This 187m-high tower is the city’s most famous landmark after the Pyramids. Built in 1961, the structure, which resembles a stylised 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, as the tower is extremely popular with Cairenes. The Sky Garden cafe, one floor down from the observation deck, serves not-too-exorbitant drinks and food (beer E£30, sandwiches E£50). The Revolving Restaurant just below that is a bit pricier, with a E£200 minimum.