If you're gonna drive to Cairo, you must hit the Alex City Centre on your way out of Alex, it's on the highway, fel taree2 ya3ny. Dine in Balbaa/Balba3, the cuisine's awesome, it's a must, ignore Carrefour of course bas it's a nice quickie before you hit the road. As for Cairo, staying in Zamalek would limit you moving around Cairo imo unless you're lucky and the capital is a ghost town, it happens during summertime. Problem with Zamalek is that it's got what 2 entrances and same no. of exits w it's a busy district aslan - embassies, consulates w banks. Anyway, even if you fail to get out of Zamalek, it'd suffice staying there, hangouts are in abundance right there. You got Sequoia, cafe 3al Nile directly w shisha. There's Purple and La Bodega if you're into clubbing, the latter is more of a cool restaurant less of a club bas fee drinks bardo. Abo el Sid as well is a decent restaurant w fee drinks, shisha gamda w oriental cuisine msh we7esh, their molo7'eya is good and their 3aseer 2asab is a must. Marriott's Kholkhal, Imperial, Le Pacha, Blue Nile and Nile City are all floating boats fel Nile, full of various restaurants and cafes, some serve shisha others don't, call them and check, bas all of them nearly share the same qualities. There's Bora Bora as well and serves shisha w 3al Nile. Basically everywhere in Zamalek is gonna be Nile-view. Sofitel el Gezeirah has Buddha Bar if you're interested and Sofitel's Kababgy is out of this world and serves shisha. On the other side of the Nile, precisely Garden City, there's Hard Rock Cafe located in Grand Hyatt's extension, there's the Revolving Lounge as well fel hotel nafso. The Sofitel and Hyatt outings will be pricey. There's City Stars of course. Try Aroma Lounge, serves shishsa w open air. A host of fast food chains are down the road from Om Kolthom. First Mall's Indigo is an A+ restaurant, no shisha but it's fabulous. Giza as well, right behind the Four Seasons First Residence and the First Mall, has some cafes 3al Nile bas below par imo, they don't come close near Zamalek's. There's Club 35 as well down the road near the Israeli Embassy, a decent club. El Hosein wel Azhar is a must, dine in Farahat el Azhar and then go for a shisha 3al Feshawy. You could dine f Naguib Mahfouz fel Azhar as well. Azhar park is fairly nice, no shisha though. There are nile cruises as well.
Is that enough for a few days?
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