Cairo is the capital of Egypt, and the largest city on the Nile River. While in Cairo, you’ll find plenty of fine restaurants, bars, clubs, and cafes to keep you busy.
Dinner and drinks
Cairo is filled with restaurants serving all types of cuisine. Whether you’re in the mood for Italian, French, Indian, or local Egyptian flavors, you’ll find them all and more in Cairo. Deals Pub is an example of the unique dining options found in the city. Located on Zamalek Island, it’s a favorite among locals and tourists. Although they mostly serve drinks, they also have an extensive menu. Arrive before 9 pm, as the pub can get rather busy later in the evening. Another popular hangout is Sangria. Here, you can lounge on an outdoor terrace and sip your favorite alcoholic drink or smoke sheesha, a molasses-flavored tobacco enjoyed throughout the city.
Cafes are also easy to find in Cairo. Most locals prefer tea over coffee, but you can find both downtown. Ask around and find a spot to relax and take in the sites and sounds of the city. As you should whenever you’re in an unfamiliar city, eat what the locals eat. Sample homemade pita bread, dried fruits, and locally grown fruits and vegetables. Late at night, grab a snack at one of the many street vendors in the area. Street food can be scary to less adventurous travelers, but you have nothing to worry about. Millions of people’s diets depend on the fast casual meals served on the streets of Cairo.
After you’ve finished dinner, head to one of the many clubs, bars, and discos in the city. The Cairo Jazz Club, Le Pacha, Buddha Bar, La Bodega, Nile Dragon are just a few of the places you should visit. The city also has several movie theatres, museums, and internet cafes; many of which stay open late into the night. Tourists to the city are free to imbibe, but are advised not to go overboard. The police won’t hesitate to arrest you for public intoxication and disorderly conduct. There is no better way to ruin a good vacation than to wake-up in a foreign prison.
Float down the Nile
Cairo sits on the Nile River. The city has thrived off of this waterway, and they continue to share a close bond. Before you head to Cairo, research dinner cruises and party boats. Whether you want to bring a group of friends out for a few drinks, or you’re looking for a more family friendly experience, Cairo’s guided cruises are sure to satisfy.
Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about nightlife in Cairo, Egypt.