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Snapshot: Cairo, Egypt

Snapshots are mini town/city guides for smaller places or cities I have only experienced briefly. Here’s a little snapshot of Cairo.


What are one’s first impressions of Cairo?

Not the romantic pearl of Arabia I envisioned. The place is a shit-hole. The locals seem friendly, but that’s only because they want to scam you. Egyptian men are the among the worst breed of human I’ve ever encountered. There is the odd gentlemen, but I found 90% are of the scummier variety. If the guys don’t piss you off, the heat, filth and lack of nightlife will. At least it’s easy to get high in Cairo.

What are the women like?

Miss Egypt 2008

There’s no doubt that Cairo’s saving grace is in the eyes of the local temptresses. The majority of Egyptian women are in hijabs and carry a little weight (Egyptian guys love the chubb). But when they’re cute, there’s really cute. Egypt remains a conservative Muslim country and fellow travellers reckon hooking up with a local is more likely in Tehran, Iran; that’s saying something. According to Reuters, a survey conducted in 2005 found 95% of Egyptian women have undergone some form of female circumcision, so expect a decreased libido. However, I’m convinced the chicks can be pulled, I got a lot of great responses from smiling and giving a flirty wave. The average women marries at 24 – I see a window! This isn’t Saudi, it can be done. If I were going to Egypt again I’d get my ass online and pick up that way.

For more pics of  sexy Egyptian girls, click here.

Where should I go at night-time?

Zamalek Island

For a population of nearly 8 million people, the nightlife in Cairo is desperate. Zamalek is your best bet, with a few bars conducive for game. It’s relatively upmarket, but wealthier girls who tend to be a little more liberal drink here, otherwise you’re restricted to nightclubs in the major hotels.

If you’re looking for a good time in Egypt hit somewhere like Hurghada on the red sea, it’s way more fun. The place is a major holiday destination for sexy Eastern European & Russian chicks.

Any other recommendations?

I never EVER recommend organised tours, but in truth I reckon Egypt is best experienced in this way.

Oh yeah and you should go see those pointy things in the dessert, the what-cha-ma-call-its – pyramids! Apparently giant Lego blocks constitute some sort of ancient wonder. Read my article – How to get a private pyramid tour!

The Bottom Line

See the pyramids and get the fuck out of Cairo.

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23 Responses to Snapshot: Cairo, Egypt

  1. Egyptian Women March 5, 2011 at 12:52 am #

    Love the pic of Miss Egypt.

  2. harraz August 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm #

    are u fucking kidding me??

    “Not the romantic pearl of Arabia I envisioned. The place is a shit-hole. The locals seem friendly, but that’s only because they want to scam you. Egyptian men are the among the worst breed of human I’ve ever encountered. There is the odd gentlemen, but I found 90% are of the scummier variety. If the guys don’t piss you off, the heat, filth and lack of nightlife will. At least it’s easy to get high in Cairo.”

    dont u feel like ur generalizing when u say 90% are scammers??

    95% are circumcised??? ur momma 😀 iv been with tons of egyptian chicks, none of which even HAVE any idea that it happens in SOME areas in the South of Egypt.

    “Apparently giant Lego blocks constitute some sort of ancient wonder”
    SUCK ME 🙂
    you are obviously a self-honored imbecile

    ” Egyptian men are the among the worst breed of human I’ve ever encountered.”
    thank you very much, just been through a revolution to remove a spy put in power by western intelligence, i’d love to see u survive a day of what we went through.
    best regards to you, you dim-witted little shit

    • cerealkiller February 1, 2015 at 7:29 pm #

      I stay almost a month and I am agree with NN. Congratulations because have guts to say directly. and some things in what you said are available for muslims countries in general. Egiptian mens have a very low intellect usually, no library anywhere, they are friendly only when they want to sell something, very aggressive sometimes, for example just for a picture with a men up on a camel they was around me many of them to ask money because I take that picture :)). Usually perverted with white skin girls, they don’t have any manners or problem to come to ask you if the girl who is with you is your wife or your sister maybe. So stupid!
      Long live for russian girls from Hurghada and Sharm el Sheikh ! Sometimes they start the day at 8 with some vodka in the coffee. cool……

  3. James April 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    What do conservative muslim-thinking people like Haraz on a site like this? Why is the bigges traffic load to XXX-sites coming from countries like Iran and Pakistan? Let’s us think about that!

