Iraqi intellectual life at the cafes of Baghdad
(MENAFN)Customers of Shabandar cafe have watched 100 years of Iraq's disturbed history pass by, as they sat at tables with glasses of tea in the heart of Baghdad's bookshop district.
It opened its doors a century ago, and embraced Baghdad's intellectual life, as poets and politicians has been drawn to its wooden benches and photo-lined walls.
"I've been coming here for the past 60 years," Abdul Fattah Al Noeimi, 77 said dapper in his brown suit and matching tie.
"At nine in the morning until two or three in the afternoon, when everyone is leaving." He added.
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