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About Cairo

Stolen right off of a painting, the City of Cairo in its glorious shades of amber leaves visitors in awe. Whether it’s the intimidating history it holds, or nooks and corners that have stories to tell from centuries ago, Cairo has been a witness to the rise and fall of great empires and emperors. There’s a charm in the loud, bustling markets populated with immensely hospitable and friendly crowds. Intertwining the new metropolis areas of Heliopolis and Ma’adi with the old the historic Memphis, Cairo flaunts its history and antiquity along with its modernity.

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Khan el Khalili

What was once the Fatimid Caliphs burial site is now a major shopping hub in Cairo: Khan el Khalili is the place to go if you want to purchase souvenirs, antiques or old traditional attire. Featured in Naguib Mahfouz’s literature, this souk is also famous for the array of restaurants, cafes, and street food stalls.

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Giza Plateau pyramids and sphinx

What trip to Cairo is complete without a visit to the pyramids? Constructed more than 2000 years before the birth of Jesus, the pyramids were built as the final resting place of the mighty pharaohs. Today the pyramids are a popular venue for headlining events and performances.

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Coptic Cairo area (old Cairo)

The oldest part of Cairo, Coptic Cairo was a major factor in shaping Egypt as we know it today. The area is occupied with some of Egypt’s most famous churches such as the hanging church and St. George church. Coptic Cairo is also home to the marvelous Babylon fortress and the Coptic museum.

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Museum of antiquities

If you have chosen to visit Cairo, you most certainly are intrigued by mummy world. Wonder no more, because this museum holds the world’s largest pharaonic collection to view so that you can further be amazed by this era in civilisation.

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Downtown Cairo

Once home to Cairo’s elite, Downtown Cairo is now the urban centre of the city. The area is filled with shops, restaurants and cafes where shoppers can purchase everything from clothes and electronics and pirated CDs. Downtown Cairo is also home to cafes such as Groppi cafe, Cairo’s oldest ice cream shop.

Restaurants in Cairo

La Tarbouche

The Grill Restaurant and Lounge

A restaurant that has it all: a spectacular view of the Nile, a pop art collection, and delicious authentic Egyptian dishes.

La Tarbouche

Studio Masr

With its unique cinema-inspired setting, Studio Masr offers diners the opportunity to travel back to the golden age of Egyptian cinema.

La Tarbouche

Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

The place where nobel-prize winner Naguib Mahfouz’s stories come to life, Naguib Mahfouz cafe is hidden within the Khan el Khalili souk.

La Tarbouche

La Tarbouche

Dine on the Nile at this elegant restaurant found onboard the magnificent ‘Le Pacha 1901’ ship.

La Tarbouche

Bab El Nil

A twist on the contemporary Egyptian dining experience, Bab El Nil takes traditional food and sets it in a fun and playful setting.

Shopping in Cairo

Cairo Festival City

As one of the main indoor-outdoor shopping, entertainment, and dining destinations in Egypt, Cairo Festival City offers its visitors a unique shopping experience with over 300 local and international stores.

Cairo Festival City
Mall Of Arabia

Mall Of Arabia

Egypt's 2nd-largest shopping mall, Mall of Arabia is where visitors can indulge in a luxurious shopping spree. The mall also features a movie theatre, a dancing fountain, and an indoor theme park.

Mall of Egypt

Mall of Egypt

The Mall of Egypt opened in March 2017 and is considered the largest in Egypt. The mall features a variety of high-end luxury brands and prestigious dining outlets. The Mall of Egypt is also the only shopping mall in Africa with an indoor ski slope.

City Stars

City Stars

Ranked as one of the top shopping destinations in Cairo, City Stars features more than 500 well-known international brands as well as popular local shops. The mall is also connected to InterContinental Cairo Citystars Hotel.

Tiba Outlet Mall

Tiba Outlet Mall

If you're looking for discounted deals on some of the top international brands sold in Cairo, head to Tiba Outlet Mall. The mall is Egypt's first outlet mall, and it includes an amusement park, a cinema and over 30 retail outlets.

tajawal insider tip

While opting to travel by cabs in the city, be sure to choose the white taxis with meters and avoid the older black taxis. These black cabs tend to run without a meter and the pricing is based on the driver’s judgement, therefore this results in customers paying more than the actual price.

Best time to visit Cairo

spring

March to April

temperature
14° to 24°C

Plan your trip to Egypt between March and April or October and November to avoid expensive flight tickets and hotel accommodations.

Cairo facts

Languages

Arabic, English and French

Currency

Egyptian Pounds (EGP)

Transportation

taxi, metro, train, cars, and buses

Population

9.5 million

Landmark

Giza Pyramids

Airports

Cairo International Airport (CAI)

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