Things to do in cairo
There are several places to visit in Cairo, and among them is a trip to the lush Gezira Island and soak up its vibrant scenery. Climb atop the iconic 187 meter tall Cairo Tower and behold a sweeping panorama of the city. It is no secret that Cairo’s streets are noisy, polluted and humming with traffic, but to experience Egyptian street life you need to walk about, stop by at its Sheesha parlors, pick up some local knickknacks and soak up the frenzy of daily life. Among things to do in Cairo, plan a visit to the Al-Azhar Mosque that was built in 972AD, an architectural specimen from Cairo’s Fatimid era.
Now if you are looking to buy some exotic rugs or perfume Egypt is known for, look no beyond Khan el-Khalili. A typical souk, Khan el-Khalili was set up in 1400AD and is always teeming with silversmith, artisans, and hawkers selling souvenirs, jewelry, stoles, gemstone studded jewelry boxes, lampshades, woven textiles and a range of antiques. For a dose of exotic spices, go down the Al-Muski Street and further to the Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Street. But a trip to Cairo is incomplete without paying your respects at its landmark coffee shop, Fishawis. You can smell the aroma of freshly ground coffee from a distance. Always running to capacity, savor a strong cup of Arabic coffee, or sweet tea, with some handmade cookies here and catch up with the locals.