This fantastic Roman Catholic cathedral, also known as Madame l'Afrique, can't absolutely be missed in Algiers. The stunning building, completed in the late 19th century, features a grandiose interior and, since 2012, it is listed between the historical monuments in Algeria.
Named after its owner, who was the Minister of Finances at the end of the 18th century, Dar Hassan Pacha is a well-preserved palace, rebuilt throughout the years. It served as residence for governors and emperors passing Algiers. While Dar Hassan Pacha is closed to the public, it is a popular motive for pictures for its impressive facade and lovely central patio.
When strolling around the city centre it is impossible not to notice this majestic white building and, if you are impressed by its exterior, you should definitely see the spectacular interior decor. Built in 1910 by the architects Jules Voinot and Marius Toudoire, it once represented the city forum and today certainly is one of the main touristic spots, standing in stark contrast to the surrounding buildings. The Grand Post Office also hosts a museum dedicated to the history of Algerian post and telecommunications.
Djama’a al-Djedid, which means "the new mosque" in Arabic, is one of the historical mosques in Algiers. Completed in the 17th century, it was built in the Moorish architectural tradition. This is one of the most important buildings dating back to the Ottoman presence in the city.
Situated in the world heritage site of the Casbah old town, the Ketchaoua Mosque was built in the 17th century in a unique combination of Moorish and Byzantine styles. The magnificent architecture of this building has made it to become one of the most visited sights in the city.
Jardin d'Essai du Hamma is the name of the city's botanical garden, which gives you an insight into the beauty of North African nature. It was established by the French during occupation and today features impressive plants and flowers of the region. Stroll through the green meadows and relax in the shadow of the tall trees.
Located in a building from Ottoman times, the Bardo National Museum of Prehistory and Ethnography holds numerous treasures for its visitors. Not only the changing exhibitions are very interesting, but also the stunning architecture and pompous ornaments make this place worth a visit.
The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MaMa) opened its doors in 2007 and aims to preserve the region's cultural heritage, art and history. It supports locals artists by giving them a platform and invites visitors to take a closer look on contemporary works of art. Not only the exhibitions, but also the building, transformed from a department store to the museum it is today, make this place worth a visit.
If you're interested in art and history, this is the place for you to be. The National Museum of Traditions and Popular Arts brings old and new together under one roof. Contemporary works of art as well as ancient local crafts are exhibited in the Ottoman building. The house alone is a landmark in Algiers and should not be missed on a sightseeing itinerary.
For authentic Moroccan cuisine you should drop in La Palmeraie, considered the best Moroccan restaurant in town. Lamb, couscous, vegetarian dishes and a number of desserts are on the menu and will spice up your day. La Palmeraie has a friendly and warm atmosphere with background music.
This grill restaurant is the ideal place for meat lovers. The rustic decor and the smell of fresh steaks on the fire will welcome you when entering Le Tyrolien, situated in a busy streets (so that it is recommended to book a table). Go for a fine bottle of wine with your dinner and let the friendly staff take care of you.
This Spanish restaurant has everything a hungry traveller could wish for. Drop by for spicy salsa, fresh avocado salad and tasty meat dishes. The helpful staff will fulfil your every wish and help you with the choice of the best wine for your dinner. If you want to drop by for a quick lunch, there's a great offer of salads and cold bites for you.
Havana Music & Food is one of the coolest places to eat in Algiers. It has a relaxing, vaguely Cuban atmosphere and a stylish decor, and you will not only have some great food here, but also enjoy amazing live shows: musicians and flamenco dancers perform every weekend and on some Thursdays. The "Havana Nights" are always a lot of fun, but even if you decide to come by just for dinner you most certainly will not regret it.
This glamorous French restaurant has everything you need for a romantic evening for two. Reserve a table for your candlelight dinner and choose from a wide selection of fine wines. The vintage setting and high class dishes will delight you and your rendezvous. Don't walk out without trying one of the delicious Italian desserts.
The ideal place for a long break at every time of the day, California Cafe adds some American chic to the Algiers. Come here for wonderful glazed donuts, strong coffee and rich meals. You will also find a wide choice of coffee beverages, frappes, juices and smoothies, along with burgers and other amazing brunch food.
If you want to taste one of the best coffees in town, head to Fit Coffee, a really nice venue with a laid back atmosphere. Founded in 1904 in Belgium, the company has recently expanded as far as Algiers, and the coffee shop has rapidly become very popular. Its friendly staff will be happy to serve you amazing coffee, tea, smoothies and baked pastries.
