Restaurants

Top Choice Egyptian 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 bu…
Top Choice Italian in Cairo

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 blue-a…
Top Choice Egyptian in Cairo

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 sau…
Top Choice Egyptian 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 is a…
Top Choice Lebanese 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 triangl…
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 is f…
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 se…
Egyptian in Cairo

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 of E…
Egyptian in Cairo

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 salad …
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 opti…