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Top ChoiceGreek in Alexandria

Greek Club

The Greek Club's wide terrace is just the ticket for catching the evening breeze and watching the lights along Alexandria's legendary bay. The moussaka and the souvlaki are both easy menu winners, and the seafood...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Luxor

Wenkie's German Ice Cream & Iced Coffee Parlour

For people who only opened up shop in 2014, Ernst and Babette Wenk have quickly become legends, serving the finest, most delicious ice cream in Luxor. Using organic buffalo milk and fresh fruit, they make and...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Alexandria

Kadoura

Pronounced ‘Adora’, this is one of Alexandria’s most authentic fish restaurants, with food served at simple tables in a narrow street. Pick your fish (priced per kilo) from a huge ice-packed selection, usually...

Top ChoiceEgyptian in Luxor

Sofra Restaurant & Café

Sofra remains our favourite restaurant in downtown Luxor. Both the intimate salons and the spacious rooftop terrace are stylishly decorated, sprinkled with antique furniture, chandeliers and original tilework....

Top ChoiceIndian in Sharm El Sheikh

Rangoli

If you're a fan of the flavours of the subcontinent, don't miss Rangoli: romantically perched within the cliffside tumble of the Mövenpick Resort with the sweep of Na'ama Bay laid out below. Thanks to the...

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 ChoiceEgyptian in Alexandria

Abou El Sid

This swish Egyptian restaurant has kept much of the old setting of Pastroudis Cafe, the famous literary haunt, adding the wonderful art of Chant Avenissian and an excellent menu of Egyptian classics. It includes...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Aboukir

Zephyrion

This excellent fish taverna (the name is Greek for ‘sea breeze’) was founded in 1929 and serves first-class fish and seafood on a sweeping blue-and-white terrace overlooking the bay. There is no wine list, but...

Top ChoiceEgyptian in Alexandria

Teatro Eskandariya

Popular with local artists and creatives, the Teatro has it all: a cafe, restaurant, cultural centre, theatre, music venue and art gallery. Set in an alley back from the main street there is a large outdoor...

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 Alexandria

Mohammed Ahmed

The perfect lunch stop to scoff fuul (fava bean paste) and falafel. Mohammed Ahmed is the undisputed king of spectacularly good and cheap Egyptian standards. Select your fuul (we recommend iskandarani, mashed up...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Al Quseir

El Fardous

A no-nonsense waterfront restaurant serving the best fish in Al Quseir, El Fardous has half a dozen tables, big windows onto the sea, a big cooler where you choose your fish, calamari or lobster, and some...

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...

Top ChoiceInternational in Aswan

Panorama Restaurant & Bar

The Panorama is one of the best restaurants in Aswan, even though it is in the Mövenpick's eyesore tower. The food is good, the room elegant and the service friendly and efficient. The real draw, however, is the...

Top ChoiceItalian in El Gouna

Zia Amelia

El Gouna's cutest restaurant is rustic done right with a charmingly intimate interior and, weather permitting, an outdoor-dining area shaded by a vine-covered trellis. The menu is home-style Italian with generous...

Top ChoiceInternational in Siwa Oasis

Abdu’s Restaurant

Before wi-fi and smartphones, there were places like this – a village hub where people gathered nightly to catch up and swap stories. The longest-running restaurant in town remains the best eating option thanks...

Top ChoiceItalian in Dahab

Lakhbatita

We adore Lakhbatita's eccentric decoration, friendly service and serene ambience, all of which bring a touch of Italian flair to Dahab. The small menu of homemade pasta dishes, many featuring seafood, is a cut...

Top ChoiceSeafood in Sharm El Sheikh

Fares Seafood

Always crowded with locals, Fares is a Sharm El Sheikh institution for good-value seafood. Order fish priced by weight or choose from one of the pasta or tagen (stew cooked in a deep clay pot) options on the...