  4. MT July 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I agree with the general message of the article that you cannot pick up girls in Egypt and in a developing county better be cautious about scams. However, you shouldn’t expect that picking up girls will be as easy as in the Philippines or in Thailand where you can just flash out some US accent and $$$ for a girlfriend… The part about circumcision is just funny as it has nothing to do with libido. Traffic load to XXX sites from Pakistan and Iran? Those countries have the combined bandwidth of a dial-up modem. I know for a fact that XXX sites live off Americans, e.g. myfreecams (right, the site I frequent as well). Islam is a shame for a lot of other reasons, and not because your money didn’t do the trick …

  5. hijabsdepressme July 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm #

    the only places with decent nightlife in egypt are sharm, hurghada and marina. spend max 2-3 days in cairo, see the usual suspects; pyramids, museum and bazaars, then head straight to sharm, hurghada or the pristine beaches of the north coast in marina. I’d compare cairo to a sober mexico stuck in the desert with crap food, women hidden under layers of clothes and sand in its ass.

  6. Tifa September 19, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    Listen this post is one of the most ridiculous things i ve ever seen in my life. Being a french expat living most of his time in cairo, i totally disagree with this bull****! Cairo is such an amazing place where u meet all types of people! And are one of the friendliest population around! Put ursleves into these unfortunate men shoeswho try to scam u as u say! These poor people have lived in poverty sll their lives, so seeing a tourist would def make them try to get anything from u. Having been neglected by a corrupt government who only thought about enriching themselves and making the poor poorer, its the least u could say!
    Anyway The statemennt of 95% women who have circumcision is just insane to say! I ve shagged many wealthier girls and less fortunste and never of them were circusmized! So dnt take this usless cliche as a generality!
    I agree that the nightlife is not like beirut or dubai for instance but its not bad at all ! If u were here for a couple of days and then sodded off then u clearly didnt do jack shit! Next time u visit cairo try to hang with the right people and dnt post these ignorant comments
    No wonder why cairo had 9 millions tourist every year u noob!

    Funny u didnt mention anything bout the hash, def one of the best in the middle east

    Anyway am sure the amazing people of cairo dnt need an ignorsnt so called ” adventurer” like u!

    • Naughty Nomad September 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm #

      Funny, the poorest of other African societies felt less of a need to rip us off.
      I’m willing to give Cairo a second chance though.

  7. daym October 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    too much effort to put into hairy chicks…u can try the non muslim noes but wont be easy…ya obeisty is really high in egypt ..think its higher than USA you can find it on cia world factbook

    think china an usa have the highest those countrys block site s like that

  8. coco December 20, 2012 at 7:49 am #

    egyptian women are really up there on obesity than men

    according to this source ,egypt is almost as fat as usa…but usa is proportianate with gender while obeisty affects mostly women in egypt.
    in the arabian pensula ,,fat chicks are considered beautiful….it has affected the barbar coast(north africa:morroco,egypt,lynia) to a degree as well
    other nations like iraq afghanistan bangladesh fiji tonga smoa maurtania among others consider fat women beatiful

  9. Lost Expat January 29, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    I must concur with others – there is little factual in this posting! (except I do agree that most Egyptian men as shamelessly shameless – but that is another story and has nothing to do with Cairo nightlife or Egyptian women!).

    There are plenty of clubs in the 5* hotels and along Haram Street with very sexily clad women, many of whom are “working girls”. There are also plenty of shisha cafes, particularly in Mohandiseen, where the girls who hang out there are known to connect with guys. There are also a few clubs where African women hang out – very sexy and very available.

    While you can’t go down the street trying to pick up girls, I have had several encounters with women that I met while out and about. They are human beings just like anywhere else in the world. There is a great sense of social policing, so one has to be subtle and respectful, but all in all Cairo is great and Egyptian women are amazing!

    [Zolo: I haven’t been there since ’07 so understand that my info and perspective are a little skewed.]

