Just like with every culture, there’s a unique flavor to every country or city – whether it be portrayed in its architecture, food, or music. Cairo is one of those cities that is most certainly not lacking in any of the above aspects. For a real oriental musical experience, we gathered up some our favorite spots where you can go enjoy the fine tunes of eastern music.
El Sawy Culturewheel
Location: End of 26th of July Street, Zamalek
Telephone: 02 2736 8881 002 / 2737 4448 or 0100 099 999 5 / 0100 099 999
A venue known for being one of the great hubs for arts and culture in Cairo, as every day brings a new performance. For more information, you may visit their Facebook page.
Cairo Opera House
Location: El Borg Gezira, Zamalek
Telephone: 02 27390299
Besides Opera performances, the Cairo Opera House offers a wide array of oriental and cultural performances – from musical performances ti theatrical ones. For more information, you may visit their Facebook page.
El Fishawy – Hussein
Location: El Hussein Area
Although not a live music venue, a playback of old Egyptian tunes are always playing in the background to accompany the perfectly authentic atmosphere.
Studio Misr – Azhar Park
Location: Top of El Azhar Park, El-Darb El-Ahmar
Telephone: 02 25109150
As peculiar as it is, this restaurant & grill – more often than not – hosts bands to perform classic oriental tunes. The incredible views over the chaos that is Cairo is a huge plus.
Location: 1 Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Mounira
Telephone: 02 2792 0878
Only opened quite recently, this venue has already built a very positive reputation for being a place where oriental, traditional, and cultural arts are passionately performed and appreciated. For more information, you may visit their Facebook page.
El Genaina Theatre
Location: Azhar Park, El-Darb El-Ahmar
Telephone: 02 23625057
An amphitheatre-like venue that houses 300 seats in a wide outdoor space, in which the atmosphere is just perfect to enjoy some magical performances.
Beit El Raseef
Location: Street 152, Al Maadi
Telephone: 0100 327 7397
Opened in 2013 after their success with Khoroogat Magazine, Beit El Raseef aims to help people spend their spare time in developing and expressing their artistic and cultural interests. For more information, you may visit their Facebook page.
El Tanboura Hall
Location: 30A Sharia al-Balaqsa, Abdeen
Telephone: 02 2392 6768
“El Mastaba presents four regular weekly concerts: a weekly performance in Cairo at El Dammah Theater for Free Arts brings performances by the 11 bands of the El Mastaba Network” – El Mastaba Center website. For more information, you may also visit their Facebook page.
Location: 6 Qasr El Nile St, Downtown
Telephone: 0100 339 8000
“After Eight’s main philosophy is music and – more specifically – oriental underground music which represents our culture. Our bands play music of all tastes and diversity.” – After Eight website. For more information, you may also visit their Facebook Page.