Located in the heart of Egypt’s capital on the banks of the River Nile, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza makes for the perfect starting point to explore the rich historic and cultural sites this vibrant city has to offer. Who better to draw up a local guide than Cairo’s in-the-know staff? Tailor your itinerary with their picks – then explore, retreat and repeat.

Where Our Catering Director Goes for a Local Lunch

– Fadi Soliman, Director of Catering

“Naguib Mahfouz is the best place in Old Cairo to experience the authentic taste of Egyptian cuisine, surrounded by the heritage and history of Cairo’s 1,000-year-old market, and catered by the generous locals. Order a pair of stuffed pigeons, Molokheya, and an authentic rice casserole. Trust me, this lunch will instantly have you hooked on Egyptian cuisine.”

Where Our Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications Shops for Unique Gifts

– Hibba Bilal, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications

“Tucked in the heart of Old Cairo, Abdel Zaher Bookshop is just across the street from Egypt’s oldest market, Khan El Khalili. The store presents timeless art and hand-bound books that make wonderful keepsakes and gifts to take home. You can choose from handmade leather notebooks, photo albums and passport holders that can be hand-painted and personally customized with your initials.”

Cultural Insights from Our Chef Concierge

– Dalia Khalil, Chef Concierge

“The beauty of old Cairo is best experienced on foot. Lace up your sneakers and start exploring El Moez street, an outdoor museum that bursts with the essence of authentic Egyptian culture and the architectural treasures of Islamic Cairo. A UNESCO World Heritage site known as the ‘open-air museum,’ El Moez is home to antique markets; the Al-Aqmar Mosque; one of Cairo’s most impressive assemblies of minarets, domes and striped-stone facades; and several well-preserved medieval mansions and palaces.”

Rear view of an adventurer donning a red helmet while riding an ATV amid dust clouds; desert mountains ahead in the distance.

The Best Way to Explore the Great Pyramids from Our Senior Public Relations Director

– Sherry Adel, Senior Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications

“Venture out on a quad bike and embark on a wild journey to the desert edge, where you can discover the only remaining monument on the list of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Experience true desert colours in the afternoon hours while watching the stunning sunset from the top of a dune. In the desert, the mysteries of an ancient site that once was the homeland of great Pharaohs will unfold.”

Our Graphic Designer’s Favourite View of Cairo

– Loai Dawoud, Senior Graphic Designer

“Cairo has its beautiful, charming moments, where you can embrace a slower pace and connect with the ones who matter the most. I recommend taking a sunset felucca cruise to sail across the Nile’s calm waters and enjoy its symphony up close. As you glide along ancient Egypt’s legendary ‘source of life,’ several landmarks will become the backdrop of your journey: the Cairo Opera House with its famous evening lights, Cairo Tower with its notorious sparkle and a number of palaces dating back to the 19th century.”