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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
    The Blue Restaurant & Grill
    #1 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 243 reviewsTripAdvisor (243)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Mediterranean, European
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #2
    Sachi
    #2 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $$ | Japanese, Mediterranean, Sushi, Fusion
    3 Cleopatra Street Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #3
    Bab Al Qasr
    #3 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 335 reviewsTripAdvisor (335)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Egyptian
    Royal Maxim Palace Kempinski Hotel First Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #4
    Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant
    #4 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 902 reviewsTripAdvisor (902)
    $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #5
    Maestro Italian Restaurant
    #5 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 420 reviewsTripAdvisor (420)
    $$ | Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St. Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #6
    The Grill Restaurant & Lounge
    #6 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 317 reviewsTripAdvisor (317)
    $$ | French, Steakhouse, Mediterranean, European
    InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Corniche El Nile Downtown, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #7
    L'Uliveto Italian Restaurant
    #7 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 129 reviewsTripAdvisor (129)
    $$ | Italian
    Nile City Towers- 2005 B Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11311 Egypt
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  • #8
    LEXIE'S
    #8 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 100 reviewsTripAdvisor (100)
    $$ | Italian
    El-Tessen Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #9
    Kazoku
    #9 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 268 reviewsTripAdvisor (268)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Swan Lake Compound club house Swan Lake Compound, 1st Settlement, New Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #10
    Sushiramis
    #10 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 120 reviewsTripAdvisor (120)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Japanese, Sushi
    InterContinental Cairo Semiramis Hotel Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #11
    Shogun Japanese Restaurant
    #11 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 521 reviewsTripAdvisor (521)
    $$ | Japanese, Sushi, Asian
    Omar Ibn EL Khattab St. Heliopolis InterContinental Cairo Citystars, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #12
    Birdcage
    #12 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 878 reviewsTripAdvisor (878)
    $$ | Asian, Thai
    Corniche El Nil Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #13
    Al Khal Egyptian Restaurant
    #13 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 350 reviewsTripAdvisor (350)
    $$ | Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Arabic
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Bin Khattab Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #14
    Osmanly Restaurant
    #14 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 300 reviewsTripAdvisor (300)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern
    12 Ahmed Ragheb Street Garden City, Cairo 11519 Egypt
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  • #15
    Kamala at Conrad Cairo
    #15 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 121 reviewsTripAdvisor (121)
    $$ | Chinese, Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Diner
    1191 Corniche El Nil, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #16
    Vivo Restaurant
    #16 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 109 reviewsTripAdvisor (109)
    $$ | Italian, European, Mediterranean
    1113 Corniche El Nil Street Second floor, Cairo 11221 Egypt
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  • #17
    Esplanade Cafe Restaurant
    #17 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, International
    InterContinental Cairo Citystars Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #18
    Sabaya
    #18 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 627 reviewsTripAdvisor (627)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Corniche El Nil Semiramis InterContinental Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #19
    Windows Restaurant
    #19 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 208 reviewsTripAdvisor (208)
    $ - $$ | Mediterranean, European, Egyptian, International
    Holiday Inn Cairo Citystars Aly Rashed St. Off Omar Ibn El Khattab St., Heliopolis, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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  • #20
    Saigon Restaurant & Lounge
    #20 of 4,401 Places to Eat in Cairo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 219 reviewsTripAdvisor (219)
    $$ | 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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