How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: street touts show you a menu with pricing in Arabic so you are unable to tell the cost. Once in, the menu is switched to a tourist menu which is more expensive.
- Version 2: given a menu without prices then overcharging you by a few times.
Places to beware:
- Cairo: Khan Al-Khalili
- Sharm El Sheikh: Old Market, Biom Bom Café
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like elmenus) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Reputable food tour operators: a reputable operator will ensure that you get to sample the best and the most unique cuisines which Egypt has to offer while immersing in the local culture. Some reputable local names to consider include Bellies En-Route (they’re known for showing an unfiltered version of Cairo and its food).
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform globally) has some food tours.