Abu El-Sid RestaurantThe very famous Abou el-Sid restaurant in Zamalek is known world-wide and considered as the best place to enjoy excellent, authentic Egyptian cuisine in a very oriental, lively, and down to earth atmosphere.
The place serves mouth-watering mezzas, as well as some of Egypt’s most famous main dishes, such as rabbit Molokhiya, stuffed pigeons and Koshary - a mix of pasta, lentils, fried onions and tomato sauce. You can also order alcohol and shishas. And for desert, do not miss out on the famous “Umm Ali”, a delicious pudding made of milk, sugar, bread and nuts
Address: 157, 26th of Jul
Abu Tarek Koshary
Abu Tarek Koshary is undoubtedly one of the best known restaurants in Cairo, if not in all Egypt. As its name suggests, it is the proud flagship of the popular Egyptian dish: the Koshary. And even though this famous mixture of pasta, lentils, chickpeas and tomato sauce can be bought at every corner in Egypt, you can be sure that Abu Tarek’s version is by far the best and most delicious of them all.
Address: 16 Champollion Street, on the corner of Maarouf Street, Cairo
Tel: +20 (0)2 2577 5935, +20 (0)2 2576 1911
Estoril is a cosy restaurant-bar tucked away in a Downtown alley. Stepping into Estoril, you will feel like entering a whole new world of peace and quiet, after the hassle you would have experienced outside. The place is small and it feels quite intimate. The soft lighting and the calm atmosphere provides a perfect backdrop for a laid-back meal. If you are not in the mood for mezzes, molokhiya, or any of the tasteful dishes on the menu, the heavy wooden bar in the back is a great place to have a drink or two.
12, Talaat Harb Street
Tel: +20 (0)2 574 3102
Located at the tip top of Zamalek, Sequoia is one of Cairo’s most fashionable restaurants. You can choose to sit at one of the outdoor tables to enjoy the incredible Nile view and breeze, or opt for the comfortable cushions in the shelter of Sequoia's indoors.
The restaurant serves a wide range of Egyptian and Mediterranean classics, and also has a decent sushi menu. Try the cocktails, the place is renowned for them as well as for the wide variety of sheeshas.
Address: End of Abdu El Feda Street, Zemalek, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +20 (0) 2 735 6050, 2 735 6051