Events

Fri 29
  • Cairo Art Fair at Arts-Mart
    Cairo Art Fair at Arts-Mart
    May 29 12:00 pm to May 29 8:00 pm - Arts-Mart The Gallery
    One of the Cairo's newest galleries, Arts-Mart, welcomes the city's art-lovers for an event like no other. Cairo Art Fair s set to host...
  • Zalat at Cairo Jazz Club
    Zalat at Cairo Jazz Club
    May 29 10:30 pm to May 30 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club
    Zalat is back on the CJC stage with a selection of top progressive house tunes. For reservations, call 01068804764.
  • Cairo Shakers - The Caliente Session at VENT
    Cairo Shakers - The Caliente Session at VENT
    May 29 10:00 pm to May 30 2:00 am - VENT
    Hicham brings Cairo Shakers back to VENT - this time with a night of Latin and tribal house music. Email VentCairo@gmail.com for info and...
  • The Cadillacs at the Tap
    The Cadillacs at the Tap
    May 29 10:00 pm to May 30 2:00 am - The Tap
    Local four-man rock band, the Cadillacs, take to the stage at Maadi bar, the Tap. For reservations, call 0101 600 0558.
  • Eat to the Beat at Eat & Barrel
    Eat to the Beat at Eat & Barrel
    May 29 1:00 pm to May 30 7:00 pm - Eat & Barrel
    This week's edition of Eat & Barrel's Eat to the Beat welcomes DJ Fabric for a day of music, food and drink. For reservations, call...
Sat 30
  • Hawidro at Cairo Jazz Club
    Hawidro at Cairo Jazz Club
    May 30 10:00 pm to May 31 3:00 am - Cairo Jazz Club - 197 26th Of July St. , Mohandiseen,Cairo
    Combining international and African sounds, unique Egyptian band, Hawidro, perform at Cairo Jazz Club. Reservations at CJC are recommended;...
  • Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    Cairo Symphony Orchestra Concert at Cairo Opera House
    May 30 8:00 pm to May 30 11:00 pm - Cairo Opera House
    Under the conductorship of Franz Rasmussen, the Cairo Symphony Orchestra performs works by Carl Nielsen to commemorate his 150th Anniversary...
  • Eat to the Beat at Eat & Barrel
    Eat to the Beat at Eat & Barrel
    May 29 1:00 pm to May 30 7:00 pm - Eat & Barrel
    This week's edition of Eat & Barrel's Eat to the Beat welcomes DJ Fabric for a day of music, food and drink. For reservations, call...
  • Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    Belly Dance Night at Ahlein
    May 30 9:00 pm to May 31 3:00 am - Ahlein
    JW Marriott Hotel Cairo's Ahlein welcomes one and all for quintessential Oriental night. For reservations, call 02-24115588.
  • Lebanese Love at Bamboo
    Lebanese Love at Bamboo
    May 30 10:00 pm to May 31 5:00 am - Bamboo
    Every Saturday, DJ Aly and DJ Kiko bring a little slice of Beirut to Bamboo as they play the hottest Lebanese and Oriental tunes aboard the...
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Highlights

Restaurants

The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2015: Health-Conscious Dining Award Winners

The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2015: Health-Conscious Dining Award Winners

It's not easy promoting healthy eating in a city that historically loves its fatty, sugary foods. The preconceived notions about 'healthy restaurants' don't help either, because many consider healthy food to be, well, not even really food – it's not filling and it's not all that big on flavour. The last few years, however, has seen a host of eateries around Cairo prove that notion wrong – which is no easy task, first and foremost because it's about education and informing as much as it's about serving food. With the Cairo 360 Editor's Choice Awards for Healthy Dining, we honour those paving the way for healthier eating habits. Lychee (Fresh Juices & Smoothies Award) Because fruits are nature's candy. Lychee's store on Brazil Street took Zamalek by storm on its opening, offering healthy, energising and detoxing fruit drinks that are both delicious and guilt-free. It's popularity has lead to several branches in Cairo as well as one on the North Coast. GoodCals (Healthy Dining Award) Between the fresh ingredients in the salads and sandwiches, and the totally guilt-free food, GoodCals has cemented itself as a connoisseur of healthy dining; their food is simple, unfussy and good for what ails you - a perfect office lunch and one of the first to take on the daunting task of convicing Cairo that salads are cool.  Lujo's Fresh Junk (Healthy Dining Award) Who say's healthy food can't be absolutely scrumptious and delicious? Lujo's Fresh Junk offers top-notch, creative gourmet food at very reasonable prices, all the while keeping you from worrying about your waistline. Sattva Steps (Healthy Dining Award) Another Zamalek eatery that took the island by storm, Sattva Steps won't only count the calories for you, but the number of steps you need to burn them too. If you're watching your weight but don't want to compromise the flavour, Sattva Steps has got you covered. The Vegan Kitchen (Healthy Dining Award) A vegan diet is possibly one of the hardest to educate, and convince, diners on, but when you try the food at the Vegan Kitchen, you won't miss the meat or the dairy; the dishes are creative and, more importantly, full of flavour and flair. Seriously, try the tofu steak. For more on the 2015 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here.

