Fancy a Ramadan Iftar Picnic? Here Are The Best Nature-Surrounded Places

Mariam Youssef
3/30/23, 1:30 PM

While it’s always nice to have Iftar at your family’s or in-laws’, sometimes, you need to enjoy some fresh air. Because restaurants can be indoors, crowded, and pricey, you can still enjoy being outside without feeling suffocated or paying too much. Enter public gardens. All you need to do is to prepare your Iftar at home, pack it, and head to an open public space where you can be surrounded by nature while enjoying your meal. That said, we’ll show you some amazing public nature-surrounded places where you can enjoy your Ramadan Iftar.

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Mamsha Ahl Misr

Mamsha Ahl Misr (The Walkway of Egypt's People), a new two-level promenade along the Nile Corniche, aims to provide both locals and visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the Nile up close. It includes both Egyptian and international restaurants, cafés, retail shops, entertainment areas, and parking spaces. You’ll surely love to enjoy your meal with this scenery!

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Fancy a Ramadan Iftar by the Nile? Imagine grabbing a bite in a felucca while surrounded by the beauty of the Nile river and the beautiful nature. How capturing is that? Cafelluca isn’t only a boat in the Nile; it’s a cafe that offers amazing services and fantastic menus. So, if you don’t feel like cooking or carrying your food with you, just book your Iftar beforehand and enjoy the scenery and pleasant meals. This place will be perfect for family and friends’ gatherings.

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Al-Azhar Park

Azhar park, which is frequently referred to as Egypt's most "romantic" location because of the countless couples who chat happily while seated on benches or underneath trees, is truly something to behold. The park looks out over the Citadel, which is a great sight while having Iftar. Moreover, while the park has a few eateries and scattered fountains, it should be avoided on national holidays because of the crowds. But, it's a great location for a picnic with friends in the spring and fall. Since it has areas specifically for shows, the park hosts several concerts, especially during the spring and summer.

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Family Park

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Enjoy your Iftar at this landscaped garden with a zoo, amusement park, cinema, museum, and restaurants, in addition to a dancing fountain. It’s a brilliant public space for families because it’s super entertaining and spacious. Every member of the family will have the best time at this place, given the beautiful scenery and the several activities that you can do following the Iftar.

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Sports Club

Most of us, if not all of us, are members of one or two sports clubs. So, why not pack your Iftar and have your meal there? This would be a fantastic idea, especially if you have kids. Once you’re done, the kids can play in the kids’ area while you can sit down and enjoy the breezy Ramadan weather or pray at the club’s mosque. Moreover, if you don’t feel like cooking, you can always go a bit early and order your Iftar from any restaurant at the sports club. Their prices are usually affordable and their meals are tasty.

Al-Horreya Garden

This small green area near Gezira Square in Zamalek is one of Cairo's frequently unnoticed gardens. There are eleven large statues of important people in this serene park, which provides the encounter with an instructional outcome. The majority of these statues were donated by nations in Latin America. The area is accessible and typically empty. Yet, it occasionally hosts activities aimed at strengthening the ties between Egypt and South America. So, if you’re into enjoying your meal while surrounded by serene scenery and historical statues, this place is for you.

Here’s a quick historical note: Due to its former connection to the museum housing the creations of renowned Egyptian sculptor Mahmoud Mukhtar, the garden is often commonly referred to as "Mahmoud Mukhtar Park" by locals. Afterwards, the museum was divided, with both areas becoming independent in 1991.

Al-Fishawy Cafe

Needless to say, Al-Fishawy Cafe is one of the most popular coffee shops in Cairo, if not Egypt, because of its historical background and the fact that it’s located in the heart of Cairo. While this is not a garden or a park, it most definitely is a nice place to have Iftar in. Once you’re done, you can enjoy a hot pot of tea (the tastiest tea in the world) and go for a stroll around the entire area afterwards.

Which of these places are you going to visit? Do you have another suggestion? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.



Mariam Youssef

Growing up, I've always wanted to become so many things: a fashion designer, painter, singer, actress, and anything that revolves around art. It wasn't until I watched "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days" t...

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