We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

#29 of 4,009 Restaurants in Cairo
Certificate of Excellence
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
5 El Baddistan Lane | Khan el-Khalili, Cairo 11511, Egypt
+202-5903788
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 147: English reviews
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
39 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good restaurant, both in terms of the food and the atmosphere. The back room is great for parties of dinners and the service is quiet and efficient. The cafe is wonderful and there are usually musicians playing. It would have been good if the waiters smiled a bit more!

Helpful?
Thank rosemarygosling
Level Contributor
33 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Cafe and Restaurant is in the most well know market in Cairo - khan el khalili Bazar - and although it is very tourist driven but you can also see sophisticated locals. Does not have a lot of offers and it dos not serve alcohol but you can have typical snacks and smoke shishah (very pleasing) and just listen... More 

Helpful?
Thank Pedro A
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place is amazing. Amazing music and atmosphere. The food has a fantastic taste and this place truly makes you feel like you ended up in the oriental wonderland. The only problem is that it's very difficult to find a good table by the musicians most of the time, especially weekends. But still, great choice, will be back 👌🏻

Helpful?
Thank Violette Z
Level Contributor
35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place with typical & traditional Egyptian food, very friendly staff, looking after the guests, good choice of plates. You can relax after the dinner around a cup of tea or coffee and listening to typical light music, in a good atmosphere.....wonderful location to visit in old medina...

Helpful?
Thank 4cv
Navi Mumbai, India
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to eat good food. Great local music. Situated in the heart of market where you would be happy to retire after shopping and eat good food. Service is average though.

Helpful?
Thank Snehal22
Knoxville, Tennessee
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This restaurant was recommended by our hotel, the Hilton on Tahir Sq. and was truly a highlight. The taxi had to drop us off a couple of blocks away, so we walked through a chaotic bazaar with several people trying to divert us. The narrow way was dirty and,, as Americans we were stared at quite a bit. Upon entering... More 

Helpful?
Thank RedRobin56
Hurghada
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

One & the only one of the best places at el hussien mosque area. If did not try it you missed a lot. You can buy nice gifts starts from 10 Egyptian pounds till ... what you can afford. Naguib mahfouz have a very nice decent egyptian oriental cuisine that you should not miss ;) Try it & enjoy

Helpful?
Thank GoDaddyHurghada
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I had a lovely time eating there. Good food, good drinks, great live music. Shisha galore. great ambiance. The guy at the door and the waiters were so nice. They recommended places to buy souvenirs and even offered to show me around. I would definitely come back here next time i'm in cairo. The restaurant was one of the highlights... More 

Helpful?
Thank xxaznjadeqtxx
Port Said, Egypt
Level Contributor
77 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Different, very nice, Khan El Khalili, classic Cairo, oriental & Egyptian menu, oriental band, and good service.

Helpful?
Thank AMohsen
Al Qahirah, Egypt
Level Contributor
144 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We liked this place alot, it's in the middle of Khan Al-Khalili and has a very comfortable atmosphere. The food and staff is average, but we were lucky to hear the performers playing great music on traditional instruments. Great place to relax after shopping.

Helpful?
Thank Hadwa

Travellers who viewed Naguib Mahfouz Cafe also viewed

Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
 
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
 
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Cairo, Cairo Governorate
 

Been to Naguib Mahfouz Cafe? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Cafe, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Naguib Mahfouz Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?