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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#22 of 4,021 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
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5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Beirut, Lebanon
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 6 days ago NEW 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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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216 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 5 weeks 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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647 reviews
261 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 331 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

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 

Thank Craig T
Cairo, Egypt
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017 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 

Thank ohLetta
Valletta, Malta
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44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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