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Cafes, at the heart of Middle Eastern tradition

Cafes in the Middle East and Asia are a place to smoke shisha, socialize and relax. These cafes are nothing like Starbucks, yet they are as cultural to Middle Eastern culture as pubs are to Western cultures. The origins of these cafes are contested, but we know hookah smoking started around the 16th century and spread across Asia and the Middle East from there.