Dar Hassan Pacha
The building beside the Ketchoua Mosque was once the city's grandest mansions and carries the name of its original owner, Dar Hassan...
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...
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...
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.
Lonely Planet review
The heart of the city is its ancient Casbah, a steep and narrow maze of streets just west of the Pl des Martyrs. There are several magnificent Ottoman palaces to explore, most concentrated around the Ketchaoua Mosque at the end of Rue Ahmed Bouzrina; the finest is the Dar Hassan Pacha . Above the medina is the city's Citadel. It's been closed while undergoing major renovation for several years, though it's still possible to skirt its rambling exterior.
This fiercely traditional neighborhood saw some of the bitterest fighting during the Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo's extraordinary film of the same name was shot in situ shortly after the war's end). The Casbah is fine to walk around today, but exercise extreme caution with personal belongings and avoid going there at night. Hiring a guide (ask at your hotel) is not a bad idea.