Egyptian Food Guide To Cairo, Egypt – 6 Cairo Foods You Must Eat!

If you're wondering what do Egyptians eat and what to eat in Egypt, this food guide will help you discover the best restaurants in Cairo along with some amazingly delicious Cairo street food! We flew in specifically to eat traditional Egyptian cuisine, and in a few days tried some very delicious Egyptian snacks and popular Egyptian foods!

Get ready to eat!

1

Foul Medames Fava Bean Dip

Egyptian cuisine foul fava bean dip in Cairo, Egypt
This was my favourite street food from our whole trip!

Foul AKA Fuul Medames or Ful  is the most healthy and delicious Egyptian food that we found in Cairo. Found on literally on every street corner and Egyptian restaurant in Cairo, you can’t go wrong with a healthy bowl of Fuul Medames to start your day. It is packed with protein and energy that will keep you going and fill you up. Ful medames is one of the best foods of Egypt in my opinion even though it is so simple. We tried it at a few different restaurants and street stalls and found it prepared a few different ways. Some places like to prepare it with a pickled lemon sauce which gives it a sour, citrusy kick, and other like to serve it plain with a side of salt for you to add yourself. After eating in Egypt and exploring for Ful Medames for a couple weeks, we found the best place below.

Two important dishes to order are the foul medames and the felafel. These two dishes will be supplemented with an entire tray of side dishes, like pickled vegetables, green salad, fried eggplant and green peppers, onions in vinegar, baladi bread, tehina, salt, and chili.

a huge table full of egyptian specialty dishes

And you can grab all of these beautiful ingredients and make a delicious sandwich, or, mix and match them up!

Delicious Egyptian Cuisine. Come here for the best foul in Cairo!
Foul El Gahsh & Sons
Must Order: Foul and Felafel - everything else will be served to you.
Address: No proper address. On the side street next to the Sayeda Zeinab mosque. Keep the mosque on your right and walk down the side street and you will find it.
Price: 50 EGP for 2 ($2.79)
Hours: Open all day and until late at night. If it's too hot out during the day, come late at night for a midnight feast!
2

Felafel

Delicious felafel in cairo

In Egypt, Felafel is made with fava beans instead of chickpeas as it is in neighbouring countries. To me, it almost tastes like fried chicken, but better! In Cairo, you can find felafel at nearly all stalls and restaurants and watch as the mixture is pressed into patties, covered in coriander seeds, spices, and sesame, then put deep into the oil and fried until crispy. We found the felafel at the same place as the Foul.

Delicious Egyptian Cuisine. Come here for the best foul in Cairo!
Foul El Gahsh and Sons
Must Order: Foul and Felafel - everything else will be served to you.
Address: No proper address. On the side street next to the Sayeda Zeinab mosque. Keep the mosque on your right and walk down the side street and you will find it.
Price: 50 EGP for 2 ($2.79)
Hours: Open all day and until late at night. If it's too hot out during the day, come late at night for a midnight feast!
3

Koshary

Koshary is the ultimate food to eat in Cairo. When we visited, we ate it nearly every day! It fills you with energy and can be found all over the city. Be careful though, it’s super heavy and full of carbs. I think I gained a little weight from eating it every day in Egypt!

kushary egyptian food in cairo

At Koshary Abou Tarek, it’s made with pasta and lentils and rice, topped with tomato sauce, chickpeas, and fried onions. There is lemon vinegar and chili sauce you can add on as well! We found two incredible Koshary joints in Cairo, each serving up different versions of the same delicious classic. The first, Koshary Abou Tarek, is the longtime most famous Koshary restaurant in Cairo. The next, Baba Abdou,serves up a version more like pasta, except it’s served with liver, sausage, as well and tons of fried onions. I think I enjoyed this one even more than Koshary Abou Tarek!

Delicoius pasta at baba abdou
Pasta at Baba Abdou – Quite similar to Koshary

 

the food ranger recommendation below

kushary egyptian food in cairo
Koshary Abou Tarek
Comments: You can order either small, medium, or large. Obviously, go for the large.
Address: Champollion Rd, Marouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
My favourite koshary and pasta restaurant in Cairo
Koshary Baba Abdou
Comments: If you're not a fan of liver, get it with pasta sauce, fried onions, and sausage. Pour your lemon vinegar and chili sauce all over it and you'll be in heaven!!
Address: El Borsa El Gedida St.- Talaat Harb St. (El Shawarby St.),
4

Egyptian Shawarma

Food in Cairo Shawarma

Since this was my first time traveling to Egypt, I was super excited to try the Egyptian version of shawarma. All throughout the back streets of Cairo, you can find shawarma joints with mountains of delicious rotating beef, layered with fat and juices bursting out. There’s more though, here in Cairo, the shawarma is sliced and mixed with tomatoes, onions, spices, and another secret fatty like sauce. Then, it’s piled onto a bun or wrapped up and served. When you take your first bite, you’ll bask in the joy of the beef fat and the spices all perfectly fusing together to satiate your senses.

