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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.
Cairo is over-flowing with pleasant places to indulge in a small robust espresso or a tall creamy latte. Located on the first floor of Maadi Grand Mall, Eduscho is a perfect location for a quick coffee before returning to a shopping spree.
The café's decor is nothing special though it does take up a large area fully equipped with marble-affect tables and green cushioned wooden seating, plus there are fans above to provide a comfortable atmosphere. However, Eduscho is an open-area cafe which means you will be surrounded by shops and people walking left, right and center, so if you're looking for somewhere quiet and secluded then this isn't the place.
Nonetheless, it does offer a pleasant and varied menu. After seating ourselves and browsing the generous selection of drinks, we ordered a medium Cappuccino (15LE), one Hot Chocolate (15LE), an Ice Latte (16LE) and a Lemon Juice (12LE).
The Cappuccino was pleasant and decently sized, however both the hot chocolate and ice latte were significantly lacking in milk and tasted very watery. Thankfully the lemon juice served no complaints, it was fresh, zesty and sweet all mixed into one tall glass.
It is also possible to have cream or a flavour syrup, including toffee, caramel and vanilla, added to your drinks at an extra 5LE.
Despite being a café where the focus is on the beverages, Eduscho offer a small range of sandwiches, salads and desserts at decent prices. We opted for the Waffles with Nutella which were deliciously moist, sweet and generously smothered in the warm chocolate and hazelnut sauce.
Although a fairly ordinary café, we did find something a little special that not all cafes provide. A little built-in shop selling a range of stylish tea and coffee appliances. The good news is there is currently an ongoing sale: one tall trendy water purifier was 100LE now costs 85LE and a coffee and espresso machine is for sale at 1450LE.