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What to Eat in Cairo

Cairo's dining scene reflects the people who frequent the city's streets and sights. While many restaurants are influenced by Cairo's geographic location, there are also a variety of internationally inspired eateries for tourists. Some of Cairo's most popular restaurants include Birdcage for Thai dishes, Shogun Japanese Restaurant and Left Bank for European-focused fare. American fast food franchises like McDonald's, Burger King and Pizza Hut are available as well.

However, when you visit Cairo, expect to try Egyptian cuisine. Egyptian meals – like Middle Eastern ones – typically include bread, rice and vegetables like lentils and onions. Fish from the Nile River is also offered on many restaurant menus. To sample local dishes like aish baladi (Egyptian-style pita bread), hamam mahshi (rice- or wheat-stuffed pigeon) and mouloukhiya (rabbit or chicken stew with garlic and mallow – a leafy green vegetable), dine at restaurants like Abou El Sid and Felfela. For a more upscale atmosphere, try fine dining Middle Eastern and Egyptian restaurants like Sabaya and Sequoia.

Keep in mind that Egyptians eat later in the day: Lunch is typically served from 1 to 4 p.m., while dinner service is offered between 8 p.m. and midnight. If your stomach starts to grumble in between meals, snack on street food favorites like koshari (a dish with rice, pasta and lentils covered in a thick tomato sauce) or ful medammes (mashed fava beans with seasonings).

Find the Best Restaurants in Cairo

  • #1
    Sachi
    #1 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 376 reviewsTripAdvisor (376)
    $$ | Japanese, Mediterranean, Sushi, Fusion
    3 Cleopatra Street Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #2
    L'Uliveto Italian Restaurant
    #2 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 101 reviewsTripAdvisor (101)
    $$ | Italian
    Nile City Towers- 2005 B Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11311 Egypt
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  • #3
    Bab Al Qasr
    #3 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 304 reviewsTripAdvisor (304)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
    Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel First Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #4
    Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant
    #4 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 877 reviewsTripAdvisor (877)
    $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #5
    The Grill Restaurant & Lounge
    #5 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 304 reviewsTripAdvisor (304)
    $$ | French, Steakhouse, Mediterranean, European
    InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Corniche El Nile Downtown, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #6
    Maestro Italian Restaurant
    #6 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 405 reviewsTripAdvisor (405)
    $$ | Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St. Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #7
    Sushiramis
    #7 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 108 reviewsTripAdvisor (108)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #8
    Birdcage
    #8 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 869 reviewsTripAdvisor (869)
    $$ | Asian, Thai
    Corniche El Nil Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #9
    Shogun Japanese Restaurant
    #9 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 505 reviewsTripAdvisor (505)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Omar Ibn EL Khattab St. Heliopolis InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #10
    Al Khal Egyptian Restaurant
    #10 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 332 reviewsTripAdvisor (332)
    $$ | Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Arabic
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Bin Khattab Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #11
    Kazoku
    #11 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Swan Lake Compound club house Swan Lake Compound, 1st Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #12
    Esplanade Cafe Restaurant
    #12 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 212 reviewsTripAdvisor (212)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #13
    Windows Restaurant
    #13 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 204 reviewsTripAdvisor (204)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Egyptian, International
    Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars Aly Rashed St. Off Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #14
    Sabaya
    #14 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 623 reviewsTripAdvisor (623)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Corniche El Nil Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #15
    Pane Vino Restaurant
    #15 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 384 reviewsTripAdvisor (384)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza, European, Mediterranean
    Corniche El Nil InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #16
    O's Pasta
    #16 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 160 reviewsTripAdvisor (160)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    159 26th of July Street Zamalek, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #17
    Osmanly Restaurant
    #17 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 278 reviewsTripAdvisor (278)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #18
    Indira Indian Restaurant
    #18 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1145 reviewsTripAdvisor (1145)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars Ali Rashed Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #19
    Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    #19 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Fusion
    2005 B, Corniche El Nil Fairmont Towers Nile City - 2005 B, Corniche El Nil, Ramlet Beaulac, Cairo 2466 Egypt
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  • #20
    Maharaja Indian Restaurant at Ramses Hilton
    #20 of 4,387 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 203 reviewsTripAdvisor (203)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    1115 Corniche El Nile Ramses Hilton, Cairo 12344 Egypt
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