Midan Talaat Harb
Downtown’s two main streets, Sharia Talaat Harb and Sharia Qasr el-Nil, intersect at the traffic circle of Midan Talaat Harb, where cars...
Off Sharia Mahmoud Bassiouni, as much a clubhouse as an exhibition space, frequented by Cairo’s art-world old guard.
Set amid car-repair shops, Townhouse is Cairo’s most cutting-edge space, with emphasis on video and multimedia installations. It also...
This traditional ahwa is a bit of an intellectuals’ and artists’ haunt, though also firmly on many backpackers’ lists, so be alert to...
This narrow restaurant, allegedly the oldest in Cairo, was the favoured drinking spot of the intelligentsia. The action has shifted...
Lonely Planet review
Distinctly not part of the new coffee wave, Groppi’s high point was more than 50 years ago when it was one of the most celebrated patisseries this side of the Mediterranean. Today, the offerings are poor and overpriced, and the tearoom reeks of cheap tobacco, but it nevertheless continues to appeal to hardcore nostalgia buffs.