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Cap d’Or

The Cap d’Or, just off Sharia Saad Zaghloul, is one of the only surviving typical Alexandrian bars. With beer flowing generously, stained-glass windows, a long marble-topped bar, plenty of ancient memorabilia...

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Selsela Cafe

At this fantastic cafe across from the Bibliotheca Alexandrina you can sip tea and smoke shisha to the sound of waves rolling in, and smell sea air instead of petrol fumes (yay). Directly on the water, it has...

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El Rehany

This expansive and breezy Alexandrian classic is reputed to have the best shisha in town, served with a flourish by attentive boys in smart two-toned waistcoats while black-and-white-clad waiters bring tea in...

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El Qobesi

El Qobesi has crowned itself the ‘king of mango’ – take one sip of the juice here and you will bow down, a loyal peon. Slivers of several ripe mangoes are cajoled nearly whole into a tall, chilled glass to make...

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Sofianopoulo Coffee Store

You can smell the coffee from half a block away. This old-fashioned coffee retailer would be in a museum anywhere else in the world. Dominated by huge silver coffee grinders, stacks of glossy beans and the...

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Brazilian Coffeestore

Even though it has recently been revamped, this coffeehouse, here since 1929, still has plenty of old-time atmosphere as well as its old wood-carved counter. And the coffee is better than ever. Perfect for that...

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El Tugareya

Although it may not look like much to the uninitiated (it doesn’t even sport a sign), this 90-year-old institution is one of the most important ahwas (coffeehouses) in town. It’s an informal centre of business...

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Delices

This old tea room has been in business since 1922 and is the place to come for tea and cake. Although much of its original grandeur has been scrubbed away, its high-ceilinged halls still exude a sense of...

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Spitfire

One of the best bars in town, Spitfire is a dimly lit but friendly place with a bit of a rough-and-ready feel, just north of Sharia Saad Zaghloul. Walls are plastered with shipping-line stickers, rock-and-roll...

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Ahwa Sayed Darwish

Named for the composer of Egypt’s national anthem, this tiny and highly enjoyable local coffeehouse, near Sharia Al Nabi Daniel, is set on a quiet and leafy side street around the corner from the Cavafy Museum....

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Imperial Cafe & Restaurant

This classic cafe has been tastefully refitted to become a chic yet comfortable space with air-conditioning, wi-fi and a list of espresso-based coffees, smoothies and fancy juices. There’s a full menu featuring...

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Farouk Cafe

This venerable shisha joint looks like it hasn't changed an iota since opening in 1928. It’s a delightfully ramshackle old place, with dusty bronze lanterns outside and charmingly fusty old men arguing and...

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Athineos

Opposite Midan Ramla, this place lives and breathes nostalgia. The cafe part still has its original 1940s fittings – and pastries that taste like they’ve been sitting around since then. Come for the period...