Cairo

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ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Cairo Neighborhoods

Islamic Cairo North

Home to Khan al-Khalili, one of the Middle East’s oldest markets, this neighborhood is also full of 11th-century minarets and mosques. Musts include the Qalaun and al-Musafirkhana complexes.

Islamic Cairo South

Less touristy than its northern counterpart, this area is rich with sites like the Al-Azhar Mosque and University (the world’s oldest college) and the Museum of Islamic Arts.

Coptic Cairo

This is where the roots of Christian Cairo lie. Visitors will find 11th-century convents and churches, as well as the Coptic Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of Coptic artwork.

Downtown Cairo

Best navigated on foot, this traffic-heavy neighborhood is defined by movie halls, antique shops, budget hotels, bars, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum.

Giza

Actually a suburb of Cairo, Giza is home to the Great Pyramids – arguably one of the world’s most famous sites.

Zamalek

A handful of restaurants, hotels and swanky stores are scattered throughout this quiet, upscale residential neighborhood.

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