3 Hour Activities


GIZA PLATEAU
Western end of Pyramids Rd.
sca-egypt.org

MENA HOUSE
Pyramids Rd., just downhill from the main Giza Plateau entrance

FELFELLA
El Remaya Square next to the Meridien Hotel
16561 mobile order line

SEE THE PYRAMIDS AND SPHINX

  • See one of the seven wonders of the world and avoid the lines!
  • Dine on traditional Egyptian falafel at the foot of the Great Pyramid

The first challenge is beating traffic on the way to Giza Plateau; the second is enjoying the Pyramids and Sphinx. Plan to leave the hotel no later than 7 a.m. to avoid morning rush hour. Traffic is lightest and tour-bus activity heaviest Friday morning before noon prayers. To appreciate the vast site in relative solitude, go Sunday through Thursday, but you may want to hire a guide through the hotel to serve as a buffer. Unless you are visiting a pyramid interior or the Solar Boat museum, either of which requires a separate ticket, there is no need to show your general-admission ticket once through the entrance kiosk; demanding to see a ticket is a frequent scam by would-be guides.
Exploring the interior of the Great Pyramid of Cheops is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that travelers who are claustrophobic may want to skip, as it involves stooped-over, single-file climbing narrow wooden ramps; as an alternative, go inside smaller, and more decorated, royal pyramids of Cheops’. Housed inside its own air-conditioned museum, the Solar Boat of Cheops, intended to transport the pharaoh’s soul in the afterlife, was reconstructed from more than 1,200 parts in 1968. Before heading downhill to the Sphinx, visit the panoramic viewpoint on a hill west of the three main pyramids. Use the bathroom at the Mena House hotel, then grab delicious take-out pita and taamaya (Egyptian falafel, made with fava beans and coriander) sandwiches at the Felfella branch not far from the Great Pyramid entrance.
The Giza Plateau is easy to find. Follow Pyramids Rd to the westernmost end. Mena House is just slightly downhill from the Giza Plateau entrance. Felfella is on El Remaya Square. It has a brown wooden exterior with a gold sign.

GIZA PLATEAU
Western end of Pyramids Rd.
sca-egypt.org

MENA HOUSE
Pyramids Rd., just downhill from the main Giza Plateau entrance

FELFELLA
El Remaya Square next to the Meridien Hotel
16561 mobile order line

EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, opposite the Opera House
+20-2-2736-6665

AL MASAR GALLERY
Baehler’s Mansion 157 b. 26 July St. Zamalek, Cairo Governorate 11561
+20-2-27368537
almasargallery.com/
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM–9PM,Friday-Saturday Closed

GALLERY MISR
4A Ibn Zanke St., off Hassan Sabry St.
+20-12-2273-0838
misrgallery.com/

UBUNTU
20 Hassan Sabry St.
+20-10-0279-2223

SAFR KHAN
6 Brazil St.
+20-2-2735-3314
safarkhan.com

ZAMALEK ART GALLERY
11 Brazil St.
+20-2-2735-1240
zamalekartgallery.com

LEFT BANK
53 Abou El Feda St.
+20-2-2735-0014

CAIRO KITCHEN
118 26th of July St. (entrance on Aziz Othman St.)
+20-2-2735-4000
no alcohol is served

CHECK OUT SOME MODERN ART

  • Journey through some of Cairo’s most captivating art galleries
  • Dine outside on organic, traditional, Egyptian stews and salads

