Western Desert

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel to Egypt's Western Desert.

Drinking and nightlife

Cafe in Siwa Oasis


The hippest cafe-restaurant in Siwa sits on a shaded rooftop overlooking the central square. Lounge on cushions or choose a regular table with chairs. Browse an extensive list of coffees, teas and juices, plus a...

Coffee in Siwa Oasis

Abdu Coffeeshop

Abdu's packs out nightly with local men smoking shisha, downing tea and slapping backgammon pieces with triumphant vigour.

Bar in Bahariya Oasis

Peter's Bar

This bar is as much a surprise as the hotel's own hot spring. Cold, cold beers!

Bar in Siwa Oasis

Taghaghien Touristic Island

Desperate for a beer? This small island 12km northwest of Siwa Town and connected by a causeway is one of the few places selling the amber nectar (for a whopping LE40 a bottle). Shaded tables, paddleboat rentals...

Coffee in Siwa Oasis


Right in town, Zeytouna is a favourite evening haunt for local men drinking tea and coffee. Its tables often spill out onto the town square.