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...
It’s easy to dismiss Khan al-Khalili as a tourist trap, what with all the heavy-pressure touts and made-in-China trinkets. But Cairenes...
Congested and fabulous, the market street known as Sharia al-Muski begins in the khan (where it’s formally called Sharia Gawhar al-Qaid)...
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...
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...
Fishawi’s Coffeehouse information
Lonely Planet review
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 absolute must. Hung with huge mirrors and packed day and night, it claims to have been open continuously since the year 1773, except during Ramadan, when everyone is fasting. Entertainment comes in the form of roaming salesmen hawking wallets, carved canes, pistol-shaped cigarette lighters and packet after packet after packet of tissues.