Palais des Raïs
Djemma Ali Bitchine
In the rough days of Algerian piracy, when a man might be snatched off a ship in the high sea and given a choice of slavery or...
A few steps from the Djemma el-Djedid, the Djemaa el-Kebir continues a tradition that goes back to the early history of Algiers. On a...
Museum of Popular Arts & Traditions
This museum is the most accessible of the buildings one can visit in the Casbah. It is housed in a fine example of an Ottoman-period...
Also known as Chez Frères Acherar. One of the quieter places to drink in Algiers.
This Algiers institution is a great place for breakfast and coffee on the terrace. Inside they also serve full meals and thin-crust pizza.
Palais des Raïs information
The palace is in fact a row of several large waterfront houses, joined up to form a single compound and now home to the Centre des Arts et de la Culture. Palace 18, the main building, was begun in 1750 and completed around 1798 by the Dey Mustapha Pacha, who used it as one of his residences. The French military occupied it for a while, after which it served as the American consulate, a school and a library before becoming the most successful restoration project in the city. The buildings are used as exhibition space for some excellent shows, but much of the pleasure and interest is in seeing inside a grand, Ottoman-period mansion. The rooms are rarely massive, occasionally elaborately decorated with tiles and painted ceilings, but there is a sense of grandeur about the compound and it is still possible to get a sense of the good life that might once have been lived in this place, helped by descriptions in English and French.