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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.

Food and Drink

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.

Sightseeing and relaxation

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.

Shopping

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.

Nightlife and Entertainment

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.