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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#23 of 4,028 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Minsk, Belarus
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you came to Cairo for the first time you defenitely should try it. For repeaters it may be not so exiting but still tasty.

Thank Natallia-BY
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I really love this place its5stars with quality of service and food and drinks and very high quality with really good price!is toast and smile Egypt Best desert om ali,you like smoke shisha there is the best and Egyptian Coffe!Flafel👍 Has coffee shop section and Resturant section and non smok section I recommend for every body to go their if... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent presentation of traditional Egyptian food in authentic decor. The service is excellent and the staff are friendly and care about the presentation. It's a reflection of Cairo in the 50s & 60s. The molokhiya is excellent, the fish and lamb. You can't go wrong here. Even just for coffee, tea and dessert.

Thank Yasmine E
Beirut, Lebanon
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

It is a small place that is must do when you go to Khan el khalili market. I personally love the mango juice and karkadi (local drink) there. Their shisha is also excellent. The staff is very fast and helpful. The food is also very good. What I love about this place is that it offers the spirit of Egyptian... More 

Thank NadNas
Madrid, Spain
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45 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Very good one! Two options,there are a snack bar and a restaurant. We ate at the snack bar and it was simply perfect. Nice food and even better the price.. most people were eating at the snack bar!!

Thank LOG86
Rubi, Spain
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68 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

I was there to enjoy a dinner. However, I was able to see one of the places that I will remember my whole life. Its history, the music, the atmosphere, the food. Everything was impresive.

Thank SehrLecker
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We arrived there around 7 and were told the hotel charges a minimum of 150 egyptian pounds after 7:30 because they had entertainment after 7:30. The manager was nice but the wait staff were rude. The food was average. And the decor was a bit garish especially for a place associated with a nobel winning author.

Thank Amna K
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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226 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017 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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41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

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 

Thank MelissaBa
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295 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

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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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, 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?