The Best Kept Secrets in Cairo, Egypt

unique things to see and do in Cairo
Khan el-Khalili, bazar in Cairo, Egypt. © Ademir Pacheco

Cairo, Egypt’s capital and most vibrant city, has been home to world’s famous iconic sights. A rapid developing city with with new surprises for your daily discovering. Offering you more than just pharaonic riches and Giza pyramids. Let’s delve deeper into the secrets of Cairo and seek out this city’s best hidden gems. A brief list of unique things to see and do in Cairo, Egypt.

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Madbouly Bookshop

Madbouly bookshop unique things to see and do in cairo
Book store in Cairo, Egypt. © Majd chan

Make a stop here, and you’ll find both classical and modern literatures, a good selection of religious and political texts. Madbouly bookstore was founded in 1967 by Mohamed Madbouly, and has been a landmark of Cairo for over 40 years. Madbouly is top bookshop with helpful staff. Be ready with your books interest list, and the employees with help you with exploring the collections.

Address: Maarouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

El Sawy Culture Wheel

El Sawy Culture Wheel is a very affordable place to experience the underground culture in Egypt. An excellent culture community where you find all types of events. Located on Gezira Island in the Zamalek district, central Cairo, Egypt. A unique location overviewing the banks of the Nile River.  It’s really worth the time to visit!

Mokattam Mountain

The Mokattam Mountain, is a beautiful place to overlook the city. Go there with your partner, family or friends to enjoy a breathtaking view over Cairo. It’s worth it to visit!

City of the Dead

Unique things to see and do in cairo
Cairo Necropolis. © Petri W

The City of the Dead – Cairo Necropolis, is an Islamic cemetery covering over an miles below the Mokattam Hills. A tombs dedication of the past civilisations. Exploring the City of the Dead gives a chill unforgettable experience. Seeing life and death coexist, tombs inhabited by families without a home.

Address: 7 Branshed from Al Soultan Ahmed, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Cairo Marriott

An outstanding property, great location and charming building (old palace). To experience this luxury, you don’t need to be checked in to the Cairo Marriott. Explore the once Khedive Ismail’s palace, head to the Omar Khayyam Casino and try your luck.