With flavours and influences from all over the world, Cairo is a foodie’s dream destination. And did we mention all the delicious local and traditional Egyptian cuisine that you can dig into? Here are a dozen of our favorite restaurants in the city.
Located at the InterContinental Cairo Semiramis, this restaurant overlooks the Nile with great views. With its home being a five-star hotel, you should only expect the best in service, cuisine, value for money and atmosphere. Birdcage serves delicious Thai cuisine that includes loads of noodle and seafood dishes.
For the ultimate dining experience and stunning views head to Sequoia overlooking the River Nile. The wood floors, comfortable couches, low wooden tables, and soft lighting all adds to the laid back atmosphere and incredible ambiance. The restaurant serves fusion Mediterranean cuisine that includes flavours from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Greece and Italy.
3. River Boat
If you feel like Lebanese cuisine, head to River Boat in Le Pacha 1901. Across the Nile River from the scenic Zabalek neighbourhood, this restaurant –as the name suggests — is on a docked boat. The restaurants also serves a selection of local dishes and a fresh fish buffet. On certain nights you can also enjoy the live music.
4. Tabla LUNA
Serving dishes from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Mexico, and Bolivia, this Latin American Bistro adds something new to the Cairo culinary scene. Using only organic produce and local exotic spices, the food at Tabla LUNA is definitely something to look forward to.
5. Mojo’s Lounge & Grill
In the heart of downtown Kattameya, Mojo’s Lounge & Grill has a Mediterranean menu that will leave you satisfied. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is visually quirky and trendy, and has the food to match. It also serves some of the best coffee in town.
Keen for some Egyptian street food with a twist? Well, Zooba is the place for you. Not only does this restaurant dress up delicious street foods, but it also uses only the freshest local produce.
From the time you enter Cedars restaurant, you are transported to the early twentieth century Lebanon nights with amazing music and food. The food is inspired Lebanon’s cuisine with an Egyptian twist using seasonal ingredients and classic preparations.
8. Abou El Sid
If you’re looking to dine somewhere fancy then Abou El Sid is the place to go to. This beautiful restaurant will allow you to indulge in all things Egyptian. The menu is also filled with traditional Egyptian foods.
Enjoy the flavours of Egypt’s history of food with Turkey and the Ottoman Empire at Osmanly. From the freshly baked breads and delicious meats, to the fresh fruits and traditional drinks, you’ll get to taste a huge part of Egyptian history and culture.
10. La Bodega Egypt
Another restaurant to enjoy traditional Egyptian cuisine is La Bodega Egypt. With two venues — the Bistro and Aperitivo — both at the beautiful red-brick Baehler Mansions, your taste buds won’t be the only thing being tantalised, you’ll also get an eyeful with the stunning decor.
11. Akala Blended Cuisine
For a blissful and unique dining experience head to Akala Blended Cuisine. The blended cuisine concept features influences from local, European and American cuisine. This restaurant also uses only the freshest ingredients.
12. Mori Sushi
With the sushi craze hitting all corners of the world, Egypt is no exception. You can expect fresh, great tasting sushi at Mori Sushi that will leave you wanting more. The Japanese menu includes soups, salads, and a variety of sushi.
More from AFKTravel:
This article was originally published on January 31, 2015.