Shopping

Vero Moda: Simple Women's Clothes from Danish Fashion Brand at Cairo Festival City

Vero Moda: Simple Women's Clothes from Danish Fashion Brand at Cairo Festival City

In Cairo's shopping scene, it's becoming more and more difficult to come across shops that offer clothes which combine both quality and affordability. It's also becoming harder and harder to find ones that offer light summer apparel that doesn't come in the predominant form of crop tops, which are sadly hard to sport in the capital for reasons we're all aware of.   Vero Moda, located in the evergrowing Cairo Festival City Mall, seems to us a sort of needle in a haystack of endless clothes stores, with its practical combination of pieces that boasted good quality yet came with more or less affordable price tags that wouldn't make you gasp in pure shock at their sight. The shop is rather large and rests side by side to its men's brand, 'Jack Jones'. With a bright colour scheme of white and beige, contrasted by a little black, the store's overall design does not distract shoppers from the vibrant pieces on immaculate display. Our eyes immediately fell on a display of colourful jeggings laid neatly in the middle of the store. Diverting the more smart casual and semi-formal attire section, we spotted a flowy, black, sleeveless chiffon top with delicate silver beading on the neckline (365LE) that we instantly fell in love with. The powder pink, lace-adorned, mini dress (465LE) that our eyes fell upon next, however, was the ultimate showstopper in that section. Moving on to the 'Only', Vero Moda's more youthful line, we spotted a flow-y maxi skirts (400LE), short-sleeved lace tops (159LE) as well as comfy t-shirts and loose cotton tops. A few generic skinny and straight-legged jeans could also be found, alongside a couple of maxi dresses and loose cardigans. All along our visit, the sales personnel were always around to offer us assistance with finding a certain piece in our size and even giving us advice about which pieces suited us better, but when not called upon, allowed us to freely roam around the store and shop unperturbed. All in all, we found Vero Moda to be quite the practical store to hit for some casual, as well as slightly formal attire that is effortlessly chic, simple and quite frankly, light on the wallet. With efficient staff and an overall laid back ambiance, the store offered us a smooth shopping experience.

Cafés

Big Bites: Sugar-Loaded Donuts & Other Sweet Treats in Maadi

Big Bites: Sugar-Loaded Donuts & Other Sweet Treats in Maadi

While bakeries and confectionaries may not be in short supply around Cairo, the execution of items like donuts, croissants and other assorted goodies is generally questionable. If you were to consider your options for a good donut right now, chances are you can only name a couple of venues because, unfortunately, the donut isn't the most popular of sweets here. There's not really much to a donut; you either have dough and icing, dough and a stuffing, or dough and glazing. That's pretty much it. With such a big selection of donuts, cakes, rolls, cookies, brownies and muffins, we were honestly surprised when Big Bites emerged on Road 233  out of nowhere. Sporting a modestly-sized venue with a bright yellow colour scheme, a couple of wooden chairs and tables, and the display of goodies, the server will greet you as you step through the glass door, and pleasantly explain the flavours they have on offer. We opted for three stuffed donuts; a Blueberry and Cream Cheese (13LE), Apple and Cinnamon (13LE) and Strawberry Jam (13LE), as well as a Walnuts Brownie (12LE), a Cinnamon Roll (20LE) and a regular donut with White Chocolate and Caramel (10LE). Let's start of with the good; the Walnuts Brownie was quite tasty and surprisingly large, while the walnuts weren't overpowering and created a good flavour mix with the chocolate. Unfortunately, however, the donuts were the biggest let down; while the stuffing was tasty all around, the dough itself tasted nothing like donuts, but instead closer to cake - and not fresh cake at that. But that wasn't even the biggest problem; a bigger issue was how sweet the whole thing was. By our third bite, all we could taste was sugar. The Cinnamon Roll, smothered in an obscure icing that neither tasted like cinnamon, nor complimented the cinnamon powder, had the same dough as the donuts, leaving the overall experience rather unfortunate. Maybe it was an off-night, maybe the goodies were indeed stale, but whatever the case, everything we ordered was so sweet it rendered our taste buds obsolete.

