The Grand Post Office on Isly street and the white facade of the Safir Hotel are in the same area as Bab Azoun, a street lined with archways that was built between 1830 and 1840 in the Algiers of yesteryears when even numbers of a street were deemed more elegant. Right before you arrive to Bab El Oued and the casbah stands another symbol of the Europeanisation of the muslim city: the National Algerian Theatre. Established in the former opera house of Algiers, you will appreciate its wonderful neo-baroque facade from 1853, which survived the 1882 fire that destroyed the place.
Adjacent to the theatre and facing Port-Saïd square is the large terrace of the Tantonville café, an ideal place to watch people go by, or at night enjoy calamari in the restaurant. This institution from the colonial period was opened in 1880 by the Tourtel brothers and was at the time the meeting place for all Algiers' intelligentsia.
Théâtre national d'Alger
10, rue Hadj Omar
7, square Port-Saïd
+213 21 74 86 61 (café)