IKEA Egypt finally opened in Cairo Festival City on the 26th November 2013. It’s an impressively large flagship store with everything you would expect from an IKEA, including the iconic warehouse on the ground floor. IKEA Egypt also has a restaurant/café, a large crèche for children, prayer rooms, and a market hall where one can find all sorts of lovely accessories for the home and a large showroom for all sections of the home.
It’s lovely to see the iconic IKEA map that shows you a route of the showroom. The iconic pencils, measuring tapes and cards to write on are also available around the store. There are also arrows on the floor to show you where to walk to next.
The showroom has a selection of high quality furniture that is both stylish and modern. The IKEA Egypt showroom comes complete with dining furniture, living room storage, workspaces, wardrobes and storage, bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms, and children’s rooms.
There’s also a selection of bookcases and bookshelves, mirrors, and all sorts of accessories for the home which can be found in the market hall.
The restaurant/cafe is quite large. It’s self-service, so one has to queue up to select and buy one’s food. I loved the invention of the tray trolley where you can place more than one tray. One also has to clear up after themselves using the tray stations at the rear of the restaurant/cafe. From what I saw while visiting, not every Egyptian likes cleaning up after themselves, or being told to clean up after themselves, so I feel for the staff who have this challenging task!
There’s a selection of proteins to choose from, including roasted chicken, Swedish meatballs, grilled salmon and a vegetarian dish of the day. There’s also a choice of sides to choose from, including rice, mashed potatoes, beef lasagna and sautéed vegetables.
The chicken soup, 9 EPG was delicious, while the 1/2 roasted chicken, 36 EPG, was pleasantly marinated, crispy and well cooked. The mashed potatoes was buttery, fluffy and yummy. The grilled salmon, 80 EPG, was also well seasoned and cooked. The bread rolls, 6 EPG, were very tasty.
Even though there’s already so much to choose from in the IKEA Egypt store, there are notices around the store that announces even more products coming soon. It’s a great place to visit, especially if you like roaming around the market hall and choosing accessories for the home like me.
Cairo Festival City,
The Ring Road,
Saturday- Wednesday 10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Thursday and Friday 10:00 AM – Midnight
Sat – Wed 09:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Thurs and Fri 09:30 AM – 11:00 PM
IKEA Egypt website and catalogue.