Last time I’ve visited Cairo tower before this weekend was over 10 years ago, maybe even 15, all I remember is that it was a high building, and that I was a tiny kid running around in circles when I fell, hit my head and started crying. That was my only memory of the Cairo tower and it’s round restaurant and sky bar!
This weekend, however, I decided to change this memory. Having my girlfriend visiting me in Egypt, we decided to go and check it out. We arrived there at around five-ish pm, we were supposed to see sunset from up there but well, I got lost and we just missed sunset! But anyway, that didn’t make the views off the 187 meters tower any less beautiful! Cairo does look amazing from above!
The tower, located an island in the Nile, has amazing views from all directions! With many bridges crossing the nile, a view of “El Gezira club” and the opera house, a view of the Old Presidential party which is now burnt, and also the view of several hotels that have a Nile View, it’s just amazing.
After turning a couple of times around the top floor, we descended one floor to the cafeteria/bar floor, where we had a drink while still having an amazing view of Cairo from above. While going up the building, and being a governmental place I thought the cafeteria wouldn’t be serving alcohol! But, well, to surprise it did serve alcohol. A bit over priced, but it IS after all a sky bar, albeit the only one in Egypt, so it was worth it.
After the drinks we headed back to the top floor for one more turn around the tower! Damn the views at night are also amazing! The lights of the opera house, the hotels! The traffic crossing the bridges! I was wowed! I wish Cairo looked that beautiful on ground level!
Entrance tickets were:
EGP 20 for adult Egyptian
EGP 70 for adult foreigner
We paid an extra 30 per person to book a place in the bar, and you drink for that money, so don’t pay again! It is the minimum charge of the bar, so don’t get confused! You only pay again in the bar if you exceed EGP 30 per person!
You can also book your place in the round restaurant, which keeps going in circles, for an EGP 100 per person. Also that is the minimum charge and you can eat for that money, only pay again inside the restaurant if you exceed it!
Some facts I learned about the tower from the elevator guy 😀
The tower is 187m high, 62 floors, it is the highest building in Egypt! It’s even 50m higher than the great Pyramid of Giza! It was built in the President Abd Al Nasser era in the 60s.
The 62nd floor is the terrace where you view Cairo from above, also there are some telescopes if you need to check out a specific person from above 😛
61st floor is the cafeteria/bar while the 60th floor is the restaurant. The rest of the building is empty, just columns, except for the 50th floor which is a VIP restaurant that has its own entrance and elevator.
Some Instagram photos taken by my girlfriend:
Once we left the tower, I got lost again while trying to find us a good restaurant to eat, to my luck, the bridge leading to Tahrir Square was blocked by some demonstrators and they were directing cars in other directions, as there were some riots down in the square.