The Milk Bar, a symbol of the Algerian liberation war, is located right on the square Emir Abdelkader and is a historical place for a coffee with a great view from the lovely terrace. Both regular clients and tourists love its modern, relaxing atmosphere, as well as the tea, juices and traditional pastries served there.
The Cereal Killer is a really cool cafe with a modern concept, quite popular among locals. You will find a huge choice of milk drinks and, of course, cereals that you can add to your bowl and top with fresh fruit (if you're looking for a healthy meal) or chocolate, caramel, candy and other creams, if you just want a tasty snack.
Inspired by popular American coffee chains, Coffee Box offers you a selection of coffees (both hot and cold) and frappes, along with delicious chocolate donuts and attractive cupcakes. If you don't have much time, it is possible to order a beverage to take away in small or big cup.
The display of great cakes and pies will lure you into this street cafe. The modern interior and the relaxed atmosphere make it an ideal spot to linger for a while and watch people pass by. Bring a friend, lean back and enjoy a lovely day, or order a coffee to take away if you prefer to enjoy your beverage while visiting the city.
This exclusive restaurant-nightclub features DJs and themed party nights on a regular basis. You'll encounter a friendly staff, a lovely decor and never-empty dancefloor. It is one of the coolest places in town to grab something to eat, wash it all down with an excellent Mojito and dance away.
Le Granada looks like a cellar and its friendly staff will serve you great wines along with some Algerian specialities. This trendy-looking bar is open until late and is a lovely spot to grab something to eat or have a couple of drinks while listening to cool music and enjoying a beautiful view.
The City Center shopping mall offers you a great choice of fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes and ice cream shops. It also hosts a number of events, such as live concerts and children's animation. It's absolutely a good alternative to sightseeing, especially for when the weather is not particularly nice.
Whether visiting Algeria for tourism or business, you will most likely need a visa (with the exception of nationals of Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Democratic Republic Sahraoui, Seychelles, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia and Yemen). Although it is normally quite easy to obtain a visa, it is recommended to start your application in advance, in order to avoid possible issues. In order to get a visa, you will be asked to provide some documentation such as your flight itinerary (dates, flight numbers), the places you plan to visit (not always, but especially if you visit the south of Algeria), as well as the hotel confirmation. A valid passport (at least 6 months following your stay in Algeria) is also required to enter the country. For any other information, we recommend you contact the Algerian Embassy/Consulate in your country.
Located 20 km from the city centre, Aéroport d'Alger Houari Boumediene is Algiers main airport. There is a number of taxis and buses (considerably cheaper than taxis) that take you to the city centre in about 20 minutes. TaxiAlger (www.taxialger.com / www.facebook.com/taxialgertransferaeroport) is the main taxi company with journeys from and to the airport.
The balmy climate and the proximity to France, Spain, Morocco and other North African countries make Algiers an ideal travel destination throughout the whole year. In fact, thanks to its position by the sea, the climate is typically Mediterranean: summers can be very hot (although not quite as hot as in the southern part of Algeria, the desert regions), with temperatures borderline unbearable. Spring is probably the best season to travel to the city (especially in April and May), with the weather perfect for visiting the ancient sights, but, if you also plan to travel to the southern part and go on a desert safari, October and November can still be good choices.
Public transport in Algeria is not very efficient, but it's making improvements. The main mean of transport in the city is the metro line: even though there is only one line of about 9 km, it takes you to the most important sights of the city. Also, another cheap way to move around is by hailing taxi. ETUSA (Entreprise de Transport Urbain et Suburbain d'Alger) is the main Algerian transport company and provides several bus lines.
Algérie Poste is the main company to run the postal service in the country. Its main bureau is situated in the Algiers city centre, and several smaller offices are scattered around the city (here you find their locations: www.poste.dz/customer/bpc?wilaya=ALGER+CENTRE). The Grande Poste is the historical city post office, but that one is definitely more visited by tourists interested in seeing the building's architecture and museum.
Pharmacies can be found throughout the city, just look out for the green logo. Opening hours differ depending on location but most chemist's have a night service. Here you find some addresses in the city centre: Pharmacie Belguidoum +213 21 63 87 72 91 Boulevard Colonel Krim Belkacem, Algiers Pharmacie Mimouna +213 21 64 69 90 115 Rue Didouche Mourad, Algiers Pharmacie Benaboura Samir +213 21 74 66 55 19 Rue Abane Ramdane, Algiers Pharmacy Belle Fontaine +213 23 30 03 79 Rue Ouahrani Abdelkader, Algiers Pharmacie Henni +213 23 51 41 87 98 Rue Mohamed Belouizdad, Algiers Pharmacie Sidi-Boumedienne +213 21 74 91 73 1 Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi, Algiers