City Style - Cairo | The Times
The Times | April 2009
City Style: Cairo
Hopping, eating and sleeping in Egypt's bustling metropolis. By Laura Ivill
Sofitel el gezirah
Occupying the finest location in Cairo, on El-Gezirah island in the centre of the city, the atmosphere at the five-star Sofitel is luxurious, calm and relaxing. You’ll be spoilt for choice for drinking and dining options – cocktails on Le Deck, fine dining in Le Vendôme and a nightcap in the opulent Buddha Bar. A room facing upriver will take your breath away.
3 El-Thawra Council Street, Zamalek (00 202 2737 3737;www.sofitel.com ).
Having learnt her trade alongside the men of the Khan el-Khalili souk, jeweller Azza Fahmy has gone on to become Egypt’s first international brand, collaborating with Julien Macdonald.
Al-Ain Gallery, 73 El-Hussein Street, Dokki (00 202 3749 3940;www.azzafahmy.com).
The latest addition to the city’s buzzing nightlife, this high-style restaurant/bar/club takes its inspiration from the ancients. The designers have gone wild with texture and colour, installing, as a centrepiece, a pharaonic sun-boat that appears to be floating.
North Tower, Nile City Towers, 2005c Corniche el-Nil, Bulaq (00 202 2461 9910).
The luxury shopping at this department store brings in well-heeled women from across the Middle Eastern states for Fendi, Marni (above), Marc Jacobs and Dior. Look out for deals on the more body-conscious Western designs, then relax among the chic crowd at the Beymen Caf?.
Four Seasons Cairo at Nile Plaza, 1089 Corniche el-Nil, Garden City (00 202 2791 7000).
Abou El Sid
The city really comes alive at night, and this contemporary Egyptian restaurant, with several branches, is perfect for after-dark buzz and tasty, authentic dishes. Order a shisha, or hubble-bubble pipe – a custom now de rigueur for the modern Cairene woman.
157 26th July Street, Zamalek (00 202 2735 9640).
Garden Promenade Cafe
Visiting Cairo in the spring means dining outdoors is a real pleasure. This alfresco caf? serves international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wander the gardens for a break from the heat and dust, and take home a silk-screened bag or artisan basket from Tukul Crafts next door.
The Cairo Marriott, 16 Saraya El-Gezirah Street (00 202 2728 3000; www.marriott.co.uk).
City Style is edited by Laura Lovett