This sometimes overlooked museum houses one of the world’s finest collections of Islamic Art. The museum holds a collection of over 10,000 pieces, mainly Egyptian, but also from elsewhere in the Islamic world. The are all kinds of artworks, including woodwork, stucco, intarsia, ceramics, glass, metalwork, textiles, and carpets.
About 35 km northwest of Cairo, Egypt’s largest camel market - Birqash Camel Market - is held. This is a wild sight to behold. Sudanese traders haggle over the sale of camels in a carnivalesque atmosphere. The best day to visit is supposed to be Friday. Get there in the morning, between 7am and 11am.
On the outskirts of Cairo, these pyramids are the sole survivors of the Seven Wonders of the World. The archaeological site on the Giza Plateau is called the Giza Necropolis, and includes, apart from the three pyramids, the sculpture of the Sphinx and several cemeteries.
One of Cairo’s oldest and most famous tea houses, that has been managed by the same family and has been open 24 hours a day since 1773. A traditional Egyptian style tea house, also known as an ahwa, popular with both locals and tourists for fantastic people-watching. This is an Egyptian style coffee house that is frequented by all types of people, so tourists will feel comfortable while still getting to experience the local café flavour.
Offering an Egyptian menu infused with local and international flavors, Arabesque states is mission as enticing "people from all walks of life, regardless of race, color, creed, class or age", to mingle and enjoy themselves with a mix of Egyptian cuisine, world music, a friendly staff and a unique atmosphere.
An American inspired super mall with everything you need. Be prepared for crowds on the weekends. The shops offer lots of different brands and styles, and there is a beautiful outdoor cafe and restaurant area. Experience Cairo from a more Western-influenced perspective.
A 'Mall of America' inspired mall and this can clearly be seen from what they offer in size and quantity. From a daily water fountain show to selling all high-end brands, a visitor can find everything their heart desires. There is even a possibility of buying a car in that same mall!
This used to be a medieval caravan route but has now been turned into a buzzing marketplace. If you are there at the right times, you might be able to attend and see the Tannoura Dance Troop. Enjoy the cultural heritage that Cairo has to offer and you can easily spend a whole day there.
The local buses are like a carnival ride, as they rarely come to a full stop to let passengers on and off! There is a mini-bus that has set routes like the normal bus, but they are smaller and carries fewer passengers, but on the other hand -actually stops properly to let people on and off!
Cairo International Airport is located 25 km northeast of the city centre. There are 2 terminals: Terminal II is the new terminal and services most international flights, while Terminal I, the old terminal, is the hub for EgyptAir and services both their domestic and international flights. There are large official taxis (called “limousines”) that charge a fixed rate for a trip to the city centre. A taxi for the same ride will involve some heavy haggling, so the official taxi may be the easier option. There are two city busses and a mini-bus that takes you to and from the Airport. Bus number 356 is the designated airport service, which is a large white, air conditioned, luxury coach. It runs to the city centre at Midan Abdel Moniem Riad (behind the Egyptian museum) and charges extra per large luggage item. Local bus No 400 also goes to the city centre, as well as minibus No 27. The bus stand is at the far end of the car park.