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Diwan, Cairo

159, 26th of July Street
Egypt 11211
Tel: 20 2 736 2598's insider take:

Expats and locals head for this Zamalek bookstore for the latest English best sellers, translations of Middle Eastern novels, plus works on politics, art, and food. The in-house coffee shop serves a mean cappuccino and carrot cake, as well as mint tea and bread stuffed with cheese and zatar, Lebanese thyme. This is the place to pick up guidebooks and coffee-table tomes on Islamic or Pharaonic art. The media section stocks CDs and DVDs from across the Arab world.

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