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Cairo Egypt, Cairo Governate

Top reasons to visit:

  • History (206)
  • Shopping (166)
  • Sightseeing (164)
  • Culture (161)
  • Monuments (158)
  • Museums (122)
  • Friendly People (87)
  • Nightlife (84)
  • Food (83)
  • Ancient Landmarks (80)

What is it in Cairo that makes history come to life?

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

Cairo is like an open air museum from the Pharaohs of 4500 years in the past, to the Christians of 2000 years ago, to the time of Mohammed and the Arab development of North Africa, to Azhar University, then to the time of the Ottomans and Mohammed Ali Pasha, the European colonialism of the Brits and French, and up to the present with the new society that is emerging on the heels of Arab Spring, the installation of Morsi and his subsequent removal and the new way forward (we hope) with Sisi. Cairo is one of the most fascinating historical places on earth.

How can you enjoy the sights in Cairo while avoiding the crowds?

Melina
Melina, Canada

16 days ago Report

Visiting sights early in the morning is ideal as most of them typically open at 9. Leaving the sites before rush hour traffic hits (between 2-5) will help avoid crowds as well.

How can you get the most authentic cultural experience in Cairo?

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

Any visitor will inevitably be deluged with offers of assistance: guides, touts, camel rides, museum guides, pyramid guides, and so on. Travelers should keep in mind that these people are working hard and though they may seem annoying they are in fact working and providing services. On the other hand, they can be quite persistent and unwilling to allow you to enjoy something by yourself. Be firm and say no, but it might be worth it to have a well-informed person accompany you around teh souk or museum or pyramids. I don't know what he word ''authentic'' means in this context, but for me it would mean walking around on my own and sitting in cafes or restaurants away from hordes of tourists.

Why do you recommend Cairo for food?

Doaa
Doaa, Egypt

22 days ago Report

kosheri beans and tami3ia
ma7shy and meat
kabab and kofta
soap are good too
chicken are good too in el housin

Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Cairo.

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

Khan al-Khalili is a very charming and ancient souk across from Azhar University. There are endless warrens of shops and old Ottoman style streets and homes. In the same area, on the side of the university is the old Turksih shoppping arcade. This area is well worth a visit whether you are an avid shopper, people watcher or intrepid flaneur.

What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Cairo?

Nabeel
Nabeel, Kuwait

11 days ago Report

الاماكن الغير أمنه
  • Ancient Landmarks 80 endorsements
  • 3 answers

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Cairo.

Andressa
Andressa, United Arab Emirates

6 days ago Report

I would recommend to anyone fond of history and archaeology, to visit Saqqara archaeological site and its Imhotep museum. It's mind blowing, non-touristy and really peaceful. The museum is simple, well organised and instructive. Nothing like the Giza horrible harassment, even the people selling the souvenirs are kind and polite. Once you say no, they will never follow you around. I would strongly advise to get one of the guys to show you around the site. They are really nice and helpful and you will feel lost without them.

What makes the people from Cairo so friendly? Tell us your story.

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

The people in Cairo are very friendly, outgoing, exuberant about their country, city and the politics and history therein. They are very curious to know where you are from and what your opinions are about their country. Do try and speak with locals as you will learn a lot about the people this way.

What did you discover about the museums in Cairo that wasn't in the guidebooks?

Doaa
Doaa, Egypt

22 days ago Report

the most amazing museums all over the world
7000 years
old museums in El taherir
agriculture museum and was museum

Why are the monuments in Cairo noteworthy?

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

I could only spend three days in Cairo, but it was worth it just to see the pyramids alone. Everyone should see them at least once. The rest of what I saw of Cairo was also noteworthy - Khan al Khalili, the old Islamic Quarter, Tahrir Square, the Egyptian Museum, a long walk along the Nile - all of it is very worthwhile and noteworthy.
  • Scenery 9 endorsements

What effect did the scenery in Cairo have on you?

ABDALLAH
ABDALLAH, United Arab Emirates

20 days ago Report

Nile View is like nowhere else
  • Business 56 endorsements

How do you fit in some sightseeing when you're in Cairo on business?

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

19 days ago Report

From the city center you will have access to Tahrir, the Egyptian Museum, the Nile river and Khan al-Khalili. Do take advantage. If you are feeling adventurous take a ride on the very well-developed metro.
  • Traditional Food 13 endorsements

What did you eat in Cairo that made you smile?

Shima
Shima, Egypt

28 days ago Report

Oriental food
  • Photography 6 endorsements

Which spot is best for taking photos in Cairo?

Melina
Melina, Canada

16 days ago Report

Giza, Old Cairo, Downtown, Coptic Cairo. Picturesque view of all of Cairo from the Cairo Tower.
  • Adventure 22 endorsements

Tell us a bit more about an adventure you experienced...

Andressa
Andressa, United Arab Emirates

6 days ago Report

If you really want to experience the inside of a pyramid's chamber, head to Dahshur instead of Giza. Why?
1. No tourists around
2. The way down is well ventilated, safe and fairly easy.
3. The 3 chambers are impressive and easy to access.
4. Even if you are a bit claustrophobic like me, you won't feel bad. The way down and up are illuminated and ventilated (and i can proudly says i managed it!)
Superb experience, kinda scary to be the only living soul inside!

Cons:
1. The stairs to the entrance are a bit hard. If you get tired stop and take a rest. I wouldnt say it's accessible to people with disabilities. Im skinny but not fit, struggled badly on the way up and had to rest once i reached the top
  • People Watching 6 endorsements

What is it about the people in Cairo that makes them so watchable?

david
david, United Kingdom

8 days ago Report

Cairo is a very busy city. I felt safe. The people are respectful and helpfull
  • Archaeology 39 endorsements

What should an amateur archaeologist uncover first in Cairo?

Anonymous, Unknown location

7 days ago Report

Cairo Museum
  • Clothes Shopping 24 endorsements

Is there more to shopping in Cairo than just brand-name stores?

Tamer
Tamer, Saudi Arabia

15 days ago Report

Yes
  • Budget-friendly 24 endorsements

Describe your best tip for traveling cheap in Cairo.

Melina
Melina, Canada

16 days ago Report

It's best to have a local friend to show you around. The metro is a good and cheap way to travel all around Cairo, and aside from being crowded it's very safe.

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