Cairo

Cairo's nightlife scene is certainly cool, but most locations defy easy definition, moving seamlessly from early evening cocktail lounge to mid-evening eatery to late-night dance venue. The clientele is a cosmopolitan mix of wealthy Egyptians, foreign residents and workers, and a grab bag of international visitors. In summer, Cairo is a great playground for visitors from Gulf countries, many of whom come to enjoy the city's clubs and bars. Popular clubs usually close around 2 am, though some close earlier.

Belly dancing, which was once a favorite performing art, is falling out of favor with both Egyptians and visitors. Your best bet if you want to see tame versions of these once risqué performances is to visit one of the major hotels in the city. Belly dancers will normally gyrate for 15 or 30 minutes nightly at their signature Middle Eastern/Lebanese restaurants. At this writing, only a couple of hotels still offer dancers.

International coffee chains have arrived in Egypt, so there's no need to miss out on your favorite caffeine hit. However, Cairo has its own café culture, where you can be assured of a freshly brewed espresso or cappuccino, though you'll find that Egyptians will more often take tea.

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  • 1. El Fishawy

    Islamic Cairo North | Cafés

    This famous café is right in the heart of the medieval marketplace; this is the great café in Cairo, open around the clock and beloved by...Read More

  • 2. Sequoia

    Zamalek | Cafés

    An atmospheric tented venue on the banks of the Nile at the northern tip of Zamalek, Sequoia offers a contemporary menu that attracts as many...Read More

  • 3. Garden Promenade Café

    Zamalek | Cafés

    In the gardens flanked by the restored palace that serves as the lobby of the Cairo Marriott, this is the best place to wind down at night....Read More

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