Far out in the Egyptian desert, past the Pyramids, lays 6th of October City. Although it's one of Cairo's newer districts, it is not lacking in culture. 

Nestled in the heart of October City is a neighborhood unlike any other. The popular area of El Hossary is where you will find "Little Damascus", the center of the bustling Syrian refugee community. 

Why should you visit, I hear you ask?

1. Food, Glorious Food!

Prepare your palettes for a street food fest of a lifetime! Little Damascus’ food scene is not for the faint-hearted or the full bellied. This small area is riddled with some amazing food shops. Must try dishes include: Syrian shawerma, grilled chicken, Syrian ice cream. 

Appreciation needs to be given to the wide variety of fresh Syrian desserts sold at a range of small shops along the main alley. As a woman with an uncontrollable sweet tooth, Little Damascus is THE place I go to get my fix.

From the sickly sweet (to die for) konafa nabolsia to the delicate flowery curls of halawet aljibn ,dessert lovers – you will not be disappointed. Large portions and low prices are the name of the game in this neighborhood.

2. You can shop for almost anything

An odd collection of shops line the alleyways of Little Damascus. Whether it is electronics accessories or stationary items you are looking for, chances are, you’ll find it there. The main street that cuts across Little Damascus is reminiscent of downtown Cairo’s sidewalks, with clothing racks illuminated by nearby streetlights and neon signs. 

Small grocery stores stock Syrian packaged foods and Syrian cheeses and pickles. Why buy these products from large supermarkets when you can support local Syrian businesses instead?

3. It might be the most exciting place in the city

If you’re looking for somewhere quiet and serene, Little Damascus (on any night) is not for you. It is an unapologetically loud, and buzzing part of town and should be recognized as such. 

Music blaring from an out-door café, flickering streetlights, and the wafting smell of rotisserie chicken. None of this is particularly different to other Cairo districts, but what makes Little Damascus truly an interesting space to be in is the sheer number of Syrians. I’ve never visited Syria, but I’m pretty sure this is what it would feel like. 

(A word of caution: a high number of ridiculously handsome Syrian men exist in this area- proceed with care).