  10. Peter King February 4, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Most of your itineraries seem remarkably similar to those of the overland holiday companies. Could our self-styled bold adventurer be no more than a tourist on what amounts to a cut-price escorted coach trip?

  11. MasterClasses April 5, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    When I visited Cairo I was glazed by the size of the city. You can sense the city breath in and breath out. There are somr 3 or 4 milion commuters daily!

    I did fantasize about going back there, with money, going to parties or clubs. There has to be a very interesting scene with “occidental kind” of people. And of course, its a muslim country, you cannot just pick up girls like that if you are not a saudi prince!

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  13. tylordurden August 8, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    Hei Dude,

    I am egyptian guy living in europe…you are correct about your opinion of Egyptian men,the handling of tourist and maybe even about the women.
    I just want to add some context and perspective >

    THe Peeps >

    you visited Cairo DAYS ! before the most populist angriest revolution in the Country s entire 5000 years recorded history.
    People were slowly getting pissed for the last 30 years and you just came when the volcano burst. So , it is kind of OK to be grouchy,loud obnoxious and generally very angry.
    There is a way around it,i have a friend visit in 2002 and always the ops use to stop us and check MY ID..why are you with this tourist? why are you not scamming him or selling him something ? are you a terrorist …are you a spy ?. I learned my lesson..the following visit ,we went and bought shitty low middle class,slightly not fitting Egyptian lay man cloth with the dusty leather shoes and the untucked shirt ,unbuttoned first 3 buttons with the trademark undershirt showing..the slightly unshaved beard ….we practiced the non nonchalant careless walk and the general sad/oppressed body language…It worked one stopped us..not one vendor,not one cop not one merchant..everybody spoke with him in arabic and he got less attention from the girls (the tourist trigger curiosity and an unsecure reaction which what you misconstrued as wanting you ?)….

    THe Girls >

    The chicks in Cairo are the horniest ..they are very oppressed and any sign of femininity is translated to slutiness…they really have a hard time walking around or taking buses…this fall into the general climate of despair …but also ,the first wave feminism is brutally fought on the streets with old fashioned sexual harassment . In this hellish situation, a foreigners paint himself as the gentlemen who will relieve her of this burden….The trick is to get her alone…they are always chaperoned ,cock blocks..mostly other fat 40+ women are at every-corner….but if you slip her phone nb,and pretend you do not notice her,she ll call you and it is very easy afterwards.Play it cool..if a chick agreed to be with you in a closed,room..etc that is an automatic YES to sex.(get ready for some anal sex,cause virginity is important)
    to profit from your rare status as a foreigners,many elitist clubs are always welcoming young foreigners (we are also kind of racist : so if you look african/asian,just say you are an american/canadian to the bouncer /bartender and things will go smoothly)..girls from AUC GUC and other high income colleges goes nuts for foreigners…they do not realize the difference between the good and bad ones…so you will certainly score higher than you usually do.Stay with high school college chicks…and you will automatically avoid hookers….Do not try to hitch women from the street with your car,it is too hard for you “to get it”… not visit belly-dance cabarets and the is too complex and too local for you to handle,but you can go with a friend and watch some dancers,they are the world s best belly dancers. And,complain about the lack of chicks as you like..this is the only place in the world where you have better chances than the local dudes .Hard to imagine …but after 20 + flags…I still did not get my Egyptian flag.
    The good venues..are downtown coffee shops > BEANOs, COSTA,starbucks….go and talk loud with your friend in a foreign accent…you will see head spinning.bars are not that popular…we just do not drink that much

    The fucking city >

    I LOVE CAIRO, I am always always home sick…and always counting hours to go home on holiday…the moment i land there i question my sanity…Cairo is car horns all the time,world champion level in antipollution just have to see it to believe it.But i love it…the places i love and visit with my friends are almost always unknown to tourists..they are romantic,cheap and breezy cool in summers night … BUT, cairo s hang-ups exceeds these benefits..and if you want to have unhasseled good time,alone or with fiancee…LEAVE CAIRO…luxor,aswan..the old 3000 years old capital..the Nile cruises are cheap and you see another egypt..old style agriculture and temples and crocodiles and if you do not have the ancient egyptian bug..SINAI is always pleasant for snorkeling diving and above all for …weed.My favorite getaway is the western sahari oasis Siwa and el can say an amazing star light sky at night and in the morning…well ,i kind of like the desert…because there are no car horns and it is super clean.
    There is a reason everyone is fucking fat in Egypt…the food is phenomenal.

