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Eating Street Food in Egypt

The street food in Egypt is some of the best food we have ever eaten. Check out our top five choices to try for your visit.

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Street Food in Egypt

Lunch in Egypt

Street Food in Egypt

If you are an adventure traveller then hopefully you will be trying the local cuisines when you explore the world. Which means that if you ever end up in Egypt then you will love it. The street food in Egypt is definitely some of the best local cuisine we have ever. And one of the cheapest.

So if you stick to our top five street food options below (which we ate daily) then I promise you that your taste buds will leave Egypt very happy.

Short history lesson

As any fellow foodie will know there is an interesting story behind the Egyptian cuisine. To give you a short history lesson, Egyptian food was originally shaped by its neighbors including the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, and Ottomans. Traces of these cultures are still seen in Egyptian cuisine today and this is why the street food in Egypt will really surprise you as the variety is endless.

1) Falafel

Street food in Egypt Falafel

Traditionally the Egyptians relied heavily on bread and veges and this is still the case today. Falafel is extremely popular in Egypt and for good reason! In fact it is not unusual to see it served during any time of the day and we had it at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

One of my favorite foodie moments was stopping at a street food stall in Egypt and watching the fresh falafel get fried to perfection in front of my eyes before being dumped into a pita pocket and handed over.

The combination of the piping hot crunchy outside along with the fresh and moist flavors on the inside made for one of the best lunches we had on our adventure travels in Egypt. And the best thing is that it only cost the equivalent of $1!

2) Koshari

Koshari Street Food in Egypt

We quickly became addicted to another one of Egypt’s most popular dishes; Koshari. Consisting of pasta, rice, lentils, tomatoes and onions, one can be forgiven for thing it sounds like a bland meal with far to many carbs. But do not let this fool you. Served with a tasty chili sauce it will leave your taste buds singing for more.

You can also cook it really easily and since our return we have often cooked it at home.

3) Seafood

Seafood Street Food in Egypt

If you are heading to try out any of the adventure travel activities like diving in the Red Sea then I would definitely recommend trying some of the local seafood. For about the equivalent of $15 you will get the biggest three course seafood meal you have ever seen. Seafood chowder, snapper, prawns, calamari, crayfish, you name it, you get it!

And the fish is straight out of the sea so it is so fresh that it falls apart as you dig in just using your fork. It even rivals New Zealand’s seafood.

4) Shish Kebab

The staple diet of a late night out for most people this can be an enjoyable meal when you are sober too. Although the Egyptian version is so much better.

Usually served with three different skewered kebabs consisting of pork, chicken, beef or falafel and a massive serving of rice and roast vegetables you will be unlikely to finish. And while the meal is huge the part that really makes this meal so memorable is the flavors. The shish kebab has a slight spice to it which tastes amazing with the local sauces (don’t know what they were sorry) and the meat falls right off the skewer. Plus the rice isn’t just plain either as it comes with a lovely combination of cinnamon and raisins.

5) Mint Tea

Okay so technically not street food but this is really more about the “street food experience” than the actual taste. There is nothing better than picking a local café nestled in the heart of the bazaars (markets) on the side of the bustling streets to rest you weary feet.

As the madness continues around you out comes a pair of engraved glasses containing a stem of mint leaves and piping hot pot of water. The first taste is surprisingly refreshing even in the stifling weather and you will feel the tension of the busy streets slowly seep out of your body. Pair this with a cheeky afternoon sheesha and you will be in heaven.

Stick to these five favorites and I guarantee you will have a great time experiencing something new. Just remember to check that if you are eating street food in Egypt then the place you are eating at is clean and hygienic.

What is your favourite street food in Egypt?

Adela is one half of the New Zealand Adventure Couple who have been travelling since 2009. She loves the outdoors and has a real passion for Snowboarding, Mountain Biking and Surfing (apart from being scared of sharks). She loves food and writes all our food posts. Consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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33 Comments

  1. Pete

    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Falafel and Kebap are probably 2 of my favorite foods on this planet. Looks delicious!!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      We can’t wait to get over to Turkey on Friday and dig into some more street food! Hope it is as good over there Pete?

  2. Laurence

    April 16, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Great photos of awesome looking food 🙂 I love me a bit of street food 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      April 16, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      We are off to Turkey this weekend so going to be digging in to some street food again soon hopefully 🙂

  3. Laura

    April 16, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    The Falafel looks a bit different from the one we can get in Spain. Hm… I wonder if it also tastes different.I guess we will just have to go to Egypt and try it ourselves.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Will let you know after we visit Spain in July if it tastes any different Laura 🙂

  4. Waegook Tom

    April 16, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    This is total food porn right here. Fresh falafel sounds amazing. Beam me to Cairo!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 16, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Take us with you if you manage to find us a transporter Tom!

  5. Christy @ Technosyncratic

    April 16, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Yum, I would eat ALL of this!! I wish Kali would agree to travel to Egypt with me already! =P

    • Cole Burmester

      April 16, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      Anything we can do to help convince him? Just show him all our Egypt photos and posts haha

  6. Ayngelina

    April 17, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    I LOVE mint tea. I drank it all the time in Jordan and I don’t even like tea!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 17, 2012 at 9:16 AM

      Since moving to the UK I have started to drink tea and the stuff in the Middle East/Africa region is so sweet. Pretty delicious 🙂

  7. Nate @yomadic

    April 17, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Hey, first time reader of your site. Big fan of street food, the world over, so, this article is right up my alley.

