Lounge in Cairo

Image by Karima Hassan Ragab Lonely Planet

At the very northern tip of Zamalek, this sprawling Nileside lounge is a swank scene, with low cushions for nursing a shisha while downing a few beers or sipping a cocktail. The chargrilled mains don't tend to live up to the great setting so snack on a range of mezze instead. There's a LE200 minimum fee.

Bring an extra layer – evenings right on the water can be surprisingly cool.