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Extravagant Ramadan nights in Cairo: 7 food, music and shisha options
Courtesy: The District

If you’re wondering where to splash out and treat yourself and friends or family for one of Ramadan’s busy nights in Cairo, wonder no more. We have compiled a list of a few fancy places organizing special food, flavorsome shisha and some live performances during the holy month.

The Tipsy Teapot

This restaurant and art gallery in a funky-chic villa in the heart of Maadi is organizing “Ramadan Nights in the Garden,” a frivolous foodie event that starts on June 18 and lasts throughout the holy month.

For Ramadan, the restaurant has prepared three promising-sounding set menus to appeal to everyone, including vegetarians, meat lovers and light eaters: Lightly Does It, Oriental Grill and Fancy Schmancy. Prices for these vary between LE80 and LE140, and each comes with a fresh smoothie. There is shisha, wifi and parking.

The Tipsy Teapot, Villa 43, Road 17, Maadi. 01016669907.

Le Gourmandise Tent & Aura at the Four Seasons

The Four Seasons at the First Residence promises “Arabian-inspired style, sights and sounds from iftar to sohour” throughout Ramadan. The iftar buffet at La Gourmandise tent will offer 12 food stations with local and traditional dishes: fresh salad, live cooking, hot and cold mezze, pasta, and pastry and fresh fruit.

Aura restaurant on the fourth floor will have a Levantine menu. Both indoor and outdoor, Aura offers a set-menu iftar that includes salads, mezze, tagines, stews and grilled items. For sohour, you can treat family or friends to a comprehensive pool-side buffet with mezze, live cooking, a grill and exciting shisha flavors. Prices range between LE200 to LE350 per person, excluding taxes and service.

The Four Seasons at the First Residence, 35 El Giza Street, Cairo. 0235671600.

Sequoia in Zamalek

Sequoia in Zamalek is starting the season with a face lift: it’s introducing a mirror theme this year, apparently using scattered mirrors to blend the interior space with its Nile-side surroundings.

Aside from new décor, the upscale eatery will offer several options for both iftar and sohour. A special set-menu iftar will be served the first three days of the holy month, and after that there will be an open buffet for LE250 per person, including taxes and other add-ons, but not beverages or shisha. The buffet, lasting until 8:30 pm, will include Egyptian, Lebanese and Italian cuisine, including salads, hot and cold mezza, desserts and soups.

Sohour will be a la carte and include desserts, beverages and shisha at a cost of LE200 per person.

Sequoia, 53 Abu al-Feda Street, Zamalek. 020227350014.

The District

Every night starting from 10 pm until the early hours, co-working space initiative The District’s event venue in Maadi will host a daily sohour in their rooftop garden (a medium-sized patio that is located on the roof of the facilities and has some greenery, but isn’t exactly a garden) featuring live music and shisha. The food will be catered by Cairo Deli, which does a pretty comprehensive lighter menu from omlettes to sandwiches, salads and pasta. The first night’s performance will be by singer Abdallah Abozekry and his Turkish folk music band. The performance schedule will be announced on their Facebook page.

The District, 51B Masr-Helwan Road, Maadi. 01019559177.

Mouled Galleria40

From July 9 to 11 a three-day bazaar at Galleria40 — a large luxury complex in 6th of October City that includes offices, a shopping mall, a food court and a performance area — will feature many Egyptian brands selling home accessories, linens and jewelry that is all locally manufactured. The event starts after sunset and visitors will be entertained with tanoura twirl shows and live oud performances. You get in for free.

Galleria40, 26th of July Street, 6th of October City.

Lanterns Tent at the Club House Uptown Cairo

Lanterns Tent will open its doors for sohour every night in Ramadan. Guests can enjoy city views and greenery, and hopefully a cool night breeze, while watching a Ramadan TV series, sipping on Ramadan drinks and smoking shisha from 8 pm to 3 am. Sohour per person, all inclusive, is LE240 on weekdays and LE270 on weekends. They say there will be a band playing Arabic music daily.

For more information call 16129 or visit their Facebook page.

The Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers

The Fairmont’s annual large and lively Ramadan “tent,” Si Omar, will have a soft opening on Thursday July 18, targeting Heliopolis dwellers eager for a luxurious sohour experience. Both the food and the atmosphere, say the organizers, will be inspired by mysterious Moroccan magic, but further information on options and prices are not yet available. 

Si Omar, Fairmont Heliopolis, Al-Khalifa al-Hady Street. 16989 / 01011111061.

Amany Ali Shawky