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Food in Egypt

We believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating!

Eating and Drinking in Egypt

We believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savouring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Egyptian food is no exception, and with fragrant spices, fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious sweets on offer, culinary adventures are guaranteed. On many Intrepid trips you'll be given the opportunity to dine with a local family - this offers a great chance to see how meals are prepared and learn more about the ingredients.

Things to try in Egypt

1. Seafood
Take the opportunity to tuck into fresh seafood, especially when in coastal regions and cities such as the Red Sea and Alexandria.

2. Ful Medames
Don't leave Egypt without trying the classic dish of ful medames, which can be traced back to pharaonic times. Consisting of slow-cooked fava beans, served with olive oil, parsley, garlic and lemon juice - add some spice by seasoning with chilli paste and eat with bread.

3. Falafel
A favourite with vegetarians, falafel (fried chickpea balls) are available at markets and from street vendors, and are generally served as a snack.

4. Kushari
Kushari originated in the mid-19th century, during a time when Egypt was a multicultural country in the middle of an economic boom. It was invented as a vegetarian food, and it consists of fried onions, lentils, rice, macaroni and lemon sauce. It's somehow related to italian cuisine and to an indian dish made only from rice and lentils, khichdi, but the egyptian dish has more ingredients and flavors, especially the local Egyptian sauce giving it its unique taste the dish is popular with. Some believe it was first made during the British occupation of Egypt. Over time, the dish has evolved through Egyptian soldiers, then Egyptian citizens. Kushari used to be sold on food carts in its early years, and was introduced to restaurants later.

5. Tea (also known as shai)
An important part of daily life in Egypt, tea is sipped throughout the day and with meals.

6. Pastries Delicious, sweet pastries are found in restaurants, markets and cafes in Egypt. Never was there a better time to live by the adage "Life is short, eat dessert first".

7. Coffee
Turkish or Arabic coffee can be found in Egypt, so sit back in a cafe and drink your coffee short, black and sweet like the locals do.

Entry & Exit Formalities

Many nationalities can purchase a visa on arrival. At Cairo and other international airports in Egypt, they are sold at a row of bank booths in every arrivals terminal. Read more..