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“My Favourit area in Algiers”

La Rue Didouche Mourad
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Original baroque architecture beautiful building, charming little streets, i never get enough of just simply walking there, nice little boutiques here and there where you can shop for souvenirs and traditional handicrafts .. walking there is very much like walking in Europe only with better weather ... be careful about your belongings .. people do handpick specially towards the end of the street after the Grand Post .. you could make your way from there to Prince Abdelkader bolivar ..

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Loads of shops, couldn't find much in the souvenirs department, but everything else is available. Closes pretty early like all of Algiers apparently.
Couple of good bookstores.
Some of the tourist shops are real rip off.
Maison Gaouar is not one of those. Good selection and reasonable prices plus very pleasant service.

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Reviewed March 14, 2013

When I came to Algiers (I work here as a diplomat), everybody at the embassy told me that it's a "must-see". Well...partially. It's a bustling street with lots of shops and fast-food places and some cafes and one restaurant ...but! .... I would say: nice to visit but nothing to write home about....

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

The city of Algiers with its terraces of white 19th Century buildings round the bay is a remarkable sight: rue Didouche Mourad (before Algerian independence known as the rue Michelet) has long been one of its central arteries with its own fascinating cultural, literary and political history.

The street is frequently mentioned in the Algerian-born writer Albert Camus’ journals and novels about the 1920s and 1930s (see ‘Albert Camus: A Life by’ Olivier Todd). During the early part of World War II, when Algiers was governed by Vichy France then allied with the Third Reich, young French and Algerian members of the Resistance hung out in the cafés along the Didouche Mourad (then the Michelet) while plotting the assassination of the governor, Admiral Darlan (see ‘Nous avons tué Darlan’ by Mario Faivre, full of the atmosphere of Algiers of that time). And during the War of Independence 1954-62 the Didouche Mourad was the scene of numerous events and engagements during the grisly struggle: Alistair Horne’s book ‘A Savage War of Peace’ describes it all in detail and provides a thought-provoking back story to the city centre one sees today.

The rue Didouche Mourad is still one of Algiers’ most elegant streets with its tall white buildings and shady trees. Visitors might wonder why not more is made of the potential for smart cafés and shops in such a promising location – and perhaps one day they may return.

However a walk along the Didouche Mourad today is not to be missed, not least because if its central place in the fascinating history of the city.

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Reviewed March 3, 2013

Didouche Mourad offers a mixture of traditional and modern merchandise in a tree-lined street with coffee bars and eateries. A pleasant enough afternoon can be spent strolling down the main street if you don't mind the traffic winding it's way through the city too.

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