Al-Alfy Street – Credit to Ahmed Hussein – Egypt Today Photographer
CAIRO – 14 November 2017: Change your plan for once. Delete all existing restaurants and cafes from your GPS. Register a new one: Mohamed Bek Al-Alfy Street.
long Passage of Al-Alfy Street – Credit to Ahmed Hussein – Egypt Today Photographer
Al-Alfy Street is the largest passage in downtown Cairo. It is 135 meters long and 22 meters wide, linking Orabi Square and Emad El-Din Street. The street is divided into two parts; Zakria Ahmed main street divides Al-Alfy street into two parts; a walkway with many restaurants on either side.
This street is considered by many who visit downtown Cairo as a stop or meeting point. It has numerous vintage restaurants and modern cafes on both sides, like Umm Kalthoum Café, Elfalero Sweets, and Al-Alfy Bek Restaurant.
Al-Alfy Bek Restaurant on the right side of Al-Alfy Street – Credit to Ahmed Hussein – Egypt Today Photographer
In 2014, Al-Alfy Street had the worst reviews since many street vendors were clogging the street’s multiple intersections.
El Falero sweets at Al-Alfy Street – Credit to Ahmed Hussein – Egypt Today Photographer
However, between 2015 and 2017, the street was entirely renovated and redrawn. All street vendors were removed, trees were planted, a new lighting system put in place, and all the former wooden seats were replaced with a novel granite sidewalk. These steps came under a project by Cairo governor.
This old street and renewed passage dates back to the Mamluk Prince Mohamed Bek Al-Alfy, who fought against the French invasion of Egypt.