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El Fishawi

#30 of 3,360 Restaurants in Cairo
#30 of 3,955 Places to Eat in Cairo
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Midan Hussein, Cairo, Egypt
225906755
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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
Quaint & Quirky!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

In a small alley just off Midan Al Hussein in the heart of the Khan Al-Khalli bazaar, this ancient cafe is a focal point for locals and tourists alike. Only drinks and shisha are served, no food or snacks. No printed menu so be sure to ask the price first. An experience!

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

What a hidden gem of a place - a real treasure in the middle of the souk. Go with a local or you will never find it! This popular venue (you will queue for a table at night) seems to never close, and what wonderful friendly service. Choose to sit inside in the peace and quiet (away from the street... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Fishawi café established many years ago. With it's historical design and antiques you can feel that you returned to the present past of cairo. Most of time is crowded and also you will find a lot of silly sellers who trying to make you buy anything as everywhere in khan el khalili. During your tour at khan el khalili you... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A very famous cafe place in Egypt. Small place and extremely crowded during the night. Be prepared to be hassle by paddlers. Mint tea is ok.

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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

when we are in Cairo at Khan Khali we sit for shisha and tea in this kafe. grafical place around many shops. many people. only here you can find good price. many years ago the most famouse writer Nagib Mahfuz was sitting there . writting his story. not miss it.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

When my wife and I travel, we enjoy getting a little touch of local life. Granted, Fishawy's Coffeehouse is located in the middle of one of the bigger 'tourist draws', Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, it still retains some of the old world charm that we were hoping for. After battling the gauntlet of vendors trying, sometimes physically, to drag us into... More 

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

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

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