Cairo Travel Guide

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Cairo Things to Do

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  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Cairo Museum contains the world's most impressive collection of ancient Egyptian art. The beautiful edifice itself, designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon, was built in 1903, during Cairo's Belle Epoque, as a showcase of Ancient Egyptian heritage. The sizeable museum is incredibly crammed with objects and artefacts, yet those on...

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  • Giza & El-Dokki Neighborhood

    The most famous pyramids are the Egyptian pyramids — huge structures built of brick or stone, some of which are among the world's largest constructions. They are shaped as a reference to the rays of the sun. Most pyramids had a polished, highly reflective white limestone surface, in order to give them a shining appearance when viewed from a...

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  • Khan el Khalili

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you are acquainted with souks and bargaining, Khan-el-Khalili may be just one more commercial area. But if you want to feel the pulse of arab deals and feel the real Cairo you must not skip this famous street, and its tents and shops of any kind. I must confess that we were not impressed, maybe because... it was one more... we were short in...

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Cairo Hotels

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Cairo Restaurants

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  • Felfela Restaurant

    4 out of 5 stars

    The place was crowded and has a good reputation. Nice interiors ad friendly service, but I was disappointed by the food. It was absolutely basic, no dressings and poor taste of both, vegetables and meat. None

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  • Information & Sources

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The coffeehouses of Egypt are glorious, fulfilling the function served by bars or pubs in the West. Of course, no alcohol is served, (I hardly ever drink, so rather like this: the conversaion may become animated, it rarely becomes incoherent, and random violence is most unlikely) but they serve a huge variety of drinks, including kerkady, an...

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  • Abou El Sid Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    restaurant in Zamalek area. We had a serie of various Egyptian dishes such as chiken liver, and the Sakkara beer, the food was really delicious and so the atmosphear. If you want you can also smoke shisha. The name outside is Charmerie Best dish is definitely the Molokhiyyah a delicious vegetable that can be eaten with rice.

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Cairo Nightlife

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  • On the Nile

    this will be my nightlife tips on Nile River Cruise, I will have separate thing to do and restaurant tips for it. what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the Egyptian and other Civilisations (such as the Nubians) started as territorial egypt then was only along the first 50...

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  • Dancing

    Beside the nile river in a very nice boat called (Blue Nile) At El Morocco you can listen to Arabic, English, French, Italian, Latino, and much more and dance till 4am Minimum age is 25 Minimum charge is 75 Egytian pounds = 14 $ It is decorated in the Moroccan style

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  • Eating and Drinking

    This is a pub we practically visited every night. It is a small place in Zamalek island which gets easily crowded after 9 pm. Beer is good and so is wine, you can also have dinner here. Tusday is their sushi night. casual

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Cairo Transportation

  • Taxis

    Cairo has an abundance of taxis and they are quite cheap. A ride across town will barely cost $1. Sometime in the last decade, the old black taxis (in main photo) were completely eliminated and newer (but just as flimsy) cars were introduced with properly working meters. This has made it much easier and better to take a taxi. Those white taxis are...

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  • Airplane

    We rode on Emirates Airlines in In Cairo bound to Dubai for our last leg of a Middle Eastern (we spend 1 week in Dubai touring and enjoying the sights) Jaunt of 3 weeks since emirates offers the best rates and with excellent service, even for economy. they have thrice daily flights to and from Cairo from their hub in Dubai using airbus A 330...

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  • Bus/Microbus

    since Egypt has a vibrant tourism Industry (although it suffered a steep drop after the 2011 revolution and current instability) there are many big tour buses in egypt operated by the egyptian travel agencies and most of them also offer free wifi service to techie tourists like us who uses the internet often to check facebook, virtual tourist,...

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Cairo Shopping

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  • Khan el Khalili

    The main bazaar of Cairo is Khan El-Khalili. Everything you may want can be found here. It is mostly a tourist market but towards the outer areas are some areas for locals. The shops are intermixed with coffee and hookah shops.

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  • Supermarkets

    There are two main supermarkets, or "Markets" as they're called in Cairo. In my area of Zamalek, I visit the two main suppliers of Metro and Alpha. These are typical supermarkets with aisles and many international brands. Don't expect any items to be organised in specific areas as one would expect, you have to actually walk the entire shop to find...

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  • Tourist bazaar

    The main bazaar of Cairo is Khan El-Khalili. Everything you may want can be found here. It is mostly a tourist market but towards the outer areas are some areas for locals. The shops are intermixed with coffee and hookah shops.

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Cairo Local Customs

  • Islam

    Take caution when traveling to Egypt! Make a honest person you know meet you at the airport, or some trustworthy person! The taxi drivers there will rip you off if you don't know the rates, so keep someone trustworthy with you. There should be a trustworthy person with you all ways there advising you what to do there. Make sure you only talk to...

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  • Dress Codes for Women

    The nile river cruise is apparently not only popular with tourists going to egypt as even locals do this as when we were at the cruise, there was a wedding party present and the reception is at the Nile river cruise. the bride were a traditional white wedding dress and since Islam mandates women to wear modest clothes, the bride has her hair and...

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  • Bargaining

    Bargaining. Us Anglo's just don't get it, do we? In England about the only time we enter into any negotiation over price is when we buy a car or a house. Here' it's different. A love of the deal is part of the Levantine culture. You have to understand, and go along with it. Price is always flexible. In practise everyday items are more or less...

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Cairo Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic

    Traffic is really a mess in Cairo and it is like this from sunrise till after sunset. I had no idea that 23 milions of people lived in Cairo during the day, but you really notice each of them when you breath. The first morning I opened the window in my room to change air, gave a breath and decided it was better to leave it closed.Most taxi drivers...

