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Estoril

Estoril (12 Talaat Harb Street, Cairo) — Estoril is a cosy restaurant-bar tucked away in a Downtown alley. Stepping into Estoril, you will feel like entering a whole new world of peace and quiet, after the hassle you would have experienced outside. The place is small and it feels quite intimate. The soft lighting and […]

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Butcher’s Burger

Butcher’s Burger (23 Dr Mahkoury St, Aswan Square, Mohandiseen, Cairo) — the restaurant offers diners an extensive menu of burgers and steaks, with a generous selection of starters also available. Its Mega Sampler includes onion rings, fried mushrooms, fried cheese balls and fried dill pickles. Its signature dish is the Mighty Butcher a whopping 350 […]

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Aqua

Aqua (Four Seasons Nile Plaza, 1089 Corniche el-Nil, Garden City, Cairo) — In this modern and contemporary dining atmosphere, guests enjoy the freshest seafood with Pacific Rim fusion flavours. Also features a trendy sushi bar offering freshly prepared selections of sushi, maki and sashimi.

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Andrea

Andrea (60 Maryotteya Canal, Shar’a Kerdessa, al-Haram, Giza, Cairo) – this is a popular eatery where chicken is grilled on beds of charcoal, and warak einab (stuffed grape leaves and chicken livers) are unequaled. At night, the Byzantine interior becomes Cairo’s most sophisticated nightclub (only November through March)—and getting in is almost as hard as […]

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Abu Tarek Koshary

Abu Tarek Koshary (16 Champollion Street, on the corner of Maarouf Street, Cairo) — Abu Tarek Koshary is undoubtedly one of the best known restaurants in Cairo, if not in all Egypt. As its name suggests, it is the proud flagship of the popular Egyptian dish: the Koshary. And even though this famous mixture of […]

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Abou Shakra

Abou Shakra (69 Sharia Qasr al-Ainy, Garden City, Cairo) — Abou Shakra is where to come for a skewer or two. It’s been serving up its kebab-and-kofta plates and shwarma sandwiches at this main branch since 1947 and locals love it to bits. There’s a takeaway at the front and a dining room behind it. […]

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Car Rentals

Car Rentals – unless you are familiar with the city and “dos and don’t” of Cairo, most foreigners are advised against renting a car. Those staying in the city for a period of time are advised to hire a driver (even if it means negotiating a fee for the entire day/or evening). For those still […]

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Taxis

Taxis — Cairo has a fleet of metered, air-conditioned Yellow and White Taxis with which you should book your taxi one hour before your journey (Tel: 16516-19155-19730). Ask your hotel desk for assistance (since most taxis drivers only speak Arabic, and the hotel desk can instruct the driver before-hand your destination). Taxis can provide receipts, […]

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Metro

Metro – Cairo has the first and largest metro train system in the entire African continent. It has two lines (red/line 1 and blue/line 2) which cover a good portion of the city, but not all of it, since its population has spread out over the years. Trains run from South Cairo (Helwan) to North […]

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Major Bus Routes

To and from Maydan Tahrir: No. 400 for Heliopolis and Cairo International Airport (all terminals) and 27 to the airport via Maydan Roxi; 268, 63, and 66 for the Khan al-Khalili; 951 and 154 for Ibn Tulun Mosque and the Citadel; 800, 900, and 997 for the Pyramids in Giza; all lines except 154, 951, […]