Following Napoleon’s 1798 invasion, Egypt was the first country in the Arabic-speaking world to be exposed to Western art on a large scale. In 1908 Prince Yusef Kamel, member of the royal family, opened the Cairo School of Fine Arts. Today the newly renovated Egyptian Museum of Modern Art surveys Egyptian artists from the late 19th century onwards,. A one-hour late-afternoon visit can segue into an evening of gallery-hopping (hire a car and driver from the hotel to stay with you) in the upscale Zamalek neighborhood on Gezira Island, across the east branch of the Nile from the Conrad. Al Masar Gallery represents an older generation of artists such as sculptor Adel Henein alongside young up-and-comers such as Khaled Hafez, and Kareem Al Qurity, who has done portraits of police and soldiers. Opened in 2011, , Gallery Misr exhibits paintings, sculpture, drawings, and audio and visual installations and photography by Egyptian artists including Nadine Hammam, whose Tank Girl, depicting a naked woman astride an Egyptian army tank, Ubuntu, opened in 2014, offers a platform to artists from many different social backgrounds. Safar Khan founder Sherwet Shafei is often on hand to greet visitors.. Across the street, Zamalek Art Gallery, founded by friends in 1999, houses a permanent collection of Egyptian pioneers as well as promising young talent. . Share discoveries and keep up with the scene on the @ART_EGYPT Instagram account. After your art crawl, dine alfresco along the Nile on Egyptian-Italian fusion dishes at Left Bank. Just off busy 26th of July Street, Cairo Kitchen serves modern versions of stuffed vine leaves or traditional Egyptian stews and salads—try the hummus lightened with pureed carrots—made with only organic ingredients.
The Egyptian Museum of Modern Art is in the Gezira Exhibition Grounds, near the Al Ahly Sporting Club and the Cairo Tower. The Al Masar Gallery is on the corner of 26th of July Street and Aziz Abaza Street, near the Zamalek end of the 15th of May Bridge. Gallery Misr is on Bin Zanke Street, just off Hassan Sabry Street, also in Zamalek. You can find Ubuntu further down Hassan Sabry Street, and Safr Khan is on Brazil Street. Continue down Brazil Street to number 11 to find the Zamalek Art Gallery. Left Bank is on Abou El Feda Street, at the northernmost tip of Zamalek. Cairo Kitchen is at the corner of El Aziz Othman Street and 26th of July Street.

EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Gezira Exhibition Grounds, opposite the Opera House
+20-2-2736-6665

AL MASAR GALLERY
Baehler’s Mansion 157 b. 26 July St. Zamalek, Cairo Governorate 11561
+20-2-27368537
almasargallery.com/
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 11AM–9PM,Friday-Saturday Closed

GALLERY MISR
4A Ibn Zanke St., off Hassan Sabry St.
+20-12-2273-0838
misrgallery.com/

UBUNTU
20 Hassan Sabry St.
+20-10-0279-2223

SAFR KHAN
6 Brazil St.
+20-2-2735-3314
safarkhan.com
ZAMALEK ART GALLERY
11 Brazil St.
+20-2-2735-1240
zamalekartgallery.com

LEFT BANK
53 Abou El Feda St.
+20-2-2735-0014

CAIRO KITCHEN
118 26th of July St. (entrance on Aziz Othman St.)
+20-2-2735-4000
no alcohol is served

D-TOURS
BUSINESS ADDRESS
+20-2-2392-9651
cairo-dtour.com

ABOU TAREK
16 Marouf St. on the corner of Champolion St.
+20-10-0105-9950​​

GREEK CLUB
28 Mahmoud Bassyouni St.
+20-2-2575-0822​

ESTORIL
12 Talaat Harb St., entrance in the alley between Talaat Harb and Kasr El Nil Sts.
+20-2-2574-3102​​

KAFEIN
28، Sherif, Downtown، Cairo Governorate, Egypt
+20-100-302-5346
Hours: 7:00 AM – 12:00AM

PROMENADE THE PARIS OF THE MIDDLE EAST

  • Experience downtown Cairo at your own pace
  • Stop for a cold libation on the terrace of the Greek Club

