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Video: Walk like an Egyptian

GlobalPost's Jon Jensen, a longtime Cairo resident, on how to enjoy this historic metropolis just like a local.

 
Here's a list of the sites and activities mentioned in the video:
 
EAT
 
Foul Restaurant: Gahesh
 
- Address: Just off Sayeda Zeinab square, near the police station, Cairo, Egypt and not far from the Sayeda Zeinab Metro station
- Telephone: Nope
- Reservations required? No
- Price for a meal for two, without alcohol: 10-20 LE for foul ($2-$4)
- Noise level: It’s on the street, so can be as loud as the neighborhood is.
- Is it indoor or outdoor: Both
- Dress: Come as you are!
 
PLAY
 
Ahua (Coffeeshop): The Telegraph
 
- Address: Madraset El Alsun Street in Downtown Cairo, near the Ataba Metro Station and Cinema Diana
- Telephone: +2-010-149-3140
- Reservations required? No
- Price for a meal for two, without alcohol: No meals, but coffee, juice and a shisha would cost between 10-20 LE ($2-$4)
- Noise level: It’s on the street, so can be as loud as the neighborhood is.
- Is it indoor or outdoor: Both
- Dress: Come as you are!
 
BUY
 
Oud-making shop: Ibrahim Abdel Wahab
 
- Address: Half-way down Mohamed Ali Street near Cairo’s Ataba Square and Ataba Metro Station
- Phone number: +2-014-857-7152
- Opening days and hours and best time to visit: Usually open all day and night, every night (open only after 5pm on Fridays).
- Price: A handmade oud can start for as low as $25
- How much time to allow: 30 minutes or more
- Special equipment, experience or dress: The market is located in Islamic Cairo, so shorter shirts and pants revealing shoulders or legs above the knee may attract unwanted attention
 
EXPLORE
 
Horse Rental Company: Fanta Stic run by Mahmoud Malaa
- Address: Gamal Abd El Naser Street in Giza by the Pyramids
- Mobile: +2-010-5859145
- Opening days and hours and best time to visit: Open every day, all year.  Best time to ride horse is around sunset
- Advance bookings required? No
- Price: 50 LE/hour per horse (10$)
- How and where to make bookings: Just show up in person or call Mahmoud
- How much time to allow: At least 2 hours
- Special equipment, experience or dress: Ask for a helmet, and don’t wear shorts when riding a horse. 
 
DRINK
 
The Barrel Bar at the Windsor Hotel
- Address: 19 Alfi Bey Street, Cairo, Egypt in the heart of Downtown Cairo near the Ataba Metro station
- Phone number: +2-022-591-5810
- Reservations required? No
- Website: http://www.windsorcairo.com
- Price for a meal for two, without alcohol: 80-120 LE for dinner (under $20)
- Noise level: It’s very quiet, without loud music.
- Is it indoor or outdoor: Indoor
- Dress: Come as you are!

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