If you leave Tahrir via Talaat Harb, take the second right. Keep an eye out in Talaat, just before turning, there is an infamous dive with the same name, where the food is just as bad as the staff. The real entrance is carefully decorated in wood instead of neon orange. It is advisable not to get confused.
This is a small snack joint in the back part of Dahab, in front Oum Kalsoum coffee. The food, small pita breads with falafel, salad or other fritters, all with french fries, was very good. Afterwards, I felt a little sick to my stomach but I'm not convinced the food was the reason since it was a vegetarian meal. The reason why I chose this restaurant was because the clientele were Egyptians, not tourists. They have a quiet, shady terrace where you can eat, but you need to bring a drink from the store outside, as they're not sold in the restaurant. The prices are very cheap, only 5 LE per sandwich, not even one euro. You'll need to eat two or three to get full.
Lux is a restaurant on Ramses Avenue, near the station of the same name. It is very cheap, the kind of restaurant that you'll see all over Cairo. They specialise in Koshari, a mixture of lentils, rice, spaghetti, chickpeas, macaroni ... yes, all together! It's served with fried onions, and if you want, some meat - meatballs, liver or kebab. Prices range from 4-12 LE, ie 0.50 to 1.50 euro, and I promise you'll be more than full with that. If that's not the case, there are desserts, just fifty scents for pudding or rice pudding. Drinks cost 2-3 LE for a tea, Turkish coffee or a soft drink. You share the table with other patrons, mostly Egyptians, and they'll often strike up a conversation and ask you what you're doing there.
Goha is a classic snack bar in the Downtown neighborhood of Cairo. It is close to Mustafa Kamal square, when you take Emad el Din street. Koshari serve an Egyptian dish, perfect if you're starving. They serve you spaghetti, maraconi, lentils, chickpeas, with a little bit of meat on the top, sometimes with more rice, all in a bowl. You soak it up with a tomato sauce. It is delicious, althought not necessarily a great dining experience, but for half a euro you will not find better! It is a very popular dish and Goha is always full.
Abou Tarek is a chain of restaurants which make Koshary, an Egyptian specialty. It is a plastic bowl where you put rice, lentils, various kinds of pasta, meat, and onions. Then you slather it in ketchup. It's better than it sounds and makes for a complete meal for less than a dollar. Abou Tarek has 4 or 5 branches in Cairo and is a popular place where people go. Compared to McDonald's or KFC, it comes out 4 times cheaper and also gives you the chance to try a real Egyptian dish. They have everything already cooked, you just prepare it to your taste, and get it in less than 5 minutes.
Nemo's restaurant is next to Dahab's coast with an exterior part that touches the ocean. Three friends started the restaurant several years ago and the place has a good reputation. There is a varied menu, with national and international dishes. For example, they serve German dishes, since one of them lived in Germany for a few years. The seating is Bedouin with low tables and cushions. It's very nice to almost lay down there after eating and enjoy the sea breeze. They serve tapas before lunch with no charge, and after eating you can smoke shisha, Egyptian pipes.
The Chill Out is in the heart of Dahab, it is a nice cafe which has views of the ocean. It has a living room consisting of low tables and comfortable cushions instead of chairs. They serve a variety of food. For breakfast there is a great option of juices of the season, in addition to Egyptian pancakes, eggs any style, and continental breakfast. Tea and coffee are Egyptian style, if you need a large coffee you must ask for an American. Then for lunch and dinner they offer Egyptian cuisine consisting of lamb with salsa, tagines, and some international dishes. It comes out to around 15 euros per person for dinner, which is quite expensive for Egypt, but all the restaurants in the city of Dahab have similar prices.
Sakkara is an open-air restaurant at the end of the Dahab pier. It's a quiet place where that gives you a different perspective of the town's coastline. You can't hear music from the other bars. They play soft music here, a blend of Eastern and Western hits. They serve a variety of food, many of which are vegetarian lentil and chickpea based, and are very tasty thanks to herbs. Depending on the daily fishing, they have different seafood, shrimp in sauce and rice, and grilled or fried fish. The seafood dishes are more expensive, about 10 euros, while the vegetarian ones are no more than 5 euros. It is more informal than other restaurants on the coast. You eat sitting on the floor, Bedouin style. It's more of a backpacker atmosphere, and families with children.
This bar-restaurant is named after the famous Egyptian singer Oum Kalsoum. Since it's off the main street of Dahab, it's full of mainly Egyptians, as tourists usually prefer to go to bars near the oceanfront. If you want a more authentic experience, this is your chance! if there's a soccer match, they bring all the chairs out onto the street and it's a pretty exciting atmosphere! It's cheaper than the places on the coast as well.
Al Capone is a good seafood restaurant next to the little Dahab bridge. Overlooking the sea, it has a very nice outdoor siting room. The fish plates vary with the catch of the day, but there's always shrimp and a whole roasted fish. It costs about 10 euros/person, and up to 15 if it's a rare fish. Sometimes there is lobster. There is also an interior room if it's cold. The place is perfect for a snack while enjoying the sunset. Some nights they have a DJ.
Aladdin is a famous restaurant in Dahab, near the small bridge on the pier. It has an indoor room and an open sitting room across from the pedestrian promenade overlooking the sea. In front, there's always a guy who asks you where you're from and tries to convince you to go eat at his restaurant. The food is alright, nothing special. In Dahab, eating out is expensive. The dishes are 10 euros, plus a first and a dessert, with tea to finish, making it 20 euros, a European price in an Egyptian fishing village. They serve Italian, daily seafood, and also roasts, plus Egyptian dishes. Breakfast begins at eight o'clock until noon. There are traditional and continental options. They have good fresh juices. It offers WiFi.
The restaurant Sphinx Sun 2 is at the side of the secondary entrance to the Giza pyramids, alongside the Sphinx. It is a buffet restaurant, and for 5 euro a head, you can enjoy a selection of Egyptian dishes. For vegetarians there are many options, lentils, chickpeas, pasta ... and falafel, of course. There aren't so many meat dishes, generally chunks of meat in sauce. Good fruit and pastries for dessert. Nothing fancy, but a place that is not very expensive and is right next to the pyramids.
The Snack Sahas is on Saleh Salem Street, the main street that circles the historic district of Cairo. It's close to the 7th-century Ibn El As Mosque. It is a popular place where you can eat shawarmas, various kinds of sandwiches, and a large selection of vegetarian dishes like falafel, hummus, potato and tomato salad, and roasted eggplant. There's a wide variety of dishes and they serve them almost like tapas. You can also go eat in the room upstairs where there is a good view of the neighborhood. A full lunch with drinks is very cheap and goes for around 3 or 4 euros per person. If you do not know what to order, ask them to bring you a selection of dishes with pita bread. They do not speak English well understand gestures well enough.
In the Nile, under the Four Seasons Hotel, a small pier with themed tourist boats in ancient Egypt is what you will find. You can embark on a trip and eat a delicious buffet with entertainment while you sail down the river. The food is adapted to Western tastes, a variety of delicious breads, salads, vegetables, meat and fish that were delicious!. You can eat while you watch a a belly dancer. Coffee is best taken on the deck looking towards the modern buildings spread along the banks of the river.