Cairo 360 Guide to Cairo, Egypt

Events

Thu 29
  •  Random House & DJ Safi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Random House & DJ Safi at Cairo Jazz Club
    Sep 29 10:00 pm to Sep 30 2:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    As part of a mini-tour of Cairo, Jordanian indie and folk experimentalists, Random House, perform at CJC on a night that will also see DJ Safi...
  • Gawdat at Zigzag
    Gawdat at Zigzag
    Sep 29 10:00 pm to Sep 30 4:00 am - Zigzag
    House Night at Downtown's Zigzag welcomes sibling DJing duo, Gawdat. For reservations, call 012-7560-2411.
  • Nathalie Saba at Room Art Space
    Nathalie Saba at Room Art Space
    Sep 29 8:00 pm to Sep 29 10:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Prodigiously talented singer-songwriter, Nathalie Saba, perfoms at ROOM Art Space, bringing her unique alternative urban pop to the Garden City...
  • Lastbreath #4 by Cochlea at Rooftop Lounge
    Lastbreath #4 by Cochlea at Rooftop Lounge
    Sep 29 11:00 pm to Sep 30 4:00 am - Rooftop Lounge
    Cochlea's perennial music night, Lastbreath, returns, this time taking place at Garden City's Rooftop Lounge, with Gaser and Zio. For...
  • Hip-Hop with DJ Samba at the Tap Maadi
    Hip-Hop with DJ Samba at the Tap Maadi
    Sep 29 10:00 pm to Sep 30 2:00 am - The Tap
    Maadi bar, the Tap, kicks off the weekend with a night of hip-hop and r&b courtesy of DJ Samba. For more information and reservations, call...
Fri 30
  • Nacelle: Funk N Pop at Royal Club Mohamed Aly
    Nacelle: Funk N Pop at Royal Club Mohamed Aly
    Sep 30 1:00 pm to Sep 30 8:00 pm - Royal Club Mohamed-Aly
    Nacelle is back for season two of all-day music fest, Funk N Pop, as the likes of Sahara, DJ Safi and Marc Wahba take to the stage at  Royal...
  • Fairouz T & Special K at Cairo Jazz Club
    Fairouz T & Special K at Cairo Jazz Club
    Sep 30 10:00 pm to Oct 01 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Fairouz T kicks off Friday night at Cairo Jazz Club with her trademark melodic, vocal, deep house, before Special K takes over with his tech house...
  • shnit Cairo Playground Pre-party at Old French Consulate
    shnit Cairo Playground Pre-party at Old French Consulate
    Sep 30 9:00 pm to Oct 01 3:00 am - Old French Consulate, 5 El Fadl Street, Downtown Cairo
    Ahead of its return to Cairo on October 5th, short film festival, shnit, kicks things off with a special pre-party at the Old French Consulate in...
  • HanyMust at ROOM Art Space
    HanyMust at ROOM Art Space
    Sep 30 8:00 pm to Sep 30 10:00 pm - ROOM Art Space
    Hot off the heels of a new single release, HanyMust and his band take to the stage at ROOM Art Space in Garden City. Tickets are 50LE. For more...
  • Spunky Dynamite at the Tap
    Spunky Dynamite at the Tap
    Sep 30 10:00 pm to Oct 01 2:00 am - The Tap
    Enjoy a wild night of rock, funk and pop hits at Maadi bar, the Tap, courtesy of Spunky Dynamite. For more information click here.
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Highlights

