Originally considered an extension of Heliopolis, Nasr City is now one of the largest and most diverse districts in Cairo, creating a captivating international ambiance. Home to 10 sub-districts with a thriving population, Nasr City overflows with entertainment, shopping venues and multi-ethnic cuisine.
Things to do in Nasr City
Nasr City is a modern shopper’s dreamscape, with upscale malls spread throughout. City Stars Mall and Wonderland Mall are the most famous, home to cinema halls and amusement parks. Geneina Mall on Batrawy Street appeals to young adults with its discotheque, billiards complex, bowling alley and ice-skating rink. Each of Nasr City’s sub-districts has a traditional market souq as well, offering traditional crafts, clothing and food.
The 10th district of Nasr City is a multicultural enclave of immigrants from places such as Sudan, Somalia, China and Malaysia, creating one of the most diverse culinary experiences in Cairo. Street food and mobile carts serve everything from falafels to Egyptian koshari bowls and Chinese jiaozi dumplings.
Interested in offbeat attractions? Ramble through the City of the Dead funerary complexes, including the Mosque of Qaitbey, dating back to 1474 AD. Major landmarks include the Unknown Soldier Memorial and the adjacent grandstand where President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981.
Nasr City cherishes outdoor spaces, such as International Park and Children’s Park, a wide green parkland on Makram Ebeid. Join locals for twilight jogs and evening strolls in this tranquil natural setting.
Getting around Nasr City
As part of metropolitan Cairo, Nasr City maintains modern roads, a competent tram system and connections to the city’s expansive metro system. Buses, metered taxis, shared microbuses and tuk-tuk rickshaws provide convenient ways to navigate the sub-districts.