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El Fishawi

#16 of 3,986 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
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Midan Hussein, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Cairo, Egypt
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46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the oldest cafe in Cairo and has a great history , it is a must see if this is your first time in Cairo

Thank Tarek E
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

About two centuries ago, a man named Al-Fishawy started a café inside Khan al-Khalili just to serve coffee to his friends each evening after prayers. This café has now become the most famous traditional café in the Arab world. You come to Fishawyi to sit and chat with friends and strangers over coffee, tea and tobacco. You also come for... More 

Thank Traveljunkie_Ang
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This of the last is the last authentic places in Khan el Khalili. You will be lucky if you see a live music while you are there.

Thank Shereef K
Los Angeles, California
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94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great historic atmosphere, but well known to tourists. The constant hassle from vendors walking table to table can get irritating. Still, great place to take a break day or night in the Khan.

Thank avalon2020
Cairo, Egypt
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66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

For a local, this is one of the last othentic oriental places in Al Moez street but its pretty expensive for a low quality service

Thank izohdy
Cairo, Egypt
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

It's a nice place if you want to set in the heart of Khan El-Khalili. It's expensive a little, but it's good

Thank esraahosnym
Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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63 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Thankfully we had a friend who is Egyptian and was able to get us a spot. It's a great place to sit and people watch while you smoke shisha and drink mint tea or milk with cinnamon as you watch the masses of humanity flow down the narrow passages. Keep some small denomination loose change for the people coming around... More 

Thank Jason H
Amman, Jordan
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72 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

After shopping in khan alkhalily take a break and be part of the culture of the place and be like locals have a seat there and enjoy your time have a some drinks hubbly bubbly and take a look on the ppl who are walking shopping etc busy busy place cos I love the history and the culture u enjoyed... More 

Thank mike m
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We were in Khan el khallili on our recent visit to Cairo , when we visited El fishawy .. As hoped there were a few characters there .. 4 young Egyptian girls smoking shisha and singing made it a memorable visit , Also a iittle boy kept coming in and out belly dancing for coins .. he was so funny... More 

Thank Saldunc
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73 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

It's pretty amazing to be sitting in a lane way of a really old market place and being surrounded by the madness that is Cairo. But my reviews are all based on honesty and not the excitement of "wow I'm on holidays and everything is just excellent" It's tight, service is poor and you get constant hassle from street beggars.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Midan Hussein, Cairo 11511, Egypt
  • Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: 225906755

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?