Other neighborhoods to stay in Cairo
Heliopolis is one of the best places to stay in and is extremely convenient as it is very close to the airport, though isn’t too far from the city either and is one of the safest neighbourhoods. It dates back to the ancient times and because of that has some interesting places to visit like the Baron Empain Palace, Basilica of Notre Dame and the Uruba Presidential Palace. There are also a variety of old churches and striking Andalusian architecture. There are some shops and malls along al-Ahram Street and the best streets for sleeping, eating and drinking are Osman Ibn Affan St and El Orouba Street as they have a good amount of places.
Giza is located in the west of Cairo and has excellent transport links to the rest of the city and the airport, which make it an appealing place to stay in as well as being a safe area. The biggest tourist attraction in the city as well as being the icon of the country is in the neighbourhood, which of course are the Pyramids and the legendary Sphinx. You can enter 2 of the 3 pyramids for a little bit of money and do be aware that the tunnels inside the pyramids are hot, humid and claustrophobic. There are also a few museums in the area that are mostly dedicated to the pyramids and the Legends and Legacies indoor bazaar is excellent for shopping in. Try Pyramids Road for sleeping, eating and drinking as this is where the highest concentration of each lies.
Dokki is an up market area of the city with the centre of the neighbourhood being Amman Square, which is surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and hotels. This area is a safe place to stay in and there are a number of attractions to visit including the Khali Museum, the Zoological Gardens and the Shooting Club. For shopping, head to Mosaddak Street where there are plenty of gifts to buy and the most popular street at night is Tahrir Street, which is home to a diverse range of restaurants, pubs and hotels.
This neighbourhood is found close to the city centre, along the west bank of the Nile and therefore is a very convenient place to stay in as well as being regarded as a safe district. It has a distinct “local” feel, which provides more authenticity than most other areas of Cairo with many streets having a great range of traditional and foreign sidewalk cafes, restaurants, shops and hotels dotted along them. There isn’t a lot to see in the day but being so close to everything else means that it can be a cheaper alternative to staying in the centre. However, at night the place comes alive with some excellent entertainment spots being the Balloon Theatre, where there are circus and dance acts and the famous Cairo Jazz Club, which is one of the most famous clubs for live music in the country.