Restaurants

Pinoy: Filipino Restaurant Shows Potential to be a Cult Favourite in Cairo

Pinoy: Filipino Restaurant Shows Potential to be a Cult Favourite in Cairo

With Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai restaurants galore, Cairo has no shortage of Asian cuisine to choose from. However, there was one eastern country yet to be represented: the Philippines. Thankfully, that gap has been filled by Pinoy (which means 'of Filipino origin' in the native language). The entrance to the venue, with its iron-barred window and door, looked like an office, remarked a friend. When we stepped inside, we discovered it was more like someone's dining room. Decked out in IKEA furniture - a new standard for Cairo's restaurants - the seating featured a couple of tables for two and one long communal arrangement. The fluorescent hospital-like lighting didn't help the ambience, but the cute artificial flower arrangement on the wall did. We seated ourselves near the flat-screen TV, a bit taken aback by the absence of a hostess. The owner, a Filipina, was sat to our left watching Filipino reality shows with a friend. The descriptions on the menu were enthusiastic and even included hashtags in some cases; we found this endearing, but would have appreciated more detail as to the contents of our meals as well as a spiciness indicator. Ravenous, we quickly ordered two Siopao - dumplings filled with pulled chicken in a sweet, tangy sauce similar to chutney (15LE). Unfortunately, there were only two options for beverages other than soft drinks, and only the Salabt (ginger tea) was available (17LE). The Siopao was a little too thick for a dumpling and bit bland, but warmed our tummies nicely as we waited on our main courses - Adobong Manok, a chicken marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and garlic (47LE) and Adobong Manok Sa Gata (58LE), which is the same dish with a coconut milk twist. Apparently, this is the unofficial national dish in the Philippines. We had wanted to try the Bicol Express, a spicy stew, but were told it was unavailable as were a few other (probably due to the country's current shortage of imported goods). The meals were pleasingly flavourful and well-portioned, but we made sure not to finish it all so as to leave room for dessert - Ube Halaya, which is a purple yam paste, sweetened with jam and condensed milk (24LE). Despite its bright purple colouring and vegetable contents, the dessert was actually quite delectable with its mousse-like texture and sweetness. Our introduction to Filipino food (and television) was most certainly memorable. Pinoy stands apart from other Asian restaurants in that the food tastes more like authentic home cooking. Hopefully next time more dishes will be available and as tasty as the ones we tried.

Sights & Travel

8 Budget-Friendly Trips to Take in Egypt this Eid El Adha

8 Budget-Friendly Trips to Take in Egypt this Eid El Adha

Another Eid is approaching and this time Cairenes will have a long vacation to unwind during – but it could be the last chance for many to do so, especially with summer coming to an end and back-to-school season upon us. Finding an affordable travel destination can be difficult, which is why we've put together a list of travel trips organised by local travel groups and agencies, covering several different destinations that have two things in common: they're budget friendly and gaurantee a great time for all, be they the sit-back-and-relax kind of holidaymaker or the more adventurous one. Dahab with Tourisma Local travel company, Tourisma is organising a 3-day/2-night trip to Dahab, with a busy program for all crazy travellers out there starting, with snorkelling, Safari trips and authentic Bedouin dinners awaiting for 750LE per person. Click here for more about the trip Hurghada with Rotana Egypt Travel Famous for its unique diving spots, a Hurghada trip organised by Rotana Egypt Travel starts from 990LE. With an all-inclusive package at Triton Empire Beach Resort, you get to enjoy a relaxing Eid vacation with a touch of luxury that won't break the bank. Find out more here. Sahl Hasheesh with Lions Trips With an all-inclusive package for 1200LE, Lions Trips' Sahl Hasheesh Eid getaway puts you in one of the fanciest hotels there, Hilton. Perks of the trip a yacht trip to Giftun Island, snorkeling and diving. Click here for more information. Dahab & Ras Shitan with Re7letna Two trips for the price of one is what Re7letna is offering this Eid. For only 590LE, you can enjoy hiking, barbecuing on the beach, safari trips and diving in one of the richest diving locations on east Sinai. For more information, click here. Sharm El Sheikh with Fekra Travel Offering two packages, one for four days at 750LE and the other for five days for 900LE, in a four star hotel, Fekra Travel is organising a unique trip to the city of peace, Sharm El Sheikh. With plenty of exciting activities that include snorkelling and a boat trip to Tiran Island, this is one of the best offers on the list. Click here for more. Ras Shitan with Kites Egypt With a 650LE package that includes movie nights on the beach, snorkelling, drum circles and plenty of 'competitions' and beach activities, Kites Egypt promises you a once in a lifetime trip that will definitely recharge your spiritual batteries. Find out more here. Qulaan Islands with Amaken Trips Championing local ecotourism, Amaken Trips is offering a five-day camping trip at Qulaan Islands where you won't only enjoy the natural beauty, but will also have the chance to meet with the protectorate's tribe, get to know them better and dance to their music, as well as many other activities that will give you a little taste of how they live and all of this for the price of 1330LE. Click here for more. El Gouna with Rotana Egypt Travel Another trip by Rotana Egypt, the Panorama Bungalows Resort is perfect for enjoying peace and serenity in one of the most romantic and mesmerising destinations in El Gouna. A four days stay will cost you for 1385LE. Find out more about the trip here. Happy Eid everyone!

