Eating Out in Cairo

One day in Cairo is not enough to feel and more importantly to taste the local dishes. While traveling, I like to experiment  a lot when it comes to food.  A look at the menu even if it’s in the local language and I pick mainly local dish. Thus, at the beginning because after one week or less, rice usually becomes my good buddy.

Close to the Hostel I was accommodated at in Cairo, I discovered the Gad Restaurant. I don’t remember the street name exactly, but the restaurant is part of a larger chain of restaurants in Egypt and Cairo as well. It is considered a fast-food, but to me it looked more like a restaurant.

The menu features a variety of chicken, fish and meat dishes and European dishes as well.  Try Egyptian classics such as tame, filter, foul, or fatuous served with pita bread – they are also in the menu.


What I ate: first it was spicy liver. The serving was big and it was at least for 2 persons. Not so spicy as I expected, but in the end it proved to be a smart choice for me. The pita bread was excellent as well.

Spicy Liver

 When it comes to the desert I act like a little baby. I want to try everything that is on the menu. Sweets after milk and traveling is one of my biggest passions.

Crunch Pie

The above plate is called crunch pie and trust me is was unbelievable! Sweet, with a lot of syrup; it was melting literally in your month. It comes in 6 slices, but I barely could eat 4. The rest was eaten by the rest of the crew, mainly by Mircea.

Price: The entire meal, for 6 persons cost us around 230 Egyptian pounds. That’s about $3-4 per person. Beverage also included in the price. Please note that the water comes by default on the table, but it is not free.


After a good meal where else should you go in Cairo if not to a coffee and hookah place.

Cairo Coffee

Outside was getting a little bit cold and so we decided to stay indoors this time. The place, Down Town Coffee & Restaurant was empty at the time we arrived.

Cairo Street

The walls were painted interesting:
Cairo Coffee Bar

There is no day without a coffee cup for me. So of course I ordered Egyptian coffee. It is much like the Turkish one; small, intense and this time with milk.

Price: Actually, it was not a cheap place. The drinks, the coffee and the hoax cost more than the meal.


by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.