One of just a handful of traditional cafes offering beer (and the only one to flaunt it), this rundown Cairo landmark is definitely worth a visit. The high ceilings and open-panel windows have great potential, but the management has done little to preserve the 1930s ambience. The tables are flimsy and the floors are filthy, but the crowd is always interesting. Sober chess players congregate in one corner, while drunken poets, artists and writers talk shop late into the night. If the yellow Stella shirts don't give it away, this is strictly a Stella beer establishment, with chilled bottles going for just EGP5.5. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available, and customers can join the crowd and have a puff on a sheesha pipe.
Midan el-Falaki, Cairo, EgyptMap