Cafés

Marble Slab Creamery: New Branch at Mirage Mall Disappoints

Marble Slab Creamery: New Branch at Mirage Mall Disappoints

Twists and trends on the simple and beloved concept of ice cream are becoming more and more common in Cairo, but possibly the first came in the form of mixing ice creams with toppings across a 'cold stone' surface – which was introduced by Marble slab Creamery. The recently-opened branch at Mirage Mall in New Cairo is a small, functional space that consists of a linear work-station that shows the ice cream fridge display and the toppings in front of the frozen marble slab. There are four tables placed outdoor for dining in. The variety of the ice cream was a bit limited with just 10 flavours, but mixing and matching the ice cream with the toppings is where you can explore variety. There are four sizes of serving cups; Kids (22LE), Value (30LE), Original (40LE) and Big Dipper (50LE), or you can go with a plain waffle (5LE). We ordered a cup of strawberry mixed with Maltesers (5LE per topping), and another cup of chocolate mixed with marshmallow. Starting with the strawberry-Maltesers mix, a giant scoop of ice cream was placed on the marble slab and then topped it with a fair amount of Malteseres. The ice cream itself tasted more like a vanilla ice cream with a little hint of strawberry rather than straight strawberry, while the mixing and distribution of the Maltesers was uneven. The same goes for the chocolate marshmallow mix, only it had several more flaws. The ice cream didn't have a noticeable chocolate flavour to it and the marshmallow froze due to the cold stone slab method which made it very chewy. After two fails from the marble slab method, we decided to go classic with a simple plain cone topped with a scoop of wild berries and a scoop of peanut butter. Sadly that didn't work either, as the waffle cone wasn't fresh at all; in addition the berries were bland in taste the ice rock hard –enough to break a plastic spoon, twice. However, the peanut butter ice cream was the only thing flavour that didn't taste bland – it actually tasted like peanut butter. As one of the first ice cream parlours of its kind in Egypt, you can't help but expect more from Marble Slab; but there was limited availability of different flavours and those flavours, of both ice cream and toppings, which were available were largely bland. Add to that the fact that it's a bit pricier than other ice creams shops and you have a pretty poor experience.

