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Maison Thomas

92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Famous among Cairenes for its pizza, Thomas also prepares smaller dishes to eat in or take out, including squid or mushroom salad. — Fodor's

Clean and sleekly decorated (thanks to a recent renovation), this is one of a half-dozen branches of a venerable chain that dates back to the early 20th century. — Frommer's

A little slice of the Continent, with loads of brass and mirrors, and waiters in long white aprons serving crusty baguette sandwiches. — Lonely Planet

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Abou el-Sid

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You'll feel as though you're walking into an Arabian palace when you pass through the portal of this restaurant. — Fodor's

Funky boudoir-cum-orientalist fantasy, this is currently one of Cairo’s restaurant hotspots. — Insight Guides

The tremendously popular (and noisy) Abou El Sid is a nostalgic ode to Egyptian comfort food and Cairo's prerevolutionary heyday. — Concierge

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Cafe Riche

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Founded in 1908, Cafe Riche was the social headquarters of much of Cairo's theater and literary communities and once had a cabaret where Umm Koulthum got her start in 1922. — Fodor's

First opened in 1908, and renovated in 2007, the Café Riche is a time capsule of Cairo salon society. — Concierge

It's a reliable and nostalgic spot to enjoy a cold beer and a meal of slightly Frenchified Egyptian dishes. — Lonely Planet

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La Bodega Aperitivo

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The menu leans toward Italian and Greek seafood. — Lonely Planet

An eclectic mix of French and European food. The three- and four-course set menus ... are excellent value for money. — Frommer's

This expansive restaurant, bar, and lounge is one of the hottest spots in town and one of the hardest reservations to get. — Fodor's

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New Felfela

90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A local favorite with a vaguely kitschy decor of hanging plants, skylights, and little tables made from tree trunks. — Concierge

This rather enigmatic restaurant has the best moderately priced food in downtown Cairo. — Frommer's

This Cairo institution is popular with both Egyptians and visitors for good Egyptian food at inexpensive prices. — Fodor's

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Naguib Mahfouz Cafe

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Named after Egypt's most famous novelist and run by the Oberoi Hotel Group, this is a haven of air-conditioned tranquillity in the midst of the chaotic Khan al-Khalili. The restaurant... — Fodor's

Hidden in the heart of the Khan al Khalili shopping district, this Oberoi-run restaurant is the perfect cool-off place for lunch. — Frommer's

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Greek Club Center

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Start with some saganaki (fried cheese) and Greek salad, followed by shish tawook or deep-fried calamari. — Frommer's

The Greek Club is a Downtown institution and a popular hangout with liberal Egyptians, artists and expats. — Lonely Planet

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Gad

86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The food and decor are simple, but this place will give you a great feel for the friendly hubbub of Cairo. — Frommer's

This fast-food eatery is usually packed to the rafters with a constant stream of young Cairenes sampling its fresh and well-priced food. — Lonely Planet

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Arabica

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Funky and lived-in, this upstairs cafe hosts a young crowd who doodle on the paper-topped tables. — Lonely Planet

This is a pleasant, if slightly worn, lunch spot in an upstairs location overlooking a lively street. — Frommer's

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Le Bistro

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Tucked away below street level, Le Bistro is a surprisingly fancy outpost Downtown. — Lonely Planet

Ambience is a little bit odd... but it's extremely clean and service is very pleasant. — Frommer's

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La Mezzaluna

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Head down a tiny alley to find this cool bi-level space that’s frequented by Cairo bohemians. — Lonely Planet

Bistro-style restaurant has fresh pasta at very reasonable prices. The only drawback is that you'll have to have your Italian food without wine, as Mezza Luna has no liquor license. — Frommer's

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Citadel View Alain Le Notre

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itadel View restaurant serves Egyptian and Asian dishes (but no alcoholic drinks), including pigeon soup and fattah, a layering of meat, rice, brown bread, and vinegar and garlic-spiced yogurt. — Concierge

Eating at this gorgeous restaurant in Al-Azhar Park – on a vast multilevel terrace, with the whole city sprawled below – feels great. — Lonely Planet

Lantern-lit and intimate it’s a good place for dinner à deux, or during the day, a cool and tranquil lunch. — Insight Guides

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Fish Market

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Ranking among Alexandria’s best fish restaurants, the restaurant boasts beautiful views over the harbour, upmarket decor and service, and an impressive daily catch laid out on ice. — Insight Guides

On the upper deck of a boat permanently moored on the west bank of the Nile, the scene here is decidedly simple. — Fodor's

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Felfela

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Attracting tourists, coach parties and locals since 1963, Felfela is an institution that can deliver a reliable, if not wildly delicious, meal with good service. — Lonely Planet

When I asked my local guide where to get a real taste of Cairo, she brought me to Felfela. — Afar Magazine

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Sequoia

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Located by the water on the northern tip of the island is the popular Sequoia. — Insight Guides

Among Cairo's many Nile-side establishments, Sequoia, a tented restaurant on the northern end of Zamalek island, stands out for the quality of its food and the relaxed hipness of its Egyptian and expat clientele. — Concierge

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Abou el-Sid

Middle Eastern 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Cairo’s first hipster Egyptian restaurant (and now a national franchise), Abou El Sid is as popular with tourists as it is with upper-class natives. — Lonely Planet

A short walk from the Marriott, Abou El Sid is a wonderful restaurant where we had a fun meal, with good food, lots of shisha and many laughs. — Afar Magazine

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Taboula Lebanese Restaurant

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This cozy Lebanese restaurant...comes alive in the evening with its warm atmosphere. — Fodor's

Here it’s all big groups of Cairenes celebrating birthdays around giant communal tables, with lots of cocktails to go around. — Lonely Planet

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L'Aubergine

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This snug, white-walled, candlelit restaurant devotes half its menu to global vegetarian dishes, such as Turkish stewed aubergine and gnocchi with blue cheese. — Lonely Planet

This casual, vegetarian-friendly restaurant is a rare find, with an airy Mediterranean-style ground floor and a darker, candlelit upstairs. — Fodor's

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