It was an experience that you shouldn't miss out on if you're traveling to Cairo, it's after you pass by the craziness of the super famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar and do some shopping. Stopping here to have coffee or a mint tea on the outskirts of big street where the well-known Cafe Fishawi where you can see the bustling and hectic life of Cairo turn more traditional.
If you leave Tahrir via Talaat Harb, take the second right. Keep an eye out in Talaat, just before turning, there is an infamous dive with the same name, where the food is just as bad as the staff. The real entrance is carefully decorated in wood instead of neon orange. It is advisable not to get confused.
If you feel like having dinner in a nice restaurant with great views, do not hesitate to come here: The Christos. Not cheap (about 15 euros) for being in Egypt, but this is what you can eat there: Good fish, seafood, rice and exquisite Arab salads that are homemade. Really, a menu that tasted like heaven. Just don´t dare stay inside. Climb to the top of the terrace and enjoy the views while you have a view of the lights of the pyramids before they turn off.
You only have to visit the pyramid of Sakkara, we went to eat and we ended up in the Elezba Restaurant. It is not a place that I would have liked to go because it was too touristy. It´s the place where the guides take their tourists and it´s not cheap to eat there. But the truth is that you can eat well, a barbecue buffet and arab salads.
One of the oldest cafes in the capital of Egypt, located in the heart of the city. The facade maintains its old appearance, and it seems like the kind of place which just invites you to come and remember the North Africa that you've seen in movies about explorers and archaeologists.
The last part of my spectacular trip. It was an incredible hotel although what I enjoyed was the dinner in the Giratorio Restaurant that it has on one of the last floors, I don´t remember which. It was a lovely experience if you have the opportunity to go.
Bedouin Lodge Hotel is in the heart of Dahab, a small place in front of the sea. A taxi from the bus station will cost 10LE, or it is just 30 minutes walking. Then around you have a number of different restaurants, bars and dive clubs, plus a small travel agency that can organize your trips and tours. Rooms are small, clean and basic. With AC, it costs for 1,2 or 3 people 14, 20 or 26 euros. A little more expensive if you want a balcony with views of the sea. No need to take a taxi, because Dahab is very small. There are 26 rooms, and there are also options with rooms that don´t have AC.
It is a nice restaurant on the beach of Assalah, owned by two Egyptians Nader Nazmi and with great work experience developed in Italy ... There are good domesti and Italian and pasta dishes made here daily. The fish is fresh and from Dahab and the pizzas are fantastic .... It has very affordable prices, and service is exquisite ... Here you can have a nice dinner with the sea breeze at your shirt, with your feet dangling in the water. If you decide to visit this beautiful Spanish Restaurant ask for it in Dahab. It is situated next to the Hotel Sheik Salem. To contact call or email: TEL: +20 12 797 2361 E-MAIL: Daipescatori@hotmail.Com
This is a small snack joint in the back part of Dahab, in front Oum Kalsoum coffee. The food, small pita breads with falafel, salad or other fritters, all with french fries, was very good. Afterwards, I felt a little sick to my stomach but I'm not convinced the food was the reason since it was a vegetarian meal. The reason why I chose this restaurant was because the clientele were Egyptians, not tourists. They have a quiet, shady terrace where you can eat, but you need to bring a drink from the store outside, as they're not sold in the restaurant. The prices are very cheap, only 5 LE per sandwich, not even one euro. You'll need to eat two or three to get full.
Founded in 1938, the Alfi Bey restaurant is in El Alfy Street, in the historic center of Cairo. It is a traditional restaurant, with an old decor to match. Some of the waiters have worked there all of their lives, and must surely be close to retirement age now! The menu is in English, but poorly translated, sometimes hard to understand, but this is common in the neighbourhood. Just open the door, and you'll take a journey through time, with wood furniture and copper accessories ... The service is pretty fast, you can eat all the traditional dishes, Fattah, kefta, babaganug, pigeon meat stuffed with herbs ... it costs 10 euros per person or so.
