Explore Top Finds near Your Renaissance Hotel

Top Finds

Hand-picked recommendations from around the world.

Looking for Chinese street food in London? How about boutiques in Long Beach? Or a pop-up speakeasy in Chicago?

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.


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
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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
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October War Panorama

This memorial, of Islamic architecture, commemorates Egypt's triumph over Israel in the historic war of 1973 with an interactive exhibition.
Located in Heliopolis, the October War Panorama is a testament of Egypt's victory over Israel in the war of 1973. This fort-like museum features three areas providing insights into the history of the war. One hall showcases a 15-minute multilingual documentary on the events, while nextdoor, a 360 degree film of the crossing of the Suez Canal is displayed in murals and 3D figures. Outdoors, visitors can view statues, original weaponry, military tanks and aircraft wreckage, as well as pick up souvenirs.
Address: Sharia al-Uruba, Corner of Ismail el-Fangari Street, Cairo, Egypt
Phone: +20 2 391 3454
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Art Institute of Chicago

Like the Louvre in Paris, visitors from all over the world come to Chicago to view the many gorgeous exhibits showcased here.
From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
Address: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 60604, United States
Phone: +1 312 443 3600
Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday from 10:30 AM to 05:00 PM,Thursday to Friday from 10:30 AM to 09:00 PM,Saturday to Sunday from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM