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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#28 of 4,001 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One & the only one of the best places at el hussien mosque area. If did not try it you missed a lot. You can buy nice gifts starts from 10 Egyptian pounds till ... what you can afford. Naguib mahfouz have a very nice decent egyptian oriental cuisine that you should not miss ;) Try it & enjoy

Thank GoDaddyHurghada
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had a lovely time eating there. Good food, good drinks, great live music. Shisha galore. great ambiance. The guy at the door and the waiters were so nice. They recommended places to buy souvenirs and even offered to show me around. I would definitely come back here next time i'm in cairo. The restaurant was one of the highlights... More 

Thank xxaznjadeqtxx
Port Said, Egypt
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77 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Different, very nice, Khan El Khalili, classic Cairo, oriental & Egyptian menu, oriental band, and good service.

Thank AMohsen
Al Qahirah, Egypt
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144 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We liked this place alot, it's in the middle of Khan Al-Khalili and has a very comfortable atmosphere. The food and staff is average, but we were lucky to hear the performers playing great music on traditional instruments. Great place to relax after shopping.

Thank Hadwa
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Small coffee shop witn rectangular shape with sheesha and oud but too stuffed and crowded and the waitets are irrogant and bad attitude shouting at customers and ordering them around. I left refusing to order with such bad service not worth the struggle its not even a wow place

Thank sara a
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Naguib Mahfouz is #1 restaurant and cafe all around Egypt !!! There Food , service , atmosphere and stuff are the best in town. They also offer a free wifi and live music that starts at 8:00 PM. Most important is the very very friendly stuff . I called them my second family I always go there once a month... More 

Thank lama a
Doha, Qatar
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

If you are a traveler passing by Cairo, don't leave before visiting this place. By the way, it is a café and restaurant; so make sure you are hungry enough because the oriental dishes are amazing. At 7 pm the fun will begin by the oriental band, mostly playing Egyptian oldies while interacting with the customers in the most friendly... More 

Thank Ksalem
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

This might be one of the best undiscovered places in Cairo. After being harangued thru the marketplace, our taxi driver for the day (Sherif) had recommended this restaurant. What a find. The noise and business of the area completely faded out once we passed the doors. You would never imagine the quietness in the midst of all the bustle and... More 

Thank Marion K
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

The place very historic , but not recommended , full of old Egyptian people , very very crowds and hot ,You not allowed to sit with out reservation and take photo to the picture on the wall or designate ,unwelcoming to foreign .we had to leave because we have to Wait at least 3 hours until table to be cleared... More 

Thank Asria A
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4 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

the place is overrated very crowded in a weekday i had to wait for an hour as a waiting list but the food and drinks are ok the location is ok the toilets are average decoration is nice but its a small cafe

Thank 700ibrahimi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
  • Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo
  • Phone Number: +202-5903788

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