Nightlife

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

Le Grillon: Enduring Restaurant & Bar in Downtown Cairo

It might have seen better days, but Downtown Cairo is steeped in history and character – things that extend, even if superficially, to its restaurants, cafes and bars, including Le Grillon on Kasr El Nil Street. Divided into two parts with two separate menus, Le Grillon offers a sheltered outdoor area that we were told was the 'drinks area' and then a more elegant indoor restaurant which is used mainly for food, though this opens from 9PM.  It is possible to order something from the food menu and eat outside however if desired.  We decided to explore the drinks menu and check out the outdoor part as the décor was rather alluring and exotic with fake green vines and jungle-like scenery.  However it was rather odd to see the waiters in this unlikely scene dressed in a black suit and bow-tie. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxed, almost basic; think beer, shisha and meeting up a good old gossip.  During our visit we opted to try one lemon juice and one mango juice each costing 12LE each and finally one beer (Heineken) at 21LE from the alcohol menu. The lemon juice was deliciously sweet, zesty and light with a fluffy white foam on top but the mango was a little too thick in consistency and also arrived ten minutes after all the other drinks as the waiter told us it was still frozen.   Afterwards a gust of curiosity led us to try a Bloody Mary (35LE) from the cocktail menu; the classic mixture of vodka, tomato juice and various spices arrived in a tall glass. Unfortunately, the overall flavour lacked the kick taste of vodka; however, there was a spicy aftertaste that lingered long after. After a tequila shot (40LE) ridded us of even more inhibitions, we were excited to try others drink from the cocktail menu though most were unavailable as the waiter told us there was no longer a bar man. Le Grillon offer an interesting mix of apertisers which, though a little expensive and small in portion, were quite delicious and pleasantly served.  We opted to try the shrimp cocktail (40LE) which was small yet flavoursome with large succulent shrimps and a tangy sauce. The atmosphere at La Grillon is very quiet, relaxed and good for enjoying shisha and a drink; it's by no means a detestable place to enjoy an evening, though the service was somewhat sloppy during our visit, especially which made 10% tax and 12% service charge a little difficult to swallow.

Arts & Culture

Picasso Art Gallery: 'Picasso Collection 17'

Picasso Art Gallery: 'Picasso Collection 17'

