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Nightlife in Cairo

Nile-side Zamalek has trendy Sequoia for fruity sheesha pipes, and Buddha Bar. Locals love drinking all-night mint tea at a traditional ahwa (coffeehouse) like El-Fishawi in Islamic Cairo. Enjoy European ballet and Arabic music at Cairo Opera House. Musicians play nightly at Cairo Jazz Club in Agouza, and professional belly dancers perform at top hotel nightclubs like Downtown's Haroun Al Rashid.

Cairo Opera House, Cairo. Photo by PAIVI ARVENON
1

Sequoia

Nile-side lounging

Fashionable Cairenes love to lounge on comfortable cushions at Sequoia, overlooking the Nile at Zamalek, with cocktails, coffees or sushi. If you order a sheesha pipe, the waiters will bring a tray of different flavoured tobacco to help you decide.



Address

Sharia Abu Feda, Zamalek, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2735 0014

Transport

Metro to Opera

2

Buddha Bar

Extravagant bar with buddhas

Part of the international chain, Buddha Bar in Gezirah opened in September 2007 and is already a big hit with fashionable Cairenes. Plush lighting, Nile views, Buddhas, a popular restaurant and trademark ambient music make this a sophisticated late-night venue.



Address

Hotel Sofitel El Gezirah, Shariah Riad el Solh, Gezira, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0)2 2737 3737

Transport

Metro to Opera

Website

Buddha Bar website

3

La Bodega

Relaxed bar

Tucked into the back of a French bistro in Zamalek, Cairo's subtly lit La Bodega is a bar where you can pull up a stool and chat with the bartender. Hanging glasses and solid brass railings make up the décor.



Address

157, 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2736 2188

Transport

Taxi

El-Fishawi, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
4

El-Fishawi

24-hour people watching

With no alcohol served, El-Fishawi, inside Khan El Khalili bazaar, proves you don't need alcohol to have fun. Open 24 hours daily for 200 years, this traditional ahwa, or coffeehouse, is every local's favourite for chatting, people-watching and smoking sheesha.



Address

Off Midan Hussain, Khan el Khalili, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2590 6755

Transport

Taxi

5

After Eight

Traditional and contemporary musicians

With an impressive roster of traditional and contemporary musicians, at After Eight in Downtown Cairo you're just as likely to hear a stringed oud as an electric guitar. Book ahead if you want a decent seat.



Address

6, Kasr el Nil Street, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 10 339 8000

Transport

Metro to Sadat

Cairo Opera House, Cairo. Photo by PAIVI ARVENON
6

Cairo Opera House

Classic opera, ballet and music performances

Boasting the best facilities in Africa, Cairo Opera House in Gezira welcomes regular performances from visiting opera, dance and music companies. It also promotes the Cairo Symphony Orchestra and National Arabic Music Ensemble. Don't miss the Opera Museum upstairs.



Address

Gezira Exhibition Grounds, Gezira, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2737 0603

Transport

Metro to Opera

Website

Cairo Opera House Website

Haroun Al Rashid, Cairo. Courtesy of Semaris Intercontinental Cairo
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Haroun Al Rashid

Arabian delights

If you bought a belly-dancing outfit at Khan el Khalili, this is where to see it done properly. At Haroun Al Rashid in Downtown, famous dancer Dina shimmies and undulates in her bejewelled costume to wealthy diners. Reservations are recommended.



Address

Hotel Interncontinental, Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511

Telephone

+20 (0)2 2795 7171

Transport

Metro to Sadat

Website

Haroun el Rashid Website

8

El Sakia

Folkloric acts

A cultural centre in Zamalek, El Sakia is part of El Sawy Cultural Wheel, hosting folkloric music and drama plus unusual fusions like Egyptian rap and heavy rock covers. This is also the place to see the Cairo Jazz Band.



Address

Sharia 26 July, Zamalek, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0)2 2736 6178

Transport

Metro to Opera

Website

El Sakia Website

9

Cairo Jazz Club

Live jazz and rock bands

With live bands most nights, Agouza's Cairo Jazz Club is an informal friendly venue with music ranging from Oriental, jazz and rock to electronic. Special events are held Mondays. There is also decent vegetarian food and an original cocktail menu.



Address

197, Sharia 26 July, Cairo Agouza

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 3345 9939

Transport

Metro to Opera

Website

Cairo Jazz Club Website

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