Lux is a restaurant on Ramses Avenue, near the station of the same name. It is very cheap, the kind of restaurant that you'll see all over Cairo. They specialise in Koshari, a mixture of lentils, rice, spaghetti, chickpeas, macaroni ... yes, all together! It's served with fried onions, and if you want, some meat - meatballs, liver or kebab. Prices range from 4-12 LE, ie 0.50 to 1.50 euro, and I promise you'll be more than full with that. If that's not the case, there are desserts, just fifty scents for pudding or rice pudding. Drinks cost 2-3 LE for a tea, Turkish coffee or a soft drink. You share the table with other patrons, mostly Egyptians, and they'll often strike up a conversation and ask you what you're doing there.
Le Bistro is a restaurant in the neighborhood of Bab el Loq near the market that shares the same name. It's a little below street level, but thanks to its colorful doors you know where you are quite easily. It's where expats meet, particularly the French, who live and work in Cairo. Having French food is a nice change from Egyptian, but they do not know European cuisine very well. The appetizer costs between 2 and 3 euros, main courses between 4 and 8 euros and desserts 2-3 euros. You cannot pay with card. There are meats, a good selection of salads, pasta with cheese, chicken in wine sauce ... And desserts also change among classics Egyptian desserts.
Goha is a classic snack bar in the Downtown neighborhood of Cairo. It is close to Mustafa Kamal square, when you take Emad el Din street. Koshari serve an Egyptian dish, perfect if you're starving. They serve you spaghetti, maraconi, lentils, chickpeas, with a little bit of meat on the top, sometimes with more rice, all in a bowl. You soak it up with a tomato sauce. It is delicious, althought not necessarily a great dining experience, but for half a euro you will not find better! It is a very popular dish and Goha is always full.
The Muhamad Farid bakery is on the street of the same name, next to St Joseph's Cathedral. The cakes are shown outside on the pavement, so you'll be enticed inside! They are very cheap, and you can take them away to a nearby cafe and sit on the terrace while you order a coffee as an accompaniment. My favourites were the little dried cakes, with sesame or almonds. I didn't really care so much for the honey-filled ones. You can eat one, and you'll be full all day! They also make cream cakes for special occasions. A bag of little cakes for two costs one euro more or less, depending on weight
Nour Al Salam is a small snack area behind Midan Tahrir. There are many like this, where they hang the food out the windows, something not normal for the hygienic standards of Europe, but at least you can see what they offer if you look. I never got sick eating like this in the streets of Cairo. They make good small pizzas that cost 1 Euro, with a lot of pastrami and cheese. Well, the pastrami is chicken, but it looked good. Later there are filled bread with meat that cost 50 cents, very greasy but delicious. They don´t service drinks but you can go to look for one and there is only one table!
Abou Tarek is a chain of restaurants which make Koshary, an Egyptian specialty. It is a plastic bowl where you put rice, lentils, various kinds of pasta, meat, and onions. Then you slather it in ketchup. It's better than it sounds and makes for a complete meal for less than a dollar. Abou Tarek has 4 or 5 branches in Cairo and is a popular place where people go. Compared to McDonald's or KFC, it comes out 4 times cheaper and also gives you the chance to try a real Egyptian dish. They have everything already cooked, you just prepare it to your taste, and get it in less than 5 minutes.
Nemo's restaurant is next to Dahab's coast with an exterior part that touches the ocean. Three friends started the restaurant several years ago and the place has a good reputation. There is a varied menu, with national and international dishes. For example, they serve German dishes, since one of them lived in Germany for a few years. The seating is Bedouin with low tables and cushions. It's very nice to almost lay down there after eating and enjoy the sea breeze. They serve tapas before lunch with no charge, and after eating you can smoke shisha, Egyptian pipes.
The Chill Out is in the heart of Dahab, it is a nice cafe which has views of the ocean. It has a living room consisting of low tables and comfortable cushions instead of chairs. They serve a variety of food. For breakfast there is a great option of juices of the season, in addition to Egyptian pancakes, eggs any style, and continental breakfast. Tea and coffee are Egyptian style, if you need a large coffee you must ask for an American. Then for lunch and dinner they offer Egyptian cuisine consisting of lamb with salsa, tagines, and some international dishes. It comes out to around 15 euros per person for dinner, which is quite expensive for Egypt, but all the restaurants in the city of Dahab have similar prices.