Zamalek's famous Picasso Art Gallery is currently hosting its latest and most diverse group exhibition, the Picasso Collection 17, which features thirteen highly talented artists all of which contribute something unique and special to the walls of Picasso Gallery. Most of the exhibition features enormous sized paintings, some that take up an entire wall; however there is a small selection of sculptures delicately fitted amongst the twists and turns of the gallery. Samir Rafea holds the highest number of paintings within the space. One particularly interesting piece is a large painting in blue tones portraying a human figure almost wrapped around an animal of some sort.  The detail is limited with strong abstract forms but there is a clear affection shown between the two characters within the painting, in fact they are so tightly embraced that it's almost as though they are one. Across from Rafea's paintings is a rather colourful collection of three intricate paintings by Hala El Shafey where pattern and colour are definitely key elements.  From afar the work appears as a knitted blanket or a patchwork quilt with different kinds of stitching and multi-coloured thread.  One piece depicts a home with its many rooms, windows, doors and even trees bearing fruit.  Even from her other two paintings which are shown in the exhibition and portray objects such as a home-telephone; it appears that El Shafey's interests lay within the home environment; children are present in one painting and chickens too. The whole exhibition features a mixture of animals and people with various scenes though almost all bare two similarities-pattern and colour. There are two statues situated beside one another; one features a woman on her back strongly resembling a cobra; and the second is of a four legged animal with a face resembling a human. The relationship between the human form and that of an animal is clearly the key theme here as there is a presence of both in each lone sculpture. From one angle they appear as animals, but then from another the possibility of them being human is also pliable. One of our favourites in the exhibition was a painting by Suzan Saad. The first sight of it could best be described as a ferocious fight between fiery colours-reds, oranges and yellows displayed on a black smoky scene expressing movement and violence.  The next one in her collection featured the same burning colours yet there were unclear figures in the scene and once again the colours portray a sense of fighting and even movement across the canvas. Towards the rear of the gallery there is one collection that really stood out to us and the most realistic of the group too, almost photographic yet with colours more vibrant and idealistic.  They depicted outdoor scenes of sea, sand and rocky areas and had a peaceful and tranquil feeling to them - a feeling that came to round of the exhibition as an eclectic and engaging collection.

Health & Fitness

Mohamed Al Sagheer: Beauty Parlour Chain Continues to Impress in Arkan Plaza

Mohamed Al Sagheer: Beauty Parlour Chain Continues to Impress in Arkan Plaza

As the beauty empire that is "Al Sagheer" salons continues to grow and expand both nationally and internationally, one can always be sceptical about whether its famed level of premiere service would continue to impress. Wanting a quick pampering session to add a little R&R to an otherwise hectic week, we headed over to the Sheikh Zayed branch. Located in one of 6th of October's classiest hang out and dining spots, Arkan Plaza, the salon's ground floor entrance leads to a boutique of hair and beauty products boasting ever-loved brand names- the likes of Kérastase, Bed Head by TIGI and Keune. Climbing up a flight of stairs, we were greeted by the salon manager who asked which treatments we wanted. The salon's décor carries the chain's signature modern theme, with artistic pieces hanging on the wall and green and pink-rimmed mirrors. The white walls and floors, and abundance of windows give the place an optimistically warm feel. Leading us to the hair washing basins, our hair was skilfully washed and conditioned by one of the employees, who then continued to untangle our locks prior to its brushing and styling (100LE). The downside, however, was the fact that we had to wait about fifteen minutes before our hairdresser came by and started styling our hair. The end result of hair that was perfectly curled with just the right amount of volume, though, made the slightly bothersome wait worth it. Our hairdresser professionally held up a mirror to show us what our hair looked like from the back, and spritzed it gently with hair spray to make sure it retained its curls throughout the day. Whilst our hair was being styled, a friendly manicurist carefully filed our nails into the shape we requested and effortlessly applied French manicure on them (65LE). Upon finishing our nails, our manicurist then took care of our eyebrows, gently threading them to perfection within a few minutes (40LE). All in all, Mohamed Al Sagheer has continued to offer us exactly what we needed thanks to their skilled staff. From the salon manager, to the hairdresser to the manicurist, they all showed friendly demeanour, carefully listening to our requests and putting them into action. Perhaps, price-wise, it is more costly than many other salons, but the professional treatments and impressive end results are worth paying a little extra for.

