Flights to Algiers (ALG)

Algiers, or Al Jazair as its residents call it, is a city of fascinating contrasts, mixing the traditional with the modern.
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Algiers, Algeria

What to do in Algiers

Explore the Jardin d’Essai

The Jardin d’Essai, also known as the Botanical Gardens of Hamma, dates back to the early years of the French occupation. Today, the dazzling botanical garden is considered one of the finest in the world, with more than 1,200 species of exotic plants and trees. It’s also where the Algerian National Institute of Agronomical Research, which is open to visitors, is located.

Rue Mohamed Belouizdad
Belouizdad
+213 2167 2292
jardinbotaniqueduhamma.dz

Take a cable car to the Notre Dame d’Afrique

Standing on a 124 meter cliff that surveys the Bay of Algiers is the spectacular Notre Dame d’Afrique. The best way to get to this 18th-century Catholic basilica, created by the famous architect Jean-Eugene Fromageau, is by cable car. This fascinating sand-colored structure is home to a black stone statue of the Virgin Mary.

Rue Belouizdid
El Hamma
Zighara
algeria.com/religious-sites/notre-dame-d-afrique

Browse the National Museum of Antiquities

Algiers brims with historical artifacts; a trip to the city wouldn’t be complete without a stop at one of its many museums. The National Museum of Antiquities is home to a fine collection of ivory carvings and bronze sculptures dating back to the third century.

National Museum of Antiquities
177 Boulevard Krim Belkacem
Parc de la liberte
+213 2168 1129
musee-antiquites.art.dz

Marvel at the Maqam Echahid (Martyr’s Memorial)

Opened on the 20th anniversary of Algeria’s independence in 1982, the Maqam Echahid, or Martyrs’ Memorial, has become one of the most iconic landmarks of Algiers. Soaring 92 meters into the sky, the impressive structure is made up of three concrete palm fronds representing Algeria’s agriculture, culture, and industry.

Chemin Omar Kechkar
Diar El Mahçoul
Belouizdad
facebook.com/pages/Maqam-Echahid

Visit the Kasbah/Casbah of Algiers

Right in the heart of Algiers is the ancient Kasbah (or Casbah) of Algiers, a charming neighborhood that remains fiercely traditional. This Unesco World Heritage Site is home to magnificent Ottoman-styled 17th-century palaces, including the mansion Dar Hassan Pacha, which played host to Napoleon Bonaparte. Next to it is the beautiful Ketchaoua Mosque, with the Djemaa El Djedid, El Kebir (Great Mosque of Algiers), and Ali Betchnin mosques also nearby.

Dar Hassan Pacha
Rue Hadj Omar
Casbah
whc.unesco.org

See the Grande Poste d’Alger

The famous Grande Poste d’Alger, Algiers’s main post office, has a rich history. Located in the city center, this French-designed 20th-century building wouldn’t look out of place in a classic black and white movie.

Place de la Grande Poste
Rue Larbi Ben M'hidi
City Centre
+213 2172 6072
facebook.com/Grande-Poste-dAlger

Where to eat in Algiers

Auberge Du Moulin (Algerian)

This charming little restaurant is reminiscent of old-world rustic inns of the past. It's located outside the city center; plan your trip during the late afternoon or early evening to get the most out of the experience. Presenting sumptuous Algerian cuisine, L’Auberge Du Moulin is immensely popular with both travelers and locals.

24 Rue Abane Ramdane
Chéraga
+213 21 361 073

Le Taj Mahal (Indian)

Algiers may not be the obvious place to go looking for Indian cuisine, but Le Taj Mahal is one of the city’s hottest restaurants. This vegan- and vegetarian-friendly spot serves up delicious tandoori dishes and kebabs, cooked—and spiced—to your liking.

