Roberta L. Dougherty <rld@...
1996-02-02 15:34:40 GMT
The following is an onrush of nostalgic reminiscence in reponse to Dalal's
query, from somebody who misses Cairo...
Someone help me with the name of this place. I've never stayed there, but
have enjoyed many afternoons on a comfy sofa on its bougainvillea-draped
balcony drinking cold Stellas (even in the winter, I didn't mind the
balcony, although there's a comfortable bar inside too) and many of my
expat friends liked its rather old-fashioned restaurant. It's in Zamalek,
on a few floors of one of the art deco apartment buildings (something like
the 7th-9th floors, or 5th-8th). I THINK it's called something like Horus
Hotel. It would be listed in the AUC Press's Practical Guide to Cairo,
probably. It always appealed to me because of looking like a leftover
from before the revolution. It seemed simple, a bit old-fashioned, but
Another place like that is in downtown--the Windsor, is it? Another
great, old-fashioned bar with lots of old-timers hanging out, and as far
as I can tell, a clientele consisting of mainly young adults from Europe
(maybe a step or two up from the backpacker crowd).
Another old-fashioned, downtown favorite with some of my archaeologist
friends is the Victoria. I've never been in that one but I know some
annoyingly picky people who are willing to stay there, so it's probably
Re food: Filfela's is a great place for the visitor to try a variety of
Egyptian-style dishes, although depending on the condition of the tourist
trade you may find it full of foreigners! If you want to eat where