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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#24 of 3,345 Restaurants in Cairo
#24 of 3,948 Places to Eat in Cairo
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Egyptian
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5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo, Egypt
+202-5903788
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An Oasis in the Bazaar

In the heart of the Bazaar just off Midan Al Hussein, this immaculate tea house and adjoining restaurant is indeed an oasis from the hustle and hassle going on outside. In the tea house a small selection of snacks are available, such as sandwiches and salads, along with hot and cold drinks (no... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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190 reviews 190 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

In the heart of the Bazaar just off Midan Al Hussein, this immaculate tea house and adjoining restaurant is indeed an oasis from the hustle and hassle going on outside. In the tea house a small selection of snacks are available, such as sandwiches and salads, along with hot and cold drinks (no alcohol) and shisha. Try the Egyptian Hot... More 

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New Delhi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

I was there on 14th May 2014 evening 11:00 to 1 AM for Coffee and food Ordered a Turkish Coffee with a Sandwich followed by a Browne. I paid thru my American Express Debit Card and now when i am seeing the transaction it showing as $137 and also shows that it was made in Bahrin which is impossible. I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Tucked away behind a small door of the old Cairo bazaar this cafe is definitely a surprising find! Totally different atmosphere compared to the bazaar you enter from... A bit pricey compared to other local restaurant... But still great Egyptian food, quality and service!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

It remains one of my favourites in Cairo, the rest after Bazar's vertigo. Just sit down and choose what best fits your taste enjoying the food and the mix of locals and tourists crowding the place.

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Egypt
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19 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 via mobile

It is a magical place, I am very surprised that I haven't really explored this hidden Gem before. First it is in the alleys of khan El khalili or the Egyptian Market as foreigns call it. It is deep inside in the alleys not one of the cafes at the front, you need to ask about it when you arrive... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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11 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The only place in Khan el Khalili with "western standards". Modern with air conditionned, clean toilets and free wifi. Beatiful decoration and good service. Clean and safe food. Prices are quite high for Egypt but there's no much choice in this area. The food is good and well cooked (but the often suffer for electricity supply power cuts, very common... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

the quality of food is ok, ita has islamic-arabic design, good atmosphere, prices are reasonable, has a band singing traditional songs. Teh best restaurants to eat at khan el khalili. You dont have many choices. P.S: all restaurants at khan el khalili area don't serve alcohols

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

wonderful place to take a break from the chaos at the Khan el Khalili. Food is so-so, but the place is quiet and comfortable and with his pictures everywhere you can just imagine Naguib Mafouz bending over a small table in the corner, writing one of his tales.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015 via mobile

My family and I have been to Naguib Mahfouz recently and that was the first time we had been there after the renovation that took months, during which the place had been closed. Having been operated by new management, it seems managers main and only concern is to recollect the money had been spent on the renovations in the shortest... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Live music and good Egyptian food, this place is highly recommended. At the time of visit, there was a minimum charge of 100 EGP per person

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo, Egypt
  • Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: +202-5903788

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Egyptian

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