New cafe in Al-Hurriya

Al-Rif Cafe offers a unique open-air space in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, September 4 — Al-Rif Cafe offers Baghdadis in Al-Hurriya a simple, open-air space to play dominos, enjoy hot and cold drinks, and savor the experience of smoking nargile — the traditional water pipe — surrounded by walls of reeds.

Mohammed Al-Shamri, the cafe’s owner, shared his vision with 964, saying:

“I wanted my cafe to stand out, be unconventional, and distinct from the norm. While I didn’t introduce anything entirely new, relying on reeds and constructing simple cabins adds a unique touch for the residents of Al-Hurriya, where traditional cafés are abundant.”

Al-Shamri rented an empty lot and did not build a traditional cafe, but rather designed an Arabic-style seating areas. He also placed tables in the courtyard.

“Our cafe doesn’t only offer hot drinks, juices, and nargile; we also serve fast-food meals that customers prefer to enjoy here in the cafe,” Al-Shamri said.

“Moreover, I envisioned my cafe to be without a roof, providing a spacious atmosphere. The absence of a ceiling ensures that nargile smoke does not affect non-smokers.”

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