Charlotte Winter discovers Egypt’s fabulous cuisine on a deep dive into the restaurants and street food spots that make this a true gournamd’s destination
The Middle East is well-known for its food scene, with Lebanese food typically taking centre stage. However, there is much to be said about traditional food from Egypt, a cuisine with rich roots, which is often overlooked.
Cairo is arguably one of the best places in Egypt for sampling the country’s incredible signature dishes, with a multitude of vibrant restaurants, bustling cafes and food stalls serving up fabulous flavours. A couple of our favourite restaurants in Cairo include Abou El Sid, a stylish restaurant fusing traditional Egyptian cuisine with a modern boutique style, and Nagulb Mahfouz Café in Khan El Khalili, an atmospheric spot named after Egypt’s most famous novelist. Traditional Egyptian dishes that can be enjoyed here include tasty mezze (baba ghanoush, hummus and duqqa), eish baladi (delicious, fluffy pita breads) and stuffed pigeon.
Elsewhere in Egypt, Al Marsam in Luxor is well-worth a visit after a busy morning of exploring the West Bank. There is no fixed menu; instead, guests are served a variety of delicious dishes, all of which are made using locally sourced produce or fruit and vegetables from the hotel garden. Make sure to grab a table in the lower part of the terrace, which boasts views across the grounds where the resident camels roam. Sofra Restaurant and Café is also a great choice if you’re in Luxor’s East Bank, particularly for dinner as the restaurant has a moody, sensory vibe.