Egypt

Things to do in Egypt

Located east of downtown, this old quarter of narrow alleys and soaring minarets (which dates to the Fatimid period) is the city’s traditional center of culture and commerce.

Youngsters looking for fun before takeoff should head to the play areas in every departure terminal. Look for plastic seesaws and playhouses from American toy company Step 2, touch-screen video games in Terminal 3, and a climbing wall outside the food court in Terminal 3.

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.

Composed of many historic ruins under restoration, the museum creates facsimiles put in place to hold up the fragile structures.

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 more your thing? You’ll find bliss in the blue-and-white Italian Lounge.

The gallery is frequented by the older Cairo set of artists.

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 for a quick pre-flight pick-me-up.

The most breathtaking ruin on the Nile, Kom Ombo has thick round columns supporting the roof.

Located at the airport’s front entrance, near Orouba Road, this elaborate outdoor patio is meant to conjure up visions of the ancient Egyptian city of Heliopolis, or Sun City. Don’t Miss: The desert gardens and deep-blue pools.

This independent gallery specializes in traditional fine arts.

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 Sleeps in Alexandria by Ibrahim Abdel Meguid, as well as novels in English by the Cairo-born Nobel Prize–winning author Naguib Mahfouz. 

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Explore Cairo and sail the Nile aboard this 40-passenger ship. Enjoy tours and lectures led by Lindblad Expeditions' expert guides.

VIPs who pay $1,000 for your-round access get ultra-special treatment in this sleek space that looks more like an urban loft than an airport lounge.