There are few specific things to see in the khan but Fishawi’s Coffeehouse , in an alley one block west of Midan al-Hussein, is an...
Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein
One of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt, this mosque is the reputed burial place of the head of Hussein, the grandson of the...
Congested and fabulous, the market street known as Sharia al-Muski begins in the khan (where it’s formally called Sharia Gawhar al-Qaid)...
Not directly on the square, but just behind a row of buildings, this good ta’amiyya, fuul and salad place has been around for nearly a...
Probably the oldest ahwa in the city, and certainly the most celebrated, Fishawi’s has been a great place to watch the world go by since 1773. Despite being swamped by foreign tourists and equally wide-eyed out-of-town Egyptians, it is a regular ahwa, serving up shai (tea) and sheesha to stallholders and shoppers alike. Unfortunately, prices seem to vary without rhyme or reason, so confirm early with your waiter, and also brace yourself for a parade of roaming salesmen hawking wallets, pistol-shaped cigarette lighters and packet after packet of tissues.