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The Best Kept Secrets in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt’s capital and most vibrant city, has been home to world’s famous iconic sights. A rapid developing city with with new surprises for your daily discovering. Offering you more than just pharaonic riches and Giza pyramids. Let’s delve deeper into the secrets of Cairo and seek out this city’s best hidden gems. A brief list of unique things to see and do in Cairo, Egypt.

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Madbouly Bookshop

Madbouly bookshop unique things to see and do in cairo
Book store in Cairo, Egypt. © Majd chan

Make a stop here, and you’ll find both classical and modern literatures, a good selection of religious and political texts. Madbouly bookstore was founded in 1967 by Mohamed Madbouly, and has been a landmark of Cairo for over 40 years. Madbouly is top bookshop with helpful staff. Be ready with your books interest list, and the employees with help you with exploring the collections.

Address: Maarouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

El Sawy Culture Wheel

El Sawy Culture Wheel is a very affordable place to experience the underground culture in Egypt. An excellent culture community where you find all types of events. Located on Gezira Island in the Zamalek district, central Cairo, Egypt. A unique location overviewing the banks of the Nile River.  It’s really worth the time to visit!

Mokattam Mountain

The Mokattam Mountain, is a beautiful place to overlook the city. Go there with your partner, family or friends to enjoy a breathtaking view over Cairo. It’s worth it to visit!

City of the Dead

Unique things to see and do in cairo
Cairo Necropolis. © Petri W

The City of the Dead – Cairo Necropolis, is an Islamic cemetery covering over an miles below the Mokattam Hills. A tombs dedication of the past civilisations. Exploring the City of the Dead gives a chill unforgettable experience. Seeing life and death coexist, tombs inhabited by families without a home.

Address: 7 Branshed from Al Soultan Ahmed, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Cairo Marriott

An outstanding property, great location and charming building (old palace). To experience this luxury, you don’t need to be checked in to the Cairo Marriott. Explore the once Khedive Ismail’s palace, head to the Omar Khayyam Casino and try your luck.

The Cave Church

Cave Church best things to see and do in cairo
St Simon the Tanner Monastery, Cairo. © Ataa Elhefny

The Cave Church, also known as the St Simon Monastery is one of the largest churches in the Egypt. Located in the Mokattam mountain in an area called the Garbage City. An incredible large Orthodox church which can accommodate as many as 20,000 worshippers. A nice place to walk around, and see beautiful large carvings of Biblical stories and verses on the walls of the mountain. A pretty awesome site, it’s definitely worth the visit!

Khan el-Khalili

Khan el-Khalili Cave top things to see and do in cairo
Address: El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt. © Ademir Pacheco

Khan el-Khalili is a world renowned bazar in Cairo, Egypt. Arguably the souk in Cairo right in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. This is a main attraction for tourists – a magical place where you can find all the handcrafts and handmade articles. A great market for cheap souvenirs for family and friends. Feel and experience the Egyptian culture here. Feel it, touch it!

Rhoda Island

This is located on the Nile in central Cairo. The Al-Manyal Palace Museum and El-Manial district are located on the island. The island is home to one of the oldest Islamic buildings in Egypt, the Nilometer.

Best Hamburgers

Great and delicious food – Lucille’s, your home away from home. Always serving succulent fresh homemade burgers and meals. Very cozy place. Known for their hearty local ingredients and American style breakfast and generous portions. Value for your money. This place has been crowned by TIME magazine as the spot to get the world’s best burgers. It is one of the best restaurants in Cairo. This is the place for champion’s breakfast!

Manial Palace

Manial Palace things to see and do in cairo
Palace in Cairo, Egypt. © Mohamed Qatary

One of the greatest Places you can ever visit, a former Alawiyya dynasty era palace and grounds on Rhoda Island on the Nile. It is located in the Sharia Al-Saray area in the El-Manial district of southern Cairo. Here you can see and experience the beauty of Islamic and French decoration in one place. The palace and residence of late prince Mohammed Ali Tawfiq. The Manial Palace and Museum consists of 3 buildings; the family residence, one is the throne building, and the visitors building. Extravagantly constructed and very well maintained. Every roof of the palace has a different design. A must visit place in Cairo!


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