Shisha Cafes in Cairo

By John Reality, Cambodia, August 2012

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For the uninitiated, shisha cafes are establishments geared toward the use of water pipes employed in smoking artisanal tobacco products. They are the most common form of tobacco consumption after cigarettes. The best places in Cairo to sample this regional delicacy are as follows:

1) Orientalist

There are literally hundreds of places that claim to be the most orientalist cafe in Cairo. The Marriot Hotel’s garden is among the most estimable. It is the former summer residence of King Farouk and is a sure bet for foreign visitors looking to try the custom out. The waiters are dressed in the traditional Turkish outfits and you can sip on a beer or a port while you’re at it.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Egypt Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Egypt.

Photo courtesy of dungodung via Flickr.

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