7 Rue Idir Toumi Ben Aknoun
43 Route de Dely Brahim Chéraga
16000
+213 21 912 940
facebook.com/algiers.tajmahal

Jenina (Algerian)

For a taste of traditional Algerian cuisine, you’ll be hard pressed to beat Jenina. This family-run restaurant has been in business since 1968 and remains one of the most sought-after high-end establishments, attracting royalty and politicians. Be sure to try Jenina’s signature mechoui.

10 Rue Franklin Roosevelt
Alger Centre
16000
+213 2161 4026
eldjenina.com

La Palmeraie (Moroccan)

This Bedouin tent-style eatery is lies just outside of town, but feels a whole lot different. There are carpets on the walls and ceiling, and diners sit on low couches around one huge table. Food is a traditional mix of hotpots and meats, after which partying with other guests is encouraged.

Ain Allah
Deli Ibrahim
16000
+213 550431 676
facebook.com/pages/La-Palmeraie-Restaurant

Brasserie des Facultés (European)

This excellent place in downtown Algiers is known for its hearty European food. It’s always packed, particularly on weekends. But the food is well worth the wait; meat lovers will be particularly satisfied with the selection on offer.

1 Rue Didouche Mourad
Lower Town
+213 2164 40531

Le Maison de Couscous (Middle Eastern)

With a name translating as "House of Couscous," this no-frills eatery serves up exactly what its name says: couscous, along with traditional Algerian soup and bourek (filled pastry). Popular with locals, this diner is tucked away two blocks from the Cathédrale du Sacré-Cœur d'Alger. It’s all about a great atmosphere and full-flavored fare.

Rue Ali Barbar
16000
+213 2164 0117

Places to stay in Algiers

Hotel Emir

For those looking for a hotel on the outskirts of the city, Hotel Emir is a great option. With downtown just 6 km away, most landmarks are a mere 20-minute drive from here. This modern property has an outdoor swimming pool and shuttle service to Houari Boumediene Airport.

33 Rue Tella Ahcene
Route de Dely Brahim Chéraga
+213 21 361 510
hotelemir.com.dz

Palace Appart Hôtel

Perfectly located in the heart of Bordj El-Kiffane (the Fort de L’eau district), this four-star hotel is a 5-minute walk from the main tramway, making it easy to get around the city at little cost. As well as rooms, Palace Appart Hôtel has luxury studios and apartments for rent.

3 Rue Saidi Ahmed
Bordj El-Kiffan
16000
+213 2120 4444
palace-apparthotel.com

Hilton Alger

Set among pine trees overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hilton Alger is fantastic for those looking to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation. This luxury oceanfront property is home to many restaurants, including Sara’s for French food and Casbah, which specializes in Algerian cuisine.

Pins Maritimes
El Mohammadia
16000
+213 2121 9696
hilton.com/algeria/Hilton

El Aurassi Hotel

Designed by the late Italian architect Luigi Moretti, El Aurassi has undergone renovations since it opened in 1975, with some of its decor auctioned off. While the five-star property is more geared toward the business traveler, it’s well worth stopping by its lounge (which is open to non-guests), where you can enjoy stunning views of Algiers.

Ave Frantz Fanon 02
Central Algiers
+213 21 748 252
el-aurassi.com

Sofitel Algiers Hamma Garden

One of the Algerian capital’s fanciest hotels is also one of its newest. The Sofitel Algiers is right in the city center, close to many of Algiers landmarks. Next to the hotel is a cable railway; take a car going up the hill for lovely views of the old souk and the port.

172 Rue Hassiba Benbouali
16015
+213 2168 5210
accorhotels.com/sofitel-algiers-hamma-garden

Le Saint George

The four-star Le Saint George is without a doubt one of Algiers’ most iconic hotels. If you fancy walking through the same corridors as the likes of Winston Churchill, Dwight D. Eisenhower, or Rudyard Kipling, then this hotel is for you.

24 Avenue Souidani Boudjemaâ
El Mouradia
+213 2123 0933
chaineeldjazair.com/sain_george/historique