    But, I’m intrigued that you say the Egyptian seafood is better than New Zealand’s. The seafood in NZ is simply incredible, and given that I’m Australian, and making a public statement of how good something in NZ is, you know I must be telling the truth 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      April 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Thanks Nate for joining us on the sit and glad you enjoy street food as much as us 🙂 We don’t quite say that Egyptian food is better, we just say is rivals NZ seafood! Trust us, nothing beats fresh NZ seafood haha.

  8. Angela

    April 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I love Egyptian food, everything you mentioned! And mint tea is gorgeous!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 17, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      I wish we had brought some mint tea back home with us!

  9. Jarmo @ Arctic Nomad

    April 22, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    That has definitely made me hungry for some Egyptian food. I could use a falafel right now 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 23, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      We have just fell in love with Turkish food now too Jarmo! bit.ly/Ip9XNI

  10. Someday I'll Be There - Mina

    April 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    A less hygienic street food in Egypt is liver, but it tastes so good, it is addictive! I wouldn’t recommend it to first timers though, might have some side effects 😀 but it is always so addictive that everyone – usually – orders just 1 sandwich, then stand by the cooking guy re-ordering up to 5 or 6 sandwiches 😀

    Now I’m hungry

    • Cole Burmester

      April 23, 2012 at 7:07 AM

      Haha I haven’t had Egyptian liver and was really ill in Marrakech so maybe I will need to stay away from it 🙂

  11. Wanderplex

    April 24, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Awesome roundup! I love street food (sometimes more than restaurant food) and have lots of fond memories of eating these things in Egypt!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 28, 2012 at 7:01 AM

      We definitely prefer street food over restaurant food! Plus it is so much cheaper for us when on a budget.

  12. properties in Dubai

    April 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    I am loving to eat spicy food and during visit this blog my mouth is full of water and feeling comes that the things call me to come and eat me 🙂
    Very delicious post. 😉

  13. Ali

    April 30, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    I haven’t been to Egypt yet but I love kebabs!

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      They are SO delicious! Although having just been in Turkey we think we have found a new favourite place for food 🙂

  14. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    May 5, 2012 at 3:38 AM

    ALL street food in Egypt is amazing! I’ve gotta say falafel — and my husband likes Kosheri.

    • Cole Burmester

      May 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      We tried to make homemade Koshary and it worked out pretty well! Not sure that I could master falafel though.

  15. Turtle

    May 25, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I’d never heard of koshari before. It sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to get over there and try it myself (perhaps with not too much chilli…)

    • Cole Burmester

      May 26, 2012 at 7:57 AM

      Chilli is probably the wrong word for it. Let’s just call it spice because it wasn’t that hot to be honest!

  16. sameh

    July 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Food, a key component of our Egyptian culture over the years is associated with many religious and social occasions. With globalization and the invasion of fast food for our world. Traditional meals are struggling to find her a place on the dining table the Egyptian citizen.
    Best Regards

  17. Lucy | gapyeardotcom

    June 7, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Great guide. I think everyone who visits Egypt should be sure to try the street food.

    Falafel was part of one of my favourite lunches out there! The Falafel in the UK just does not compare.

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

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Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

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For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

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If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

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Dubai: Glamour and shopping

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If you are on the lookout for the perfect environment for an adventurous and challenging hike, look no further. Located in the Southern Utah region is the best park that is most suitable for your hiking adventure, the Bryce Canyon National Park. This is a great option to relaxed after you are through playing in $5 minimum deposit casinos.

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The Rim Trail

This is the most accessible trail at Bryce Canyon National Park. It is suitable for those who just want to have a good time walking around and savoring the magnificent scenery of the park. From any part of the park, you can connect to this trail as it goes all the way around the park.

When lodging at the Bryce Canyon Lodge, it is a good idea to start your hike from the place known as the sunrise point. Just as the name implies, if you wake up early to start your walk, you’ll be able to watch the sunrise. If you have a camera with you, you’ll take some fantastic pictures.

Also, you’ll get a clear view of the Bryce amphitheater from this point. Just like in an adventure movie, you have to find a way to link up to boat Mesa, and on your way, you walk through some sites like the Mormon temple and Queen garden. This hiking trail is easy, and all you have to deal with is a total of approximately 200 feet elevation. You will surely have a nice time on this trail.

Navajo Loop Trail

On the order of difficulty, this trail comes next after the rim trail. The starting point of this trail begins from the sunset point around the southern area of the Bryce Canyon Lodge. Just like for the rim trail, the trail presents a nice view of the sunset, and with a good camera, you’ll be able to take exciting photo shoots.

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Hiking is more than a walk, it is a fun and adventurous experience. All trails at the Bryce Canyon National Park are worth trying on your next visit. Whether you seek to have some fun or you just want to catch some beautiful scenery and feel close to nature, you will find the right place that suits you. Get ready to have an amazing hiking experience.

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