Al-Azhar Park is a large park in the middle of Cairo that offers a lovely and varied landscape to escape the hustle and traffic of the city. It offers many green areas for picnics, as well as two restaurants and at least one café. For kids, there is a small train for a ride around the park. You also get wonderful views of the city and Citadel.
We stopped for lunch at the Lakeside Café, which hosts one of the best views of the Citadel. The menu consisted of Lebanese fare, sandwiches, and pizza. No alcoholic beverages. The service and food were quite good.
The atmosphere of the park was delightful - pretty much all locals and their families, many children, and a lot of friendly curiosity towards foreigners (in our case, three Western women). We were asked by shy, giggling girls if they could take pictures with us; we happily obliged.
We visited on a Saturday, which was quite crowded, but not too much so, given the large expanse of the park. The entrance fee was 10 LE (it's 7 LE on weekdays).
All in all, a wonderful respite from our scheduled tours, and something all visitors to Cairo should experience.
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