlooking the Nile.
Mezcal, while definitely one the more expensive restaurants in Cairo, serves some of the best Peruvian/Latin American food available here. Their Ceviche and Churros are particularly good, and I would highly recommend them. In addition, they have a dedicated bar, where many alcoholic drinks and cocktails are available.
Mezcal
Mezcal, while definitely one the more expensive restaurants in Cairo, serves some of the best Peruvian/Latin American food available here. Their Ceviche and Churros are particularly good, and I would highly recommend them. In addition, they have a dedicated bar, where many alcoholic drinks and cocktails are available.
Makino is one of the more upscale restaurants in Cairo, but if you're looking for traditional Japanese food, there's nowhere else to go but here. As a major plus, they even have pork available, which is a very rare phenomenon in Cairo.
Makino Japanese Restaurant
Makino is one of the more upscale restaurants in Cairo, but if you're looking for traditional Japanese food, there's nowhere else to go but here. As a major plus, they even have pork available, which is a very rare phenomenon in Cairo.
Mori Sushi is moderately priced, and has on offer a wide variety of sushi rolls and sashimi. In addition, they also posses a wide variety of appetizers and drinks - you can even find poke bowls here! I would recommend coming here on Monday and Tuesday in particular, as deals and offers are available during those evenings, allowing you to save money when ordering rolls and sashimi.
Mori Sushi & Grill
30 El-Mohandes Mohammed Hasan Helmy
Mori Sushi is moderately priced, and has on offer a wide variety of sushi rolls and sashimi. In addition, they also posses a wide variety of appetizers and drinks - you can even find poke bowls here! I would recommend coming here on Monday and Tuesday in particular, as deals and offers are available during those evenings, allowing you to save money when ordering rolls and sashimi.
This restaurant is very close to the apartment - approximately a three to five minutes' walk. The restaurant does takeout only, and it's mostly for Egyptian breakfast. They offer such dishes as ful, falafel, and baba ghanoush. They also offer some Egyptian fast food dishes, like shawarma.
Taza
132 El Tahrir
This restaurant is very close to the apartment - approximately a three to five minutes' walk. The restaurant does takeout only, and it's mostly for Egyptian breakfast. They offer such dishes as ful, falafel, and baba ghanoush. They also offer some Egyptian fast food dishes, like shawarma.
This is coffeeshop situated very nearby. If you want a nice place to study and drink coffee outside of the apartment, this is where I recommend you to go.
Cilantro
This is coffeeshop situated very nearby. If you want a nice place to study and drink coffee outside of the apartment, this is where I recommend you to go.