Cairo drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Coffee in Cairo

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 ambien…
Cafe in Cairo

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 teena…
Bar in Cairo

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, Pub…
Lounge in Cairo

Sequoia

At the very northern tip of Zamalek, this sprawling Nileside lounge is a swank scene, with low cushions for nursing a shisha while downing a few beers or sipping a cocktail. The chargrilled mains don't tend to live …
Bar in Cairo

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 an…
Cocktail Bar in Cairo

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 at…
Cafe in Cairo

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 upstairs, t…
Bar in Cairo

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, with …
Bar in Cairo

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 atmos…
Coffee in Cairo

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 crowd …