17+ Places in Cairo You Can Both Drink And Have Shisha

1 year ago By Konafa Team


Some of us are unabashed shisha addicts, which usually doesn’t pose a problem in Cairo — shisha spots and ahwas are a dime a dozen. But what about after a long day at work when you want to kick back with a drink, but not give up your beloved shisha? Most bars don’t have shisha, and God knows most cafes don’t serve alcohol, but we gathered up a list of unicorns:


1. Carlo’s 

Location: Zamalek

Good for: when you also want to have a decent meal. Carlo’s has the triumvirate of drinks, shisha and great food. 


2. Eat & Barrel

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Location: Giza

Good for: a shabbier version of Sequoia, but with the same fantastic view and breeze.


3. Abou El Sid

Location: there are several branches, but we recommend the Maadi one because of its outdoor area.

Go for: the stuffed pigeon or the sharqesseya. 


4. Karvin

Location: Heliopolis

Go for: a rooftop experience in Helio and their Indian food from the restaurant in the hotel. 


5. Le Pacha West

Location: 6th of October

Go for: a sister experience to Carlo’s in Zamalek, but in Arkan.


6. TGI Friday’s Maadi

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Location: like we said above, Maadi

Go for: appetizers and a great Nileside view. We too are surprised that Friday’s of all places has not only alcohol and shisha but also one of the best spots on the Maadi Corniche.


7. Rooftop

Location: Zamalek

Go for: a great day spot as well as night spot. The hotel itself is shady as hell but the view more than makes up for it.


8. Taboula

Location: Garden City

Go for: great Lebanese mezzat.


9. Nomad

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Location: Dokki

Go for: the fact that it’s a rooftop bar with shisha in Dokki?


10. Villa 55

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Location: Maadi

Go for: the section that has both drinks and shisha is a cozy balcony, and they have decent pizza too.


11. Carlton

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Location: Downtown

Go for: some hard-to-attain fresh air in the concrete jungle which is Downtown Cairo.


12. Alle Botti

Location: Heliopolis

Go for: to be honest, we’re not sure, but you can try it for yourselves and tell us if you like it or not.


13. El Tonsy

Location: Dokki

Go for: the fact that it’s 24/7 and all the creepy but entertaining people-watching you can do in the early morning hours.


14. Odeon

Location: Downtown

Go for: the fact that this is another 24/7 spot and usually has a good mix of the Downtown crowd — artists, hipsters, foreigners, etc.


15. Almaz

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Location: Mohandiseen

Go for: the belly dancer on Thursdays and Fridays!


16. Sequoia

Location: Zamalek

Go for: because it’s Sequoia. End of text.


17. Hotels

This is kind of a bonus point because most hotels have the option of drinking and having shisha simultaneously. The reason we’re not listing them all individually is because they’re just so much more expensive than the others places mentioned above. But if you’re interested, here are a bunch of hotel drinking/shisha spots we recommend:

  • Pizza Bar (Fairmont Heliopolis)
  • Kebabgy & Palmeraie (Sofitel Gezirah)
  • Egyptian Nights (Marriott Zamalek)
  • Bab El Nil (Nile Fairmont)
  • Pool Grill (Four Seasons Nile Plaza)
  • Bab El-Sharq (Ritz-Carlton)


Bab El-Sharq

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