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Top Choice Area in Algiers

Casbah

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 here, most concentrated around the Djemaa Ket…
Top Choice Museum in Algiers

National Museum of Antiquities

The richness of Algeria’s heritage is brought home in this museum. The collection of antiquities is drawn from sites around the city and throughout Algeria. Among the early works are fine ivory carvings and large, t…
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Le Caïd

This classy, intimate and laid-back restaurant is perhaps the best place in Algiers to eat gourmet versions of local classics. It's best known for its mechoui, delicious slow roasted lamb on the bone. It also does s…
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Cafe-Restaurant El Salam

A handy place to eat when exploring the Casbah district, this cheap locals favourite serves traditional home cooking that can be hard to find elsewhere. Try the grilled sardines, various kebabs and, if you're feelin…
Historic Site in Algiers

Dar Hassan Pacha

Carrying the name of its original owner, Dar Hassan Pacha, this is one of the city's grandest mansions. The building now houses a collection of illuminated manuscripts and contemporary calligraphy by artists from ac…
Museum in Algiers

Bardo Museum of Prehistory & Ethnography

The Bardo, which focuses on the prehistory of Algeria, is one of the best museums in Algiers. The collection is well-displayed with videos, models and excellent diagrams and information panels (in French) that revea…
Museum in Algiers

Palais des Raïs

This palace is in fact a row of several large waterfront houses, joined to form a single compound. It is now home to the Centre des Arts et de la Culture, which hosts some excellent art and photographic exhibitions …
Historic Building in Algiers

Grande Poste

Algiers' beloved main post office is an unmissable piece of living history, a fine example of French-designed, early 20th-century Moorish architecture. Look out for what is possibly the world’s most exquisitely deco…
Museum in Algiers

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 town house, the Dar Khedaoudj el-Amia, which follows the classic town house plan, …
Algerian in Algiers

Lalla Mina

This gorgeously renovated old building, with its star-studded roof, Andalucian-style tiled walls, Moorish arches and an interior stage that was once hosted musicians, is now an upmarket restaurant specialising in se…