Shopping

Weddings in Cairo: 8 Wedding Dress Designers Every Bride-To-Be Should Know

Weddings in Cairo: 8 Wedding Dress Designers Every Bride-To-Be Should Know

Putting together the perfect wedding is an intricate process.You of course have to have a good photographer, great catering, entertainment that all will enjoy and an ideal venue. But ask any bride and she'll tell you that the most important thing is the wedding dress. Considering the fact that you'll be shelling out a four or five figure number for a dress that you will wear for only one day, it's a decision that can't be taken lightly. Choosing the right wedding dress is one of the hardest decisions any bride to be will have to make, but if you're looking for quality and creativity, look no further than these eight recommendations. Deana Shabaan With wedding dresses that are inspired by ancient Arabian, Indian, Grecian and Victorian influences, Shabaan's collection offers one-of-a-kind wedding gowns that promises every bride a majestic glow of her own. Check out more of Deana Shabaan's designs here. Sherine Hussien Graduated from the Fashion and Design Center (FDC) in Egypt, Sherine Hussein has her own fashion line under her name. If you are a bride looking for simple wedding gowns with a touch of elegance, then head to Cairo Boutique where you can find Hussien's unconventional collection. You can also find some of her work oon her Facebook page. Nesma Helmy Despite having a degree in science, 33 years old fashion designer, Nesma Helmy, has been conquering the fashion industry in Egypt with her custom-made bridal gowns and ready-to-wear collection. Styling many renowned celebrities, Nesma Helmy has her own boutique in Maadi. Check out her official Facebook page for more. Yasmine Yeya Who said a wedding dress should be white? With Maison Yeya tanding as possibly the biggest names in bridal fashion in Egypt, Yasmine Yeya's creative wedding dresses blend tradional whites with other soft colors to create bold yet chic gowns. Find out more on the Maison Yeya Facebook page and website. Shay's Couture Getting her diploma from the Italian Fashion Academy, Egyptian fashion designer, Shaimaa Maher, founded Shay's Couture on the concept of making a personal, unique mark on each dress she designs. Check out some of her work here. Amany El Cherif Creating magic one gown at a time, Amany El Cherif's bridal gown collection perfectly blends the bold and the elegant. Bringing chic back by embellishing her designs, El Cherif makes sure every bride get the look of her dreams on her special day. Check out more Amany El Cherif designs here. Malak El Ezzawy Defying the constraints of symmetry in many of her bolder pieces, a statement-making dress is what Malak El Ezzawy promises you on your wedding day. With high quality fabrics that come from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, New York and Paris, El Ezzawy's custom-made gowns have a soft elegance to them - which you can find on her Facebook page. Hadil Ali Out with the old, in with the new (and eccentric), is seemingly Hadil Ali's approach. Creating the prettiest and most memorable wedding gowns around, Ali brings her artistic eye to every gown she makes. Recommended Reading: -10 Wedding Planners in Egypt That Can Make Your Dream Wedding into a Reality -10 Photographers That Will Make Your Wedding Day Memorable -10 Alternative Wedding Venues That'll Add a Touch of Magic to Your Big Day -10 Makeup Artists Every Bride Should Hire (All photos courtesy of their respective owners)

Health & Fitness

Osana Family Wellness: Oasis of Calm in the heart of Maadi

Osana Family Wellness: Oasis of Calm in the heart of Maadi

As anyone living in this neighbourhood will tell you ad nausea, Maadi is a bubble. A nice, greener bubble than the other parts of Cairo where people walk their dogs, ride their bikes and actually like to sit outdoors. Maadi residents have their own distinctive qualities: allergic to leaving the 'hood', prone to quiet nights in and completely mystified as to why anyone would willingly live elsewhere. What is Dokki? Why does Zamalek exist? They scratch their heads in confusion. Osana may be a good reason to move to Maadi. Located inside a large villa off of El Nahda Street, the space is surrounded by shady trees and soft grass and its various spaces work seamlessly with its surroundings, like the Earth studio (where yoga classes are practiced); a wooden shed with smooth wooden planks for flooring and a tree trunk right in the middle of it. Instead of cutting the tree down, they built the studio around it, which says a lot about the nature-loving, happy people who run this place – renowned photographer, Steve Double, his wife, Neena Serag, and Sumaya Holdijk, who has been a practitioner in places such as Nun Center. The best thing about the venue is that it feels like a community space – not a sanitised, uptight spa or yoga studio. Once you enter the reception and are greeted warmly by one of the friendly front-desk staff, the space leads you into a small café full of vegetarian dishes, fresh and healthy smoothies and enough grains to make any clean eater squeak with delight. It makes sense that they're promoting clean eating in a venue promoting yoga, meditation, energy healing and Chinese medicine among other perks, and it also makes sense that everyone surrounding you is positive and friendly, creating a familiar atmosphere that makes you feel like an old friend rather than a paying customer. Their schedule has daily classes starting from 6:15AM with free self-practice (where you basically go to meditate or do yoga with others if you're in need of a good space and positive company) and ending at 6PM, while also offering classes for all ages from kids to elderly. Drop-in costs 100LE and classes are taught by both Egyptian and foreign trainers. This reviewer tried the alignment hatha-vinyasa yoga with Nicole; a one-hour session of mostly floor-based yoga postures focusing on – you guessed it – alignment and breath. Although it wasn't an easy class – a beginner would struggle with the deep lunges and stretches – the instructor talked the class through the moves and was careful to correct alignments and push us gently but deeper into our stretches. If you're into holistic therapy and alternative medicine, then Osana's menu will read like a dream come true, ranging from the luxurious-sounding gold leaf facial (350LE for 60 minutes, available Thursdays only) to the exotic jin shin jyustu (650LE for the first consultation of 90 minutes, available Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday), which involves the ancient oriental art of harmonising life energy within the body. There's also foot reflexology, energy healing with crystals or reiki and a long list of massages (Thai, Indian, hot stone and much more) that will make you turn your one-hour class into a full day at Osana. And who can blame you? It's hard to tear yourself away from the serenity of the space and throw yourself back onto the hot, dusty streets of Cairo. An added perk is their communal events like their Tuesday farmer's market, where you can pick up homemade cookies, coconut oil, leather purses and organic grains among other items. There are also diverse and new workshops and classes introduced regularly, such as poi practice, Islamic healing and baby massage. All that and you can relax in their garden on their wooden lounge areas, while kids play in the grass and adults read their books in the sunshine. It's that kind of place. Why would you want to leave? Sign up for Osana classes by registering with your Facebook or Gmail account.

