Fodor's Expert Review Groppi

Downtown and Bulaq Restaurant

On the western edge of Maydan Tala'at Harb, recognizable by the gorgeous mosaic decorating the entrance, Groppi was once the chocolatier to royalty. Founded in the 1930s by a Swiss native, this café and dance hall (along with its older branch on nearby Shar'a Adly) was the favorite meeting place for everyone from celebrities and the local aristocracy to political activists and British soldiers. Ravaged by four decades of socialism and several tasteless renovations, Groppi now serves passable coffee and not bad pastries and ice cream, but it's the atmosphere that makes it worth going.

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21 Sha'ara Mahmoud Basiony
Cairo, Cairo  Egypt


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