Cairo, the capital of Egypt, hosts a large number of tourists every year, especially adventurous travellers and historians. With various restaurants, street eating joints and snack stalls serving traditional as well as international cuisines, the city caters to tastes and needs of most travellers. There are some affluent restaurants in Cairo that offer Western and Asian food, along with Middle Eastern cuisine.
For traditional Egyptian gastronomical experience, Downtown has many low budget restaurants and outlets of the Kushari Tahrir chain. These eateries serve Egypt's most famous dishes especially fuul, taa'miya, muzagga, kushari, fetyeer and shawarma. Authentic culinary dish lovers can also head to affluent parts of the town, such as Zamalek, Gezira and Mohandeseen, if they are ready to spend more money on food.
Quality chain restaurants like Felfela, Abou El Sid and Abou Shakra are some of the preferred options amongst the top notch restaurants. Located around Zamalek and Gezira, the plush El Morocco restaurant along the Nile is also a major attraction for tourists. Andrea is another must-stop eatery for those visiting the pyramids of Giza.
Apart from Egyptian cuisine, Cairo also offers different Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish food. For best international tastes in the city, one can explore areas like Zamalek, Mohandeseen and Dokki. Some such restaurants providing non-Egyptian cuisines are Dar Al-Qamar chain, Maison Thomas, Mint, Rossini and Cedars.
Western fast food outlets like McDonalds, Hardees, Pizza Hut and KFC are also available throughout the city. There are some local replacements to these eating joints like Mo'men chain and Cook Door, which feature similar menu. For sandwiches, salads and pastries, one can look out for popular chains like Cilantro, Beanos, Costa and The Marriott Bakery.
Most of the upmarket restaurants in Cairo are open until after midnight. Along with the service charges, these restaurants also demand extra 10% cash for waiters.