You’ve found that special someone and now it’s time to romance him or her. While Cairo is a fantastic city, you’ve got to have a game plan to execute a great date. Thankfully, Cairo 360 has brainstormed five great plans for five hot dates. In our line-up, you’ll find the full range of dating adventures from a picnic at Al Azhar to a night out at one of Cairo’s finest restaurants.
The Greek Club
During the summers, the Greek Club is a great date spot thanks to their outdoor garden terrace. Throw in their legendary Greek salad, freshly fried calamari and shish tawook; and you’ve got a delightful dinner for two. Beer, wine and ouzo are also available. Even if it does get a bit crowded, the tables are spread far apart enough so that you’ll be able to carry out a private conversation on the terrace.
After dinner, it’s just a five-minute walk to Townhouse Gallery of Contemporary Art, where you can check out what’s going on in Cairo’s art scene. Dinner for two at the Greek Club can go for around 75LE to100LE, and exhibits at Townhouse are free of charge.
La Maison Blanche
If you’re the kind of person that wants to impress your date with a fancy venue and a delicious plate of food– and you’re not afraid of paying big bucks– La Maison Blanche is calling your name. The perfect place to dine in style, La Maison Blanche is a French restaurant offering some of Cairo’s most elegant and exquisite food.
We recommend the smoked salmon soup, which is creamy and divine amidst the tender scallops and sprigs of asparagus, and the Australian rack of lamb that was well-seasoned and cooked to perfection. Expect dinner for two to go for around 800LE. It’s a high bill, but well worth it if it can be afforded. Look forward to a complimentary sixth course of flavoured chocolates, macaroons, marshmallows and Turkish delight.
Dinner & A Movie, VIP-Style
Dinner and a film is always fun for a date night. Why not treat your date to the classic dinner and a movie but take it up a notch? There are plenty of restaurants in City Stars, including Mexican food extraordinaire El Chico. The mixed grill fajitas entrée is a must. Strips of perfectly marinated carne asada, grilled chicken and shrimp served atop a bed of green peppers and onions come sizzling on a steaming hot plate.
Make your cinema trip special by treating your love interest to Golden Stars Cinema, which has three exclusive VIP theatres with incredible reclining arm charms. Don’t forget to book your seats in advance to optimise seat locations. Dinner at El Chico for a couple will cost around 200LE, while VIP Lounge Seating costs 100LE per person.
Tell your date to meet you at a designated time on the Corniche in front of the Four Seasons Hotel in Garden City at a felucca spot is called Dok Doks. An hour before, run over to Taboula and pick up loads of mezzas and fresh salads, including their lovely hummus with meat, muhammara (a dip made from walnuts, chilli peppers and olive oil), grilled halloumi, fattoush and taboula.
Then scurry on over to the Corniche in front of the Four Seasons to secure a private felucca for two. When your date arrives, there will be delicious fresh food, a private felucca and the Nile waiting for him or her. What could be more romantic than that? A few appetisers at Taboula should not set you over 100LE and a private felucca might cost anywhere from 60 per hour but can be bargained down.
Al Azhar Picnic
What could be lovelier than a peaceful afternoon in a park, enjoying a hand-prepared picnic? Not only is this a less expensive option, but your date will also appreciate that the picnic has a personal touch. Pack a picnic basket full of sandwiches, fresh carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, labnah, hummus, olive oil and cold drinks. Metro supermarkets have a fridge at every entrance that sells freshly made sandwiches and quite bites if you’re looking for a grab-and-go option.Next, pick your date up and head over to Al Azhar Park. The entrance per person is only 5LE, and there’s lots of grass to roll over and have a nice afternoon picnic on. Don’t forget to pack some water and a blanket to lie on.