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Valentine’s Day in the Capital: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Romantic Spots in Town
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Valentine’s Day is here, and you better have some good plans for your special someone this weekend. We’re lucky that it comes on Thursday this year so you have no excuse of having to wake up early for work the next day. In all cases, if you’re looking to brave through the expected storms and have a nice dinner out, we’ve brought you a list of the most fitting restaurants for such a romantic occasion. 


It’s been a bit over a year since ESCA’s opening, but it’s already one of the hottest spots in Heliopolis. This chic restaurant boasts an elegant grey-scale theme that is elevated by design elements such as marble tables as well as their beautiful plate presentations. They offer unique dishes that are filled with delicious flavours.

JW’s Steakhouse

Speaking of go-tos, when in doubt of where to have a nice steak meal, JW’s Steakhouse is definitely the top contender. You indulge in their Wagyu Fillet Mignon! 


Perfect for residents of central Cairo, L’Asiatique takes a prime spot on the Nile at Le Pacha 1901 boat in Zamalek. This Asian restaurant is beautifully decorated, and is perfect for an upscale yet cosy romantic dinner. If you’re looking for an Asian meal, this place will not disappoint.


If you’re looking for a Turkish Valentine’s dinner, then Osmanly is without a doubt the place to go. Osmanly takes a brilliant spot in Kempinski Nile Hotel in Garden City with stunning Nile views. The place is ritzy and luxurious, with authentic, appetising, and delicious Turkish dishes.

The Smokery

If Nile views are a bit of a cliché to you, then head over to Katameya Heights for a meal at The Smokery. This elite restaurant takes a high spot overlooking the spacious golf course of Katameya Heights. Aside from its many delicious options, The Smokery is one of the best restaurants when it comes to salmon.

La Trattoria

This classy restaurant takes a small and cosy spot in the heart of Zamalek. They serve truly authentic Italian dishes and are perfect for a quite, no-fuss night for fans of traditional Italian meals. Dress up nice, and have a delightful meal at La Trattoria.

Le Tarbouche

Le Tarbouche is a classy restaurant with authentic flavours and brilliant taste. Share your food with your loved one by ordering a number of delicious shareable dishes, and bond over the taste of each dish.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

A host of romantic offerings await at this elite hotel. You can get some special handmade chocolates at Beymen Café, or go on a romantic felluca ride. You can also enjoy a chocolate buffet at Lobby Lounge, or enjoy a romantic a la carte dinner at Upper Deck with the night’s live entertainment. An Egyptian feast is also set at Zitouni with a scrumptious open buffet, or you can go Italian at their stunning restaurant, Bella. If Chinese is more your style, then celebrate at their Chinese restaurant, 8, or enjoy a romantic jazz night at The Bar plus a five-course dinner.

Conrad Cairo Hotel

Conrad Cairo Hotel invites you to celebrate Valentine’s day over candlelight at Oak Grill for a 4-course dinner with entertainment by resident artist Ghada. Kamala restaurant, on the other hand, offer a Far Eastern touch to the romantic dinner in a 3-course meal plus live entertainment. Alternatively, the stage is set at Stage One with belly dancer Oxana, plus Mohamed Arfan and DJ Hesham El Ashry on the decks. You could simply just go for dessert at Conrad Cairo Hotel’s pastry shop, Atrium Lounge, or you could skip the whole night and enjoy a Valentine’s brunch on Friday afternoon.

Grand Nile Tower

A grand experience awaits you at this Garden City hotel. Enjoy an upscale dinner up high at their Revolving Restaurant in the most romantic of settings with a panoramic Nile view, or enjoy a dinner at the Hotel’s yacht, Marquise, with a live band on stage.

Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski

Add a regal touch of elegance to your Valentine’s celebrations by taking your loved one to the Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski. Enjoy a meaty dinner at Romanov European Grillroom serving a 6-course set menu along with saxophonist entertainment, or indulge in Italian delicacies at Lucca restaurant with their special 6-course menu. For a more exotic experience, you can celebrate at Yana with their Asian cuisine, plus a number of Indian classics. Finally, you can enjoy a unique experience at the hotel by enjoying one of two Le Petit Chef dinner shows on Valentine’s Day.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton

Enjoy elite restaurant delights at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar, Nox, with a DJ playing famous love songs, and a surprise act taking place soon after. You can even get an exclusive spot with a reservation at Nox’s terrace, available for only ten lucky couples. Otherwise, you can celebrate the occasion at Bar’oro as the Wave Jazz Band takes to the stage to perform famous classics by Frank Sinatra.

Four Seasons Hotel Alexandria

Looking to make a trip out of it? Head over to the romantic coastal city of Alexandria, and enjoy Valentine’s dinner at their Italian restaurant Stefano’s serving a 4-course set menu, or enjoy an oriental celebration with Byblos’ 4-course dinner. Otherwise, you can enjoy a relaxing night at Shisha Lounge, alongside a scrumptious open buffet.