8 Interesting Things to Do in Cairo, Egypt

Priya Johnson Jun 15, 2019
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Cairo, the capital city of Egypt is known for its stunning pyramids, ancient temples, mosques, museums, tombs, etc. Rich in culture and history, a trip to this historic city transports you back in time.

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Camel Ride to the Pyramids of Giza

Adorning the Egyptian desert, these gigantic pyramids are over 4,000 years old and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Most tourists visiting Egypt come to behold the sight of these incredible pyramids.
Enjoy a camel ride at the pyramids area and watch the glowing Sun go down behind these triangular marvels. The camel tour will also enable you to explore the desert behind the pyramids.

Great Sphinx of Giza

This half-human (face) and half-lion (body), limestone, Egyptian wonder is again a must-visit tourist attraction in Cairo. Constructed to be facing the rising Sun, the Great Sphinx has been continually degrading and crumbling due to humidity and pollution. Restoration projects are underway.

View Cairo’s Skyline from Qasr El Nil Bridge

This iconic bridge was built in 1933 and is popularly photographed for its four giant bronze lion statues that guard both ends of the bridge. Enjoy the sunset and panoramic view of the city’s skyline from this bridge.

Felucca Ride on the Nile

The city of Cairo is divided right in the middle by the river Nile; the longest river in the world. A felucca is a traditional Egyptian wooden sailing boat that is used to tour the city. It’s a great way to explore the city.

Cairo’s Souk : Khan el-Khalili

Egypt’s largest, oldest and most vibrant open-air market, this bazaar happens to be famous for everything from souvenirs to perfumes, clothing, jewelry, etc.

This souk is the best place to interact with locals and experience Egyptian culture up close. Haggling and bargaining is an important part of shopping here.

Drink Egyptian Coffee

Also referred to as Turkish coffee, Egyptians prepare their coffee strong in little pots with handles and spouts called cezves. The specific brewing method gives it its unique flavor.
As in any culture, Egyptians love to socialize over a cup of coffee. Cairo’s coffee houses are the best places to delve deeper into Egypt’s culture and local life.

Try a Traditional Stuffed Pigeon

While Cairo has a lot of traditional Egyptian dishes that you can treat yourself to, you must definitely try out their stuffed pigeon dish.
Traditionally known as hamam mahshi, this Egyptian specialty dish is actually a whole pigeon stuffed with rice or cracked, green wheat, spices, and onions.

Sufi Dance Show

Egypt’s only Sufi dance group going by the name Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe perform a dance show on a weekly basis in Cairo.

Watch Sufi dancers dressed in long white or greenish-gold robes performing this whirling-twirling, Egyptian folk dance for the entertainment of the people.