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El Fishawi

#15 of 3,996 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
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Midan Hussein, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

First of all i'd like to warn you guys not to be tricked by people at the cafes before el-fishawi. They try to trick you to have a seat at their place, DO NOT!!! Drinks are great there Hookah is not the best A lot of beggars

Thank Mohamed M
Toronto, Canada
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101 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place to have shisha and stay in the place where Egyptain king Farouk used to sit in. (Internal room). Sa7alab was great and the fresh juices were fantastic. You will find lots of people trying to sell you anything and everything. Just watch your belongings.

Thank mshassan2016
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is a place you must visit if you are not an Egyptian, you will feel the historical taste of Egypt with your first sip. It worth to try and take a round there, you will enjoy.

Thank Hisham E
Cairo, Egypt
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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 July 7, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

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
Cairo, Egypt
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116 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 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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65 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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33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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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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

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?