This eclectic metropolis of contrasts is brimming with history

The Egyptian capital of Cairo is a hub of monuments spanning multiple eras, mixed architectural influences, flavorful local eats, beautiful crafts and a rich cultural scene, all entwined into a singular street life. Flanking the Nile River and crowned by the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx, Cairo is nicknamed “the city of a thousand minarets” for its wealth of stunning Islamic architecture. The Egyptian Museum in the heart of downtown showcases thousands of Egyptian antiquities, while the city’s medieval Khan El-Khalili bazaar is buzzing with life.

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Explore Cairo

  • Downtown
  • Zamalek
  • El-Tagamoa
  • El-Haram (Pyramids area)

Downtown

Overview

Considered the heart of Cairo, the downtown neighborhood is well known for Tahrir Square and 19th-century European-influenced architecture — both of which are made more mysterious by the small passages that dot the walls. Here you’ll find hotels, street food, arthouse cinema and lots of seasonal festivals.

Known For

Festivals, Arthouse Cinema, Culture, Hotels, Architecture, Street Food

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Zamalek

Overview

The island of Zamalek is the affluent counterpart to the downtown neighborhood. Amid beautiful old buildings and ancient trees, you’ll find unique stores, most of Cairo’s best art galleries, excellent restaurants, bars and rooftop views.

Known For

Cafés, Dining, Nightlife, Culture, Shopping, Art Galleries, Views

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El-Tagamoa

Overview

Just a short highway ride away from Heliopolis, the now-buzzy New Cairo is characterized by spacious gated compounds and mixed-use hubs offering numerous shopping and dining options for all tastes.

Known For

Dining, Shopping

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El-Haram (Pyramids area)

Overview

The Pyramid Complex is indisputably the highlight of this area, but it’s also known for horse stables and riding lessons. Local bars are peppered amid several hotels and casual restaurants.

Known For

Sights, Horseback Riding, Bars, Nightlife

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Nearby Hotels and Resorts

Stay in the Center of it All

Immerse yourself in your destination at these centrally located hotels.

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Spend Three Days in Cairo: a City Expertly Blending Old and New

The city skyline at sunrise

Experience the City’s Variety

Experience the vastness of the Wadi Degla desert before shifting gears to the buzzy downtown neighborhood. Savor local dishes and tasty snacks along the way, then end on a high note at one of Cairo’s nightclubs.

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Surround Yourself in Culture & History

Start off with a zip-lining rush followed by a visit to a citadel with breathtaking views. Dive deeper into history among old churches, followed by a visit to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Shop for colorful pottery souvenirs before wrapping up the day with drinks and live music.

View of the city from a rooftop at dusk

Immerse Yourself in Art

Get a taste of local art while exploring Zamalek, capped by a rooftop lunch with views of the Nile River. Spend the evening wandering through Khan El-Khalili’s alleyways and emerging onto the historic El-Moez Street before closing the night at the Cairo Jazz Club.

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