Our story

Le Pacha 1901 is Cairo’s premier, award-winning, dining and entertainment venue. Originally a floating palace from the turn of the century, Le Pacha 1901 was transformed into a magical place in 1992. Moored off the banks of Zamalek in Cairo, Le Pacha 1901 quickly became a landmark on the Nile with its  restaurants and  function rooms that offer international cuisine, first class service and spectacular views of the Nile and city. Le Pacha 1901 also commands a stellar reputation for efficient and tailored catering and an extensive delivery & takeaway menu.

Once upon a time a distinguished and aging Pacha from Upper Egypt had a dream. He longed to build himself a floating palace on the Nile to live out his last days…

The Pacha collected treasures and masterpieces to adorn his palace and by 1887, he had prepared his designs and began to build his dream. In 1901, the Pacha passed away without having fulfilled his dream, and left his estate to two daughters. The daughters chose to live in their Cairo mansion and abandoned the unfinished boat in Upper Egypt.

Recent history

Nearly a full century later, a traveler exploring the banks of the Nile, came upon the abandoned and partially sunken boat. This person fell in love with the majesty and luxury he could still envision through the mud and dust. And so he went to work looking for the owners of the wreck and the original designs. He acquired it, refurbished it, added two more decks and named the reborn boat: “Le Pacha 1901”. The old Pacha’s bedroom was at the prow, where “Le Tarbouche” is found today…


In 1992, three signature restaurants were introduced at Le Pacha 1901: “Piccolo Mondo” the authentic Italian experience, “Le Steak” the gastronomic French restaurant and “Johnny’s Pub” the genuine English pub. Targeting our clientele’s needs for excellence, we focused on prompt service and superior quality within an atmosphere of elegance and comfort.


In 2002, “Coco Jungle” came to life offering youngsters a lively nightspot in a unique atmosphere, while “Carlo’s” offered  a sportive open air meeting place amidst the breezy Nile afternoons and evenings.


In 2003, Le Pacha 1901 was awarded the coveted “Superbrands” for the Best 5 Star restaurants in Egypt. With a belief in continual re-invention and innovation, “Piano Forte” was transformed into “The Tycoons”, an intimate & elegant restaurant that has become Avenue 21 a sophisticated banqueting room.


​ In 2004, “L’Asiatique” was born (in place of Johnny’s Pub) which catered to a growing hip market that craved authentic Far Eastern cuisine, especially Sushi. Two short years later, L’Asiatique was voted top restaurant in Egypt; third best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa by the members of the international restaurant industry, an activity organized by Restaurant Magazine in London, England.More recently, “Le Tarbouche” became better known as “Akl Zaman” which now offers authentic Egyptian cuisine in a nostalgic atmosphere.


Le Pacha Has Been awarded by Trip Advisor with the certificate of excellence for the consecutive years 2001, 2002 & 2003. Then recently with the traveler’s best choice for the years 2012, 2013 & 2022.

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