Downtown Cairo is a time capsule of 19th-century and early-20th-century architecture, the result of the Haussmannian transformation of the capital by the Khedive Ismail who ruled Egypt from 1863 to 1879. Radiating out from Talaat Harb Square, the grand boulevards of Talaat Harb and Kasr el Nil, linked by shaded passages, Italianate palaces, opulent Belle Époque and Art Deco apartment buildings; the downtown district also comprises generations-old businesses, as well as mosques, churches, and one surviving synagogue. The best time for walking is Friday morning before noon prayers. Download a map from D-Tours,and take advantage of D-Tours’ free, English-language group walks guided by an Egyptian architectural historian and photographer—an unmatched opportunity to explore everyday life. Try to finish up before the end of noon prayers to score a seat at Abou Tarek, a four-story restaurant popular with Cairenes and serving just one classic Egyptian dish: koshary, a hot salad of pasta, chickpeas, lentils, and fried onions topped by spicy tomato sauce. Or sip cold Stella or Saqqara beer (Greek and Egyptian staples) on the terrace of the Greek Club, a hangout in a Belle Époque building for intellectuals. Estoril, another old-school restaurant and bar, serves excellent tabbouleh, cheese- and spinach-stuffed sambousak, and vine leaves. Kafein, a modern café in an alley off Sherif Street, offers artisanal coffees (cold pours and cappuccino, as well as Arabic styles), seasonal fresh juices, and baked goods; the walls serve as exhibition space for local artists.
Locations for the beginning of D-Tour tours vary. Check their website for further details. You can find Abou Tarek on the corner of Marouf and Champolion Street. It can easily be spotted, especially at night, due to the three tiers of illuminated red and blue signs on the exterior. The Greek Club is in an old building on Mamoud Bassyouni Street, on the corner where it meets Talaat Harb Street and Al Boursa Al Gadida Street. Estoril is further down Talaat Harb Street. Kafein is on Sherif Street. You will be able to see the bright yellow sign outside.

D-TOURS
BUSINESS ADDRESS
+20-2-2392-9651
cairo-dtour.com

ABOU TAREK
16 Marouf St. on the corner of Champolion St.
+20-10-0105-9950​​

GREEK CLUB
28 Mahmoud Bassyouni St.
+20-2-2575-0822​

ESTORIL
12 Talaat Harb St., entrance in the alley between Talaat Harb and Kasr El Nil Sts.
+20-2-2574-3102​​

KAFEIN
28، Sherif, Downtown، Cairo Governorate, Egypt
+20-100-302-5346
Hours: 7:00 AM–12:00 AM

UMM KHALTOUM MUSEUM
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.
+20-2-2363-1467

EL MANASTERLY PALACE
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.

NILOMETER
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.

MANIAL PALACE
1 Al Saraya
+20-2-2368-7495

GO TO AN ISLAND TO GET A CULTURE HIT

  • Visit a museum dedicated to Egypt’s most famous diva
  • Discover panoramic views of the Nile from El Manasterly Palace

Take a taxi across the Nile to the Agouza district where the Cairo Jazz Club sometimes features Egyptian artists performing American blues—but is most lively when guests hit the dance floors at genre-mixing live performances fusing Eastern sounds with global rhythms. This is also the place to discover contemporary percussive Ja’afary singing from Upper Egypt, Egyptian electronica, and DJ sets mingling Middle Eastern and international house music styles. For another kind of musical immersion, visit Makan, in a repurposed 19th-century print shop in the Mounira neighborhood, dedicated to preserving endangered traditional Egyptian instruments and oral performance styles. These include Zikr, a singing, dancing, and percussive art; Sufi remembrance singing; and Coptic liturgical chanting. Live performances on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings draw a low-key crowd who mingle with musicians over complimentary tea and hibiscus drinks during intermission. Makan sits next door the Saad Zaghloul Mausoleum and Beit al Umma (House of the Nation) Museum; the former a neo-pharaonic masterpiece, the latter a 19th-century villa housing the belongings (including two stuffed parrots) of the Egyptian nationalist. Finish your evening with dinner at Taboula, an excellent Lebanese restaurant in nearby Garden City.
The Umm Khaltoum Museum is at the southernmost tip of Rhoda Island, next to the El Manasterly Palace. The Nilometer is even further to the south. The Manial Palace is in the northern portion of Rhoda Island, next to the Al Saraya bridge.

UMM KHALTOUM MUSEUM
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.
+20-2-2363-1467

EL MANASTERLY PALACE
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.

NILOMETER
1 El-Malek El-Saleh St.

MANIAL PALACE
1 Al Saraya
+20-2-2368-7495

CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
197 26th of July Corridor
+20-2-3345-9939
cairojazzclub.com
open 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

MAKAN
Makan address: 1 Saad Zaghloul St. El Dawaween 11461 Cairo
open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, closed Friday.

