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.
Close to Baron Empain Palace, Lia is a cocktail and Peruvian fusion restaurant and bar that opened in late 2021. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and it's usually quiet and calm during weekday nights and a bit busier during weekends. They're also open for brunch on weekends.
For more info: Lia’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.
This tapas bar and lounge also resides in the 1920s Boutique Hotel, with an indoor bar and dining area, and small outside balcony area to enjoy some fresh air. The word ‘pinchos’ means small snacks usually eaten at a bar, and Pinchos’ Spanish tapas menu is dedicated to just that - alongside different paellas and desserts. Keep an eye out for their live music nights, as well as karaoke and happy hours.
For more info: Pinchos’ FB page.
Ah, Carlo’s. Its original branch, on the Le Pacha 1901 boat in Zamalek, is one of our top 10 favorite restaurants in all of Cairo. And apparently we weren’t the only ones who thought so, because in the past several years they’ve opened branches in Heliopolis, Sheikh Zayed and New Cairo. They’re known for their fantastic menu, with everything from Egyptian favorites to Italian to Indian, as well as their shisha and drinks. They also have indoor/outdoor seating, with the bar indoors.
For more info: Carlo’s FB page.
Deals has been a beloved neighborhood pub since 1995, and its casual feel is what makes it a favorite amongst people who are looking for a drink or two but don’t want to deal (ha) with swanky restobars. While they do have an extensive menu, most people stick to drinks and mezze. Local tip: are also other Deals branches in Zamalek and Mohandiseen.
For more info: Deals’ FB page.
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