The weekend is here at last!
With a mass exodus to the North Coast every weekend, Cairo almost feels like a ghost town, which, if you’re anything like us, is a good thing. There’s nothing quite like a quiet, languid day by the Intercontinental City Stars Pool or a walk in Al Azhar Park followed by lunch at the Lakeside Café. Weekends are also a great time to pummel your body back into shape, whether it’s with a spot of yoga in Downtown or with a relaxing pedicure at the N Bar in Maadi. Men with bad cuticles, rejoice! The nail salon has opened up its first men’s-only nail salon, The Grooming Lounge on El Lasilky Street– look out for our upcoming review!
A good way to stay out of the tarmac-melting hot sun is to head to the nearest mall and exploit the ongoing summer sale. While most fashion chains in City Stars are decked out in the red Sales sign, pricier boutiques are taking their piece of the discount pie: fashion boutique Hip is offering up to 50% off its summer collection, including items by Lanvin, Phillip Lim and Anna Sui. Turkish fashion department store Beymen is offering up to 40% on all items including designer beachwear, while Ghazl Banat boutique is offering up to 50% on its collection that includes Twenty8Twelve and Frankie B. Jeans.
While nightlife may have simmered a little for Egypt’s hottest months, the Capital is full of concerts, art exhibits, poetry performances and more. Start Thursday, July 22nd off the old-fashioned way: on the dance floor, where Exodus is performing at Cairo Jazz Club. More of a spectator? Wust El Balad’s lead vocalist Hany Mostafa will play an acoustic show at Sawy Culturewheel, while Banadra and Salalam will bring their traditional folkloric music to Al Geneina Theatre.
On Friday Night, DJ Amir Sharara will make his electro-house magic at the Cairo Jazz Club, while over at Al Geneina Theatre, a performance by Mohamed Mohsen and Band brings more local flavour to our weekend.
If you’d rather simply kick back and revel in the relative calm that comes with a summer weekend in Cairo, why not dress up and treat yourself to an evening at the sophisticated Ambassador’s Club at the Intercontinental Semiramis– smoking jacket optional. Carmen’s Pub serves a reputed Euro-Spanish evening of socialising in Zamalek, while Bon Bini makes for a pleasant evening by the Agouza Nile. If you’re not shy about your love for protein, Carnivore serves up Kenyan barbecue fit for royalty, with a splendid Nile view to boot.
If you’re among the lucky few who get to enjoy a long weekend due to our June 23rd holiday, don’t worry, we won’t hate you. We even have a free night for two for you to enjoy at the Cairo Marriott Hotel in Zamalek. Take a dip in their grandiose pool, enjoy their massive continental breakfast and sink into their silky-soft sheets, all on us! You can thank us later. With cookies.