Photos by Egypt Today/Mohsen Alam
CAIRO – 30 October 2017: Egypt’s iconic landmark tea house and Café Groppi is being renovated by non-other than the interior designer masterminds Alchemy Design Studio.
Mohamed Fares, senior partner-chief designer at Alchemy Design Studio said, “let's reclaim this Groppi glory and return the golden age and the sophistication of "je ne sais quoi" again, the secret ingredients of our beloved Groppi.”
Alchemy Design Studio have been working on this sensitive and historic project for the past two years. They paid close attention to every detail and the idenity of Groppi so that it can be restored to its orignal glory.
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Entering Groppi is like stepping in a place where time has stopped; the furniture, the menu, and the décor were all far removed from the world just outside the doorstep.
The Swiss Jacques Groppi built the restaurant, located in the heart of Downtown on Talaat Harb Street, around 1924 after the La Rotande in Paris. It remained Downtown’s posh tearoom until the 1960s. It is still considered a historic landmark and a must-see spot for tourists.
It was the go-to place for officers, directors, writers, artist, and socialites during the British occupation. Anybody who is anybody was seen there in their finest attire.
Photo _ Egypt Today_Mohsen Alam