Bars and Cafes in Alexandria

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Traditional Alexandria survives. This bar will take you back in time.

Finding a typical bar in Alexandria is not as easy as it may seem. With 4 million inhabitants, one would think that there is something for everyone in this historic city. Sadly however, much of its past has been sacrificed for the construction of new shopping malls, but with some patience, some vestiges of the past can still be found and enjoyed.

Cap d’Or is one of the last surviving traditional Alexandrian bars. The ambiance is relaxing and inviting. There are colored windows to gaze out of, a long marble bar that makes sipping a coffee or savoring a beer while standing seem classier and old objects attached to the walls to look at and wonder about.

The patrons’ ears are delighted with the sounds of old French songs and Egyptian hits. The old tape player adds authenticity to the venue with a crackle that has been forgotten in this age of mp3s.

Food is also served here. The menu includes calamari, shrimp and other fish, all best accompanied by a cold Stella beer.

To put the icing on the cake, have a seat when the liuto player is performing. This artist uses his songs to carry you back to ancient Alexandria, when poets sang songs of love found and lost.

You can find Cap d’Or at 4 Sharia Adib, near Sharia Saad Zaghloul. It’s about 400 meters from the sea. A stop at a seaside bar surely provides a nice view, but it doesn’t compare to the feeling of this soulful locale. 

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