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Cafe in Ismailia

Cilantro

The Ismailia branch of Egypt's home-grown coffee empire has the best view in town. Drink your latte, cappuccino or juice on the terrace overlooking the calm blue waters of Lake Timsah. Cilantro also does decent sand…
Grill in Ismailia

Reda Helmy

The top spot in town for shish tawooq (marinated chicken grilled on skewers), Egyptian-style liver and pretty much every other kind of meat you can stick on a grill. There are great salads and mezze to mop up all th…
Coffee in Ismailia

El Mestkawu

A fabulous shaded verandah cafe where the town's old-timers gossip, drink coffee and watch the world go by while smoking a shisha.
Museum in Ismailia

Ismailia Museum

More than 4000 objects from Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman times are housed in this tiny but interesting museum on the eastern edge of town. The collection includes statues, scarabs, stelae and records of the first cana…
Historic Building in Ismailia

De Lesseps’s House

Unfortunately, unless you're a guest of the Suez Canal Authority (the house is its private guesthouse), you can only admire the exterior of the one-time residence of the French consul to Egypt from the road outside.…
Desserts in Ismailia

Thebes Patisserie

Thebes dishes out an array of pastries and desserts and is a great ice cream stop on a hot day.
Pizza in Ismailia

Pizza Massimo

This little place serves up pretty decent pizza and has fast and friendly service.
Monument in Ismailia

Garden of the Stelae

Just southwest of Ismailia's museum is a garden containing a rather forlorn little sphinx from the time of Ramses II (1279–1213 BC). You need permission from the museum to visit the garden, but you can see the unrem…