SAAD ZAGHLOUL MAUSOLEUM AND BEIT AL UMMA MUSEUM
2 Saad Zaghloul St.
+20-2-2794-5399​​

TABOULA
1 Latin America St., next to the Canadian Embassy
+20-2-2792-5261
taboula-eg.com

EXPLORE CAIRO’S SOUND

  • Discover Jazz and American blues in the heart of Cairo’s Agouza district
  • Singing, dancing and percussive art – Experience live performances Monday – Wednesday
  • Enjoy mouthwatering Lebanese fare

Take a taxi across the Nile to the Agouza district where the Cairo Jazz Club sometimes features Egyptian artists performing American blues—but is most lively when guests hit the dance floors at genre-mixing live performances fusing Eastern sounds with global rhythms. This is also the place to discover contemporary percussive Ja’afary singing from Upper Egypt, Egyptian electronica, and DJ sets mingling Middle Eastern and international house music styles.
​​For another kind of musical immersion, visit Makan, in a repurposed 19th-century print shop in the Mounira neighborhood, dedicated to preserving endangered traditional Egyptian instruments and oral performance styles. These include Zikr, a singing, dancing, and percussive art with African; Sufi remembrance singing; and Coptic liturgical chanting. Live performances on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings draw a low-key crowd of Egyptians and foreigners who mingle with musicians over complimentary tea and hibiscus drinks during intermission. Makan sits next door the Saad Zaghloul Mausoleum and Beit al Umma (House of the Nation) Museum; the former a neo-pharaonic masterpiece, the latter a 19th-century villa housing the furniture and belongings (including two stuffed parrots) of the Egyptian nationalist. Finish your evening with dinner at Taboula, an excellent Lebanese restaurant in nearby Garden City.
The Cairo Jazz Club is on the 26th of July Corridor, just past the bridge to Zamalek. Makan is on the corner of Saad Zaghloul Street and Al Falki Street. The Saad Zaghloul museum is next door. Taboula is on Latin America Street. It has a black and white sign, and a yellow painted exterior.

CAIRO JAZZ CLUB
197 26th of July Corridor
+20-2-3345-9939
cairojazzclub.com
open 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

MAKAN
Makan address: 1 Saad Zaghloul St. El Dawaween 11461 Cairo
open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, closed Friday.

SAAD ZAGHLOUL MAUSOLEUM AND BEIT AL UMMA MUSEUM
2 Saad Zaghloul St.
+20-2-2794-5399​​

TABOULA
1 Latin America St., next to the Canadian Embassy
+20-2-2792-5261
taboula-eg.com

AISHA FAHMY PALACE
Address 1 El Shaaer Aziz Abaza Street, El Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
+20-2-27358211
AZZA FAHMY
15 Dr. Taha Hussein St. Zamalek Cairo Egypt
+20-2-2735-8354
azzafahmy.com/us/
MOBACO COTTONS
8 Ahmed Sabry, Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
+20-2-27382790

ZAMALEK EXPERIENCE

Pick Up Jewel of the Nile: (Azza Fahmy) a collector and historian of Middle Eastern urban and rural jewelry, started as an apprentice to Cairo silversmiths in the Khan al Khalili and now collaborates with international celebrities (Rihanna) and fashion houses (Preen), often modernizing ancient Egyptian and African motifs,
Followed by a visit to Princess Samiha Kamel’ palace, displaying a mixture between the Islamic Mameluke architecture, Fatimid, Moroccan, Andalusia, and Ottoman which reveals outstanding artistic scenery,
Then head to Mobaco Cottons Boutique and after drive to Aisha Fahmy Palace, The architectural masterpiece, which was built in 1907, was designed by renowned Italian Architect Antonio Lashak to be the residence of Princess Aisha Fahmy, the daughter of King Fouad’s highly-ranking adviser Aly Basha Fahmy. Built over 2,700 square meters, the dwelling includes 30 rooms and the hall is 1,000 square meters in size, and it hosts hundreds of art pieces.

AISHA FAHMY PALACE
Address 1 El Shaaer Aziz Abaza Street, El Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt
+20-2-27358211
AZZA FAHMY
15 Dr. Taha Hussein St. Zamalek Cairo Egypt
+20-2-2735-8354
azzafahmy.com/us/
MOBACO COTTONS
8 Ahmed Sabry, Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
+20-2-27382790