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Local advice: Cairo safe and never sleep

My City: Cairo
My name: Ahmed Elshafey
Profession: Egyptologist Tour Guide

“My secret place is a coffee house in my neighborhood”

Located on the banks Nile River, Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and a population of 20 million. Ahmed Elshafey works Egyptologist Tour Guide and loves my job.

“I escort and guide tourists from many nationalities and show them different cities and monuments of my country. The social life is amazing with all the things and activities that one can do. From the moment you open your eyes you know you have a lot to catch up. By night, I hang out with friends or go for a movie. Cairo is the city that never sleeps, and it’s safe to be around”, Ahmed says.

 Here I grew up: El-Maadi, a district south of Cairo

 Why I love Cairo: Walking the old streets of Cairo is an experience in itself. You can find Monuments from different periods of history and various cultural activities.

 My early memory: The school and friends I have made in Cairo.

 How do you find the best places to eat? Either try new places by myself, get recommendations by friends, or read reviews about nice places. Egyptians like new flavours.

 My favourite places to eat: Steak Out, not only because of good food, but because of being able to maintain their standard over the years. It’s located in many places in Cairo, but the very first branch is the one at Mohandesin, Giza: Steak Out

Lucille’s, best for burgers. American expats love this place, and they know how a good burger is like. The place is 5 minutes walking from where I live in El-Maadi, Cairo. It also offers very good breakfast.

Left Bank, located on the Nile at the beautiful island of Zamalek, offering the best of foods and drinks in the best atmosphere with a view of the Nile. The restaurant is a preferred place by many people of different ages.

What do you eat there? At Steak Out, I usually start with Mozzarella and Chicken Mushroom soup before I go for one of these 2 dishes: Beef Steak with Mushroom Sauce and the side of Rice and chips or sautéed Vegetables.
At Lucille’s, I usually go for a Mushroom Cheese burger or Texas burger. And if you want a contest with yourself and really hungry that you can handle 600 gram of meat, then go for Outlaw burger.
At Left bank, I tend to go for their veal plates, pastas or Pizzas.

Typical local food? My favourite is Koshary, a mix of rice, pasta, lintel, chickpeas, fried onions and tomato sauce.

Meet the locals: I usually meet my friends at a nice coffeehouse and restaurant named Ojo. Its located in Mohandesin, Giza.

 My favourite bar: Pier 88 in Zamalek, Cairo. Excellent location, beautiful design, great food and drinks.

Best for a first date? Left Bank, in Zamalek.

My secret place: Al Ahwa Khan. A nice coffee house located in my neighbourhood and famous with its good coffee as well as the stunning atmosphere. Quiet and cosy place with the trees surrounding. It is located in El-Maadi, Cairo.

My best advice: Never judge Cairo by the busy traffic or one place you have been to. First, taste the diversity of its culture, places and outings, then make up your mind.

My favourite shop: Cairo Festival City Mall, in New Cairo with a variety of shops, restaurants and coffee houses.

My favourite Event: Automach-Formula Motor Show, held at land of exhibitions and fairs in Cairo.

Taxi or other local transport: Subway

 Keep away of: Rush hours of Cairo, because it can be a real nightmare.

 Why do you travel? I love travelling and I can live in a suitcase

 My most adventurous travel experience? A visit to Jordan

 What do you need for a perfect holiday? Good planning, including the sites I like to  visit and nice restaurants recommended. And of course clean bed and bathroom.

 Your worst travel experience? My visit to Turkey

 Where next: Barcelona, Venice and Prague.

Read about Cairo: Pyramids and screaming Chinese

Gudmund Lindbaek
Gudmund Lindbaek
Journalist founded King Goya a few years back. Always traveling the world. Meeting people, local food and engaging stories are my passion. I don´t collect countries or require gorilla-stalking in Africa. I just want a tiny slice of adventure to be alive, and then excited to return home.




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