NileGuide Expert Says:
Al Ahwa is a great value East meets West style café with chilled vibe
5 Amr Street, off Messaha Square
+20 (0)2 3761 8485, +20 (0)16 1995 150
Al Ahwa Café in Dokki
is a chilled out restaurant/café popular with groups of locals, especially students.
Al Ahwa's menu includes pretty standard Western style sandwiches, salads, pastas and pizzas, but is quite good for Egyptian and Lebanese food. You can choose from a wide selection of hot and cold mezze dishes, as well as classics such as koshary (an Egyptian carbohdrate bomb made up of pasta, lentils, fried onions and a tomato sauce) and fattah (sort of like an Arabic Biryani).
Their feteers (Egyptian pancakes) are particularly good - make sure you try their sweet versions, especially the nutella one! Al Ahwa doesn't serve alcohol, but it does have a selection of fresh juices, and the double Turkish coffee is divine. Shisha pipes are also available to smoke, and al Ahwa is a great place to while away the afternoon playing some of the board games on offer. There's even a Playstation!
You can choose between sitting at normal tables, or lounging around amongst cushions on the floor, Arabic style.