City Life

Business or Pleasure or Both? October Offers at Four Seasons First Residence

Business or Pleasure or Both? October Offers at Four Seasons First Residence

As one of the most luxurious hotels in Cairo, the Four Seasons First Residence is also quite unique – both inside and out. Boasting some of the best fine-dining options in Egypt's capital, October is set to be a busy month at the hotel with lots of yummy offers to sink your teeth into, starting at Italian eatery, STRADA. The 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award-winning restaurant is hosting a lavish weekly brunch every Friday between 1PM and 6PM every Friday for 365LE++ per person. But aside from offering some of the best authentic Italian cuisine in the city, the brunch spreads its wings further, with all manner of dishes – think everything to live pasta and pizza cooking stations, to Asian classics and gluttonous dessert – as well as a special kids' corner and live music to boot. There's more at STRADA, meanwhile, in the form of a special Date Night promotion for Cairo's lovebirds. Available every Monday between 6PM and midnight, the promotion offers complimentary dinner for ladies when booking a dinner for two – and there's more of those sweet, sweet guitar sounds to round off a distinctly romantic night. Looking to go out with the girls on Thursdays? STRADA has you covered here, too, with Thirsty Thursdays, where ladies get complimentary local beer and wine with dinner. On the more formal side of things, meanwhile, the STRADA Business Lunch promotion offers a two course meal at 170LE++ per person or a three course meal at 220LE++, or, alternatively, a lush a la carte menu. But that's not all at the Four Seasons First Residence; afternoon high tea at Tea Lounge with sandwiches, scones, pastries and tea or coffee is available daily between 3PM and 6PM for 150LE++ per person, while there's plenty going on at La Gourmandise. In addition to introducing a special Chef's Breakfast covering everything from healthy eats, to fresh, homemade baked goods, new entries into its sushi menu covering everything from rolls to sashimi have been made into its dinner menu. While some may argue that the art of dining is a pursuit for physical and mental wellness in itself (and they'd be oh so right), it's the hotel's spa where a different kind of magic happens. The Spa and Wellness Centre offers a range of different services and, this month, you can enjoy a whopping 50% off on all massages and scrubs, while booking a 90-minute spa treatment will get you additional access to the gym and pool for a lengthy four hours. For more information and reservations, call 02-3567-1600 or find our more on Facebook.

