Destinations

Reveal the charm of old Cairo

March 13, 2020

No visit to Cairo is Complete without a stop at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, where you will be transported back in time to an old Arab souk. Shop owners calling you to their stalls, the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can purchased will have you lost among alleys for hours. Put your haggling skills to the test when buying statuettes, spices, souvenirs, silver jewellery, t-shirts, galabiyyas, belly dancing costumes, or anything for that matter. El Moez Street is a famous old road in the El Gamaleya district of central Cairo. The surrounding area is one of Cairo’s most charming, with covered markets, narrow streets, old buildings and mosques.

Of Old Cairo, this quarter most evokes its past, and in many ways has changed very little. It has inspired many writings, from Arabian nights to the works of the modern Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

Le Riad Hotel de Charme is a small luxury boutique hotel located in the heart of Islamic Cairo facing the famous Beit el Sehemy with its exceptional old Ottoman houses. The hotel itself has been designed to celebrate and reflect the history and style of Old Cairo.

All 17 suites have individual furnishings with rich warm colors, Fatimid fabrics, antique wooden furniture and paintings from local talented artists. The suites are large and comfortable with spacious marble bathrooms, separate lounge and study areas and a variety of different arts and crafts displayed.

The hotel is non-smoking throughout except for the outside areas on the rooftop restaurant where smoking is allowed and traditional shisha pipes are available.