Top Choice Cafe in Damascus

Al-Nawfara Coffee Shop

Not only is this lovely old cafe an institution for imbibing tea and a nargileh, it’s the home of Syria’s last professional hakawati (storyteller). Every night after sunset prayers, Abu Shady takes to the stage to t…
Cafe in Damascus

Narcissus Palace

Packed to its very attractive rafters with young people catching up over a nargileh and tea, Narcissus Palace features music clips blaring from the satellite TV, backgammon pieces clinking, the fountain gently playi…
Club in Damascus


The most popular nightclub in town, a bar/restaurant at Bab Touma that morphs into a club on Thursday and Friday nights and occasionally hosts live gigs on Sundays.