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Top Choice Archaeological Site in Al Kharga

Necropolis of Al Bagawat

It may not look like much from afar, but this necropolis is one of the earliest surviving and best-preserved Christian cemeteries in the world. About 1km north of the Temple of Hibis, it’s built on the site of an ea…
Temple in Al Kharga

Temple of Hibis

The town of Hebet (‘the Plough’, now corrupted into Hibis) was the capital of the oasis in antiquity, but all that remains today is the well-preserved limestone Temple of Hibis. Once sitting on the edge of a sacred …
Ruins in Al Kharga

Monastery of Al Kashef

Dominating the cliffs 2km to the north of the Necropolis of Al Bagawat, the ruined Monastery of Al Kashef is strategically placed to overlook what was one of the most important crossroads of the Western Desert – the…
Market in Al Kharga

Midan Sho'ala Market

Stock up on all your fresh produce at this truly local market that runs through the alleyways off Midan Sho'ala. You'll find everything here from plastic-fantastic houseware to clucking chickens piled high in boxes.…
Museum in Al Kharga

Al Kharga Museum of Antiquities

Designed to resemble the architecture of the nearby Necropolis of Al Bagawat, this two-storey museum is an old-school dusty trove of archaeological finds from around Al Kharga and Dakhla oases. The collection is sma…
Egyptian in Al Kharga

Al Ahram

This small, friendly place is a carnivore's favourite. It serves roast chicken and kofta (mincemeat and spices grilled on a skewer) accompanied by modest salads and vegetable dishes. The smell of grilled meat will l…
Crêpes in Al Kharga

Crepiano Cafe

Yep. It's a crêperie in Al Kharga. And the crêpes are rather good too. Choose from a plethora of ingredients (from chocolate to sausage and everything in between), seat yourself at a rickety table outside and survey…
Pizza in Al Kharga

Pizza Ibn Al Balad

If you're pining for a change from grilled meat and salad, make a beeline for this little place that rustles up some of the best fiteer (Egyptian flaky pizza) in the oases. Choose from cheese, vegetarian, tuna or be…
Egyptian in Al Kharga


This busy joint gets the thumbs up from Al Kharga locals for serving simple but tasty Egyptian feasts of grilled meats, salads, rice and vegetable dishes. It's one of the town's most solid choices for a decent meal.
Egyptian in Al Kharga


Popular restaurant selling excellent fresh fish – unlikely in the middle of the desert, but true.