Christoph Ganster, general manager of Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers in Cairo, Egypt, shares the best of local culture. The revolution in January 2011 was a significant milestone for Egypt. Having traveled the world for 15 years, I have never seen such friendly, outgoing people. It is a fantastic feeling to be witnessing the rebuilding of Egypt. – Christoph Ganster, G.M., Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers
GRAND BAZAAR Dating back to 1382 and perhaps the most famous medieval bazaar in the Arab world, Khan el-Khalili has hundreds of shops, restaurants and street food vendors along its narrow pathways. Avoid the tourist trinkets and head deep within to sharpen your bargaining skills. Stop for a traditional coffee at al-Fishawy, one of the city’s oldest cafés.
CULTURE CLUB With its Bedouin-style couches and tables, locals and vistors alike can’t get enough of Nomad. Relax over late afternoon drinks, shisha and the best people-watching around as you gaze at the 360-degree view of the capital.
STITCH IN TIME Dedicated to preserving the ageold craft of weaving, The Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre was first established in 1952 to help cultivate worldwide interest in tapestry. Visit the center’s gallery to view these beautiful and intricate creations.
King Hotel, 20 Abdel Rehim Sabri St. (behind Cinema Tahrir), +20 2 3335 0869
Saqqara Rd., Harrania Village, El Haram, Giza, +20 2 3381 5746 wissa-wassef-arts.com
BLAST FROM THE PAST The modern-day Cairo suburb of Heliopolis is where ancient Egyptians chose to celebrate life, creation and the sun. Fairmont Heliopolis & Towers is perfectly located, close to Cairo International Airport as well as legendary attractions like the Egyptian Museum, home to the golden treasures of Tutankhamun. fairmont.com/towersheliopolis
Fairmont Magazine winter 2012, International edition