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Top Choice Museum in Alexandria

Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Alexandria’s ancient library was one of the greatest of all classical institutions, and while replacing it might seem a Herculean task, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina manages it with aplomb. Opened in 2002, this im…
Top Choice Museum in Alexandria

Alexandria National Museum

This excellent museum sets a high benchmark for summing up Alexandria’s past. Housed in a beautifully restored Italianate villa, the small but thoughtfully selected and well-labelled collection does a sterling job o…
Top Choice Cafe in Alexandria

Selsela Cafe

At this fantastic cafe across from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina you can sip tea and smoke sheesha to the sound of waves rolling in, and smell sea air instead of petrol fumes (yay). Directly on the water, it has rusti…
Top Choice Egyptian in Alexandria

Mohammed Ahmed

Looking for us at lunchtime in Alex? We're usually scoffing fuul and falafel here. Mohammed Ahmed is the undisputed king of spectacularly good and cheap Egyptian standards. Select your fuul (we recommend iskandarani…
Top Choice Cafe in Alexandria

Delices

This old tea room has been in business since 1922 and is the place to come for tea and cake (E£16 to E£20). Although much of its original grandeur has been scrubbed away, its high-ceilinged halls still exude a sense…
Top Choice Seafood in Alexandria

Kadoura

Pronounced ‘Adora’, this is one of Alexandria’s most authentic fish restaurants, where food is served at tables in the narrow street. Pick your fish from a huge ice-packed selection, usually including sea bass, red …
Top Choice Bar in Alexandria

Cap d’Or

The Cap d’Or, just off Sharia Saad Zaghloul, is one of the only surviving typical Alexandrian bars. With beer flowing generously, stained-glass windows, a long marble-topped bar, plenty of ancient memorabilia decora…
Top Choice Greek in Alexandria

Greek Club

The Greek Club's wide terrace is just the ticket for catching the evening breeze and watching the lights along Alex's legendary bay. The moussaka and the souvlaki are both easy menu winners, and the seafood selectio…
Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa

Discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground, these catacombs are the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt and one of the last major works of construction dedicated to the religio…
Archaeological Site in Alexandria

Pompey’s Pillar & the Temple of Serapeum

This massive 30m column looms over the debris of the glorious ancient settlement of Rhakotis, the original township from which Alexandria grew. Known as Pompey’s Pillar, for centuries the column, hewn from red Aswan…