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By : Fernanda lustosa | Jul 19, 2020
So, you are in Cairo! And of course a trip is not complete without cuisine experiences. It is time to try
new flavours, and you must be curious about where you are going to get the best tastes from.
Egyptian cuisine is delicious but it must be exotic to many people: lentil beans with pasta, a green oily
soup, stuffed pigeon, etc. But, guess what? IT IS SO DELICIOUS! So first, let's give a look onto the most
traditional dishes, but be aware: forget the diet for now.
This is a national dish. Koshari is made of rice, lentils, macaroni, topped with caramelized onions, red
sauce and garlic (or vinegar or chili) sauce.
Love me or hate it, Molokheya would say. The leaf green is shopped and cooked with garlic & ground
coriander, and served with meat or chicken. It is eaten with bread or rice.
Vegetarians will like this option. It is basically stuffed vegetables, usually zucchini, tomatoes, bell
peppers, cabbage leaves, eggplants, or grapevine leaves. Then the vegetables are filled with rice, herbs,
tomato sauce and a bit of cinnamon.
This dish is traditional in celebrations, and it is as ancient as Egyptian civilization. It is made of layers of
bread & rice, and meat topped with tomato/ vinegar sauce.
Fava beans. One of the most common dishes in Egyptian breakfast. It is served with oil, salt & lemon
juice. You will find it on the streets of Cairo or in Egyptian restaurants, such an universal dish it is!
This is the Egyptian falafel. It is crashed fava beans with spices in a nugget shape. Then it is fried and
served with ful, tahina, and salad.
Liver is another universal dish, served in both local and finest restaurants. It is cooked with peppers and
spices. Sausages are cooked with spicy peppers and tomato sauce.
For barbecue lovers, kebak is grilled meat, lamb or veal. Kofta is also grilled, but minced meat.
For the sweet fans, Konafa is THE sweet. This desert is a Ramadan specialty. It is made of baked
shredded konafa filled with cream and syrup.
It literally means "Mother of Ali". It combines puff pastry, milk, and sugar, like a pudding.
It is the Egyptian rice pudding. Rice is cooked in milk with sugar and topped with pistachios.
As you can see, there are a lot of interesting Egyptian dishes so we are trying to mention just some that
for sure you must include. Now, let's go to what matters: where to eat this delicious food? What are the
best places to eat in Cairo You will find many great restaurants in the capital, and some great ones at the
hotels, but this list does not intend to be fancy but privilege typical Egyptian restaurants that local
people would recommend and that for sure will bring more authenticity to your Egyptian cuisine
Located in a small alley in Downtown Cairo, this place is one of those hidden gems you feel happy bump
into. Everything there is small, simple and cosy, and there is a big queue outside. You feel like entering
an old friend's house. Famous for mouth-watering homemade food, the restaurant has one rule though:
a fixed daily menu with three choices. This does not seem to be a problem for its popularity at all.
Address: 59 Al Faki St., Bab Al Louq, Abdeen, Cairo
Good food, good price, good vibes. That's how most of customers define Sobhy Kaber. Typical Egyptian
food and very accessible. Menu is in Arabic though so you mind find some challenge but it is fine since
you can just say the name of Egyptian dishes (as we introduced some to you here) or point out (surely
you can check out what people on the table beside yours ordered). You will find a way. Since it does not
accept reservations you might find it busy but service is quick.
Address: 151 Abeid Street, Elsahel, Cairo
Known for delicious food and one of the sweetheart places amongst locals and foreigners, this
restaurant will give you a local experience and it serves a variety of Egyptian dishes. Tables are placed
right on the street and it might find difficult to find room, so be a bit patient. However the wait pays off
and just reinforces the good reputation of this place.
Adress: 79 Talaat Harn St., Giza
Most probably the "fanciest" restaurant on this list. Abo El Sid offers old authentic atmosphere,
cosiness, and delicious Egyptian food. To sum up, it is the whole experience package. It has a buzzing
vibe both with Egyptians and foreigners. One of the advantages is that it serves alcohol. You will need
Address: 157 26th of July Corridor St., Zamalek, Cairo
This one is a franchise and as such you will not find the cosiness of other restaurants but it still is a place
that belongs to this list. First because you can find it around the town, second because the food is good,
and third because it is the closest you can get of street food but with a clean service. As the name says,
you should try their Koshari. The Dokki branch is one of the most popular.
Address: 132 El Tahir St., Dokki, Giza