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Things to do in Cairo

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cairo. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cairo attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cairo to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cairo.

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  • Al Diwan

    Cairo’s most famous bookseller, Al Diwan, will open at Cairo International in late 2009. At the shop you’ll find Egyptian titles including No One S... More
  • Al Shorouk

    Many news and book outlets in the airport are operated by Al Shorouk, Egypt’s largest publishing house. Here you’ll find nonfiction and literature ... More
  • Automated People Mover

    In 2011, the airport’s People Mover—which is modeled after the old-fashioned cable car system—will soon begin its loop between the terminals and th... More
  • Bijoux Terner

    Although there are 550 Bijoux Terner boutiques worldwide, the affordable accessories shop has only two outposts in Egypt, one in Cairo Internationa... More
  • Business-Class Lounges

    Craving a hot cup of tea and crumpet? Take a seat on the tufted leather couches at the airport’s English Lounge. Are pasta and a glass of Chianti m... More
  • Cairo Airport Shuttle Buses

    For those looking to arrive at their hotel in style, use this car service (the shuttle bus name is a bit of a misnomer—it’s a high-class car compan... More
  • Cairo Airport’s Meet & Assist Program

    If you anticipate needing a hand with your heavy suitcase or a complicated connection, hire a Cairo Airport staffer, who, for just $50, will greet ... More
  • Cairo Atelier

    The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists. More
  • Cairo Opera House

    The grand structure was built in the neo-Islamic style. More
  • Coffee Time

    Though this small shop sells Segafredo espresso and plenty of small bites, in-the-know travelers come to Coffee Time for Egypt’s local beer, Sakara... More
  • Diwan Bookstore

    The go-to place in Cairo for English-language books. More
  • EgyptAir Duty-Free Shops

    Looking for a specific luxury brand? You’re likely to find it in Cairo’s new Terminal 3. Bally, Rolex, Tumi, Hugo Boss, and Shiseido, among others,... More
  • Heineken Bar

    Tucked behind security and customs, the new pubby Heineken Bar has light and local brews on tap, as well as an international menu if you’re looking... More

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