Egypt travel guide




Egypt Travel Guide

Eating & Drinking in Egypt

Egyptian food combines elements of French, Syrian, Greek, Turkish, Greek and Lebanese cuisines, modified to suit local conditions and tastes. However, dishes tend to be simple and wholesome, made only with fresh ingredients, and therefore vary with the seasons. In Egypt, dining out can range from stand up sandwich bars to luxurious 5 course meals. Also, You can find small, inexpensive establishments that serve good Egyptian food for only a few pounds.

If you're in a hurry, try the local snack bars. While the cubbyholes off the street (which probably have running water) are generally safe. The larger cities even have Western style fast-food chains like McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken, but they're relatively expensive.


In Egypt, as in the rest of the world, the restaurants are only as good as the cooks they employ, and cooks seem to be continually changing. However the classic Egyptian restaurant or café meal is either a lamb kebab or kofta (spiced mince patties), accompanied or preceded by a couple of dips.

Also several establishments use native ingredients and will offer fruits and vegetables in season. In large restaurants, the maitre d'hotel will speak German, English, and possible French, Greek or Italian. These establishments serve a mixture of international cuisine but often include Egyptian or Middle Eastern fare as well.

Vegetarian eating

Several Egyptians eat vegetables most of the time and meat or fish are seen as luxuries. But, the concept of vegetarianism is totally incomprehensible to most people, and you'll be hard pushed to exclude meat stock from your diet. If you do get across the idea that you "don't eat meat", normally you can to replace the meat by the fish or chicken.


In Egypt are seasonal and wonderful. In winter there are oranges, bananas and pomegranates, followed by strawberries in March. In summer you get plums, grapes, peaches, mangoes and melons, plus a brief season (Aug and Sept) of prickly pears. All are readily available at street stalls, or can be drunk as juices at juice bars.

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