El Rehany

Coffee in Alexandria

This expansive and breezy Alexandrian classic is reputed to have the best shisha in town, served with a flourish by attentive boys in smart two-toned waistcoats while black-and-white-clad waiters bring tea in silver urns. The decor is eclectically elegant, including lofty ceilings etched with elaborate floral patterns, tables and chairs in Islamic designs, and burgundy tablecloths.

Check out the bizarre assortment of knick-knacks in the glass displays in the back, too. There’s no sign in English, so look for the place with green awnings, next to the Premiere Wellness and Fitness Centre.