    disclaimer > the current climate is dangerous…do not go backpacking in the desert by yourself,you will get kidnapped…of course,no body wants to hurt a tourist and your kidnappers will probably be nice Bedouins that want their cousins released…but why get kidnapped…stick to the tourist routes…avoid cops,specialty if you could pass as a journalist and anyone who works in the tourist industry ..remember > cops ,vendors taxi drivers and tourist workers are your biggest enemy…Egyptians..specially poorer ones are really kind and helpful.

    • Ganesh January 3, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      Hey Tylor,
      Appreciate your detailed analysis about Cairo. I have one question, is there a possibility in egypt, that an arabic girl can marry a hindu boy ( presuming he change his religion)Thanks in advance,

      • tylordurden April 13, 2015 at 11:15 am #

        Sorry for the delay Ganesh.
        if you change your religion , everything can work . That is in theory .
        Much of the image that egyptian have on east asians and filipinos comes from the huge workforce send to the gulf,over there (as you probably know) there is an ethnic hierarchy.
        for example it is illegal now for Saudis to marry a pakestani or siri lankian woman 1800 s in new orleans with white and black.
        most indian,afghans and pakestani are not welcomed to work as doctors ..etc while egyptians (oddly enough those who have dual european citizenship )are the main foreign doctors in the gulf. The only exception for this organized racial profiling is the UAE.

        Therefore , Egyptians see
        -gulf arabs with their Bedouins polygamist stoic version of islam with hedonistic lifestyle as key to their wealth (nonsense,anyone can have petroleum and profit from it)
        -hindu ,pakistani as menial workers : construction, cleaning ,busboys..etc
        -other Egyptians working in gulf as nouveau riche.

        in reality , i have a pakistani friend who had problem marrying an egyptian because her parents said :”yuuuk ,why you want to marry a pakistani ?”

        and i know of a turkish guy whose parents objected his marriage from an egyptian women saying ;” can not you find a turkish or european girl , your kids will be dark ”

        so in short, unfortunatly , whitter is better over here . you can marry from the south ,these people are down to earth , very very attractive ,more than somalis …nefertiti attractive ! and pretty much know nothing of the outside world, which is awesome, giving the outside world is shit .

        To all you guys debating is Egyptian shit or cool , morons or cultured , fun or exploitive,i again and again and again say : STAY OUT OF THE TOURIST TRAILS)

        • Ganesh May 26, 2015 at 11:04 am #

          Thank you so much Tylor. Appreciate your help. My apology for responding late.

    • cerealkiller February 2, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

      yea, great country. if no one will kidnap you it will be really fun for you there. Remove all that blankets on the womens on the street and maybe in the next 10 years you will find a beautiful one. Police cant help you to save your life if you disappear because they are “your worst enemies”…and so and so.
      Definitely I will never come back there, that public toilets and public garbage place called “pyramids” are already on my list. and I was before 2009 when was much better than now in Egypt.

      • tylordurden April 13, 2015 at 11:19 am #

        Naughtynomad dude, i am a big fan of your adventures (despite dissing my country for reasons i understand) check this guy , who is also Irish and made it in Cairo !

        this is a hot russian chick talking a walk in a cairo street(near the japanese embassy) ,which is also out of the tourist trails

        it is not as bad as you guys think. Egypt still have lower homicidal rate than Finland !!! where i live . I know that does not mean safer at all but it is something.

        Appreciate your honesty guys ! and keep the feedback coming , no publicity is bad publicity .

        And visit Helsinki in first of May : Vappu …it is unbelievable ,guarantee to lay an amazonian Finn

  14. Travelnewb April 9, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Traveled in Egypt earlier this year and you hit the nail on the head with this one. you still see the effects from the revolution everywhere.


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