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Cairo Weekend Guide: Bring On The Cool Weather!

Cairo Weekend Guide: Bring On The Cool Weather!
    written by
    Cairo 360

    The good news is that Cairo weather has cooled down
    considerably over the past few days, with uncomfortably high heat waves
    hopefully a thing of a past. This means less air-conditioning, more morning
    walks, sunny brunches and outdoor activities in this delicious September
    weather. It’s not too cold to avoid the beach, though, and with Ain Sokhna just one hour away, it’s your perfect weekend destination for some peace and
    quiet.

    If your friends are deserting you for another weekend trek
    to the North Coast, you won’t be bored in Cairo. This Thursday, take a walk
    through the Cairo Opera House’s plush grounds, then catch the first
    International Oud Forum
    , which is led by internationally acclaimed Iraqi musician Naseer Shamma and will
    continue until Saturday, the 18th. For a more contemporary sound, try the
    craftily named Trackat Ala Kefna playing at El Sawy Culturewheel at 8:30PM. If you feel like dancing off the
    week’s stress, the Urban Preachers
    at the Cairo Jazz Club offer a little funk, a little soul, a lot of fun.

    On Friday, if you relish the idea of a Maadi brunch, skip
    the traditional Lucille’s and head to the newly opened Waffles& Shakes
    for some sinfully delicious waffles. If you’re in Heliopolis and in desperate
    need of a pool to chill by, the Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers has two large
    pools
    available for day use. Since it’s a Friday, though, get ready for packed pools
    and loud revellers.

    Too lazy to leave
    the house? Give yourself a cook’s day off and order in: Le Kabab
    in Heliopolis makes surprisingly good Lebanese takeout. And speaking of surprisingly good Lebanese, Papillon in Mohandiseen
    serves up Lebanese food so good; it beats some of the best restaurants in
    Beirut, according to a Beirut native!

    With nights becoming increasingly cool and pleasant, head
    over for a rooftop view at Pour Vous, the Nile Zamalek Hotel’s top-floor terrace
    or Nomad in Dokki, the King Hotel’s rooftop bar. Nomad may
    not have an exquisite view like Pour Vous’, but it does offer fresh
    breezes, a relaxed atmosphere and very moderate prices.

    For some late-night entertainment, catch the Percussion Show
    at El Genaina Theatre. This band has arguably the best percussionists on the
    local music scene, and their energy is so intensive and addictive; you’ll be
    dancing in no time. The quite popular Salalem
    will perform at El Sawy Culturewheel’s Wisdom Hall at 8PM, but if you’re in the
    mood for some oonts-oonts-oonts, Nile FM’s DJ Carlos
    will be playing at the Cairo Jazz Club at 11PM.

    Saturday tends to be the most relaxed day of the week, where
    most people sleep   in, have family
    lunches and maybe catch a film or two at the cinema. If you have a sweet tooth
    craving, head to one of Carvel’s
    many branches all over Cairo. Trust us, it will bring out the kid in you.  

    For those who can’t get enough of Tex-Mex,
    try the newly opened and quite inconspicuous La Sombra
    in Maadi. And while you’re at it, head over to Kotob Khan on El Lasilky Road.
    It’s more than just a bookstore! this Saturday, budding musician and vocalist
    Shady Ahmed
    (you may have seen him perform with the 19th Band) will perform an
    acoustic set; so pull up a chair and enjoy the intimate ‘coffee house’ vibe.

    If you’ve lost inspiration, read our Top Fifteen Sights to
    See and Things to Do in Cairo

    and see how many items you can check off our list. When all else fails, keep
    checking Cairo 360 for guidance!

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