Places to visit in Cairo
The Egyptian Museum Of Antiquities
The Egyptian Museum is one of the most important collections of artifacts in the world, and it occupies the pride of place in central Cairo, on the northern side of Tahrir Square. Inside the large, domed building, of exotic pink color, lie the shimmering treasures of Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs along with grave goods, mummies, jewelry, eating dishes, and games of Egyptians who have lost their names in history.
Mosque of Sultan Hassan
This massive and elegant building is considered to be the finest piece of early Mamluk architecture in Cairo. It was built between 1356 and 1363 by Sultan Hassan, the grandson of Sultan Qalawun. He assumed the throne at the age of thirteen, was removed and reinstated no fewer than three times, and then was assassinated shortly before the mosque was completed. Beyond the striking, comfortable entrance, a dark corridor leads to a quiet square courtyard surrounded by four soaring iwans (vaulted halls).
Sharia Al Muizz Li Din Allah
Al-Muizz street, as it is usually called, named after the Fatimid caliph who conquered Cairo in 969 AD, was the main street of Cairo, which was once filled with stories, artists, and food stalls. The part of Al-Muizz street, to the north of al-Dhahab district in Khan al-Khalili, is known as Bain al-Qasrine, a reminder of the large palace complexes that surrounded the street during the Fatimid era. The great Mamluk complexes today provide one of the most impressive collections of minarets, domes, and stone facades in Cairo.
Museum of Islamic Art
This museum, located on the edge of Islamic Cairo, houses one of the finest collections of Islamic art in the world and is the most beautifully curated Egyptian museum (and one from the entire Middle East). What is on display is just a small piece of the 80,000 objects that the museum owns, but the selected items are amazing. The museum is located 500 meters west of Bab Zuweila. Coming from Ataba Square, the museum is 700 meters southeast, directly below Sharia Muhammad Ali.
Activities to do in Cairo
Chinese in Cairo
Cairo may not be synonymous with luxury, but travelers with a large slice of dough can head to the top-rated Cantonese restaurant in Africa. The crunchy crab claw alone offers an unforgettable culinary experience, but the dumplings menu is full of delicious inventions, like crunchy shrimp and foie gras.
While you can enjoy dim sum all night, roasted Peking duck and fried vegetables also pair nicely with an unparalleled view of the bustling night boating brigade of the Nile. Best service in town.
The Egyptian Center for Culture and Arts runs this intimate space dedicated to folk music. Don't miss the traditional women's zar, a kind of musical ecstasy and healing ritual on Wednesday nights (doors open at 8.30 pm). Tuesday evening various shows of folk music, often an Egyptian-Sudanese jam session (doors open at 7.30 pm).
To find space, walk north on Mansour Street from Saad Zaghloul metro. Reserving in advance is a good idea due to the limited space.
This edifice serves Koshary (which is a mixture of pasta, rice, black lentils, fried onions, and tomato sauce). No, the place has just expanded, decade after decade, to the upper floors of its building, and it still retains the unofficial Cairo title of Best Koshary. Eat inside, rather than a takeaway, to check out the elaborate décor on the top floor. Order the "special" for extra chickpeas and fried onions.
Perhaps the oldest Ahwa in the city, and certainly the most famous, a great place to watch the world go by since 1773. All the dark mirrors and copper tables lend an old-world vibe. Although inundated with both foreign and Egyptian tourists from outside the city, it is a regular pastime serving tea and hookahs to stall owners and shoppers alike.