Explore Top Finds near Your Renaissance Hotel

Top Finds

Hand-picked recommendations from around the world.

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Throw away the guidebook and get connected to what the locals know. Whatever you want to experience on your trip, we’re plugged in and on hand to help you explore the neighborhood.

Our Navigators have curated a list of some of the most fascinating ‘must do’ experiences from each of our Hotels’ neighborhoods.

We’ve collected memorable must-sees for every one of our destinations around the globe, giving you the inside scoop on the best each Renaissance Hotel location has to offer.

Step Pyramid of Saqqara - find
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Step Pyramid of Saqqara

If you want to see pyramids but avoid the crowds then the Step Pyramid of Saqqara is your best option when visiting Egypt.
Designed by Imhotep, chief architect of the III Dynasty pharaoh Djoser, this six-tiered funerary chamber was the first pyramid. Prior to its construction, pharaohs were buried beneath rectangular mastabas. Imhotep created a pyramid by stacking six increasingly smaller mastabas on top of each other. Later pharaohs took it a step further to create the pyramids seen at Giza and elsewhere. An extensive funerary complex surrounds the pyramid. It is a very atmospheric place and the highlight for many is wandering through the hypostyle hall and Great South Court, part of which has been rebuilt. Special permission is needed to enter the pyramid.
Address: North Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 285 4509
Taha Hussein Museum - find
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Taha Hussein Museum

Dedicated to Taha Hussein's achievements, the highlights of this museum are his 7000-book library, medal display and rare music collection.
This establishment is a tribute to Dr. Taha Hussein, one of Egypt's most influential luminaries of the 20th Century. Albeit visually impaired since the age of three, Hussein published over 50 books on the country's social, political and cultural scenario. The government metamorphosed his former residence into a museum to honor the philosopher's contribution to Arabic literature and contemporary cultural history. The ground floor encompasses his study and a hall where his meetings with dignitaries were scheduled. Upstairs are three bedrooms, and the outdoor garden features a bust of the man himself.
Address: Helmiyat al-Ahram Street, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 391 3454
Mosque-Madrassa of al Ghouri - find
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Mosque-Madrassa of al Ghouri

Visit this historic mosque to see the Mamluk architecture and learn about the fascinating history of the second to last Mamluk sultan.
Built in 1504 by Sultan Quansuh al Ghouri, this building is a delightful example of Mamluk architecture. Situated opposite the mausoleum of al Ghouri, the two buildings form a fine monument to the Mamluk's. Look out for the unusual chimneypot minaret before you enter. The large entrance trilobate arch is beautifully decorated with stalactites. The entrance leads to a corrider that opens on to a central courtyard with four liwans. A visit here is well worth your time.
Address: In front of al Ghouri Mausoleum, Cairo, Egypt
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 04:30 PM

Basilica Church of Heliopolis

Egyptian architecture fuses with the grand designs of Byzantine cathedrals at the historic Basilica Church of Heliopolis.
Basilica Church of Heliopolis is a unique place of worship within Cairo's Heliopolis district. Established in 1910 by Belgian entrepreneur Baron Edouard Empain, the basilica's unique combination of design influences makes it an interesting religious site within this predominantly Muslim country. One of the centerpieces of the basilica is the Belgian organ, installed in 1914 and employing 1407 pipes to create a grand, ethereal sound. In 2000, an organization dedicated to preserving pipe organs refurbished this treasure, allowing visitors to once more hear the powerful music of hymns and liturgies. 
Address: Al Ahram Square, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 2415 2769
Souq al-Gomaa - find
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Souq al-Gomaa

Haggle your way to the price you want, or at least one you can live with, at Souq al-Gomaa, Cairo's famous Friday market.
Souq al-Gomaa is a bustling outdoor market that happens every Friday in Cairo. The offerings are diverse to say the least, with antiques, vintage fashions, bicycles, toilets and live donkeys among the products sold week after week. Prices can often be lowered with some bargaining, but it is best to arrive earlier in the day in order to avoid the largest crowds.
Address: Salah Salem Street, Cairo, Egypt
Opening hours: Friday from 08:00 AM to 02:00 PM