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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).

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  • #1
    The Blue Restaurant & Grill
    #1 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 801 reviewsTripadvisor (801)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #2
    Vivo Restaurant
    #2 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 634 reviewsTripadvisor (634)
    $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European, Tuscan, Central-Italian
    1113 Corniche El Nil Street Second floor, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #3
    Esplanade Cafe Restaurant
    #3 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 522 reviewsTripadvisor (522)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #4
    Noble House
    #4 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 381 reviewsTripadvisor (381)
    $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Seafood, Asian
    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #5
    Nisantasi
    #5 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 299 reviewsTripadvisor (299)
    $ - $$ | Turkish, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Healthy, Middle Eastern, Grill
    City Stars Mall Phase 1, Level 5, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #6
    Culina
    #6 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 332 reviewsTripadvisor (332)
    $ - $$ | Egyptian, International, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    1113 Corniche El Nil Street The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Downtown, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #7
    AL Dabke
    #7 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 303 reviewsTripadvisor (303)
    $$ | Lebanese
    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Uruba Street, Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #8
    Osmanly Restaurant
    #8 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 557 reviewsTripadvisor (557)
    $$ | Mediterranean, European, Turkish, Healthy, Middle Eastern
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #9
    Solis Restaurant
    #9 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 134 reviewsTripadvisor (134)
    $ - $$ | Healthy, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Mediterranean
    29 Cornish El Nil Maadi, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #10
    Beeja
    #10 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 207 reviewsTripadvisor (207)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, Egyptian, Middle Eastern
    53 Abou El Feda Biota Complex, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #11
    Scores Sports Bar & Restaurant
    #11 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 123 reviewsTripadvisor (123)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, International, Pub, European
    29 Corniche El Nil Holiday Inn Cairo, Maadi, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #12
    Sachi Restaurant
    #12 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 831 reviewsTripadvisor (831)
    $$ | Healthy, Japanese Fusion
    3 Cleopatra Street Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #13
    ZEN Cafe & Lounge
    #13 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 81 reviewsTripadvisor (81)
    $ | Cafe, International
    Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, 29 Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #14
    Romanov
    #14 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 215 reviewsTripadvisor (215)
    $$ | Steakhouse, European, Grill
    Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel First Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #15
    Lobby Lounge
    #15 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripadvisor (126)
    $ - $$ | International, Bar
    1113 Corniche El Nil, Downtown, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #16
    LEXIE'S
    #16 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 292 reviewsTripadvisor (292)
    $$ | Italian, European
    El-Tessen Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #17
    Nairu Restaurant and Lounge
    #17 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 97 reviewsTripadvisor (97)
    $$ | Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Sushi, Thai, Healthy
    136 Nile Street, Cairo 12311 Egypt
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  • #18
    Xodo
    #18 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 105 reviewsTripadvisor (105)
    $$ | Brazilian, Steakhouse, Barbecue
    136 Nile Street, Cairo 12311 Egypt
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  • #19
    Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    #19 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 331 reviewsTripadvisor (331)
    $$ | 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
    Charlie's Restaurant
    #20 of 4,484 Places to Eat in Cairo
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 87 reviewsTripadvisor (87)
    $ - $$ | International
    13 El Thawra St El Korba, Heliopolis, Cairo 11757 Egypt
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