Top ChoiceEgyptian in Cairo

Abu Tarek

‘We have no other branches!’ proclaims this temple of kushari (mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce). No, the place has just expanded, decade by decade, into the upper storeys of its...

Top ChoiceItalian in Cairo

O's Pasta

O's Pasta

A few years ago, Cairo was a-tizz with new sushi joints; now all the newbie restaurants are Italian and O's Pasta is our pick of the bunch. Squeeze – and we mean squeeze, there are only five tables – into the...

Top ChoiceEgyptian in Cairo

Zööba

Zööba

Egyptian street food gets a modern makeover. Zööba has taken the country's classic cheap eats and given them contemporary twists. Whole-grain kushari (mix of noodles, rice, black lentils, fried onions and tomato...

Top ChoiceEgyptian in Cairo

At Tabei Ad Dumyati

The takeaway section out front does a roaring trade in shawarma (meat sliced off a spit and stuffed in a bread roll with chopped tomatoes and garnish) and ta'amiyya (Egyptian variant of falafel), while out back...

Top ChoiceLebanese in Cairo

Sabaya

Delicious Lebanese food in a sumptuous but relaxed atmosphere. There's plenty of grilled meat mains, but the mezze here is the real star of the show. Order old favourites hummus and sambousek (stuffed pastry...

Chinese in Cairo

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Cairo may not be synonymous with luxury, but travellers with a chunk of dough can head to Africa’s top-rated Cantonese restaurant. The crispy crab claw alone makes for a unforgettable culinary experience, but the...

International in Cairo

U Bistro & Bar

For one of the smartest European kitchen menus outside of Cairo’s grand hotels, head to U Bistro & Bar, the long-awaited replacement to the street’s famous former watering hole, La Bodega. The stylish...

Egyptian in Cairo

Gad

Gad’s lighthouse logo is fitting: it’s a beacon in the night for hungry Cairenes whether they're in the mood for fiteer (sweet or savoury flaky pizza), shawarma, salads or European-style pizza. The ground floor...

Cafe in Cairo

Copenhagen

A strong latte and avocado toast for a light lunch – well, well Cairo, how times change. This teensy place, with just two high bar-tables and eight seats, is our new favourite coffee hangout in Zamalek. It does a...

Egyptian in Cairo

Abou El Sid

Abou El Sid

Cairo’s first hipster Egyptian restaurant (and now a national franchise), Abou El Sid is as popular with tourists as it is with upper-class natives. You can get better molokhiyya (garlicky leaf soup, speciality...

Egyptian in Cairo

Cairo Kitchen

Cairo Kitchen

Dig into contemporary versions of traditional wholesome Egyptian home cooking. Order from the counter – brown-rice kushari, molokhiyya (garlicky leaf soup, speciality of Egypt) or a typical Egyptian stew. The...

Cafe in Cairo

Eish + Malh

This high-ceilinged cafe, with its original arched windows framed by floor-to-ceiling city scenes, is a favoured hang-out for hip, young Cairenes. The menu has an Italian bent with decent pizza, plenty of pasta...

Egyptian in Cairo

Balcona

For authentic Egyptian flavours in a tourist-free environment, head to Balcona after 9pm to enjoy a quiet evening of kofta and bread. Black-and-white photos of guest celebrities adorn the walls, giving a sense of...

Latin American in Cairo

Tabla Luna

If you need a hiatus from hummus, this tiny bistro in the heart of Maadi is a solid pick. Tabla Luna is one of the few Latin American restaurants well established in Egypt, and its menu, written on a big...

Egyptian in Cairo

El Omda

A mini-empire taking up the better part of a block, El Omda offers numerous ways to put grilled meats into your system. At the takeout joint on the corner, get a shish tawouq (marinated chicken grilled on...

Pizza in Cairo

Maison Thomas

Maison Thomas

A little slice of the Continent, with loads of brass and mirrors, and friendly waiters in long white aprons, Maison Thomas has been serving up Cairo's best thin-crust pizza for decades. Puritans should opt for...

Syrian in Cairo

Abu Ammar Al Souri

At this thronged fast-food operation, pantalooned men work the shawarma skewers, folding meat slices into huge pieces of Syrian-style saj flatbread. It's also good for trying out Arabic specialities more usually...

Egyptian in Cairo

Koshary Goha

Egyptian families know a good deal when they see one, and that's why Koshary Goha's outdoor tables are often packed solid in the evening. The kushari (mix of noodles, rice and black lentils) here is seriously...

Egyptian in Cairo

Saj & Shawerma

Follow the crowds of students to Zamalek’s most popular shawarma stand. True to street food form, Saj & Shawerma keeps it simple with beef and chicken shawarma, fries, coleslaw and garlic dip sides. But what...