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Restaurants in Cairo

Downtown is best for local restaurants, especially Egypt's famous koshary, made with macaroni, black lentils and garlic sauce, at Abou Tarek. Along the Nile around Zamalek and Gezira are huge houseboats with plush restaurants like El Morocco. Most restaurants favour Middle Eastern cuisine, with international cuisine at top hotel restaurants like Japanese Sapporo Teppanyaki in Doqqi. Upmarket restaurants are open until after midnight. Smart dress and reservations are recommended. Service charge is usually included, but add an extra 10% cash for waiters.

Abu el-Sid, Cairo. Courtesy of www.deyafa.net
Abu el-Sid, Cairo. Courtesy of www.deyafa.net
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Abu el-Sid

Sophisticated Egyptian cuisine

With Oriental decor of mosaic floors, upholstered ornate chairs and stone walls, Abu el-Sid in Zamalek is loved by fashionable locals. Sophisticated Egyptian dishes include chicken in walnut sauce, meatballs with molokheya (green herb) and stuffed pigeon with rice. Save room for the om aly (traditional pudding) with mixed nuts.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-1am

Address

157, Sharia 26 July, Zamalek, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2735 9640

Transport

Metro to Nasser

Website

Abu el-Sid Website

Sapporo Teppanyaki, Cairo. Courtesy of Sheraton Hotel
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Sapporo Teppanyaki

Sumptuous sushi

Sapporo Teppanyaki, in the Sheraton Cairo Hotel in Doqqi, has outstanding Japanese cuisine. Its huge menu contains excellent sushi and sashimi, or the indecisive should try the teppan special of several courses. Decor is unfussy and contemporary, diners are wealthy locals, and you will be mesmerised watching the chef create dishes on the grill.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-10pm

Address

Sheraton Cairo Hotel, Midan Galae, Doqqi, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0)2 33369700

Transport

Metro to Doqqi

Website

Cairo Sheraton Website

Revolving Restaurant, Cairo. Courtesy of Hyatt
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Revolving Restaurant

Revolving city views

The floor-to-ceiling windows on the Grand Hyatt's 41st floor take in views of pyramids and the old city, revolving fully in 75 minutes. Not that it detracts from the food. French cuisine includes pan-fried rib-eye steak or lobster, followed by creme brulee or roasted peach. Smart dress and reservations are essential. Ask for a window table.



Opening Hours

Daily 7pm-1am

Address

Corniche El Nile, Garden City, Roda Island, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2365 1234

Transport

Taxi

Website

Revolving Restaurant Website

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El Morocco

Floating Moroccan restaurant

El Morroco is one of several restaurants on board the Blue Nile boat, floating on the Nile at Gezira. Sink into plump cushions for sumptuous Moroccan mezzes and lamb tagine. Later on, the restaurant transforms into a smart and popular nightspot for wealthy well-groomed locals. Reservations are strongly recommended.



Opening Hours

Daily 8pm-3am

Address

Blue Nile Boat, 9A, Saraya al-Gezira, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2735 3114

Transport

Metro to Opera

Website

El-Morocco Website

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Maison Thomas

Sleek Italian bistro

Clean and sleekly decorated with high ceilings and solid wooden floors, Maison Thomas is a popular bistro in Cairo's Zamalek area. On the menu are Italy's most famous dishes, including pizza, lasagne, cannelloni and generously filled panini. Take a seat at a table or call for delivery, day or night.



Opening Hours

Daily all day

Address

157, 26th of July Street , Zamalek, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 27357057

Transport

Metro to Nasser

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Fish Market

Seafood served simply

On board the Americana Boat, moored at Giza, Fish Market is an unpretentious and very popular seafood restaurant with no menu, just freshly-caught fish and shellfish. Everything is simply steamed, grilled or fried, accompanied by fresh salads. The Nile views are unbeatable, especially at night. It's a good late-night dining spot. Reservations are recommended.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-3am

Address

26, Shariah el-Nil, Giza, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 3570 9693

Transport

Taxi to Midan al-Gamaa

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Andrea Mariotteya

Garden spit-roast feasting

Popular after a visit to the nearby pyamids at Giza (and filled with families in the evenings), Andrea Mariotteya is famed for its spit-roast chicken. Its real gem is the tree-filled garden, a peaceful retreat from the city's noise. Start with traditional mezzes and tuck into roasted or char-grilled tender meat, eaten with your fingers.



Opening Hours

Daily 11am-11pm

Address

59-60, Qanaat Maryoteyya, Saqqara, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 3383 1133

Transport

Taxi

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Estoril

Old-time elegance amid local artists

A real favourite with locals, unpretentious Estoril is tucked away in a Downtown alleyway and serves traditional Egyptian cuisine, plus some Lebanese dishes. The ambience is old-time elegance and walls are covered with paintings of upcoming local artists. Come for mezze and a beer, or a full-blown dinner.



Opening Hours

Daily 1pm-1am

Address

12, Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2574 3102

Transport

Metro to Sadat

The exterior of Abou Tarek, Cairo. Courtesy of Abou Tarek
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Abou Tarek

Local Egyptian favourite

Locals crowd through the doors of Abou Tarek Downtown to sample Egypt's national dish koushary. Although sold throughout the city, the much-loved dish combining macaroni, rice, black lentils, chick peas, garlic sauce and fried onions, has made this a landmark restaurant. Informal, busy and noisy, this is a local culinary experience worth queuing for.



Opening Hours

Daily 8am-12am

Address

16, Shariah al Shamplion, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2577 5935

Transport

Metro to Sadat

Website

Abou Tarek Website

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