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11. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

What was the food in Cairo restaurants like?

12. Posted by mollysbb (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

I had a bit of a problem with it because we're vegetarian and I didn't really find many places. Maxims in Luxor is very good, with international cuisine. The bill was about £6.50 for two of us, and we had plenty to eat. In Cairo there are plenty of fast food outlets, but that wasn't what I wanted - you can have a Dominos pizza anywhere. We bought lovely fresh fruit from the market, again very cheap, but I think I would try to research a bit more in advance next time. The Felafel chain was recommended, but again, not good for vegetarians.

13. Posted by mollysbb (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Another tip is to try the taxis for excursions, instead of the travel agents. We had a taxi take us to the pyramids and sphinx, to Memphis and Sakara all in one day. He picked us up at 7.30 am and dropped us off at 1.30 pm. He was very patient, stopping anywhere I wanted for as long as I wanted, to take photographs, and we went for many miles. All this for £10. We gave him £15 and he was overcome and almost in tears with gratitude. Made me feel guilty. And try to avoid the guides who latch on to you everywhere you go; some of them are useful and give good information, but they can be a complete ripoff. Only by the end had I learned how to say no at the very beginning, because they start by just talking to you; before you know it, they're guiding you round whether you want them to or not.

14. Posted by EGYPTGUIDE (Inactive 8 posts) 11y

mocca the Egyptian food is SO Delicious you will never forget it also there is some Chinese restaurants do not be worry

15. Posted by mollysbb (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

egyptguide, I plan to go back very soon - perhaps you will be able to point me in the right direction too?

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18. Posted by isisshuru (Full Member 57 posts) 11y

Thank you guys for the info. It's been a great help. Molly: Did you visit Coptic Egypt or the Citadel? I'm only mildly interested, but don't want to miss out on anything. A friend had done the Nile Cruise/Sharm tour last fall (not my thing), and said it wasn't worth it, he would have rather spent a whole day at the museum (sounds more like my thing). I don't want to miss out on the 'real' Cairo, how would you rank the sights you saw? Egyptguide, I would love your input as well...

19. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

I visited Egypt in Oct / Nov 04 and found it really interesting. I would advise you to check out coptic cairo and the citidel but to go as early as possible as when they are crowded you won't see a thing. With the mueseum - i'd advise you to check the opening times at the entrance, when we were there it closed early as we were there during Ramadan but you can never be too sure.. If you do go it will take more then one visit to see everything !

20. Posted by mollysbb (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

isisshuru - didnt do either im afraid, but did do the museum. It was open very long hours when we were there a week or two ago. Have to admit here that I lived in Cairo for a few months about 25 years ago, so it was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. Did do the museum but it really does take many visits to see everything. We went up the tower too, which Id not done before, and that was really something. The views are phenomenal, and it's worth paying for a drink in the revolving restaurant - you get a soft drink and a delicious cake (Cairo has the most wonderful cake shops) and can sit for ages watching the city revolve around you.