Whether you want to gaze down at the Nile, marvel at the Pyramids, or dine while the city moves endlessly beneath you, these rooftop bars will give you the most exhilarating views in all of Cairo.
The only thing better - or, really, more romantic - than dinner and a movie, is drinks with a view. And what better view than the panorama that Cairo has to offer? The city that never sleeps stretches out to the horizon, moving endlessly as you gaze out at the Nile or the Great Pyramids of Giza with drink in hand, and company all around you. If that’s the kind of experience you’re thirsty for, these rooftop bars will surely satisfy...
CRIMSON BAR & GRILL
Address: 16 El Moseqar Kamal El Tawil Street, Zamalek, Cairo
Found on the island neighbourhood of Zamalek, this venue strikes a perfect balance between class and comfort. Its open terrace overlooks the Nile and boasts ambient neutral-coloured interiors, with an impressive bar menu and even better dishes, which include their popular Chateaubriand steak, grilled sea bass, and classic German apple strudel.
Address: 11, Road 18 - Royal Maadi Hotel, Maadi, Cairo
From Estro’s Sicilian-inspired rooftop venue at the Royal Maadi Hotel, you can see three of Egypt’s ancient necropolises: the Pyramids of Giza, the Step Pyramid of Saqqara, and the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur. This cosy neighbourhood bar and eatery features simple, and healthy dishes that are authentic to Italian cuisine without using cream or butter. Try their ravioli di magro, tagliatelle al ragù, or seppie alla griglia con purè di piselli paired with selections from their bar, which include aperitifs and cocktails.
Estro is open from 9 AM to 12 AM everyday, with reservations through 01066431590.
THE ROOF TOP
Address: 12 Ahmed Ragheb, Qasr El Nil, Cairo
‘The Roof Top’ is a luxurious open-air dining venue on the 11th floor of the Kempinski Nile Hotel. Guests can take in the awe-inspiring sight of the Nile as the sun sets on the horizon, or make their way up to the clouds to enjoy a few drinks with friends. Their menu offers an authentic taste of Egypt, with freshly prepared mezze using local ingredients as well as their popular take on beef shawarma. If not, a glass of wine will pair just as nicely with the view.
The Roof Top is open all week from 9 AM to 2 AM; you can call them at +20 2 2798 0000 or email email@example.com.
Address: 1113 Corniche El Nil St, Downtown, Cairo
Named after the goddess of the night, NOX serves hand-crafted cocktails, internationally-inspired appetizers, live music performances and DJ sets. The stylish rooftop bar on top of the Nile Ritz-Carlton has some of the best views in the heart of the capital, overlooking the Nile and the city’s most iconic landmarks. Sushi dishes, ceviche, grills, and American classics coalesce to form head chef Marcelo Urresti’s international and Latin American menu.
NOX is open from 8 PM until 1 AM everyday except Sundays. To make a reservation and see their menu, visit ritzcarlton.com.
SAIGON RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Address: Fairmont Nile City, Nile City Towers - 2005 B, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo
With remarkable 360-views over Cairo and the Nile, with the Pyramids just off in the distance, Saigon Restaurant & Lounge at Fairmont Nile City features decadent pan-Asian cuisine and expert mixology amidst the hotel’s signature Art Deco interiors. Their menu encourages a shared platter concept, with some crowd favourites being their beef carpaccio, crab and tofu fritters, nasi goreng, and crème brûlée trio. Saigon is open from 6 PM to 1 AM daily.
Visit fairmont.com for their menu or reserve via +20 224619494.
Address: 22 Taha Hussein, Zamalek, Cairo
Located at the recently renovated President Hotel in Zamalek, this 11th floor rooftop bar offers breathtaking views of the capital throughout the day, and features an especially popular breakfast buffet with international selections.
La Terrace is open everyday from 7 AM to 11 PM. You can call them at +202–27350718.
PIER 88 NILE RIVER
Address: 19 Saray El Gezira St, Zamalek, Cairo
This venue sits on the upper level of the docked Imperial Boat in Zamalek, creating an up-close-and-personal look at the Nile. The upscale eatery and bar comes with an exquisite Italian offering, including their signature Blue Risotto dish, as well as a long list of cocktails - we recommend the Caipiroska.
Pier 88 Nile River is open everyday from 1 PM to midnight. To make a reservation, call 01208111140
SACHI PARK ST.
Address: Park St, El-Bostan, Sheikh Zayed City, Giza
Located in the high-end business complex of Park St. in West Cairo, Sachi’s menu features Mediterranean fusion dishes from its central kitchen, sushi counter, and robata grill, alongside a complete selection of their most popular cocktails overlooking a stunning view of Sheikh Zayed city. They’re open everyday from 2 PM to midnight, with reservations available via sachirestaurant.com