Top reasons to visit:

  • History (285)
  • Sightseeing (209)
  • Culture (198)
  • Shopping (193)
  • Monuments (173)
  • Museums (154)
  • Friendly People (111)
  • Food (106)
  • Nightlife (103)
  • Ancient Landmarks (98)

Cairo was highly rated for history by 21 guests from the United States!

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

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

16 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?

amanda
amanda, United Kingdom

9 days ago Report

You cannot really avoid the crowds in Cairo due to the amount of people that live there. The people are very friendly and i would certainly recommend that you sit in a local coffee shop and enjoy life passing you by. City stars is a great shopping mall with all named shops and a great experience. I would suggest going to the sights very early to avoid massive crowds. Travelling in Cairo is an experience as a simple taxi ride can take forever due to traffic, and always ask them to put the meter on and take a look at it when you get in, as taxis are very cheap if you know to check the meter !!!

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

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

16 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.

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

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

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

KEFAH
KEFAH, United Kingdom

29 days ago Report

You need to know where to go or someone with you knows the city well

Why do you recommend Cairo for food?

Doaa
Doaa, Egypt

19 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

16 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.
  • Ancient Landmarks 98 endorsements
  • 3 answers

Describe the best ancient landmarks to visit in Cairo.

Andressa
Andressa, United Arab Emirates

3 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 Cairo one of those classic city-trip experiences?

Anonymous, Unknown location

3 days ago Report

Cairo is a country that never sleeps. The warmth and hospitality given. Makes one feel at home especially in Khan al khalili

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

Doaa
Doaa, Egypt

19 days ago Report

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

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

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

16 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.

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

wahab
wahab, Jordan

13 days ago Report

Plenty of local made clothing stores with much to offer at a frat of the price...enjoy the amazing Egyptian cotton

Why are the monuments in Cairo noteworthy?

Benjamin
Benjamin, Saudi Arabia

16 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 11 endorsements

What effect did the scenery in Cairo have on you?

ABDALLAH
ABDALLAH, United Arab Emirates

17 days ago Report

Nile View is like nowhere else
  • Restaurants 25 endorsements

Where should people go if they don't want to eat in a tourist trap?

amanda
amanda, United Kingdom

9 days ago Report

there is so much choice, there is american restaurants i.e TGI Fridays, lots of Chinese and Indian restaurants, you will never be at a loss for somewhere to eat. Its a magical place. the new museum opens at the end of this year, and the pyramids and the sound and light show is breathtaking.
  • Markets 18 endorsements

What's your best bargaining strategy for the market in Cairo?

Sergejs
Sergejs, United Kingdom

10 days ago Report

Say you are looking for a thing similar to what you want to buy, but cheap. Normally most things cost in a range of 1 and 6 british pounds. I would normally start negotiating by diving the given price by 4 to get it somewhere 2.5-3 times cheaper
  • Traditional Food 20 endorsements

What did you eat in Cairo that made you smile?

Shima
Shima, Egypt

25 days ago Report

Oriental food
  • Photography 8 endorsements

Which spot is best for taking photos in Cairo?

Melina
Melina, Canada

13 days ago Report

Giza, Old Cairo, Downtown, Coptic Cairo. Picturesque view of all of Cairo from the Cairo Tower.
  • Adventure 30 endorsements

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

Andressa
Andressa, United Arab Emirates

3 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

5 days ago Report

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

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