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9 Best Rooftop Bars in Cairo

Updated: Aug 14


Who doesn’t love to sit outside with a drink when the weather is nice, especially when you’re high up enough above the city to catch a breeze?


Cairo may be congested and chaotic at ground level, but up on a rooftop it’s a completely different story.


So in no particular order, we give you some of our favorite rooftop bars in Cairo.



Estro



Location: Maadi


Also known as the ‘Sicilian Rooftop’, this restobar is found on the 9th floor of the Royal Maadi Hotel. Opened by the same owners of Frank &Co, Maadi’s favorite tapas bar, Estro offers up Italian food with a view (especially if you go before sunset). Reservations needed.


Local tip: on especially clear days, you can see three different pyramid necropolises: the pyramids of Giza, the Step Pyramid of Saqqara,and the Bent Pyramid at Dahshur.


Address: Royal Maadi Hotel, Road 18, Maadi



Crimson



Location: Zamalek


Opening hours: 8 am - 2 am


This chic rooftop restobar resides on top of the Riverside building on a quiet Nile-facing street on the upscale island of Zamalek. Its open terrace overlooks the Nile, with an impressive bar and beautiful interior design.


They have great food and creative cocktails, but we warn you -- this place is not cheap!

Reservations recommended for weekends.


Address: 16 Kamal Al Tawil, Zamalek



Stash



Location: Garden City


Opening hours: 5 pm - 2 am


On the 19th floor of the Cairo Capital Club in Garden City, Stash is the (literally) highest rooftop bar on this list.


They have indoor/outdoor seating depending on the weather and awesome panoramic Nile views. Their claim to fame is their cocktails and sangria, but they also have a small menu of finger foods. Another pricey destination.


Reservations recommended for weekends.


**UPDATE: Stash is temporarily closed due to covid-19, please check their Facebook page for more info.


Address: 9 Rostom St., Garden City



Carlton Hotel Roof Garden


Photo credit: Mohamed El Abhar

Location: Downtown


Opening hours: 5 pm - 2 am


On top of the dated 3 star Carlton Hotel in Downtown Cairo is a surprisingly nice and breezy rooftop. The hotel has been open since 1935 and definitely hasn’t taken any steps into the 21st century (the interiors seem stuck somewhere in the 1980s), but the rooftop is simple and straightforward.


They serve local beer and wine and shisha, and at night you can see the High Court of Justice building lit up.


Address: 21 26th July St., Downtown



Rooftop Zamalek


Photo credit: Leila Tapozada

Location: Zamalek


Opening hours: Noon - 1 am


Unexpectedly nice rooftops on top of shabby hotels is something Cairo seemingly excels at, and the jewel of its shabby crown is Rooftop Zamalek, on top of the Nile Zamalek Hotel. Rooftop Zamalek boasts panoramic Nile views and affordable local drinks and shisha.


It’s equally pleasant as both a daytime and nighttime venue, but just be wary of the food and bathrooms.


Address: 21 Mahmoud Sidky, Zamalek



Roof Garden Karvin


Photo credit: Mona Nashed

Location: Heliopolis


If you’re on the eastern side of Cairo and looking for a rooftop, then Karvin is always a good choice. On top of the 3 star Karvin Hotel in Heliopolis, this rooftop’s real claim to fame is the hotel’s Indian restaurant, Massala, which is excellent (it’s even opened another branch in the Mivida compound in New Cairo!). They deliver up to the rooftop so you can chase your Indian meal with a beer and a shisha.


A downside though is that this rooftop is more enclosed than the others on the list, so you don’t get as much of a breeze (although this makes it an ideal rooftop in winter).


Address: 11 Mohammed Ebeid, Almazah, Heliopolis



Kempinski Roof



Location: Garden City


Opening hours: 10 am - 2 am


On the Kempinski’s 11th floor roof is their pool, surrounded by a few tables that offer awesome panoramic views of the Nile. While only hotel guests can use the pool, anyone can have a drink, shisha or sandwiches and small plates off their rooftop menu.


Local tip: go right before sunset, you won't regret it.


For more of our favorite hotels in Cairo, head here.


Address: 12 Ahmed Ragheb, Qasr El Nil, Garden City



8. Brown Lounge


Photo credit: Cairo360

Location: Dokki


Opening hours: noon - 4 am


The name isn’t that appealing, nor is the hotel it’s on (the Tonsy Hotel on Tahrir Street in Dokki), but this 18th floor spacious roof has surprisingly pleasant views of both the Nile and the city, and is open until late for anyone who isn’t quite ready to call it a night. They serve moderately priced drinks and shisha.


Address: 143 Tahrir St., Dokki



9. Odeon Palace Bar


Photo credit: Tom Powell

Location: Downtown


Opening hours: 24/7


The only 24/7 rooftop bar on this list, Odeon has been a Downtown Cairo staple for decades now. Popular with Cairo’s artistic and cinematic crowd, as well as foreigners, it’s always an interesting mix of people. The view may not be able to compete with the Nile or Pyramids, but it has its own quirky charm.


They serve local alcohol and shisha, as well as a few dubious food offerings (stick to something safe, like fries).


Address: 29 Street 21, Downtown



Looking for more nightlife inspiration? Check out our favorite bars, pubs and clubs in Cairo.

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