"Everyone should visit a..." jabri house Tip by maykal

jabri house, Damascus: 12 reviews and 13 photos


Everyone should visit a 'traditional' coffee-house. There are two cafes immediately behind the Omayyad Mosque which are popular with tourists and locals, as well as foreigner-seeking mukhabarat(secret police). A few lanes away is Bayt Jabri, a beautiful old building which doesn't look much from the outside. It has been turned into a cafe, and also serves some good food.

Favorite Dish: Tea is the Syrians favourite drink, served black with loads of sugar - if I asked my landlady not to put too much sugar in my tea, she would half fill the cup with sugar before pouring the tea, which was boiled with sugar! Coffee is also served black, and is similar to Turkish coffee - let it settle, otherwise you'll end up with a moutful of silt! Some cafes have Zahraa', which is some sort of herbal tea, as well as fruit juices. The strange pipe which gurgles is known in Syria as a 'Nargileh' (called chicha or hookah in other parts of the Middle East, and Hubble Bubble pipe by tourists). This is a very mild tobacco flavoured with fruit (apple and strawberry are the most common) or honey, and is supposedly not addictive. I don't smoke cigarettes, and can't stand cigarette smoke, but nargileh is actually quite nice!

Address: alzawaf st
Directions: near the omayyad mosque
Phone: +96311 541 62 54
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  • Updated Aug 26, 2002
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