Best restaurants in Western Desert

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants 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 to its friendly on-the-ball staff and a huge menu of breakfast, pasta, traditional dishes, vegetable stews, couscous, roasted chickens and pizza.

  • Restaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Tanta Waa

    Tanta Waa is a great place to hang out after swimming in Cleopatra's Spring. It serves delicious smoothies and fresh juices, pancakes and good paninis. The wonderful slow-cooked dinner by candlelight, features anything from leg of lamb to duck with orange or chicken baked in the sand.

  • Restaurants in Mut

    El Forsan Cafe

    Behind El Forsan Hotel (you can walk through the hotel to enter), this surprisingly lush patch of grass is home to a garden cafe that serves up mammoth feasts of simple but fresh Egyptian flavours, including all manner of mahshi (stuffed vegetables) and the usual grilled meat. Locals hang out drinking tea here until the wee hours of the morning.

  • Restaurants in Al Kharga

    Al Ahram

    This small, friendly place is a carnivore's favourite. It serves roast chicken and kofta (mincemeat and spices grilled on a skewer) accompanied by modest salads and vegetable dishes. The smell of grilled meat will lure you in. Look for the sign above with pictures of the pyramids ( al ahram) to find it.

  • Restaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Al Babinshal Restaurant

    On the roof of the hotel of the same name, this might just be the most romantic dining spot in the oases. Moodily lit in the evenings, it’s practically attached to the fortress of Shali and has sweeping views over all of Siwa. This is the place in town to try camel-meat stew.

  • Restaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Abo Ayman Restaurant

    Roasted on a hand-turned spit over coals in an old oil drum, the chickens at Abo Ayman are the juiciest in Siwa. They’re well seasoned, and served with salad, tahini and bread. You can sit inside at low tables, but we like the tables outside with street views.

  • Restaurants in Al Kharga

    Crepiano Cafe

    Yep. It's a crêperie in Al Kharga. And the crêpes are rather good too. Choose from a plethora of ingredients (from chocolate to sausage and everything in between), seat yourself at a rickety table outside and survey the chaotic downtown Al Kharga action.

  • Restaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Nour Al Waha

    This popular hang-out, in a palm grove opposite Shali Lodge, has shady tables and plenty of tea and games on hand for those who just want to while away the day in the shade. The food is a mixture of Egyptian and Western, and is generally fresh and good.

  • Restaurants in Mut

    Said Shihad

    Owner Said is on to a good thing here: grilling up a nightly meat-centric feast to a dedicated following of hungry locals. The shish kebab is the thing to go for – perfectly succulent and served with potatoes in a tomato sauce, rice and beans.

  • Restaurants in Qasr Al Farafra

    Samir Restaurant

    Samir's is the most atmospheric choice of Farafra's admittedly few dining options. Set meals of grilled meat and chicken are the same as the other restaurants in town, but your table comes complete with the fine-dining flourish of a tablecloth.

  • Restaurants in Al Kharga

    Pizza Ibn Al Balad

    If you're pining for a change from grilled meat and salad, make a beeline for this little place that rustles up some of the best fiteer (Egyptian flaky pizza) in the oases. Choose from cheese, vegetarian, tuna or beef toppings.

  • Restaurants in Mut

    Ahmed Hamdy's Restaurant

    On the main road into town is Ahmed Hamdy’s popular place serving delicious chicken, kebabs, vegetables and a few other small dishes inside or on the terrace. The freshly squeezed lime juice is excellent, as is the shisha.

  • Restaurants in Al Kharga

    Wimpy

    This busy joint gets the thumbs up from Al Kharga locals for serving simple but tasty Egyptian feasts of grilled meats, salads, rice and vegetable dishes. It's one of the town's most solid choices for a decent meal.

  • Restaurants in Bawiti

    Rashed

    Big and clean, Rashed serves set multicourse meals that revolve around the usual meaty grill options. Head east for about 400m from the tourist information building, along the main road, to find it.

  • Restaurants in Mut

    Fateer Al Wadi

    Fresh-from-the-oven sweet or savoury fiteer (flaky pizza), made to order by a friendly crew.

  • Restaurants in Al Kharga

    Estekoza

    Popular restaurant selling excellent fresh fish – unlikely in the middle of the desert, but true.

  • Restaurants in Siwa Oasis

    Kenooz Siwa

    On the roof terrace of Shali Lodge, this cafe-restaurant is a great place to hang out while enjoying a mint tea or a cold drink. Mains include some unique Siwan specialities, such as baked lentils and eggplant with pomegranate sauce.

  • Restaurants in Bawiti

    Popular Restaurant

    Popular is Bawiti's main restaurant option, but standards have slipped and their set meals are now hugely overpriced. On a good note, the service is superfriendly and there's ice cold beer.

  • Restaurants in Qasr Al Farafra

    Al Chef

    Road-stop restaurant on the way to Dakhla serving good basics like chicken, kofta, stews and vegetables. Very lurid decor.