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The Cairo Guide to Sohour in Ramadan 2011

The Cairo Guide to Sohour in Ramadan 2011
    written by
    Lauren Lutz

    Whether
    you’re looking to eat sohour early or late, whether you want a festive
    atmosphere or a relaxed one, or whether you just can’t decide if you want to
    watch your favourite Ramadan show or listen to a live oud performance, somewhere
    in Cairo, a nightspot is serving just what you need. Take a look through our
    sohour guide to figure out where you’ll be going tonight.

    Maspiro

    Bab
    El Nil at the Fairmont Nile City

    Serving up
    delicious Syrian cuisine this Ramadan, Bab El Nil is a funky sohour tent at the
    Fairmont Nile city. Minimum charge is 130LE all week long, shisha is served and
    board games are provided. Reserve
    here.

    The Cashmere Tent at the World Trade
    Centre Terrace

    The WTC tent
    this year is inspired by Arabian fairytales and offers an à-la-carte sohour
    menu full of delicious treats. You can sit around eating and watching Ramadan
    shows until 2AM. The minimum charge during weekdays is 75LE per person, while
    on weekends it is increased to 100LE. Cashmere also serves a fetar set menu in
    a nearby restaurant for 135LE/ 155LE/ 175LE. Make a reservation
    here.

    Downtown

    Arabesque

    Arabesque
    offers a delicious set menu for sohour at 100LE per person. It can get crowded
    here at unexpected times; so make a reservation at 0225747898 just to be on the
    safe side.

    Zamalek

    Tofaha
    Ramadan Tent

    Located
    right next to the Coffee Shop Company and the cool breeze of the Nile, this
    fruit-inspired tent is the perfect spot to enjoy a festive early or late
    sohour. Complete with exotic shisha flown in from Beirut and pastries and lattés
    from next door’s Home in Vienna and the Coffee Shop Company, Tofaha is open
    until 3AM or later. Minimum charge for sohour is 75LE on weekdays and 150LE on
    weekends. Reserve
    here.

    3anil
    Ramadan Tent 

    The popular
    Ramadan tent has returned for its 8th year on the Imperial Boat with Lebanese
    inspired cuisine, shisha served up by Wel3a Café, and an endless supply
    of games and entertainment, from LCD TVs and playstations to a resident DJ.
    3anil is open until the last person leaves and offers two set menus for sohour
    at 100LE and 130LE as well as a number of à-la-carte options. Book
    here.

    Café Mex

    This
    street-side café is packed from 8PM onwards with locals eager for their shisha,
    smoothies and mahalabeya fix from Al Malky. Arrive early or expect to wait for
    up to half an hour for a table outside, and always expect it to be a noisy
    night; especially since you’re smack-dab on the bustling street of 26th of July.
    However, their watermelon-bubble shisha flavours and other funky mixes make it
    a worthy destination. For reservations, call
    0185362780.

    WIF by EE

    Aside from
    its fetar menu, WIF offers sohour options including tomeya (14LE), tehina
    (14LE) and sambousak (25LE) as well as foul with tehina for 18LE, falafel for
    17LE and an omelette station for 30LE. Om ali (25LE) and rice pudding (17LE)
    are also offered. For reservations, call 27365160.

    Garden City

    Shishawy
    at the Kempinski Nile Hotel

    For a
    private atmosphere with top service and even better food, try Shishawy, home of
    the medusa shisha. A projector on the wall as well as a resident oud player
    promise you whatever entertainment you want – soap operas or a night of
    traditional oriental music. The set sohour menu is priced at 130LE. For
    reservations call 0227945834, the kitchen closes at 2AM.

    Si Omar at the Grand Nile Tower

    Enjoy Si Omar’s new Lebanese chef with an
    indulging food menu while listening to the tunes of the daily oriental Takht and resident DJ. An
    à-la-carte menu is offered for sohour at a minimum of 135LE. Feel free to ask for a deck of cards or a backgammon board as you enjoy a spectacular Nile view. For reservations, call 0223651234 or 0117707060.

    Dokki/Mohandiseen

    P75

    A new face
    in Cairo’s restaurant crowd, P75 turns from Italian restaurant and Porsche
    showroom into a classy sohour spot at 10:30PM every night, when shishas are
    brought inside and the set menu becomes available. Enjoy soap operas all night
    in this Porsche-designed restaurant. To reserve, call 0120700075.

    Giza

    Tagine
    Ramadan Tent at the First Mall 

    This
    Ramadan, La Gourmandise has transformed itself into a fashionable sohour tent in
    the centre of First Mall’s ground floor. Well known for their exotic and
    glamorous settings, Tagine will serve a sumptuous sohour menu until 3AM. The minimum
    charge is 75LE. Reserve
    here.

    Aura
    at the Four Seasons
     

    Serving up
    delicious Lebanese cuisine, Aura offers both indoor and outdoor seating
    overlooking the Nile. Listen to live entertainment as you enjoy their set menu
    for 180LE++ per person. Make reservations by calling 0235671600.

    Manial

    Sky Lounge 

    For an
    unforgettable view of the Nile and more than comfortable seating, relax at Sky
    Lounge as you sample the dishes on their set sohour menu for 100LE. On the
    weekends, you’ll find an oriental band playing as well. To reserve, call the
    Nile Lily restaurants hotline 19412.

    Maadi

    Cuba Cabana 

    Hidden on a quiet, tree-lined part of Maadi, Cuba Cabana offers fetar and sohour this Ramadan, with a fetar buffet for 175LE and an à-la-carte
    menu for sohour. For reservations, call 0223783300.

    El
    Shader

    In addition
    to staying open during the day (from noon onwards to be exact), El Shader will
    offer both fetar and sohour. You can expect a relaxing time with plenty of the
    usual fiteer, milkshakes, and shisha, with some board games and backgammon.
    Expect a full house and call 0101210302 for reservations.

    Heliopolis

    Fairmont
    Heliopolis and Towers

    This year
    the hotel is operating the
    Meshmeshya
    Ramadan tent
    and offers three set sohour menus at 140LE /180LE /210LE. The most
    expensive option offers both a mixed grill and shawerma while the cheapest is an
    assortment of hot and cold mezzas. Of the hotel’s several dining venues, only
    Pizza Bar and Egyptian Night will stay open late for sohour; expect them to
    close around 2:30AM. Aqua e Luce and Al Dabké will close at midnight. For
    reservations at any of the Fairmont’s dining venues, call 16989.

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