When you start to think of Cairo’s downtown you automatically begin to reminisce about a long-gone golden era, back to a time when life was simpler but a lot more joyful. As crowded and jammed with traffic as it is, there is still something truly magical about this area beaming with life that might be especially felt more by those who do not live there but stroll down its streets every now and then. There is a lot of beauty around there once you really slow down, pause, and walk mindfully. In case you haven’t experienced it before or were in a rush, these are the good feelings you’ll encounter walking downtown.
• The beauty of architecture is almost around every corner, being built by European and French architects you can feel the European flair but also the orientalist vibes are still dominant. Just walking around examining with your eyes the beauty and details of the buildings is scenery to feast your eyes upon.
• The smell of fresh bakery, spices, and the passing voice of street sellers or a newspaper and old books' stand in the street take you back to the good old days filled with warmth.
• Walking down those streets you know you walk amidst history and heritage in an area that is home to iconic spots like cinema Radio, the Shourbagy Building, the Diplomatic Club, and the Suares Building. You know that every building holds within its walls hundreds of stories to be told.
• A café in downtown Cairo might be not even close to your usual outing in a fancy, modern café, but the friendly spirit and welcoming vibes there make it feel like home. Even the new cafes there still maintain the simplistic yet artistic feel of downtown with a minimalistic modern touch.
• The simple scenes of people gathering around a small ice-cream cart or a family walking together looking at window displays of shops will make you feel that people are not as disconnected as this modern age has made us become.