Egypt drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Alexandria

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 decora…
Top Choice Coffee in Cairo


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…
Top Choice Cafe in Alexandria

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 rustic…
Top Choice Bar in Hurghada

Caribbean Beach Bar

If you're looking to chill with a cocktail right next to the sea, this palm-thatched pontoon over the water has a laid-back atmosphere made for lounging. Once the sun has set there's often live music or parties. You…
Top Choice Cafe in Sharm El Sheikh

Farsha Cafe

All nooks and crannies, floor cushions, Bedouin tents and swinging lamps, Farsha is the kind of place that travellers come to for a coffee and find themselves lingering at four drinks and a shisha pipe later. Great …
Top Choice Bar in Sharm El Sheikh

Camel Roof Bar

Camel is a favourite among dive instructors for its relaxed, casual vibe. This is the optimal place to start off the evening, especially for divers looking to swap stories from down under.
Coffee in Alexandria

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 silver…
Juice Bar in Alexandria

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 some…
Cafe in Alexandria

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 wonderful…
Cafe in Alexandria

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 firs…