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Guide to Your Ultimate Weekend in Cairo

Guide to Your Ultimate Weekend in Cairo
    written by
    Cairo 360

    Congratulations, you’ve made through another heat-ridden
    week in Cairo without melting, your car melting or killing the A/C repair man
    for not showing up on time. With the Mehwar jamming up as many Cairenes flee to
    the North Coast, fret not if you’re stuck in Cairo for the weekend; there’s so
    much to see and do in the Capital while staying cool.  

    Feeling up to an open-air party This Thursday? The Swiss
    Club
    in Kit Kat is hosting an Afro Fiesta Party in its spacious garden, with African music and a reasonable 50LE-minimum that
    includes one free drink. For laid-back drinks with friends, try Johnny’s at Le
    Pacha, a popular Karaoke
    night destination every Sunday. Speaking of Karaoke, Harry’s Pub in the Cairo Marriott has a rowdy night of Karaoke
    every Thursday from 10PM till 2AM.
    Be prepared for a full crowd of jovial revellers singing along to your
    rendition of ‘Living on A Prayer.’ For a spot of live music, head down to the Cairo Jazz Club for Groovy Aspirin‘s modern, funky jazz–
    trust us; Thursdays at the Jazz Club are surprisingly mellow and fun.  

    If you’re in Heliopolis and in need of shisha
    in a breezy, chilled location, try Karvin Hotel’s Rooftop Garden. Fans of Tamarai’s
    sophistication will be devastated to hear that the club’s last two nights will be
    this Thursday and Friday, after which it will take a long holiday and re-open
    at the end of Ramadan. However, if you’re desperate for your fix, head down to
    the North Coast, where Tamarai NC 151
    has opened on Bianchi beach- no, not that Bianchi beach, but the beach resort
    on the North Coast right after Marassi Beach.

    For a relaxed Friday
    brunch, start off with people-watching at the Marriott Gardens, or enjoy a luxurious pool day-use at the Fairmont Nile City. For something more budget-friendly but still cooling, head down with your friends to Bandar Mall in Maadi for a spot of
    energetic bowling.
    The good news is that Fuego and Chili’s are next door; so you won’t
    leave starving.

    For some intellectual stimulation, enjoy the poetry reading
    by Syrian poet Fouad Barakat at the Sawy
    Cultural Wheel
    .
    There’s something about a lazy Friday afternoon that compels us to have a large
    fish lunch, so why not try out the modest and underestimated Flying Fish in Agouza?

    At night, it’s back to the Cairo Jazz Club again, where DJ Ramsi consistently gets the dance
    floor packed with his progressive house and electronic tracks.
    For an equally bustling dance floor, make sure you book in advance if you’re
    heading to Arabesque,
    where a belly dancer performs every weekend as late as 2AM. Yearning for a
    low-key, quality and outdoors concert, Copark will play live at El Geneina Theatre at 9PM, performing a lively fusion of
    jazz, rock and pop.

    As much as we hate to admit it, Saturdays are all about a
    relaxed afternoon and mentally preparing for the stressful week ahead. Play
    dress up with your friends and try Richoux in Mohandiseen for a posh English tea experience, cucumber sandwiches included.
    An excellent way to calm your pre-workweek nerves is to try some yoga, check
    out our list of Cairo yoga centres for the closest centre to you. Finish your night off with a quiet meal of
    French quiche at Chez Martine’s and enjoy a pleasant walk around Zamalek’s quiet streets. Take a deep breath
    and prepare for tomorrow’s onslaught. You’re welcome.

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