Luxury on the terrace of the Kempinski Nile Hotel
After a day spent visiting the Egyptian megalopolis, you feel in need of a breather. Treat yourself to an evening in the cool in one of the Cairo bars hidden away on a roof terrace. Thanks to the city's dry climate, you can visit these sky-high retreats all year long.
Head for the upmarket neighbourhood of Garden City which stretches along the east bank of the Nile. The 11th floor of the Kempinski Nile Hotel conceals the trendiest venue in Cairo: The Roof. A real haven of luxury, you will be enchanted by the panoramic view over the king of rivers from the rooftop of this prestigious establishment. This elegant and elevated space is perfect for chilling out, with a pool and a deck chairs which encourage you to take it easy. You decide to spend a few hours lounging in the water heated to 29° C.
Feeling peckish? A waiter will bring you the restaurant's menu. The ambient temperature encourages you to choose a Japanese salad with crab and some sashimi, accompanied by a spicy carrot mocktail. Continue this wellness-inducing interlude until sunset lights up the horizon. A few notes of jazz float through the reddening twilight. Your magical night above the lights of Cairo is enhanced by the musical complicity between the singer Noha Fekry, the pianist Fami Attalah and the bass player Ihabr Badre.
Kempinski Nile Hotel
12 Ahmed Ragheb
Qasr El Nil
Cairo Governorate 11519
+20 2 27980000
Panoramic view and tapas at Dos Cañas
You stay in the Garden City neighbourhood, wedged in between the Nile and the bustling Qasr El Eyni Street. You stroll down the curving pedestrianised streets, admiring the Art Nouveau villas with their elaborate facades. The modern building of the Cairo Capital Club, an ultra-select establishment, stands out amidst the beautiful traditional architecture of the small surrounding buildings. There is no external clue to indicate the presence of a rooftop bar. Yet, on the 19th floor, the open-air Don Cañas terrace will bring a smile to your face.
A stylish and trendy Cairo nightspot, this restaurant-tapas bar boasts a breath-taking view of the legendary Nile and the Zamalek district. Having booked your table in advance, you can make the most of your exclusive evening. Charmed by the intimacy of the location and the background music, you enjoy some sangria, in moderation, with your companions. The procession of seafood fritto misto and little sharing dishes can begin.
9 Garden City، Qasr El Nil
+20 2 27929443
Electric atmosphere on the Carlton Roof Top
After a day spent in the city centre exploring the Egyptian Museum and its famous collection of Pharaoh antiquities, you long for somewhere with a more fun atmosphere, caressed by the evening breeze. A stone's throw away from Tahrir Square, the legendary Ritz-Carlton meets all your requirements. Its sprawling terrace overlooking the coast road along the Nile is always packed.
In the early evening, the Carlton Roof Top welcomes tourists, local hipsters, and young executives who come to relax over a shisha. Amidst the rooftops of the city centre, the imposing building of the High Court of Justice lights up the night. You settle down at a table set apart on a small balcony. A glass of champagne, enjoyed in moderation, is a must to celebrate this open-air tête-à-tête.
You nibble on some local snacks, then succumb to a plate of grilled Alexandrian liver, served with green peppers and tahini. Or perhaps the grilled prawns served on a bed of seasonal vegetables with herbs are more to your taste. The mixes of a resident DJ persuade you to continue the evening in the Nox bar, also perched on the hotel rooftop. Through the picture windows of its intimate lounge, Cairo's illuminated skyline can be seen in all its glory.
Carlton Roof Top
The Nile Ritz-Carlton
1113 Corniche El Nil
Qasr El Nil
Cairo Governorate 11221
+20 2 25778899
Artistic atmosphere at the Odeon Palace Bar
A taxi crosses the bustling city centre and sets you down by the Odeon Palace hotel, a few blocks away from Tahrir Square. As a lover of unusual locations that exude authenticity, you set off in search of a bar known to a few insiders. Once through the entrance hall of this discreet hotel, you enter a tiny lift not recommended for people suffering from claustrophobia. A lovely surprise awaits you on the 10th floor of the building.
You are struck by the simple urban decor of a terrace overflowing with life, and seemingly weightless above the tumult of the street. Ancient apartment buildings block out the horizon from where the very stylish Cairo Tower emerges with its lattice work design. On an unlikely artificial lawn installed in this concrete setting, a bohemian clientele from the theatrical and film world puts the world to rights in front of the embers of a hookah. Charmed by this good-natured local atmosphere, you fraternise with the staff, ask to try a shisha and enjoy an Egyptian beer, in moderation of course. A special moment, made more beautiful by the setting sun.
Odeon Palace Bar
29 Street 21
Marouf, Qasr El Nil
+20 2 25776637