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Experience Egyptian street food

Egypt is a beautiful destination filled with dazzling architecture and enticing culture. It would be a shame not to totally immerse yourself in the environment. By eating street food, you can truly experience the every-day interactions of Egyptian life. The river Nile and surrounds are rich with vendors who make tasty, spicy foods that you won’t want to miss! Here are just some to look out for:


Made with both rice and macaroni, this dish packs a punch of carbs. It’s topped with lentils, chickpeas, onions and a sort of tomato and vinegar sauce. The meal is well known as the ‘poor man’s dish’ because, like all the best street food, it’s cheap and filling.

Ful Medames

Locally known as just ‘ful’, this dish is part of a normal Egyptian breakfast. It is a saucy concoction made primarily with fava beans and served with fresh pita bread. The sauce is infused with a fragrant array of spices, and each stall will have their own winning combo. You’ll even be able to find Ful in the form of a sandwich for those following a busy itinerary.


This is a famous dish that has travelled the world on the wings of its popularity. Head to the local stores to find some of the most delicious shawarma of your life. What could be better than slivers of spit-roasted meat served on bread with vegetables cooked to perfection?


If you’ve ever seen a Greek dolma, Mahshi will look strikingly familiar. Their fillings and preparations are slightly different from the time-old classic though. Grapevine leaves are wrapped around small cylinders of spiced rice and then simmered in a tart, tomato-based sauce. Following the trend, you’ll also be able to find stuffed cabbage, eggplant and zucchini – all served with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Hamam Mahshi

If you are a daring food junkie, eating this dish will be something to boast about back home. In the UK, pigeons are seen as a blight upon the city, but in Egypt, they are a melt-in-your-mouth delicacy. These delicious birds are grilled whole and stuffed with cracked wheat, making for a unique culinary experience.

Be sure to taste as many foods of Egypt as possible by travelling in style on a Nile river cruise. We can help arrange the perfect trip with a custom itinerary, so send us your travel ideas and we can take care of the details.

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