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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#24 of 4,014 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Naguib Mahfouz was a great novelist, 1988 Literature Nobel Prize winner, that gives the name of this charming, well decorated and selected cafê in Khan Eĺ Khalili. Excellent place for a pause for a coffee, tea or eating during the visit of market and the prices are higher than the other cafés of the area but it is very worthy.... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I've lived in Cairo for several years, and whenever I am at the Khan (which is often), I usually eat from some very local places outside near El Hussein Square. A friend had relatives visiting, and they wanted to eat here. I was taking them to the nearby Tanoura show, so we all went together. We were impressed right when... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're looking for a traditional experience in Cairo, visit this cafe in the Old City and you'll be able to enjoy the great atmosphere, food and drink of a classic Egyptian cafe. It's a great place to relax and take in the sounds, especially in the evening when the traditional music and songs are performed.

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When you have a waiter in a fez, you know this place is for the tourists. Well, it is in the middle of Khan el Khalili, the main tourist market in Cairo. But the service is excellent and the food is really good. It's a bit pricy, but what do you expect here? Still a great deal for western travelers.... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What do you think of when you hear "Egypt"? I think of scarfs, gold, that oriental music and obviously, pyramids. Naguib Mahfouz basically this. All of this. The authentic Egyptian atmosphere, the musical accompaniment during your evening meal and the shisha smoke that surrounds you like a mist, transporting you into Arabian 19th century. All you need to add is... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tucked away coffee shop with live music. Wonderful atmosphere, food and juices. Tried smoking shisha during meal too. Very friendly service.

Thank Claire M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This cafe is tucked away in the narrow alley in the khalili market in Cairo. But once one enters it the ambience fascinates you as the music that's being played and the Arabic songs being sung are mesmerising and the Arabic food is very tasty and awesome.A must visit while one is in Cairo Dr.Javed Rasheed

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went for dinner here - which is a wonderful cafe in the middle of the Khan al Kalili. The main, cafe room was absolutely rocking to two guys playing Oud and Dumbek; lots of people clapping and singing along as they enjoyed their coffee and shisha. We were in a side dining room, and enjoyed a very good meal indeed... More 

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Toulouse, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You could eaily miss this restaurant when walking around the souk. Does not look very impressive from outside but once inside it is a true old egyptian cafe atmospher. The food is very doo, the service as well and the waiters are very friendly. You can even smoke a nice shisha after or during your meal.

Thank maweb31
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

After trawling round the souk, we took a table here, and were really pleased we did. The atmosphere is truly authentic, and the staff very helpful. The food we had was simply superb, and I would stress to anyone on a tight schedule in Cairo, wanting to experience quality and tradition, that this is the place to go.

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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?