Cafe in Cairo

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 teenage girls who crowd the banquettes after school, it would be easy to forget you’re in Egypt. The latte frappé is heaven on a hot day.

There are other branches scattered throughout the city: Zamalek, Mohandiseen and Doqqi, to name a few. All offer free wi-fi, strong air-con, and a well-separated non-smoking area.