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  • Hawkers and hassle

    being the number one tourist destination of egypt, the Giza Necropolis, where the Great Pyramids are located, has lots of mini stalls, hawkers, touts asking for alms and selling items and other unscrupolous elements like the pick pockets, photo scammers and the like. since having permanent shopping stalls are not allowed in the Complex, the sellers...

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  • Women

    I love the people in Egypt ,of course I go there not for tourism but to see the dog kennels as I am a hobby breeder and they have some of the best of my breed . Other than the occasional misunderstandings between me and some people (kindness shown from a women is flirting there ) I had no travel problems , of course I did not take Taxi or bus as I...

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Cairo Tourist Traps

  • Hawkers and hassle

    Having just got back from 2 weeks in Egypt (Sharm, Cairo and Alexandria) and not normally a reviewer of my trips but thought it was really necessary to advise about the Giza Pyramids as it was by far the most stressful day of our trip and almost not worth the hassle, and we spent a total of 6 days in the Cairo area. I had read about and felt clued...

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  • Camels

    don't ever pose in front of camels around the giza necropolis area as eventhough you are not riding them and you are just in front of them and taking pictures, the camel herders wil pester you, rather aggressively to pay them for the picture! they will ask 40 LE (about 5 US Dollars) as payment, even though they are not the ones who took the shot...

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  • Money/Prices

    Be careful when buying small stone carvings and papyrus. They will always tell you that those are authentic but most of the items they sell in cairo are fake ones. They are not real stones and definitely not real papyrus..so try to pay the price for a replica.

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Cairo What to Pack

  • Clothes

    Everyone Knows that Cairo is located in the Harsh Sahara Desert and that it can get really hot in the area and also at The Pyramids of Giza as all people visiting Cairo also visits the Pyramids of Giza, and that You can get sun burned easily even if you have brought sun tans along if you don't cover your head with a hat of a cap as 20% of liquid...

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  • Toiletries/Medical Supplies

    late may to october, this is the hottest months Egypt, and in Cairo, where the temperature rises up to 52 degrees celsius (125 fahrenheit) as it is in the middle of the sahara desert after all, it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn...

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  • Money/Credit Cards

    If you are planning to live for an extended period of time (study abroad, work abroad etc.) then there are some money issues you will need to know. - Have two bank accounts in your home country, each with their own ATM card and access (make sure they have FOUR digit pin numbers, not more or less, and I prefer to also have Visa or Mastercard...

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Cairo Off The Beaten Path

  • Other Destinations in Egypt

    the Saint Joseph Cathedral is located along the european district of Cairo and sits along the embassy row and is one of the few Latin Rite Roman Catholic Churches in Egypt (there are other eastern Rite Catholic Churches in Cairo like the Coptic Catholic, Maronite, Melkite, Armenian Catholic and more) as egypt only has about a 200,000 plus Roman...

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  • Memphis and Sakkara

    On the road approaching the Step Pyramids in Sakkara you will see several carpet making schools on both sides of the road. I have read and heard a lot about these places. Reviews range from overpriced carpet shops preying on busloads of unexpecting tourists to child labor sweatshops. I have also read that they are what they purport to be which is...

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  • City of the Dead

    City of the Dead (Qarafa, Arafa) is a four mile long cemetery from northern to southern part of Cairo, Egypt. To the people of Cairo and other Egyptians, it is simply el'arafa which means "the cemetery". It is a bustling grid of tombs and mausoleums where people live and work amongst their dead and ancestors. Many residents live here to be near...

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Cairo Sports & Outdoors

  • Horseback Riding

    The solution to these suffering horses is to plan ahead and book a reputable guide in advance of your trip. I'm providing the link for the guy I used (his name is Phil). I was very pleased with the condition of the horses at the stable he used. It was farther away from the tourist trap entrance area - indeed it is a sad sight to see the conditions...

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  • Fitness Centers

    This club opened in june 2003,I must say it indeed the finest club in Cairo area.I have seen the site,and it`s very interesting and promising. "We can inspire people and make them play sports" quote by the club`s Vice-President and Director of Business Development. "We want to provide our youth with professional educational and training sports...

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  • Golfing

    the Main attraction of the 6th of October City in Giza is the Dreamland Golf Course, which is a 45 hole golf course with lush greens and tifton grass, located in the desert and the resort has it's own Dreamland Resort hotel with 450 rooms for tourists. There are various resort hotels lining the area like the sheraton, the hilton, and our hotel, the...

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Cairo General

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  • Advises

    Below are some references and recommended reading on Cairo/Egypt: Discovering Downtown Cairo: Architecture & Stories, by Barbara Pampe Paris Along The Nile - Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque, by Cynthia Myntti Egypt's Belle Epoque - Cairo and the Age of the Hedonists, by Trevor Mostyn Islamic Monuments in Cairo - The Practical Guide,...

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

    We've been to Cairo twice. The Pyramids and Sphynx are awesome sites. Remember it is a tourist spot so peddlers will come from everywhere. Enjoy the sites first, then bargain for souvenirs. Stay in site of the bus parking. Visit the Cairo Museum. It is amazing. The history of the site.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    like in any country, egypt has lots of snack foods and junk foods present and there is a cornucupia of assorted snack foods which you can buy in and around cairo which are made by local companies, multinational companies and local street hawkers and they range from halal potato chips, nachos, assorted small cakes, yogurts, finger foods, falafel and...

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