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Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt.
Pottery Café Heliopolis: Outdoor Dining and Shisha Lounge Retreat
Sometimes there’s nothing better than a fresh juice and a great shisha at a comfy outdoor lounge. Unlike its other branches in Downtown and Zamalek, Pottery Café in Heliopolis has a very large outdoor space that is completed shaded. It’s also on a quiet street; providing a peaceful retreat for diners to enjoy all that Pottery Café has to offer.
Pottery Café consistently serves up good food, fresh juice and a great shisha. A Pottery Café favourite is the vegi-beef pizza, which is piled with onions, peppers, tomatoes, olives and minced meat. It is perfectly baked, positively delicious and so filling. It’s great for one starving appetite, or for two people to split as a snack.
Healthier options for dieters and vegetarians are also available. Try the courgettes with coriander entrée: it’s a very generous portion of vegetables with a portion of rice on the side. The coriander soaks perfectly into the courgettes for just the right amount of spice, making it a fresh and feel-good meal.
If you’re in the mood for something savoury and not too filling, try one of the baked potatoes. The cheese and herb baked potato is best; it comes fresh from the oven with melted cheese inside and out, while the parsley keeps the heavy side-dish feeling fresh.
Don’t miss the fresh juices at Pottery Café. The watermelon juice is definitely worth a try: it’s not too sugary and mostly tastes like you’re eating a big chunk of juicy watermelon. It’s very refreshing and perfect for Cairo heat!
And finally, what’s a review on Pottery Café without mentioning their shisha? Pottery Café has a diverse shisha menu with lots of exotic options. Forget the old apple and cantaloupe shishas; try their more exotic flavours like premium grape and coconut.
As for cost, Pottery Café is mid-range. Two entrées, juices and a couple of shishas will cost around 175LE, including service charges. Pastas and pizzas average around 25LE, healthy options and baked potatoes are around 20LE and shishas cost around 15LE, including the cost of the lay.
All in all, Pottery Café in Heliopolis is a great place to spend a quiet afternoon with some friends, enjoy some good food, drinks and fresh air.
Central Cairo is inundated with packed restaurants and cafes, making the quieter parts of the city preferable when looking for a more chilled-out place to frequent.
For those living outside of central Cairo, looking for an everyday café, Qahwa is the place to be caught in. Centrally located to the left of 6th of October City’s Arkan Mall, Qahwa draws you in any time of day; whether for a quick coffee, an early breakfast or to get some work done.
Designed with a modern Oriental touch, wooden floors and eggshell coloured furniture, the café gives off a laid-back vibe with an elegant twist. Divided into indoor and outdoor sections, the interior combines a few, round high-tables and uncomfortable high stools, overlooking the coffee and dessert bar. The more popular choice with the crowds, the outdoor seating arrangement boasts average-height, wooden tables and luxurious seats.
Qahwa's menu offers a variety of food and beverages, including a breakfast menu, various types of hot and blended coffee, fresh juices, salads, pastas, sandwiches and mouth-watering desserts.
Starting the day off with an early brunch, the sunny-side up eggs (30LE) and the vanilla latte (24) were the perfect choice for a filling meal. Served on two pieces of brown toast, with a side of sliced backed potatoes and green olives, the dish's generous portions and attractive presentation grabs your appetite at once, though the eggs seemed somewhat undercooked.
The vanilla latte was served in a large coffee mug, covered by a foamy white layer and topped with sprinkles of grinded coffee. Adequately sweetened by the vanilla flavouring, no sugar added was needed.
Famous for their desserts, we split a portion of their heavenly, marshmallow cake (35LE). Served in a deep dish and coated with caramel sauce, the marshmallow cake was brimming with sizzling, melted chocolate, complementing the side scoop of vanilla ice cream perfectly. A sugar rush kicks in rapidly through the mixture of sweet flavours, however those with a sweet-tooth, will undoubtedly come back for more.
While the seating arrangements at Qahwa makes the venue seem more compact, overall, the café provides a refreshing spot to eat, drink, work and socialise in.