Music

New Wave of Electronic Music: Eight Rising Cairo DJs to Look Out For

New Wave of Electronic Music: Eight Rising Cairo DJs to Look Out For

Egypt has a storied history with music and the arts, but what we might consider the contemporary or modern music scene(s) are relatively young; there are only a handful of venues for musicians to get regular gigs at and the collective Cairene conscious isn't always inviting to the new and the different. But something is, and has been, rumbling; festivals, including Oshtoora, Theater of Dreams and SANDBOX, are becoming more and more frequent, longer and better-attended; event organisers are appearing left, right and centre, and the electronic music scene is possibly benefitting most and experiencing a rebirth of sorts. Everyone is well versed with the better known DJs in Cairo – think Amr Hosny, Mohasseb, Tamer Auf and the like. Most of them have been around for years and will continue to gig around the capital and elsewhere; but a new and steady wave of talent has been washing over Cairo like a cool summer breeze; venues like VENT are ready and willing to give some of the more obscure DJs and producers a shot and initiatives like Student DJ providing a platform for exposure and learning. This new blood can only do wonders for the music scene and there are already a few names that have already shined – ones that you should look out for. MAN-O Man-O excels at breaking the rules and has been seen doing so most recently at Maadi bar, the Tap. While everyone expects standard four-on-the-floor house beats, Man-O will very easily surprise you with his ability to go in and out of musical styles on a whim. You may even think of him as Minus T's prodigal son. Chiati Chiati is one of the youngest DJs and music producers in Cairo. Previously the guitarist to rock band, Bandetta, he launched his DJ career shortly after taking part in Student DJ 2014, making his electronic music debut through local label, Besworx. His style revolves around darker, moodier techno cuts – perfect for after parties. kidmims; Fresh out of the 2015 Student DJ program, Mai El Sabi has quickly propelled herself through the ranks of rising DJs in Cairo. Regularly gigging in Cairo Jazz Club, Mai is challenging the stereotypes about female DJs, and doing so in spectacular style after garnering a loyal cult following in a matter of weeks after she first showcased her talents as part of SDJ. Nour Fahmy Student DJ 2015's runner-up in what was a close final. Though the tech-house loving DJ may not have won the competition, Fahmy left his mark and has gone on to amass a following of dedicated fans that have followed him around Cairo and Egypt. Mohamed Sadek Tripoli-born DJ, Mohamed Sadek, is Egypt's own king of all things indie and disco. This young talent has been around since the first wave of Electrum Records' Red Beats DJ battle competition, and was one of the first DJs to unleash French disco before the fad took over Cairo's music and nightlife scenes Saleh Amin Making his debut at Nacelle's House Sessions, Saleh hit the ground running and very quickly made a name for himself by playing an outstanding opening set for Danish heavyweight DJ and producer, René "Noir" Kristensen and is scheduled to play a set you definitely don't want to miss at SANDBOX 2015 in Gouna at the end of the month. Gaser The winner of Student DJ 2015 isn't built like the atypical DJ. Cairo 360 assistant editor by day, tech connoisseur by night, Gaser first emerged on the scene by making his debut at a special Nacelle event with another musical endeavour of his, the Meteors Project, whose live performances use electronic beats and live instrumentation. Since winning SDJ, he has gone on to be part of local label, Besworx. M Fayek & Sebzz We love duos, and while both M Fayek and Sebzz have established themselves individually as top DJs, they are solid prrof that two heads are better than one, often unleashing immense back-to-back sets featuring deep bass lines and interesting, unique melodies.

City Life

The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2015

The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2015

Following the success of its inaugural edition, we are proud and excited to announce the return of the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award for 2015! Seeking to recognise and honour the very best venues that Cairo has to offer, this year's ECA are even bigger and more comprehensive, with brand new categories and awards to be announced. This year, new additions come in the form of categories covering Arts & Culture, Health & Fitness and Beauty, with an overall total of 200 winners being chosen across all categories through series of thorough meetings and discussions between the Cairo 360 editors and their staff, as they sifted through over 4500 restaurants and cafes, 80 bars and clubs, 5000 shops, 300 arts & culture venues, 150 gyms and fitness centres, 30 hotels and hundreds of other venues. It's by no means a simple selection process, but a necessary one; the Cairo 360 Editor's Choice Awards are based on stringent criteria that also take into account consistency and longevity, alongside value-for-money and quality of product/service, amongst others.  Since launching in 2010, Cairo 360 has scoured Egypt's capital for the good, the bad and the peculiar – things that Cairo has in plenty of in equal amounts – offering unbiased, accessible reviews of everything from restaurants, cafes and bars, to shops, fitness centres, salons on more. It's this commitment to providing balanced and impartial insights through anonymous visits that has upheld Cairo 360's status as the definitive guide to living in the capital. Five years on, we're still witnessing the city grow and change and it's this growth that led to the formation of the Cairo 360 Editor's Choice Awards; a fitting platform to acknowledge and celebrate the best of Cairo's dining, nightlife, shopping, arts & culture, fitness and health & beauty scenes and more. Click here for a rundown of all the winners. 
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