These restaurants will definitely go down in Cairo’s history, their décor and employees are as old as time. But you know what they say, old is gold – their food is still just as good today and the service never lost its touch. So take a trip down memory lane and visit the restaurants that your parents and grandparents called home:

1. Le Chantilly, Korba

A Swiss classic nestled in the history-drenched area of Korba. They boast both an outdoor and an indoor area to suit your family’s needs. Their outdoor garden has a small barn where kids can feed ducks and chicks. We highly recommend for a hearty breakfast to start your day the right way!

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2. Five Bells, Zamalek

Doesn’t get cosier than Five Bells! This restaurant has truly stood the test of time with its fabulous cocktails, yummy international and oriental food, and authentic décor.

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3. Le Chateau, Corniche El Giza

Formerly known as Swiss Air, Le Château serves you a truly authentic Swiss cuisine experience in a cozy white-table cloth, slightly gothic atmosphere overlooking the Nile. Make sure to book in advance to get the table that faces the view if you wanna impress your date. You have to end the night with their delish chocolate fondue.

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4. Andrea, New Giza

Originally in Mariouteya, it has now moved to New Giza. It’s one of those places that will never ever disappoint no matter how much time passes. The outdoorsy setting and the delicious food make this restaurant truly one of a kind. We highly recommend trying out their chicken livers and grilled chicken.

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5. Thomas Pizza, Zamalek

I have done my fair share of travelling and pizza tasting to go along with it, but nothing will ever beat Thomas Pizza! Everything about this place wreaks old school, and their pizza is no different – old but gold.
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6. Lucille’s, Maadi

Hands down best burger in town! Their restaurant boasts cozy wooden indoors which makes it the perfect setting for both a family lunch or a romantic date.

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7. La Casetta, Dokki

Quality Italian food in huge portions will guarantee that you will leave with a satisfied filled stomach, a happy heart, and a delicious mint (or 10)!

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8. Paprika, Downtown

This is the place where you would run into actors and TV presenters out for their lunch break in the 90s. It boasts amazing Nile Views and home-cooked style Egyptian food,

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9. Groppi, Downtown

If you’re Egyptian, then you know Groppi! This place honestly looks like it came out of a fairytale – as soon you step in you’ll be transported back to the 1890s. Make sure to try out their gateaux and marrons.

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10. Don Quichotte, Zamalek

Another hidden Zamalek gem that has stood the test of time. Their wooden bar honestly looks like it came out of a James Bond movie. If you go there around the afternoon, you’ll mostly find old regular customers that have been going there for years. At night things get a lot more interesting.

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11. L’Amphitrion, Heliopolis

A big fan of piccata? A big fan of beer? Love the outdoors? Then this is the place for you!

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An oldie but goldie – I would mostly recommend it for a light snack or afternoon tea break. Their gateaux and chocolates are so yummy, you’re definitely gonna be tempted to take some home with you.

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13. Café Riche, Downtown

A favourite by the greats such as Naguib Mahfouz, Naguib Sorour, Amal Dunqul and Ibrahim AbdelMeguid. Rich with history and delicious food, you are sure to be transported back to the 80s.

Egypt, Cairo. Nov/30/2009. Belle Epoque Cairo for CNN Traveller. Cafe Riche on Talaat Harb Street.

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