Orientation in CairoEdit This
Avoid Midan Talat Harb unless you want to be mobbed by touts-- but most of the rest of downtown makes lovely walking. The leafy streets of Garden City are just minutes away from where most tourists stay in downtown, but they are off the usual touristy path, and a lovely change from dusty downtown. On the other side of the Nile, Mohandaseen is mostly a residental district, but it has some nice places to grab some tam'mia and fatir or whatever.
If you are really adventerous, Mu'qutum (the hills to the east of Cairo) is a great place to go spend an evening smoking sheesha and drinking asir aseb