Islamic Cairo City Center, photo by Mika Elgendi,

Where is Cairo's city center?

Get a city map & locate the center. Book a place via airbnb or booking. Take your flight, walk around for days, explore. Enjoy the breathtaking views, restaurants, cafes and shops in the heart of the city. I have this "one fit all" preparation routine, when it comes to travelling abroad. It applies to most of the cities. I mean, European or American cities. When it comes to Cairo though, it's somehow a different story. 

Here is how it goes in Cairo

There are many different neighborhoods in Cairo. Except the old market, Khan El Khalili, none of them has that kind of a center, where you park your car or get off the public transportation and walk on the cobble stone streets, filled with cafes and street performers. It’s rather a street or several streets, which have plenty of shops, street vendors, restaurants or hotels. They are the most popular and threrefore most crowded as well. It’s kind of like New York City actually. Different neighborhoods, different people in them. Some good, some worse, some touristy, artisty, some very local or very old. But none of them is superior to the other.   

Cairo is a fast growing place. If you return back here after several years, expecting this city to look the same way like that time you left off, you are in for a big surprise. The population in Egypt is growing waaaay too fast and so is the housing situation, streets, new neighborhoods, compounds or even entire cities! I find myself asking a question like: "Oh look! Was that bridge here the last month or not?!" so often. 

How to choose a neighborhood suitable for me?

I would say it all depends on what you want to see and do. But you will definitely need to transfer from one place to another a lot cause the experience and diversity is sometimes uncomparable. The most favoured areas by visitors are definitely New Cairo, Zamalek, Maadi, Heliopolis or 6th of October. Wether you are already here, coming for a job assignment, studies or just a trip, I hope you will find all the information you need in this blog. I'm here to help you to have the best possible experience. Cairo can get really overwhelming, even when you think, you are kind of ready for it. TTYL

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