TV & DVD

Stranger Things: Spectacular Throwback to 80's Horror & Sci-Fi

Stranger Things: Spectacular Throwback to 80's Horror & Sci-Fi

There's a good chance that you've already heard about Netflix's latest supernatural horror-drama, Stranger Things; an eight-episode series about a young boy whose mysterious disappearance from a small sleepy town in Indiana, manages to offset a series of strange happenings has arrived under much expectation. Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things - a show already praised by many and lovingly described as the "love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80's" - begins with Will (Schnapp); a twelve-year-old boy who mysteriously disappears one night, sending his mother, Joyce (the wonderfully unhinged Ms. Ryder) on a frantic search for her missing boy. Paranoid and afraid of what might have happened to her son, Joyce pleads with the local Chief of police, Hopper (Harbour) to organise a search party, however, Will's friends - Mike (Wolfhard), Dustin (Matarazzo) and Lucas (McLaughlin) - have already taken it upon themselves to look for their missing friend. Their search takes a turn when the boys soon coming across Eleven (Brown); a mysterious girl who possesses powerful abilities who might just be the one they need to help locate Will. The carefully built world which surrounds Stranger Things is a place filled with 80's nostalgia; complete with movie, music and literary references that are most rewarding. With echoes of E.T and The Goonies particularly strong throughout, Steven Spielberg's work in the era is clearly an inspiration. The story is driven by a heavy dose of intrigue and suspense which The Duffer Brothers masterfully explore and build on as the story progresses. The rich and deeply-layered storyline is told through a familiar yet seemingly dark 80's atmosphere - its mood elevated by an appropriately eerie synth score - and a purposefully slow pace which rewardingly picks up as the episodes unfold. Apart from being blessed with a wonderful script, fitting mood and an overall intriguing set up, Stranger Things' strongest feature lies with its cast with both distraught mother, Ryder, and weary cop, Harbour, delivering equally strong performances. However, the story's heart is in the hands of its younger cast, who manage to bring an equal doses humanity, authenticity, vulnerability and humour to their roles; Brown's Eleven is top of the pile, with her compelling performance marking her as one of the most unique and interesting young talents to emerge onto the scene. There's plenty of heart to be found in Stranger Things and a sincerity rare to television; scary, funny and full of adventure, it's a wonderful blend of everything 80's and as binge-worthy a TV show as you'll find this year;

Music

How to Become a Rock Star in Cairo Part Three: Jamming & Practicing

How to Become a Rock Star in Cairo Part Three: Jamming & Practicing

We've talked about how and where to get instruments, and even about where to go and learn how to play those instruments. In the third part of How to Become a Rockstar in Cairo, we'll help put the spotlight on places where musicians can practice and jam; places where they can be as creative as they'd like without waking up the neighbours. Studios offer a sense of professionalism as well as a creative space for anyone who wants to experiment or practice their instruments – and there are a good few of them across the city. Some studios even offer renting studios and equipment if anyone forgot or don't have theirs, as well as professional sound engineers to give advice, record or mix music if required. Studio Wave Offering two rehearsal rooms with audio recording and mixing facilities, the Dokki-based Studio Wave is also a music label – so maybe you'll get lucky and get signed. Check out their Facebook page for more information. Tag'z Music & Art Center Offering a jamming studio in Maadi and a recording one upon request, Tag'z Music & Art Center is ready for anything required of them music wise and ar generally incredibly accommodating. Find out more on Facebook. Vibe Studio Another Dokki based studio, Vibe offers a whopping five rehearsal rooms of different sizes and rental prices. Recording is also an option, while the studio's general reputation stands among the best. Checkout Vibe Studio on Facebook. Live Studio This is one on the higher end of the scale; they have both a recording and a rehearsal options, with high end equipment all-round. Based in Nasr City, the folk at Live Studio certainly know what they're doing and they even have a large amount of video and audio samples on their Facebook page to prove it. ArtMania Center New to the scene, 6th of October City's ArtMania Center at Galleria 40 offers jamming and rehearsal studios for anyone who'd like to hone their skills and find their sound there, with state of the art equipment. Aside from the late-night campfire image you get when you think of 'jamming', the main function of jamming is discovering yourself and your sound. It's the best time to experiment and one of the few options of playing for the sake of playing, so keep experimenting and once you've settled on that sound, your next step is to practice, practice and then practice some more. A good way to go is to start doing covers for already existing songs, just so you can get your foot in the door before putting together original material. The final step is recording a demo that you can send to venues to start getting gigs and play in front of a live audience – which we'll talk more about in part four of How to Become a Rockstar in Cairo. And at the end of the day how cool is it to say I'm going to the studio with my band – right? Happy jamming!
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