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Alexandria is blessed by a long Corniche, and this, of course, gives rise to a very healthy café culture. In the areas of the city such as Montazah, where there are many tourists and locals who come to enjoy the beaches, you'll find a large number of locales where you can enjoy coffee, tea, juice and backgammon (shesh besh). Many of these places also offer shisha, although it may be best to scrutinize carefully the waterpipe you're given at one of these cafés, and to make sure that you are provided with a new, disposable mouthpiece.
Egyptian food may not enjoy the same sort of fame or renown as the cuisines of other Arab countries, but Egyptian do one thing really well: snacks. Anyone who visits Alexandria should partake of the plethora of snack foods available throughout the city, including shawarma, falafel sandwiches, and breakfast foods that are generally deep-fried to deliciousness. These can all be found in areas where people go to work or study, especially in the downtown core.
For a long time before, ladies used to wear "melaya laf" which in fact was a sheet of black fiber to be twisted around the trunk, with a "yashmak" to cover the face, with a pure gold "qasaba" a cylindrical ring to be fixed on the nose to hold such network veil stable on the face.
Egyptian Prima Folkloric Dancer Mrs. Farida Fahmy is mastering it in this photo.
Coffee shops, Ful Medamis & the Shisha
You can find coffee shops all over Egypt. They are the favorite hangout for the men, and upon occasion, you will see women in them as well. They come in all shapes and sized. Nice upscale one's to basic no frills. They are open air places where one can go, smoke the shisha, eat ful medames with pita, veggies, and hardboiled eggs. Served with lime and hotsauce on the side.
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Everywhere at Alexandria you will meet such amateurs with their fishing rods and fresh outcome.
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