El Abd Bakery, Cairo

This is one of Cairo's most famous bakeries. Jostle your way to the counter and pick your treats: mini semolina cakes studded with hazelnuts, maybe, or Turkish delight dusted in confectioners' sugar. Maybe some crunchy, sticky sesame bars or a chilled custard or cream pastry. And certainly the shredded phyllo-dough birds' nests dripping in honey. I can't get enough. —Anne Anderson, Capetown, South Africa

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