The best dining experience in
Cairo can usually be found in the many international hotels
in the city.
Since food in Egypt is relatively cheap, a
three-course meal without wine would cost you no more than
US$35. Local drinks are a lot cheaper than imported ones so
if it would be more frugal to go with those. And if you add
tips and taxes to the restaurant prices you could spend
about 25% more than the original bill.
The Andrea, located in Maryutiya Canal in Giza is a typical
Its shaded garden terrace,
cellar bar, and indoor dining room make it a popular
family lunch spot,
especially on Fridays, with the
enticing aroma of grilled offerings such as grilled
chicken, kofte, and quails wafting through the air.
Meanwhile, the smell of freshly baked bread from
clay ovens intermingles with these smells.
Though they serve
wine and beer, they don’t serve desserts.
Winter nights see the Andrea transformed from a
family friendly restaurant into quite a hot and
happening night spot.
It is because of this
reputation that many imitators have tried to use the
same name to lure tourists so be sure you go to the
one located in Maryutiya Canal, and make a
reservation before coming.
If you’re looking for a place to chill after a busy
day visiting the thousands of shops of Cairo’s great
bazaar, you might consider going to the Khan El-Khalili
Restaurant and Naguib Mahfouz Coffee Shop for lunch.
Partake in the traditional Egyptian offerings whilst
being served by charming and courteous staff.
This place is reputed for its cleanliness and the
air-conditioning is a welcome escape from the heat of the
outdoors. The establishment prides itself in its regular
patrons which consist mostly of intellectuals and locals
artists. It was, after all, named after Egypt’s Nobel-prize
For a more modern feel of Cairo, go to the Aqua. There are
several choices for the weary traveler such as a sushi bar,
traditional seafood choices, vegetarian offerings, and
continental recipes such as Caesar salad, steaks (prepared
in a variety of ways), and buffalo wings for the homesick
A British owned vegetarian
restaurant, L’Aubergine is a Mediterranean-style
establishment that is very popular with the young and hip
Cairenes as well as a great meeting place for travelers.
The staples of the
menu are soups, salads, and pastas though some fish
and meat dishes are available for the non-vegans.
The ambience at night is dark and romantic as the
restaurant uses candles to light the place. There is
also an upstairs bar that is quite popular for the
To get a great view of Cairo, visit the Revolving
Restaurant of the Hyatt Hotel. French haute cuisine,
intimate dinners for two, and incomparable city
views are the main attraction of this restaurant.
For those who are not too fond of heights, there is
a great restaurant near the Nile’s edge called the
El Sakya which serves Indian, Japanese, Italian