Groppi’s high point was more than 50 years ago when it was one of the most celebrated patisseries this side of the Mediterranean. It has unfortunately been closed for renovation since 2016, with 2018 set for reopening. If it does reopen while you're in town, although the tearoom offerings are poor, the setting is serious hardcore nostalgia buff heaven.

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Nearby Cairo attractions

1. Midan Talaat Harb

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Downtown’s two main streets, Sharia Talaat Harb and Sharia Qasr El Nil, intersect at the roundabout of Midan Talaat Harb, where cars whizz around a statue…

2. Cairo Atelier

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Off Sharia Mahmoud Bassiouni, as much a clubhouse as an exhibition space, frequented by Cairo’s art-world new and old guard.

3. Townhouse Gallery


Set amid car-repair shops, Townhouse is Cairo’s most cutting-edge space, with a regular program of temporary exhibitions, often with an emphasis on video…

4. Mashrabia Gallery

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One of the first indepen­dent galleries, Mashrabia is bit cramped but represents the bigger names in painting, video and sculpture.

5. Cairo Stock Exchange

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The rather grand facade of the Cairo Stock Exchange was built in 1928 and merges neoclassical design with art nouveau.

6. Italian Insurance Building

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With its beautifully restored Moorish-style facade, this building which once housed an Italian insurance company, is one of Qasr El Nil's most notable…

7. Midan Tahrir

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Midan Tahrir (Liberation Sq) gained world renown in early 2011, when millions of Egyptians converged here to oust then-president Hosni Mubarak. On a…

8. Contemporary Image Collective

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This art initiative often hosts excellent temporary art and photography exhibitions; check the website to see if anything is showing while you're in town…