Zamalek, for a while, had a strong hold on partying, restaurants, outings & all. In recent years, it’s lost that grip as more & more establishments are being opened on the outskirts (6th of October & 5th Settlements). Despite that, it is still home to some of my favorite places to go.
- Zooba – it’s literally the cleanest (healthiest) Egyptian street food you’ll find. Wholesome food & fresh ingredients with a gourmet spin. Get some classic Hawashy or Koushary. You will not regret it.
- Lilly’s – Boutique style restaurant, limited seating but worth getting in there. The food is exceptional and the portions are hefty.
- Left Bank – a sucker for ambience. If you’re looking for something like Sequoia but cheaper, this is it. Same beautiful views, only 5 feet away from each other, good food & an easy social/study space.
- Ahwak – this restaurant is a lot like being at your grandmother’s house. The decor is oldish and a bit dark but it’s a great place for dinning. The food is just superb.
- Holm – much like a tea house, Holm serves as a working/study space & very home like. Take your shoes off, kick back on their couch and grab some fresh ginger tea or refreshments.
All Out Dinner
- Sequoia – the cutest corner of Egypt, you are here for the view. Outdoor seating, cozy setting and great food. You can never go wrong with Sequoia. It does fill up quick for dinner so grab a reservation if you can.
- O’s Pasta – stop at this little Italian restaurant and get all the pasta you crave! Taking a slim corner of Baehler’s Mansions this tiny hole in the wall serves the delicious carb in all its forms.
- Marriot Hotel Garden – a historic hotel built in 1869 to serve as a guesthouse during the opening of the Suez Canal. You wouldn’t think that one could just waltz into a hotel and get this kind of luxurious feeling without being a guest. Well, at the Marriot you can. With some great views and a perfect combination of oriental vibes, modern décor and preserved history.
Mediocre but something makes it worthwhile?
- The Mood – the view, the view, the view. That’s pretty much all you’re going to get here if you want Nile views and not destroy your wallet. The setting is average, it’s a huge space very restaurant with not much going on. The food is great though- I can vouch for the curry chicken platter!
- Deals – you wouldn’t come here for the food actually, more like cocktails, juices and just café like ambience. But the new renovations are worth the stop.
- 7Tables – really debated adding this one but this is why it’s last. Right on 26th of July, here’s a cheap, outdoor, cool cafe. You see those cool lights upstairs? That’s all open air. Very mediocre, but I enjoy the atmosphere.