Destination Guide: Cairo
Biblical history, Nile-side strolls and bustling souks
Gaze at the Sphinx's smile at Giza, and King Tut's golden mask in the Egyptian Museum. Then seek solace with a sunset felucca ride along the River Nile.
Enjoy traditional Egyptian fare or international cuisine. Savour Japanese or French dishes in luxurious Corniche hotels. Or try falafal with mixed mezze dishes. A Nile-side sofa is the perfect place for sushi, Cairo's latest trend. Round off with refreshing mint tea at an ahwa coffeeshop in Islamic Cairo.
Take in a world wonder then sample Cairo's art scene. At the jaw-dropping Giza Pyramids, visit the pharaoh's wooden boat before a round of golf at the nearby course. Take an evening stroll past spot-lit mosques and mausoleums along Al-Muezz Al-Din Street in Islamic Cairo. Step into today at contemporary art galleries like Almasar in Zamalek.
Hunt down contemporary jewellery or traditional crafts. Choose hand-bound leather books or hand-blown muski glass in Khan El-Khalili's labyrinthine market. In Zamalek, luxury jewellery combines tradition and contemporary style. Fun footwear is the draw along Talaat Harb in Downtown.
Enjoy a night at the opera or take in traditional music. Join the smart set at chic Cairo Opera House in Gezira. Or bar-hop along Zamalek's buzzing 26th July Street. Rhythmic drumming and zither sounds set the scene for a sheesha pipe at Khan el Khalili's Naguib Mahfouz café.