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El Fishawi

#30 of 3,366 Restaurants in Cairo
#30 of 3,961 Places to Eat in Cairo
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Midan Hussein, Cairo, Egypt
225906755
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
trademark for shisha

if you are here in egypt and you would like to know the most important things yiu should do so after you just visit the pyramids and the castle just visit el fishawi and have a shisha and a tea :D.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I used to work in Cairo for a year and I was there so many times that I can't really remember. Since now on each time I am in Cairo I MUST go to El Fishawy. It is not hard to find it. Best time to really enjoy its unique atmosphere is evening after sunset (although will be still crowded).... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

if you are here in egypt and you would like to know the most important things yiu should do so after you just visit the pyramids and the castle just visit el fishawi and have a shisha and a tea :D.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

If you're in Elhussain then that cafe is a stop that will prove to be rewarding. You'd think that it would be overhyped and pretentious but no! To the contrary it is a true typical Egyptian cafe experience. Yet the place is so crowded and narrow passage complicated by the overselling of passing young men who would sell you vertically... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

You go to this café to enjoy its atmosphere and not much for what they serve, what is quite ordinary (and coffee less than that!). It is nice spot to seek rest but not tranquillity, as it is quite a bustling place. It is particularly nice at night.

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Cairo, Egypt
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

It is a normal Egyptian cafe', you will enjoy your time. However, It is not necessary to select El FIshawi to enjoy your time at Al Hussein, you will find a lot of other options. Al Hussein and Khan El Khalili are great to discover the old Egyptian markets, even for the Egyptians.

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Province of Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

during my visit to Cairo , I stopped to el Fishawi ... I drank mint tea and smoking shisha at the apple ... and Fishawi is beautiful , full of mirrors of ancient times .. historical furniture and sofa seats on the alley where you rinfrenschi under the awnings red . an unforgettable experience ...

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Alexandria, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The place has a great reputation mainly because of its old age and location but it's simply another local cafe house with drinks and shisha so don't expect much but worth the visit while you are taking a walk along khan al khalili.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

El Fishawi is one of the best and most well-known coffee shops in Egypt. It is open 24 hours. Stop by when you are at Khan el-Khalili for some mint tea or shisha, and you will not be disappointed. The price is reasonable.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We went in search of El Fishawy on our last day in Cairo after reading about it in Lonely Planet. Finding it nestled in one of the by-lanes of Khan El Khalili wasn't a problem at all as everyone seems to know the whereabouts of this iconic 200yr old coffee house. The decor does take you back in time..you can... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Fishawi's Coffeehouse is one of the most historic and well known coffee shops in Egypt, although it's located in a narrow alley it's one of the busiest places you can visit and on some occasions you will hardly be able to find a table, but it's one of those places that's worth a visit. When you step into the coffeehouse... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Midan Hussein, Cairo, Egypt
  • Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: 225906755

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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