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Cairo - Restaurants


Dining - Local Cuisine & Customs

Many traditional Egyptian recipes have travelled from the kitchens of North Africa to tantalise the taste buds of diners all over the world; hummus, tahini, tabouleh and shish kebab are featured in the restaurants of most cities. However, it is always worth sampling the authentic version of international dishes. In Cairo there is an abundance of traditional cuisine prepared with local ingredients. Most daily dishes are meat free and based instead on ful, a brown bean, cooked with garlic and lemon to make the thick, tasty stew mudammas.

Cairo has an enormous number of restaurants, catering to most needs. Cheap food can be found everywhere in street restaurants and snack stalls. The top notch restaurants are often, but not always, found in hotels and Nile boats. The borders between restaurants and cafes are not crystal-clear in the Egyptian capital. In many places it is perfectly acceptable to just have a drink or shisha. Medium and high-range outlets might have a minimum charge. Cheaper restaurants will normally not serve alcohol as well as some more expensive outlets. In general, downtown is good for budget eating, while for higher quality eating you should head to Zamalek, Mohandesin or any of the other more affluent parts of town.

For those with a greater interest in Cairo's culinary life, look for Cairo Dining, a magazine with a half-yearly update of 1000 Cairo restaurants (and places to go out) sorted by price, kind of food and area.

Otlob.com delivers food from a large number of Cairo restaurants, including fast-food places like McDonalds, as well as higher-end places. Otlob is also useful because it offers a list of restaurants by type of food, area, and even covers menus, conveniently all in English. Almost all but the highest quality Cairo restaurants offer delivery or takeout. 

Global cuisine is always available in a large variety of city restaurants, but whether you choose local or international flavours it is wise to leave room for a sticky, sweet Egyptian dessert.


Restaurants by Cuisine

Cafe

Naguib Mahfouz Café
Perfect lunchtime stop amidst the bustling Khan al Khalili shopping district. The local appetizers are well worth trying.
5 Sekket al-Badistan, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 590 3788

Café Riche
Something like a museum in itself, this colonial-feel eatery prepares simple dishes while the patrons discuss its past with the maître d’
17 Talaat Harb Street, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 392 9793

Egyptian

Abu Sid
Probably the best place for local cuisine, set in an art deco apartment with marble tables and Warholesque art
157 26th of July Street, Zamalek, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 2735 9640

Citadel View Restaurant
Situated perfectly for panoramic views of the city’s main sights 
Al-Azhar Park, Salah Salem Street, Cairo
+20 2 510 9150

Nubian Village
Serenades from wandering minstrels and the sweet scent of fresh bread permeate the restaurants riverside terrace pavilion
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Corniche El Nil, Garden City, Roda Island, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 365 1234

Abou Tarek
Serving only koshari, the filling Egyptian fast food, this is a staple of any visit to Cairo
16 Shamplion Street, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 577 5935

Sequoia
Trendy tented spot on the Nile, serving excellent Egyptian and Lebanese meze
1-3 Abou Feda Street, Zamalek, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 735 0014

French

Justine
Creating classic French cuisine with local ingredients, this is truly the best of both worlds
4 Shara Hassan Sabri, Zamalek, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 341 2961

Steak

Charwood’s
Using the best meat in town, Charwood’s prepares mouth-watering cuts
53 Gameat El Dowal El Arabia St, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 3749 0893

Thai

Bu Khoa
Seasonal food and continually changing specials mean you’re certain of fresh delights
151 Rd. 9, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 2358 0126


Tipping

Tipping in Egypt is called baksheesh. In hotels and restaurants a gratuity of between 10% and 15% is the acceptable norm. However, baksheesh is expected for every service. Attendants at Cairo's historical buildings, footwear supervisors in mosques, taxi and camel drivers, baggage handlers and tour assistants will all ask for something extra from those who can afford it. Low wages necessitate this requirement and the working people of Egypt rely on the generosity of visitors. The equivalent of between USD 1.00 and USD 2.00 is an appropriate amount each time.





Hotels in Cairo, Egypt

InterContinental Cairo CityStars

InterContinental Cairo CityStars

Omar Ibn El Khattab Street, Cairo, 11737

Hotel DescriptionThe luxurious InterContinental Citystars Cairo is situated adjacent to Cairo's largest retail and leisure complex, Citystars Heliopolis, and is the ideal starting point for tours, sightseeing and enjoying the vibrant life of Cairo'. The...




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Semiramis InterContinental

Semiramis InterContinental

Corniche el Nil, Garden City, Cairo, 11511

Explore the ancient and enthralling city of Cairo while staying at the Semiramis InterContinental Cairo Hotel. The great Pyramids of Ghiza, the Egyptian Museum, River Nile, Coptic Cairo and many more attractions of the city are just...




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Fairmont Heliopolis

Fairmont Heliopolis

Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

Hotel Introduction A recently renovated, atrium-style luxury hotel, the Sheraton Heliopolis Hotel, Towers& Casino is situated in Cairo's prominent district. The hotel offers a wide variety of restaurants and services. Hotel...




