Cairo, Egypt, is a place where you could get to discover multiple cultures from various eras all in the same place. From eating authentic Egyptian food at Zitouni to understanding the era of civilisation at the National Museum, it is a beautiful place to visit. The beauty of Cairo is best exposed at night, where the big city lights are like stars on the ground, especially next to the Nile River or old buildings carrying the aroma of Fatimid Cairo. The people, the vibrancy and warmth bring energy to their streets. With breathtaking landscapes and ‘Instagrammable‘ spots, these are the ultimate guide to being chic in Cairo.
The Hotel: Concorde El Salam Hotel Cairo
The Concorde El Salam Hotel Cairo, located in the tranquil, upmarket suburb of Heliopolis, is a luxurious haven for those wishing to explore the fascinating historic and cultural sights of Cairo. Built in the style of a huge manor house, the elegant, palm tree lined entrance welcomes visitors from around the world. The handsome Georgian-inspired architecture of the hotel, with its gleaming white stucco exterior and graceful classical columns, is a favourite with travellers who appreciate its refined, discreet sense of style.
The Restaurant: Zitouni
Authentic Egyptian food at 3:00 am? It’s possible at Zitouni! This 24-hour restaurant offers up the best shish barak and you can finish it off with homemade keshta ice cream in the wee hours of the morning. Take a seat in the main dining area and enjoy stunning views of the Nile, or settle into one of the contemporary wood alcoves for a more intimate option. They also offer an extensive buffet with lunch and dinner options, in addition to an impressive brunch.
The Museum: National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) is a large museum in the ancient city of Fustat, now part of Cairo. The museum houses between its walls a collection of 50,000 artefacts, presenting Egyptian civilisation from prehistoric times to the present day in the ancient natural lake of Ain El-Sira. There is a fee for entry and photography for foreigners, so be ready.
The Bar: Riverside
Riverside Cairo is a two-story venue offering all types of musical entertainment, from live jazz evenings to all night dancing featuring famous DJs. Situated in Zamalek, a vibrant upscale district of West Cairo, Riverside also lives up to its name by offering stunning views of the Nile at night. Those seeking a strong beer menu should look elsewhere, but cognac fans will be pleased to find an especially wide selection here. Aside from cognac, their drink menu offers a great range of wines, liquors, and spirits, as well as variety of cocktails for every taste.
The ‘Instagrammable Spot: Sequoia
This city staple right on the banks of the Nile has been around since God knows when always delivering the same fab view. You’ve got the whole chic-meets-casual rustic feel of the place itself, and then couple that with the Nile view and you’ve got yourself one gorgeous Instapost!
The Spa: Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza Spa
Indulge in the personalised treatment of your choice from the Spa menu for 120 min followed by a 60 min Spa Royal Suite experience at the Four Seasons Hotel Nile Plaza Spa. Include a luxurious Cleopatra bath and decadent Bento box lunch and leave the frenetic pace of the city behind. Enjoy the plush relaxation lounge with a panoramic Nile view; treat yourself and your partner to a royal experience for the day.
The Shop: Mall of Egypt
The glistening Mall of Egypt features Egypt’s first indoor snow park. You’ll also find a clean and well-maintained cinema complex featuring 21 screens. The food court has a good selection of food outlets boasting many of the expected local and international chains. From a shopping perspective, there’s a wide variety of shops including many major brands from around the world. You’ll definitely be in awe with the grandness of it all.
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