Aswan is a sleepy place and most tourists eat on board the cruise boats, but there are a few laid-back restaurants. Outside the hotels, few serve alcohol and few accept credit cards.

Local Knowledge: Local Cuisine

Along Sharia As Souq and Sharia Abtal At Tahrir there are plenty of small restaurants and cafes, where you can take in the lively atmosphere of the souq and sample local flavours.

  • Marwan A tiny takeaway place hidden among the low-rise apartment blocks, just off the square with the train station. This is where Aswanis go when they want good fuul (fava bean paste) and ta’amiyya (falafel).
  • Koshary As Safwa A good kushari place (a mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce) that also sells takeaway shawarma and kofta (mincemeat and spices grilled on a skewer).
  • El Tahrer Pizza Just off the souq in front of the train station, El Tahrer Pizza is a popular cafe serving pizza and fiteer (sweet or savoury flaky pizza) at rock-bottom prices. Tea and shisha are also served.