Aisha Fahmy Palace
What An art gallery set in the grand salons of a large Rococo-era palace, full of original features like stained-glass windows, carved fireplaces and a grand marble staircase that’s aching to be Instagrammed.
Go for The stunning, silk-clad interior alone is worth the trip, but the Aisha Fahmy Palace is also well worth visiting for its many fine art and textile exhibitions, which showcase the country’s cultural heritage.
But don’t miss The intricately decorated Japanese room, which was a gift from the Japanese Embassy to Princess Aisha. It’s designed in a Japanese style, inlaid with gold lettering and houses several rare Buddha statues.
See also The Diwan Bookstore is just one minute’s walk away, and offers wall-to-wall literature by authors from around the world, and a comfy seating area where you can enjoy a hot drink.
1 Aziz Abaza; +20 2 2735 8211
What A hip, sociable spot that’s popular with both tourists and locals thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and balcony seating overlooking the Nile. It offers a barbecue-heavy menu and a very decent selection of cocktails.
Go for The amazing views across the river. Time your visit for sunset so you can enjoy the bright reds and pinks that streak the sky and give the Crimson Bar & Grill its name.
But don’t miss If barbecue’s not your thing, take advantage of the ample pasta offering, from crab ravioli to seafood risotto and penne primavera.
See also Just a short drive or taxi ride away is local pampering spot Boutique Spa, where you can try a unique Pharaonic massage, inspired by Egyptian royalty.
16 El Moseqar Kamal El Tawil St (formerly Montazah St); +20 127 505 5555
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What A casual restaurant with communal seating and an unpretentious, street-food-inspired menu – think falafel, ful medames (fava bean stew) and lentil soup made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s a laid-back spot to refuel, in an upmarket area, and can be spotted by its welcoming blue doors.
Go for The koshari – a pasta dish with macaroni and lentils topped with crispy onions – said to be the best in town.
But don’t miss A plate of the hawawshi, where minced meat spiced with onions, peppers and parsley is served in flaky, buttered Egyptian pita.
See also Up the street, COW Gifts is a one-stop-shop for quirky souvenirs and gifts, and is known for its creative gift-wrapping techniques.
16 26th of July St, Al Gabalayah
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What Venture beneath Gezira Island’s striking 15th of May Bridge to discover a live music venue and cultural hub that’s a true staple of the area. Soak up the local atmosphere and enjoy a show, seminar or an art exhibition from beside the water.
Go for The live music performances, which can attract huge crowds and are often performed in a variety of languages, paying homage to the area’s metropolitan vibe.
But don’t miss The puppet shows, which star hand-carved marionettes acting out all manner of stories, often with a great soundtrack.
See also The nearby Cairo Jazz Club offers the ultimate trifecta of smooth tunes, delicious food and delectable cocktails.
26th of July St, Al Gabalayah; +20 2 2736 8881
What A luxury five-star riverside hotel in Gezirah Island. Its main selling point? Wherever you are, from the Superior Rooms to the Opera Suite or the spa, you’ll be treated to panoramic views across the Nile.
Go for The palm-tree-lined outdoor infinity pool, where you can lounge away the day while gazing over the tranquil surface of the Nile towards the city.
But don’t miss The candlelit La Palmeraie Moroccan Restaurant brings the outside world to you, from shisha to belly dancing shows to live music. Relax all evening, without having to step a foot outside.
See also Feeling lucky? Just 60 metres from the hotel is the Casino Barrière El Gezirah. Try your hand at slots, table games and poker.
3 El Thawra Council St; +20 2 2737 3737