Top choice egyptian in Cairo

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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 sauce), beetroot baladi bread, pickled lemon and spicy pepper ta'amiyya sandwiches, and some seriously good salads and shawarma. Eat in at the zinc-clad table amid the most eclectic of decors, or take out – this is ideal picnic fodder.

It's not just locals who are loving Zööba's take on Egyptian fast food either. The team won first place at London's 2016 Falafel Festival with its ta'amiyya.