My Dad used to live in Egypt, so I’ve spent a bit of time there. However, it hasn’t been the safest country to visit lately. I last visited over 5 years ago, but these were some of the most memorable dining experiences I had in Cairo.
Dinner Cruise on the River Nile
The Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world and a dinner cruise gives you the chance to enjoy an evening of sailing down this incredible landmark. There are different cruises to choose from and, depending on which you go with, you can expect lots of food, wine and dancing.
During our meal we were entertained with a Nubian Folkloric show and belly dancing. A Nile cruise is a great way to get to know the city and also be introduced to local culture and food.
Grand Nile Tower (formerly Grand Hyatt)
The highest restaurant in the Middle East, which offers incredible views over Cairo, is situated in what was called the Grand Hyatt, but is now the Grand Nile Tower. However, this is no ordinary hotel restaurant, it rotates 360 degrees in 75 minutes and allows diners to take in the Pyramids and the Nile, as well as the city skyline.
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The cuisine here is French, so the menu has a range of meat, fish and vegetables. Whatever you pick, you will have plenty of time to enjoy it, whilst enjoying your surroundings.
This is my absolute favourite restaurant in Cairo and some of my best memories from visiting my Dad are from here (and ACE Club, as I’m sure all the Expats will know)! As a seafood lover, there was always lots on the menu that caught my eye, but I couldn’t say no to the lobster. After placing our order, normally consisting of starters to share, I would head to the front of the restaurant where I could pick the lobster that I wanted.
I always had a fantastic time here and thoroughly enjoyed the food and service.
Great Pyramid of Giza Light Show – Abou Shakra
A must-do for everyone visiting Cairo is the Pyramids. As well as being a Wonder of the World, it’s also the oldest of the 7, which makes it an even more incredible sight to behold.
In the evening, when the sunsets, there is a Sound and Light show that takes place at the Pyramids. The show lasts an hour and tells the story of the ancient Egyptians. Although being at the official Sound and Light show will give you a much better view and understanding of Egyptian history, you can watch it for free from some of the restaurants in Giza. Settle down in Abou Shakra, order some breads, dips and meat and watch one of the Wonder’s of the World light up!
Lunch by the Beach at JW Marriott
Everyone associates Sharm El Sheikh with the place to go to in Egypt for sunbathing. Sharm is ideal for this because it’s on the coast, but you can also get a taste of the beach in the middle of Cairo. I used to love going to the JW Marriott hotel because I could relax and enjoy the sun, whilst my Dad got in his round of golf!
You can spend the day at The Beach Water Park, which includes sand and 4 pools. The JW Marriot has a lot of restaurants to choose from, but you also don’t have to leave the Beach. The Beach has a poolside eatery, which offers appetizers, sandwiches, salads and pizzas.