Egypt Nightlife and cafes information, tours and online booking
Egypt Nightlife and cafes are one of the most popular attraction all over the world. Also known as the Sayed Darwish Theatre, since it has been named after the famed Egyptian singer and composer who put music to the Egyptian anthem “Bilady, Bilady, Bilady”, the Alexandria Opera House is a small but amazing cultural venue of the Pearl of the Mediterranean. In 2000, the building was put of Egypt’s National Heritage list. Consequently, it has undergone seven years of thorough renovation works that gave back its splendor to the delicately decorated premises of the opera. Founded in 1900, the Athineos is one of Alexandria’s oldest coffee shops and restaurants. Located opposite Midan Ramla, the building still exudes its ancient charm.
It became over the past few years a favorite haunt of tourist groups touring the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Lunches are organized in a buffet setting within the restaurant’s huge dining room. If you’re planning to explore Alexandria at your own pace, try getting there in the early morning for a coffee and breakfast in the company of the original unmovable Alexandrian customers. Whenever you are in Alexandria, try to wake up early someday, skip your hotel’s breakfast, and get yourself down to Midan Ramla. There, you’ll find Trianon Café. The place has been there for decades, since 1905. In the early 20th century, the world renowned Greek poet Constantin Cavafy spent most of his free time at this very same place, when not working in the offices that were located in the same building one floor above.
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Jazz it up at the Cairo Jazz Club, with live performances and delicious drinks; this is one of the best places to go for a lovely night out in Cairo. The Cairo Jazz Club has one of those smoky atmospheres that seems to go hand in hand with Jazz; but that’s not all they play, there are electronic nights and some beautiful Oriental Jazz sets. The venue is open from 5 pm till 3am, and has happy hour from 7 to 9, where drinks are two for one. It’s best to reserve if you’re planning a visit as many locals and expats frequent the Club. Anyone under 25 will not be admitted. You would never guess from its non-stop schedule of activities that the Cairo Opera House burned to the ground in 1971. From Verdi’s “Aida” to medleys on Um Kulthoum’s music to Orff’s “Carmina Burana” to pop concerts by local bands, the Cairo Opera has risen like a true phoenix from the ashes.
Located on the upscale island of Zamalek, the Opera House is a gem of postmodern architecture. Originally designed in 1869 during the Khedive Ismail’s reign by Italian architects Avoscani and Rossi to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal, its redesign by a Japanese architect was unveiled in 1988. In the alleys of Khan El-Khalili sits one of Cairo’s oldest cafés, visiting this ahwa is a sightseeing trip in itself. Egyptian coffeehouses like Fishawi’s Café, have been important gathering places since Islamic times, bringing people together from all walks of life. Enjoy a nice cup of strongly brewed tea and a fruit flavored shisha into the early morning hours, as you watch people stroll by this historic coffeehouse. One of Cairo’s most refined venues, La Bodega is tucked away on the second floor of a beautiful old Baehler’s Mansions building in the uptown Zamalek area. There is no sign indicating the restaurant/bar, you just head upstairs and there it is.
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The cuisine here is regarded as some of the best in Cairo; it is mainly intercontinental, but with strong French and Mediterranean overtones. The décor is lovely with dark wood, a copper bar, and exquisite pieces of art adorning the walls. If you’re planning a night at La Bodega, it’s best to dress up as this is an exclusive venue; reservations are recommended. With its five different restaurants and amazing views of the Nile, the Nile City Boat, located by the 6th of October Bridge on Zamalek, is a great place to visit for lunch or dinner. Chilli’s a well known international brand offering Tex Mex meals is one of the most frequented places on board, it offers indoor and outdoor seating, both with good views of the river. Johnny Carino’s is another restaurant onboard the moored Nile City, with wonderful Italian cuisine including pastas, pizzas, soups, and salads.
If you enjoy classic Egyptian Cinema, which is the greatest in the Arab world, Studio Misr is also available on board, offering Mezze and Middle Eastern grills at reasonable prices while old movies are screened. There is also The Fish Market with a lovely terrace and a sundeck café which is has great views at sunset. Operated by the Mena House Oberoi, the Nile Pharaoh cruise is a great way to spend a Cairo evening or enjoy a sumptuous lunch on the Nile. The cruise begins in Giza and traverses the Nile to the downtown area and then back, taking approximately two hours. Onboard you will be entertained by a belly dancer and an Egyptian singer, as well as a folkloric show. Western Music is also played. While you enjoy the entertainment, you will be served a lovely buffet dinner with a variety of entrees. The décor of the venue is done in Pharaonic style and adds much to the jovial mood.
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The “Alf Layla w Layla” or “1001 Night” show is an event you just can’t miss on your vacation in Hurghada, on the Red Sea. The show is held daily at the open-air theatre of the Fantasia 4-star hotel in Hurghada. This exotic and very oriental spectacle depicts scenes from the Pharaonic era, ancient cults and the legend of Scheherazade. The performance includes sound & light effects, traditional Nubian music played on drums, horse riders and belly dancers. The show is preceded by a Traditional Egyptian dinner. The only Hed Kandi Beach venue in the world cannot be missed! Head down to the coast to party it up at HKV001, where renowned DJs and professional dancers will spin you and the thousand other party people into a frenzy that will last till morning. Award winning décor and the ultimate sound system will transport you out of this world, whether at the daytime pool party or the beach club by night.
Hacienda Bay’s Andrea can’t be considered as a nightclub in the traditional sense of the term. It is more of a Fusion between a restaurant and an upscale dancing venue. The food is great, resident and international DJ’s play the latest and grooviest tunes, and it is the spot to be seen at on the Egyptian North Coast . The place is extremely selective; this means you have to dress up to guarantee your entrance. The owner himself stands at the door and decides who is chic enough to come in and experience Egypt nightlife at its best. Reservations are a must. While you are in Sharm El Sheikh make sure to rock on to The Hard Rock Café at Naama Bay especially if you feel like some American food and atmosphere. With its wild collection of Rock Star memorabilia such as items from the Beatles and Madonna, Hard Rock Café offers the chance to dine, drink and dance the Sharm night away.
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Restaurant, bar, and nightclub after 11pm, Little Buddha is one of the best nighttime hotspots of Sharm El Sheikh, it is the sister venue of Buddha Bar Paris. Delicious Asian specialties including scrumptious sushi, as well as superior cocktails, then the mixture of beats will have you working off all that delectable food into the morning hours. If you are looking for a more sophisticated venue in which to spend your evening, Little Buddha is the right place; a world away from Egypt it will take you into a sizzling Asian night complete with incense and surreal music. Pacha is the ultimate party place in Sharm! With top worldwide DJs and Ministry of Sound nights you would be a fool to miss this open air club in the Sanafir Hotel of Naama Bay. Voted the 25th club in the world for 2010, Pacha mixes it up all week, there are pool parties, foam parties, theme nights and lots of wild fun to be had.
There is even a Pacha boat for those who want to keep it going through the day, and Pacha Bus Stop with a more lounge-like atmosphere. If you’re looking for an unbeatable romantic or totally crazy night out in Egypt, try the glamour of a Red Sea Yacht Dinner. Departing from Sharm’s Marina , the upscale dinner cruises have become a hit over the past few years. Some of Sharm el-Sheikh’s upscale hotels, such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Dominia Coral Bay have initiated this new trend. Imagine the candle-lit gourmet dinner you’ll enjoy with your tender one on deck, or the crazy party you’ll throw with your friends, miles away from the shore. A perfect option to celebrate a special event, or just celebrate your holiday in Sharm!