Being the hub of Egypt’s financial activity and its main economy generator, Cairo has developed into a megacity. Thanks to its 22-or-so million inhabitants, both local and foreign businesses enjoy the fruits of a large demand driven by the high population. Cairo a shopping capital with an abundance of impressive Egyptian and international brands. A rapid developing city, where new infrastructures and shops are being introduced every other month. With the dizzying number of malls in this mega-city, one needs enough time to mall-crawl the city of Cairo. Bring an empty suitcase, because you’ll shop till you drop. And once you experience the city’s true colours, you will definitely love to be back. Here are the top malls in Cairo, the best places to go shopping in the city.
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Nile City Towers Mall
Nile City Towers is one of the best shopping and entertainment complexes in the city. Located at the heart of Cairo’s flourishing district, easily accessible from any location in the capital. The three towers are an extensive business centre anchoring a five-star hotel, entertainment facilities and a selection of shops. A unique feature of the mall is its skyline, overlooking one of Cairo’s most beautiful Nile views. A stunning river view of the residential island of Zamalek.
Cairo Festival City Mall
The Cairo Festival City Mall is a shopping centre that spans over 700 acres. Situated at the 5th Settlement in the East of Cairo. The mall is home to the only IKEA store in Egypt, and features popular brands like Zara, H&M, Carrefour, Centrepoint, Mango, Marks & Spencer, etc. A spacious venue that also offer an exquisite outdoor dining experience, fine restaurants overlooking the dancing fountain and the impressive amphitheatre. Choose to enjoy a leisure meal or explore games and toys in the kids complex. This mall promises a distinctive shopping experience in Cairo, Egypt.
The First Mall
Located on the west bank of the River Nile, and surrounded by key embassies and top 5 stars hotels. The First Mall offers shoppers abundance of brands, restaurants, coffee shops and bars. From clothing and footwear to furniture and home accessories to make-up and fragrance. All these and more can be found here.
A shopping paradise that attract thousands of visitors daily. Located in the heart of Sheikh Zayed, a satelite city and part of Greater Cairo urban area. Arkan Plaza is a modern commercial development that offers life around the neighbourhoods of Sheikj Zayed. This is a prime location for business, retail and leisure. A fun mix of stores and restaurants that satisfy all foodies. Here, you’ll find Le Pacha 1901, Crave, Gigi Bar, Maison Thomas and other fine nice cafes. Gives great views of the area, and well lit up in the evening, truly beautiful.
Located in the heart of Cairo, Citystars Heliopolis is a living landmark in the city that operates on a number of different levels. Shopping and entertainment, offices and hospitality with three international hotels; Intercontinental Cairo, Holiday Inn Cairo and Staybridge Suites Cairo. For shopping, visitors get the best of local retailers combined with international brand names, with all the necessary things shopping fans like clothing, footwear and accessories, along with a pharmacy. Food options varies from regular fast food court to VIP restaurants. This shopping centre is the height of shopping and entertainment, shopping in Cairo is beyond pleasure, but an entirely new experience!
Mall of Egypt
The Mall of Egypt is a mall like no other, a spectacular shopping centre in Cairo, Egypt. Housing major department stores, fashion, lifestyle, electronics, home furnishing outlets and many more. A rollcall of famous global brands and world-class restaurants to go with the great designs of this mall. The Mall of Egypt is often compared to the Mall of Emirates by both locals and tourists. An elegant destination in the city, well organised and very clean, a true shopping luxury that you must find time to experience whenever in Cairo. Simply exceptional and exciting!
Downtown Katameya, on the New Cairo of Egypt, is a residential area shopping centre. Nice place with lots of cafes and restaurants, indoor and outdoor. It has a wide variety of shops for casual and formal clothes for men, women, and kids alike. You’ll find car showroom, accessories stores, cinemas, banks, computer shops and much more. This spot is an excellent mix of shops and restaurants, there’s something for everyone.
The Genena Mall is definitely worth a visit. Cairo’s premier commercial centre, with a fine taste of shopping and leisure to millions of people in the city. You’ll find a wide range of leading fashion brands, and fun food court area with cosy cafes and patio dining. Located in the heart of Cairo at Nasr City district, offering a unique shopping experience that you will never forget.
Mall of Arabia
Mall of Arabia is one of the top destinations in the Cairo with more than 400 stores and the attractions. A shopping centre in which you can find the most various luxurious clothing and footwear brands. You can find Egyptian’s own Pink Powder Room and international brands like Zara, Bershka, Massimo Dutti and many other fashion brands. After you’re tired out from the shopping adventure, you can indulge the cafes and restaurants, as well as the cinema multiplex.
A multi- purpose shopping centre with over 80 residential units, 448 commercial units. Perfect spot for locals and tourists to enjoy the atmosphere created through the various shops, food court and the river Nile view. Arkadia Mall has a food court with local and international cuisines. Great place for play time for children and good for shopping, there are a lot of different shops that will satisfy all of your needs.