157 Shar'a 26 Yulyu (Zamalek)
Tel. +20 (0) 2.340.0543
It’s a restaurant. It’s a bar. It’s the hottest reservation in town. Located in the former Balmoral Hotel, La Bodega caters to Egypt’s A-list crowd – including celebrity actors and performers – with a unique atmosphere and dishes not easily found, such as homemade focaccia with rosemary or olives and tuna carpaccio. The high ceilings and dark oak furniture with Oriental antiques woo visitors for an encore visit.
Abou El Sid
157 Sharia 26th of July (Zamalek)
Tel. +20 (0) 2.2735.9640
Authentic Egyptian food including mezes.
The Fish Market
26 Shar'a al-Nil (Giza)
Tel. +20 (0) 2.570.9694
Find a fresh and unique dining experience at the west bank of the Nile. The Fish Market is a boat permanently moored in the great river. It has no menu: Patrons instead choose from a fresh seafood spread laid out before them and the cooks prepare it on site.
5 Sharia Sayed (al-Bakry)
Tel. +20 (0) 2.738.0080
If what’s needed is a break from the kofta and kebab restaurants the city is so famous for, visit L’Aubergine. Expatriates and worldly Cairenes alike enjoy the vegetarian flair at this Mediterranean-themed restaurant/bar. While there are some meat dishes, “mezzes” dominate the cool and sophisticated atmosphere.
Saray el Gezirah St (Zamalek)
Tel. +20 (0) 2.735.6730 or +20 (0) 2.510.9151
An ancient garbage dump turned park, Al Azhar Park is the ground on which the beautiful Citadel sits. Traditional Egyptian fare and Um Ali, a raisin bread pudding, are the specialties here. The honey-colored limestone building will relax the congestion-weary visitor, as will a walk through the 74-acre park after the meal. No alcholic beverages.