Here are the best things to do along the Nile River in Cairo – from sunset cruises to yoga to restaurants with a view.
You’re not likely to miss the Nile River when you’re in Cairo. It flows through the city from the media towers of Mohandiseen in the north to the leafy suburbs of Maadi in the south.
The Nile flows past downtown and glitters with city lights in the evening. And it even has a few islands – the upscale suburb of Zamalek with its hotels, old villas and embassies is the most famous example.
Here’s my ultimate local’s guide to the best things to do along the Nile River in Cairo.
Take in the beauty of Africa’s longest river with a sail down the Nile in a traditional felucca boat. There are several points around town where feluccas are parked and you can hire them by the hour. You can bring food and drinks aboard too.
There’s a few feluccas docked around the Kasr el Nil Bridge if you want a quiet sail with views of downtown. There are also a few across from the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza, which is still alongside downtown but in the quieter Garden City district.
There’s another spot for felucca rentals in the quieter suburb of Maadi, near the Grand Cafe, that’s good for a bit of nature and distant views of downtown.
Neon motor-powered party boats with loud music are also popular at night. But I recommend the quieter and wind-powered felucca.
Restaurants with the best Nile views
Cairo has an array of beautiful, ritzy restaurants with spectacular Nile views. You can savor a meal overlooking the river and watch its majestic flow.
Pane Vino at the Intercontinental Cairo Semiramis has a beautiful terrace overlooking the Nile. It’s a casual Italian restaurant with great Neopolitan pizzas on the menu – and a good wine list and shisha too.
There’s also The Grill at Semiramis for more elegant dining with French cuisine and views overlooking the Nile and the far-away traffic on the bridge.
For spectacular views over a few casual beers, the Nile Zamalek Hotel Rooftop has five-star views and does a gorgeous sunset too.
It’s often filled with expats and locals enjoying the local Stella lager. And at that height it’s cool and breezy in the summertime too.
It’s laid-back, young and a bit rough around the edges – I wouldn’t recommend the food, but the beer’s always cold.