Cairo Tower

Cairo Tower information

Cairo , Egypt
Address
Street Sharia Hadayek al-Zuhreya
Telephone
+20 2 2735 7187
Prices
adult/child under 6yr E£60/free, video E£20
Opening hours
8am-midnight
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Lonely Planet review

This 187m-high tower is the city’s most famous landmark after the Pyramids, and very popular with Cairenes and Arab sightseers. Built in 1961, the structure, which resembles a stylized lotus plant with its latticework casing, was a thumb to the nose at the Americans, who had given Nasser the money used for its construction to buy US arms. The 360- degree views from the top are clearest in the late morning, after the haze burns off, or late afternoon. You might encounter a queue for the elevator at dusk.

TheSky Garden cafe, one floor down from the observation deck, serves not-too exorbitant drinks and food (beer E£20, sandwiches E£45). The revolving restaurant just below that is a bit pricier, with a E£150 minimum.