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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...

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian 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...

Grill 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,...

Crêpes 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...

International 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...

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian 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...

Pizza 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...

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian in Al Kharga


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.

Egyptian in Bawiti


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.

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Fateer Al Wadi

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

Egyptian in Al Kharga


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

Egyptian 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...

Egyptian 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.

Egyptian 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.