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Making Merry In Cairo: Nightlife And Restaurants

Posted on November 4, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

Food and night life are perhaps the two most important indicators of how lively a city is. Not lacking in either of these, Cairo has plenty to offer. When the lights go up, city streets are nothing less than a buffet of dining places, shops, posh hotels with belly and cabaret dancers, folk music at El-Ghuriya and theatre at the Opera House.

While most places are open till 3 am or 4 am, at some places, the party is on 24 hours. An icing on the cake is the sound and light show at the Pyramids, making the history seem to come live. You could check the timings for the show as per your language.

When you are talking of nightlife, you are automatically getting to drinking. While that’s not difficult to come by for those who desire it, you are expected to be sensitive to the religious beliefs of your Egyptian friends/associates if you are declined your offer.


There are these baladi bars, called cafeterias to disguise the sale of alcohols. Most of the bars are in all the main hotels of Cairo. Some of the all-time favourite bars are:

  1. Harry’s Pub at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Zamalek. It’s also popular for its karaoke and ladies’ nights.
  2. The Revolving Restaurant Lounge at the Grand Hyatt, on the 40th floor.
  3. The Windows on the World bar on the 36th floor of the Ramses Hilton. These two in fact, compete in providing a better view of Cairo from the top.
  4. Another popular rooftop bar, though lower in comparison to the above mentioned ones, is the rooftop Pyramids Bar and Terrace at the Nile Hilton.
  5. To take away memories of drinking in Cairo, there’s the Sultan Bar at the Mena House, a palace hotel with views of the pyramids.
  6. The Sharia Alfy around the Midan Orabi is good enough to try as well

While there’s no restriction for women on entering the bar, these areas being a male domain, might be a bit uncomfortable for women themselves.

Nile Hilton

Clubbing in this city is integral to its culture, with the popular ones having belly dancers. Again, the hotel chains are the ones that provide the best, though expensive options for a good club visit. Some of the popular clubs you would want to hang out at are mentioned below.

  1. Jackie’s Joint at the Nile Hilton. This is an up market favourite with a dance floor, pool tables, private karaoke rooms, and 1970s and 80s nights.
  2. The Place, next to the Sheraton el Gezirah. This club offers live music (Egyptian and international) on its top floor terrace with a view of the River Nile.
  3. Rithmo at the Semiramis Intercontinental. This one is an expensive club.
  4. Windows on the World, on the 36th floor of the Ramses Hilton is another popular hangout with wonderful cocktails, good food, great views and live music (jazz and pop).
  5. The Cairo Jazz Club. This club, away from the hotels offers a sophisticated mix of live jazz, blues, a DJ and creates just the right atmosphere with a dimly lit, smoke-filled environment.
  6. Africana Club. This club at the Pyramids Road is a noisy place with mostly Sub-Saharan crowd.

Cheap food at International hotels is what the food scene is like in Cairo. A three-course meal most often comes within US$35, without wine of course. What makes it expensive by 20-25% are tax and tips.

Here are few pocket-friendly and not so pocket friendly restaurants:
  1. Andrea
    This one is a popular lunch spot for local families, near the Pyramids of Giza. Its USP is a traditional Egyptian grill with a shady garden terrace, indoor dining room and cellar bar. It’s an absolute delight for non-veg lovers with chicken, quails and kofte sizzling over a charcoal grill and fresh baked bread from the clay oven.  There’s wine and beer, but no dessert.  For winter nights, this place presents itself as a chic nightclub.  A three-course meal for one, excluding drinks and tip, would come here for US$15 – US$25.
  2. Aqua
    This is a sleek, modern restaurant with two large aquaria to welcome you. A sushi bar complements the delicious seafood here and on the menu are traditional (lobster thermidor) to Pacific fusion (pan-seared salmon pagoda with foie gras and teriyaki sauce). Non-seafood and vegetarian options are also available. There are Steaks with a traditional steakhouse menu.  Price for a three meal course – US$25- over US$40.
  3. Khan El-Khalili Restaurant
    Once tired of shopping or intending to take a break from it while at Khan El-Khalili market, having a siesta here would just be ideal. The restaurant serves traditional Egyptian food. With good service, cleanliness, and being air-conditioned, this one is perfect place to relax.  Price for a three meal course – US$25- US$40.
  4. Naguib Mahfouz Coffee Shop
    The coffee shop is named after Egypt’s Nobel prize-winning novelist. He set many of his works in this area and the place continues to be a melting point for local artists and intellectuals. Price for a three meal course – US$25- US$40.
  5. Revolving Restaurant
    At the 41st floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, is the Revolving Restaurant. The décor is romantic, apt for two. The tables are fitted round the central platform. French haute cuisine measures up to the set up and mood.  If you prefer staying at ground level, the indoor and outdoor El Sakya terraces has Japanese, Italian, Indian and seafood restaurants and tables right on the Nile’s edge.  A three-course meal for one, excluding drinks and tip, would come here for US$25 to US$40.
  6. La’Aubergine
    Cairo’s only just vegetarian restaurant, this is a British-owned Mediterranean-style establishment. It’s popular as a meeting place for travelers and Cairenes alike. Soups, salads and pastas are regulars in a changing menu. Don’t be disappointed if you are a non-vegetarian as the place does serve few fish and meat dishes. It’s perfect for a candlelight dinner and there is a pub upstairs. The best thing is, a three-course meal without drink here would come for just about US$15.

Cairo is a city that you are bound to enjoy as a tourist. The yardstick of leisure activities here includes everything – food, music, dance, drink – promising many enjoyable experiences for bag-packers.

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