Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or just any regular day of the week (the best option, in our opinion!), sometimes it’s nice to have dinner and a drink with your partner far away from the usual Cairo chaos of most restaurants.
Cairo has thousands of places to eat, and most are crowded, loud and brightly-lit – not exactly the ambiance you’re going for if you’re on a date. And while we still love some of those chaotic restaurants (Kebda el Prince, anyone?), today we’re focusing on where to go if you’re looking for good food, wine AND a great date vibe.
So without further ado:
Location: Heliopolis, Sheikh Zayed
Recently scoring the number 5 spot on Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022, Sachi’s two branches (the original in Heliopolis and the second in Sheikh Zayed) deliver upscale Mediterranean fusion and sushi in gorgeous dimly-lit interiors.
For more info and to reserve: Sachi
If you want your date spot to incorporate a view, then look no further than Crimson, which has one of the best sweeping Nile views in the city. It’s equally as nice for a day date as it is for a night one - and they even serve breakfast! Make sure you snag one of the tables right at the end of the terrace.
For more info and to reserve: Crimson
This Italian rooftop restaurant & bar in Maadi is the perfect place to go during the day right before sunset - if you’re lucky and the skies are clear, you can actually see in the distance not only the Pyramids of Giza, but the Saqqara AND Dahshur Pyramids too!
For more info and reservations: Estro
Location: New Cairo
This Japanese-inspired restaurant and bar in the Swan Lake Compound of New Cairo also made the list of Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 (and Kazoku is brought to you by the same restaurateurs that brought us Sachi!). This indoor/outdoor restaurant is known for its sushi and creative cocktails.
For more info and reservations: Kazoku
5. Villa Belle Epoque
This converted villa-turned-boutique hotel is hidden down one of Maadi’s little leafy streets, making it the perfect spot for a date away from crowds. Villa Belle Epoque’s restaurant serves its meals next to their small pool, surrounded by trees and flowers.
For more info and reservations: Villa Belle Epoque
Location: 6 October City
Cairo’s first Nikkei restaurant (Japanese-Peruvian fusion) is a great date spot for nights when the weather is warm enough to sit outdoors in their wooden terrace lit up by fairy lights. Avoid weekend nights though if you’re looking for a quieter vibe. PS: they too made the list of 50 Best Restaurants in the Middle East & North Africa!
For more info and reservations: Izakaya
7. Pier 88
This Nile view restaurant & bar is not only one of our Cairo favorites, but Gouna favorites too. They also have a branch in 6 October, but our favorite is the Zamalek one - it's a great spot for day date or weeknights (not Tuesday though!). Tuesday and weekends get loud and more dancey, so keep that in mind unless that's the vibe you're looking for. Try to score a table on their outdoor deck if you can!
For more info and reservations: Pier 88
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