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If there’s one thing the Libyans do well, it’s cakes and pastries.  Along the main streets of Gargaresh, Hai Al Andalus and Benashur, you will find little shops hidden away selling a world of delights.

Fantastic to take to a friend’s house if you visit them for tea, although the down side is with the intricacy of said sweet delights you’ll never be able to convince them you baked it yourself!


Al Marjan shopping centre

Where: In close proximity to the two areas of Khane and the Italian Corner, Nr. Suq Moutalit (Off Ben Ashur)

What’s on the menu: Coffee, juices and cakes which look home made and taste delicious.  Also on offer are great big cinnamon buns and pizza. Self-service. Reasonable prices and friendly staff.

labels: Coffee, Patisserie

Caffe Casa

Where: In the medina opposite the clock tower.

What’s on the menu: A lovely setting for tourists of those who want to be reminded of the context in which we live in Libya.  Right in the heart of the medina, you will find many of the tourist attractions nearby.  Ready made sandwiches, pastries and the typical beverages are served.  Wi-fi is also available.

labels: Coffee, Patisserie


Where: There are two stores found in Tripoli.  The first is found on Gargaresh Road opposite the ‘Mental’ Hospital, along the same strip of shops as the Fergiani bookshop. The second store, which is a much larger store in comparison, can be found in the Souk Thalat (large shopping mall) on the same floor as the children’s games.

What’s on the menu: One look into the windows of Caracalla and you’d think you were anywhere else in the Western world.  Themed exactly like Starbucks or Costa, Caracalla serves good coffee and Western-style cakes.

labels: Coffee, Patisserie


Where: The cafe is found on the Hai Al Andalus sea front, next to O2 cafe.  The turn off Gargaresh Road is after the big post office and mosque.

What’s on the menu: This cafe has been beautifully fitted out to maximise outdoor terrace space and sea views.  Furnished with beautiful imported furniture, it is inviting and and a very cool place to hang out.  You’ll find  the salad, pasta, sandwiches and deserts on the menu.  Highly recommended are the roast beef sandwich and buffalo chicken wrap were sensational!   Coffee (Illy) comes in a variety of combinations and there are several hot and iced teas available also.

labels: Coffee, Patisserie, Light meals

Oya Café

Where: Situated in the lobby lounge of the Radisson Blu Al Mahary Hotel Tripoli.

What’s on the menu: The Oya Cafe extends to a sunny courtyard where you can sit under the shade of a marquee umbrella and sip a mocktail, tea, coffee or whatever takes your fancy.  Benefitting from the hotel’s wi-fi, the lounge is the ideal to place to sit with your laptop and enjoy some time out of the office.  The cafe serves light meals and a selection of various pastries, making it the perfect place for a weekend brunch.  With lovely staff and a relaxing atmosphere, this one gets the thumbs up from us.

Website: www.radissonblu.com/hotel-tripoli

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labels: Coffee, Light meals, Patisserie

Patio Cafe

Where: If heading towards town from Regatta it's on the left beyond the wadi, after the first mosque on the left, but before Cook Door. It's a white building on a corner and the dark brown planters with tall border plants are easily visible.

What’s on the menu: This cafe is an absolute gem, but unfortunately indoor seating is incredibly limited so it is best to pick a mild day or early mornings or evenings in the peak of summer.  Coffee and cakes, packaged rolls and sandwiches and a large selection of cold drinks are available.  Recently refurbished, modern decor and prices are dirt cheap.  The cafe also has free wi-fi available on request.

Open: Daily from around 7.30 to 15.00 and then 17.00 till late. On Fridays it is closed in the morning.

Review: “At last, somewhere I can eat a plain croissant for my breakfast! The coffee and cakes are good, and there are also sandwiches (rolls and triangular) which we haven't yet tried. The tables and chairs are smart, the staff are friendly and speak English, and the patio is cocooned by plants. Nonetheless, it is right on Gargaresh Road and there is no escaping the traffic noise. Definitely worth popping in if you're in the area.”

labels: Coffee, Light meals, Patisserie

The Coffeeshop Company

Where:The cafe is found on Gargaresh Road in Hai Al Andalus.  The closest markers would be the DELL building and the Havanah Juice store.  The cafe (like all the others in this strip) is set back from the road on a service lane.  There is a petrol station opposite.

What’s on the menu: This Austrian coffee franchise is very new to Libya and they have opened their flagship store in Hai Al Andalus.  The cafe spans several shop fronts and seats the majority of its patrons upstairs.  From the street it would be a likely assumption that this is simply a coffee, cake and ice-cream establishment, however this is not the case.  The cafe has an extensive menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and even some Mexican food. 

If you happen to try out the coffee shop during a quiet time the aesthetic feels a little like the business class lounge at Tripoli International Airport, however once the cafe-goers roll in there is a definite buzz about the place.

With a back entrance leading to ample street parking, we are finding it difficult to find fault in this new cafe.  As is always the case in Libya, customer service is slow but we are hopeful this will change as time goes on!

Open: Daily from around 06.30 to 01.00.

Review: “We sampled cheeseburgers (these came wrapped in a flat bread and were very tasty), a ‘Robin Hood’ sandwich and the chicken fajitas.  The chicken fajitas were absolutely delicious and were served on a hot griddle with a side plate of mini tortillas, cheese, yoghurt and salsa.  We have since revisited for the fajitas countless times!” - Emma

labels: Coffee, Light meals, Patisserie, Pizza


Where: Gargaresh Road, Abanuwas.  If you are driving towards town, head past the blue Maritime building on the left and Lino’s on the right.  It can be found a few blocks down, on the right, past the petrol station (also on the right) and the Pizza house.

What you’ll find: Veranda is a very smart cafe which serves coffee, ice-cream and cakes.  Boasting an Italian pastry chef, the cafe’s glass cabinets provide a selection of delicious morsels to tempt even the fussiest of eaters.   The cafe is very popular with smart young Libyan women, who usually sit in the back, while the male smokers sit at the front.  The cafe has recently opened a larger restaurant on adjoining premises which serves Italian cuisine. 

Open: 08.00 - 23.30 Sunday to Thursday, and from 18.00 - 23.30 on Fridays.

Contact (Tel): +218 21 483 5290

labels: Coffee, Patisserie

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