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#3 of 114 Cafe in Cairo
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Local cuisine, Cafe, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Vegetarian Friendly

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2.7 km from The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 3 December 2020

If you are a fan of lebanese/arabian food and music then this is a must visit. You don't need to be a fan of the celebrated author to appreciate the liveliness of this place -it's not a frequented place by Naguib Mehfouz but Oberoi pays...more than a tribute to the legend by its supremely delicious food matched equally by its musicians. This place will make your trip to Cairo memorable!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 1 December 2020

At this place I feel I am really in old Cairo , Cairo that I see in movies and read about in books .. I love the place , very relaxing , very good Egyptian food and you feel the Egyptian spirit .. must visit...every time i am in Cairo ..More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 17 November 2020

It was our second visit there - and second success. This time around we ordered their specialties - lentil soup, Egyptian moussaka and fried squid plus, as usual, Turkish coffee, tea and still water. Everything was perfect! We really enjoyed all we tasted. English-speaking service...was immaculate - precise, accurate, friendly and quick. It took us about an hour to have our dinner and its cost was EGP 815 (ca. USD 52) for two - a lot by local standards but we didn't mind. We enjoyed the place, after all. Recommended!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

A small group of us called in for a drink and warm up after being caught in a rain storm while at Khan el-Khalili. We were welcomed at the door, again inside and the waiters were prompt and friendly. While we only stayed for a...hot drink, there was a full and appetising menu available all at very reasonable prices. Very well worth a visit for the hospitality as well as the historic factor built in.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 24 February 2020 via mobile

Situated inside Khan el Khalili,it's must visit to experience some good food and real Cairo experience,it's also and historical place,one of the oldest in Cairo and also associated with Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz. They have 3 area,the one which come 1st have minimum charge of...EGP 500 for couple during evening but it's worth,they have live Egyptian music.It was fun seating in a cramped area,,having some Egyptian/Arabian snacks with mochtails, Smoking Shisha and enjoying music.Foods are good also loved the mint tea.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 17 February 2020 via mobile

The nooks & crannies of this popular eatery are mirrored, inlaid, smoky and evocative of the 19th century. Food is delicious & well-presented. Excellent aish baladi & dips for starters, and good mixed grill for main. Best were the desserts ... samplers of baklava, kataifi...and other sweet treats. Hookah in the bar was very cozy & authentic. Would be 5 circles except Service was slow & sorry.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 4 February 2020

Even though this would appear to be operated by the Oberoi hotel group there is wonderful atmosphere in this bustling café in the bazzar of old Cairo. The interior rooms are beautifully presented. You may have trouble finding it but everyone will point you in...the right direction. We ate a light lunch ( I had koftas in bread)which was delicious. I would like to have returned for the dinner menu. Well worth the visit.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 1 February 2020

Foods authentic, ambience is authentic and to top it all, Naguib Mahfouz is a regular here! The only downside is the feeling of being rushed through your meal. Maybe it is the busy tourist time of the year. Ah well, at least I can say...i have eaten to where the famous Egyptian author cum Nobel Laureate has been before :-)More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 4 January 2020 via mobile

We were taken by our guide to Khan El Khal Lil shopping bazaar in Cairo and since it is lunch time, we went to this restaurant situated in the bazaar. Nice warm and comfortable restaurant which is named after the first Egyptian Nobel Prize winner....Quite a good mix of locals and tourists, so you could not really go wrong. Food was good generally. Order their lemon mint drink - it was tasty and refreshing. Can't really complain about anything except for the smell of shi sha being smoked by some Arab ladies.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 3 January 2020 via mobile

Amazing little chaotic stop from an even more chaotic market. The service is slow, the food was ok and it’s loud = perfect. There is sheisha smoked inside (as is the norm in Egypt) but we just stayed away and we were fine. We also...stopped here 10 years ago and it is exactly the same.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Komal M
27 June 2019|
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Response from melissalW7994TZ | Reviewed this property |
Go to take a walk in Khan Khalili, make the reservation in person when you arrive, sometimes takes 1-2hrs, sometimes is already available. If youre not going to the "fanciest" part, just go there and get a table :)
Moss T
3 September 2017|
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Response from 179mahmoude | Reviewed this property |
No they do not.
13 March 2017|
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Response from goldenstar2005 | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I had full lunch - a main course each, salad and a drink (non-alcoholic) each for about 400 LE, all taxes included. This would give you a fair idea. I would say that 800 LE is a safe bet for 4 people. Regards.
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