Cairo’s myriads of shisha cafés are conveniently dispersed around the city; it’s no feat to get your fix round the clock on the corner of just about anywhere.

However, finding a place that offers you undying, flavourful shisha that blows strong for two straight hours – without having to dig deep inside your pockets – is a slightly different ordeal.

Located on 26th of July Street in the heart of Zamalek, Wel3a offers you just that.

Paying tribute to its predecessor, a baladi ahwa whose regulars streamed in during the late hours of the night, Wel3a crowns itself as Cairo’s first dedicated shisha café. The tiny space is furnished with grey couches and plastic chairs, some of which line up the pavement in front, offering an array of tobacco for those willing to dabble.

While local tobacco providers such El Nakhla and Mizo are on offer for 12LE and 15LE respectively, the café’s edge lies in its imports. Hailing from Jordan and exclusive to Wel3a, Shesh Besh (22LE) is a tobacco blend made from pure honey, guaranteeing a sweeter and slightly richer experience. An unusual blend called Blue Mist is also on offer, hailing from the United States at 25LE.

This reviewer opted for the Fakher blend (18LE), a staple of the Gulf. Needless to say, it was a long, smoky afternoon. The shisha was served with a plastic lay, and coal was changed regularly by the extra attentive waiter. Shishas come in all flavours, as well as the classic meassel.

Go all out and ask for the unlimited option: an infinite round of your favourite shisha served with a warm pot of tea. Available for all tobacco blends, the unlimited option is priced between 22LE and 45LE.

Snacks include sandwiches (22LE to 26LE) including turkey, roast beef and cheese mix, each freshly folded into baguettes that you could either toast or ask to be tossed into the microwave.

Other items on offer include salads, quiche, an assortment of cakes (18LE to 22LE) and cupcakes.

The chicken quiche was served a little cold, but the jumble of chicken, bell peppers and onions was perfectly peppered and came in a generous slice.

Along with its wide-ranging shisha menu, Wel3a also offer a plethora of smoothies and cold drinks. The good morning smoothie is a rich and refreshing drink that combines strawberry, banana and peach, all freshly squeezed and blended to just the right amount of ice.

Wel3a also offers coffee, both hot and cold. So however you like to take your shisha, whether with coffee, a fruit blend or after a quick bite, Wel3a should surely make it to your list of shisha places to check out.