Shawarma bun egypt

You can order 3 or 4 of these and they will fill you up and keep you full of energy for the day!

the food ranger recommendation below

Egyptian shawarma in Cairo
Abu Haider
Must Order: Shawarma buns and mango juice, perfect combo!
Comments: The most famous and best shawarma joint in all Cairo
Address: Ibrahim Al Lakani el korba, El-Montaza, Heliopolis, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
5

Egyptian Pies at El Sultan

Egyptian pies at el sultan

I was so excited walking in to El Sultan, one of Cairo’s hidden gem pizza and pie shops, to discover the buzz around Egyptian pie. Here, the dough is spun super thin into large sheets and stuffed with your selection of fillings. If it’s your first time like it was mine, you’ll have no idea what to order, so you can consult the staff or your friends if they are local. Luckily, my friend Mohamed suggested going for the mixed meat and cheese which helped a lot with the confusion. It was full of pastrami, beef, cheese, and loaded with more cheese on top!

El sultan pie in cairo

Eating 3 pieces of this will fill you up for the entire day. No joke. Be careful. It’s extremely heavy but so satisfying! Your best option is to bring a few friends so you can share and then order a dessert pie too! They have an extremely sweet chocolatey pie from heaven as well!

the food ranger recommendation below

El Sultan pies cairo
El Sultan
Must Order: Egyptian pie cheese mix and if you can still eat after choose their thick "chocolate mix" pie.
Comments: Located in Nasr city, slightly outside of downtown Cairo.
Address: Al Hadiqah Ad Dawleyah, Madinet Nasr, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Price: 30 EGP and up. This place is super cheap.
6

Egyptian Feasting at The Prince

the prince cairo

If you only eat one meal in Cairo, this should be it. You gotta see it to believe it! This place is packed! Full tables of feasting customers spread out onto the street and all the smoky grills constantly pushing out massive portions of grilled meats, sausage, and liver is proof that this place is good. Coming here to eat on any evening and it’s guaranteed to be packed.

Molokhia in Cairo

The specialty in Cairo and in particular at the prince is the Molokhia, a very dark green and almost slimy like soup made from jute mallow leaves AKA Corchorus Olitorius. It is very surprisingly gooey and slimy, almost mucous like, which for some may be hard to accept, but for me I really enjoyed it. It’s seasoned well and quite garlicky at the same time. The best part of the whole experience was the huge selection of delicious traditional Egyptian street food you can enjoy in one setting.  They serve sausage, fried liver, oxtail, molokhia, salads, rice, bread, and fried meat sandwiches.the food ranger recommendation below

The prince cairo
Kebdet El Prince
Must Order: Order the molokhia, and then go up to each individual grill and see what looks good and order it!
Address: 79 Talaat Harb Street, Giza, Egypt
7

Visit the Pyramids in Egypt

The pyramids in Cairo

Although not a food, I had to include this must do activity in Cairo to the list. Although I placed food at the top, visiting the pyramids in Egypt is a must do activity and something you cannot miss! For us, after we ate all of these foods in a couple days, we went to the pyramids and had a great time marvelling at the beauty of them!

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  1. You know the sandwich you made with Eggplant, Falafel, and Tehina and liked it 🙂

    Some foul and falafel restaurants makes a similar one (eggplant, foul, falafel, tahiha, hard boiled egg, and fries) all in a French bread (Short Baguette); and it is called … Dynamite 😂

    Give it a try and you are in heaven 😍

    In Cario, I think what you call El Sultan is called Pizza El Sultan and the address is 13 Omar Lotfy St, go to google maps and type in 13 Omar Lofty St,and you will get the location and on elmenus cairo you can type in Pizza El Sultan and yu will get the whole menue

    amazing report , you are welcome anytime in egypt , everytime you can try new kind of food , your report got abig admiration of the biggest egyptian pages on facebook and millions of views , thanks for being here and we hope to see you again

      Hi Mohamed! Can you please send me a link. Where is the video on FB with millions of views?

    Do the restaurants you visit know you have 2.1M subscribers before filming? Also, I’ve been a fan of the show since you had 30k subscribers!

      Hi Isaac! Yeah we usually show them beforehand 🙂 Thank you so much for being a long term subscriber!!

    Amazing Report. You describe the food with passion. we hope this will not be your last visit to Egypt