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Fishawi’s

Fishawi’s

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 1773. It's all clouded mirrors and copper tabletops that ooze old-world...

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Cilantro

Egypt’s home-grown answer to Starbucks, this popular chain does all the usual hot and cold coffee drinks, teas and juices, plus packaged sandwiches and cakes. If it weren’t for the gaggles of headscarf-wearing...

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Pub 28

Blend in with the locals at this cramped dark pub, where the bartenders are in crisp white jackets and the regulars are usually conferring in clouds of cigarette smoke. Styled as a classic English watering hole,...

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Windsor Bar

Alas, most of the regular clientele of the Windsor Hotel's bar has passed on, leaving a few hotel guests, a polyglot bartender and a faint soundtrack of swing jazz and Umm Kulthum. Colonial history has settled in...

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Smokery

You'll forget you're in the middle of the desert when you step into The Smokery, an upscale bar where giant, lush plants seem to be staging a jungle invasion. Join locals for colourful cocktails and salmon spires...

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Kafein

This teensy cafe-restaurant, tucked in the little alley off Sharia Sherif, does good coffee and shisha, as well as yummy fresh juices and milkshakes. Many a foreign journalist enjoys the air-con confines...

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Deals

This classic Zamalek hangout can get crammed, and seriously smoke-filled, late in the evening, but we still love its laid-back, casual vibe. Also check out its larger, newer sister cafe next door, No Big Deal,...

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Cafeteria El Horreya

El Horreya has long been a living room for locals, artists and foreign residents, with tea, coffee and cold Stella beer on offer. It's not as dusty and dilapidated as it once was, but still oozes vintage Cairo...

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Coffeeshop Al Khatoun

Tucked away in a quiet square behind Al Azhar, this modern outdoor ahwa is a great place to rest up after a walk, with tea and snacks and comfortable pillow-strewn benches. In the evenings it attracts an arty...

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Riverside Cairo

Super-fashionable bar and restaurant in a top spot in Zamalek with regular live music and DJs on weekend evenings. Expect expensive cocktails and good sushi, but the thing here is to see and be seen. You'll need...

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L'Amphitrion

L’Amphitrion is a Heliopolis institution, once a hang out for the suburbs' wealthy and a favoured hang out for Allied soldiers during the world wars. Nowadays a younger clientele enjoys the outdoor space,...

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Cilantro

Pretty much the only place in Doqqi to get a decent flat white or cappuccino; this Cilantro branch has a great courtyard area out front (screened off from the road) with shaded umbrellas and cooling fans. There...

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Garden Café

The garden terrace at the Marriott is one of the most comfortable spots in town to relax over a drink. Big cane chairs, fresh air and good-quality wine and beer make it deservedly popular. The food is pricey and...

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Odeon Palace Hotel

Its fake turf singed from shisha coals, this slightly dilapidated rooftop bar is favoured by Cairo’s heavy-drinking theatre and cinema clique, and is a great place to watch the sun go down (or even better, come up).

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Cilantro

The Mohandiseen branch of Cilantro has a decent non-smoking section and serves up all the hot and cold coffee combinations this Egyptian coffee chain is known for. Also serves juices, teas and hot chocolates,

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Zahret Al Bustan

This traditional ahwa is a bit of an intellectuals’ and artists’ haunt, though also firmly on many backpackers’ lists, so be alert to scam artists. It’s in the lane just behind Café Riche.

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Cafeteria Stella

Marked with a tiny red neon sign, this spit‘n’sawdust–style place gets good reviews from Downtown foreign residents, who find it a more cheerful and welcoming place than similar bars nearby.

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Nomad Bar

This bar, on the rooftop of the King Hotel, comes with the bonus of Pyramid views. It's a casual and relaxed place to hang out with a beer and shisha during the evening.

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Zigzag

This bar-club, set in the old Arabesque restaurant, hosts local bands on weekday nights while Thursday and Friday nights are DJ sets with electronica, R&B, hip-hop and grime. There's a strict couples and...

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Soma Caffe

An ahwa dedicated to Kawkab Al Sharq, the ‘Star of the Orient’, a title for the famous Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum. Look for the huge busts of the singer out front. Complement it with a visit to Al Andaleeb,...