Nightlife in Heliopolis, Cairo: 10 Best Restaurants, Bars and Pubs
Updated: Jul 23, 2021
The eastern neighborhood of Heliopolis (also known as Masr el Gedida) is not known as the epicenter of Cairo nightlife, but it’s been slowly and quietly picking up over the years, as locals in the know can attest to.
So whether you’re a Heliopolis resident looking for an ambient place to get dinner and drinks, or a visitor who wants to be close to Cairo International Airport but still go out and have a good time, these are our 10 favorite Heliopolis nightspots.
This contemporary restaurant & bar is named after the Latin word ‘esca’ - which translates to food or delicious bites. But it’s not just about the food here - walking in, you’re greeted by a whole glass wall dedicated to wine, and there’s a bar alongside the dining area.
The menu is a mix of Mediterranean and international dishes, with a separate sushi selection menu.
For more info: Esca’s FB page.
The 1920s Boutique Hotel in Korba is home to several of the restaurants and bars on this list, and El Barrio is one of our favorites. This Cuban-themed bar has an outdoor seating area and live music several nights a week.
For more info: El Barrio’s FB page.
Probably the most famous on the list, Sachi is an upscale Mediterranean fusion and sushi restaurant and bar by Baky Hospitality, the restaurateurs who brought you Lexie’s, one of our favorite places for dinner and drinks in New Cairo. When Sachi first opened its doors, it was one of the only restobars of its kind in Heliopolis - and has continued to stay a powerhouse since, with Sachi By The Sea operating in the North Coast during summer months, and Sachi Park St. in Sheikh Zayed.
For more info: Sachi’s FB page.
If you grew up in Heliopolis in the 90s, then you’ll probably remember Rossini as the fancy Italian/seafood restaurant and piano bar for older people dressed up and sipping wine. The good news is that Rossini has just revamped itself and stepped into the 21st century with an awesome new bar and contemporary interior design.
For more info: Rossini’s FB page.
Andiamo Pizza Garden & Bar
In the same villa that houses Rossini is Andiamo, a pizzeria and bar in the villa’s terrace/garden (it’s enclosed in cold weather) and on the second floor. It’s smaller than its New Cairo branch (which has more of a club feel at night), and there’s bar seating and high tables. They’re known for their famous thin-crust pizzas and sangria.
For more info: Andiamo’s FB page.
This little bar in Korba might not be ideal for covid-19 times because it’s so small, but usually that’s what makes it charming and cozy. It’s only a bar and a few high tables, and they’re known for their signature cocktails and sangria.
For more info: Wire’s FB page.
Smokery is another heavy-hitter in Cairo’s upscale restobar scene, with venues in Katameya Heights, 6th October and El Gouna. Heliopolis’ branch brings the same vibe that Smokery patrons have grown accustomed to - international cuisine and drinks in an outdoor/indoor space that is well-heeled while still being comfortable.
For more info: The Smokery’s FB page.