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Fishawi's Coffeehouse

#28 of 3,930 Restaurants in Cairo
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Midan Hussein, Cairo, Egypt
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
the most famouse kafe in Cairo

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Katrina M
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Athens, Greece
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  • Late Night
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Athens, Greece
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81 reviews 81 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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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Brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Amazing to sit in a coffee house that has been trading since before European civilization in Australia. The place is tucked away in the bowels of markets (which are also worth a wander) but an experience worth going the extra mile for. A mint tea and shisha in this spot (along with a few photos) is a memory forever. Our... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Service is egyptian style... You are dragged into the coffeeshop and impatiently asked what you want, but once you get your mint tea you are at peace to drink it (except for the hawkers) and watch the chaotic suk life unravel... The tea is good and inexpensive, and the atmosphere is worth a visit, even if it is not precisely... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Go for the history, go for the cultural interest, go for the wonderful tea and shish. But most of all go for the total experience which is truly unique.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The place is very good and comfortable. Shisha flavor is so good. The price is very high compared with any other shops in Cairo. The normal Shisha in Cairo (non tourism areas) is 1 EGP which is less than 0.2 USD

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Padua, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Its a landmark and should have its own world heritage listing i think. People flock here from all over the world to soak up the ambience and take a mint tea or egyptian coffee. The coffee with cardomom is divine . some people take double apple shisha here . Lots of interesting things to look at . The place is... More 

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Romeoville, Illinois
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126 reviews 126 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Tucked down a small alley, is the oldest coffeehouse in Cairo. What a great place to grab a drink and smoke some Hookah. The atmosphere is also very welcoming even to foreigners. Unfortunately there are some locals that will try to sell you junk while your soaking in the experience but don't let that stop you!

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Cairo, Egypt
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Apart from The excellent service presented and wonderful atmosphere inside which reflects the history of old cairo, it is one of the most famous historical landmark in cairo also it is gathering for all Egyptian artists , poets ,intellectuals and writers including Naguib Mahfouz the nobel prize winner the distinguished Egyptian novelist . Also the prices are good and reasonable... More 

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Sohar, Oman
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21 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Fishawi's, an iconic coffee house, is a landmark in itself. There are few specific things to see in the Khan el-Khalili souk, but Fishawi’s Coffeehouse, is an absolute must. Its on a small alley in the souk, having huge mirrors hung on the walls and its packed day and night. It claims to have been open continuously since the year... More 

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TEXAS
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you want to get through true feel of life in Cairo...this is a must stop. We sat here in the evening to enjoy beverages and soak in the ambience. No regrets. Yes there are peddlers and beggars that will stop by, just say no. We actually had fun talking with a few of the peddlers and they chuckled with... More 

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

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