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Cafe in Port Said

Central Perk

They'll be there for you. Yep. Right down to the sofas and exposed brick walls, it's a copy of that cafe. Owned by a couple of serious Friends fans, Central Perk has quickly become the top hangout in town. The menu …
Historic Building in Port Said

Suez Canal House

If you’ve ever seen a picture of Port Said, it was probably of the striking green domes of the Suez Canal House, which was built in time for the inauguration of the canal in 1869. As it’s currently fenced off (and n…
Sweets in Port Said

Lord Pâtisserie

First a warning: don't blame us for breaking your diet. You'll have to summon up all your willpower to walk in here and not come out with some tempting treats. From croissants to traditional Egyptian desserts, and f…
Seafood in Port Said

El Borg

This massive Port Said institution is always buzzing with families on a night out. There’s a small menu of grills for when you don’t feel like fish, but the good-value fresh seafood is really what the crowds flock h…
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…
Italian in Port Said

Pizza Pino

This cosy bistro, with comfy cane chairs and attentive staff, has been Port Said's main pasta and pizza joint for decades. It's comfort food done right, and a quiet place to relax with a coffee after treading the st…
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.…