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Four Seasons Cairo 1st Residence

Four Seasons Cairo 1st Residence

35 Giza Street, P.O. Box 663, El Orman, Cairo, 12311

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Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza

Four Seasons Cairo Nile Plaza

1089 Corniche EL Nil, P.O. Box 63, Maglis EL Shaab, Garden City, Cairo, 11519

Hotel Description: The New Nile Plaza is a Magnificent, Multi-Use Development, With Upscale Shopping, Private Residences and, of Course, Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza.Rising Thirty Storeys On the Corniche At the Nile Rivers Widest Point,... more
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Grand Hyatt

Grand Hyatt

Corniche El Nil, Garden City Roda Island, Cairo, 2288

Description The allure of a historic and mysterious culture, the thirst for magnificence and the hunt for luxury, leads travellers to the Grand Hyatt Cairo Hotel, the landmark of luxury and sophistication in the capital city of great Egypt... more
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JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

JW Marriott Hotel Cairo

Ring Road, Mirage City, P.O. Box 427, Heliopolis, Cairo, 11757

Hotel Description:The JW Marriott Hotel Cairo is an international hotel destination for both business and leisure travelers. Located in the Mirage City area of Cairo ten miles northeast of downtown, this full-service resort hotel combines deluxe... more
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Le Meridien Pyramids

Le Meridien Pyramids

El Remaya Square, P.O. Box 25, Pyramids, Cairo, 12561

Le Meridien Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a majestic hotel blessed with views of the magnificent Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World. Located near the Cairo International Airport, Le Meridien Cairo Pyramids Hotel is also only just... more
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Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

16 Saraya El Gezira Street, P.O. Box 33, Zamalek, Cairo, 11211

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Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi

Pyramids' Road, Giza, Cairo

Hotel Description: The Hotel Was Built in 1869. Under the Shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza, Lies Cairo'S Most Prestigious Hotel, Which Was an Old Royal Hunting Lodge. It Has 40 Acres of Jasmin-Scented Gardens. There is a Magnificent 18-Hole... more
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Ramses Hilton Hotel

Ramses Hilton Hotel

1115 Corniche El Nile, Cairo, Egypt

Take in views of the Nile and the Pyramids from the Ramses Hilton hotel's 36th-floor Windows on the World bar. Relax by the sun-drenched outdoor pool or enjoy alfresco dining at the Garden Court Caf. On the banks of the Nile, the hotel boasts a well-equipped... more
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Sheraton Cairo Hotel

Sheraton Cairo Hotel

Galaa Square, P.O. Box 11, Cairo

Hotel Introduction Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Towers and Casino is ideally located on the west bank of the River Nile. With cosmopolitan modern adjoining towers, our hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's finest landmarks. Hotel... more
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Sonesta Hotel and Casino

Sonesta Hotel and Casino

3 El Tayaran Street, P.O. Box 9039, Nasr City, Cairo

All rooms feature air-conditioning, satellite television, radio, mini bar, hair dryer and direct-dial telephone.Our Royal Club Floor offers special amenities to guests. The hotel is fully equipped with a fire alarm system and smoke detectors in every room. Hotel... more
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Golden Tulip Flamenco

Golden Tulip Flamenco

2 El Gezira El Wosta Street,Cairo

The Golden Tulip Flamenco is set in the heart of the residential and diplomatic sector of Cairo and overlooking the Nile. Hotel Flamenco is located away from the bustle of the city, yet conveniently close to the centre of activity with its wealth of culture, history,... more
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Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence

Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre Residence

1191 Courniche El Nile Street, Cairo, Egypt

On the River Nile and part of the World Trade Center complex, the Hilton Cairo World Trade Center Residence is 10 minutes' walk from the business district. Swim laps in the outdoor pool or dine on Mediterranean fare at ''The Lounge''. All guest rooms are Suites with... more
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Le Meridien Heliopolis

Le Meridien Heliopolis

51 El Orouba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo, 2466

Situated in the exclusive residential area of Heliopolis, the Le Meridien Heliopolis hotel is within close proximity to the Presidential Palace and... more
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Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers & Casino

Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers & Casino

Cornish El Nil, Maadi, Po Box 217, 11431 Cairo, Egypt

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Novotel Cairo 6th Of October

Novotel Cairo 6th Of October

Ext. 26th Of July St., 0 Cairo, Egypt

Hotel IntroductionFour star hotel offering 195 rooms. The Novotel Cairo 6th of October is located in 6 October City, five minutes away from the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, 30 minutes from downtown Cairo and 45 minutes from Cairo International Airport.... more
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Novotel Cairo Airport

Novotel Cairo Airport

Po Box 8 Cairo Airport, 11776 Cairo, Egypt

Hotel IntroductionHotel featuring 204 rooms. A short stroll from the airport. 17km from the center of Cairo and 8 km from the International Convention and Exhibition Center. The hotel features 8 shops, 2 bars, a swimming pool and 3 meeting rooms. AccommodationNumber... more
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