Luxor is a vegetarian haven, with an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables like as tomato and cucumber.
Pita bread and mezze like as baba ganoush or taboulé are often served to begin a meal.
Your main meal may consist of beef or poultry, as well as regional specialties like pigeon or rabbit. (You may choose to stick with the meat to prevent an upset stomach.) As with any extensively touristed location in Egypt, finding pretty well-executed Western cuisine is never difficult.
Dairy goods such as yoghurt or gibna bayda cheese (similar to feta but creamier) may be served with your main course.
Finally, there are plenty excellent vegetarian sweets available, but some may appear too sugary to western palates. (Specify mild or medium sweetness if possible.)
While the evening meal is often satisfying, it may not be sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of an active visitor. Consume a substantial breakfast, plenty of water, and regular snacks throughout the day.
Luxor, East Bank
- Al-Sahaby Lane. The restaurant is next to the Nefertiti Hotel, on Sahaby street, amid the souk, Luxor’s vibrant Egyptian market.
- Casablanca, El-Rodah El-Sherefa Street (100 meters down the side street from Steigenberger Hotel in Khaled Ebn El Waleed Street), 0101725821.11AM to 12PM. Elegant restaurant specializing in fish and shellfish as well as traditional Egyptian cuisine. Elegantly designed and very clean. The cuisine is presented well, and the employees and owner are friendly without being intrusive.
- Jamboree Restaurant, 010-146 1712. Daily 10.30AM-2.30PM & 6.30-10.30PM. Within the Souk, a spotlessly clean, air-conditioned business with a roof patio serves an array of reasonably priced Egyptian and foreign meals of above-average quality, including Cajun chicken (LE 22.50), delectable jacket potatoes (LE 9-13), and a secure salad bar. Mr. Hamdy and Mr. Amer, two very nice and gorgeous Egyptians, own and operate the establishment.
- El Kebabgy, Daily 12.00AM-12.00PM. It is located under the Corniche, near the Winter Palace Hotel, and provides spectacular views of the Nile and West Bank, as well as reasonably priced, decent-quality meals such as pasta, grills (Kofte, kebab, pigeon), mousaka, and so on; by candlelight at night.
- El Zaeem, The main road that runs beside the market has bright lights, two floors (sitting upstairs), a ‘chain’ vibe, with staff dressed in red uniforms. Offers fresh, basic, and very affordable meals like as shwarma and hawashi for less than 5 LE. Nota bene, they have an Arabic menu with ‘proper’ pricing and an English one (or no menu at all) with fictitious foreigner prices (anything from 10-25 LE for shwarma!). As a result, reading Arabic is a requirement for the local rate!
- The Lantern, Al Roda Al Sharifa Street, +20 95 2361451. 12am – 11pm.Excellent English-run restaurant delivering excellent English and Egyptian cuisine at a very cheap price.
- McDonalds, located behind Luxor Temple, serves cheeseburgers and gives a safe haven from the souk.
- Sofra, 90 Mohamed Farid St, +20 95 235 9752. 11-midnight. Specializes on Egyptian cuisine and has a hip design of Egyptian antiquities (and antique-like furnishing). Provides a Western-style dining experience with Egyptian cuisine. Very pleasant service that is sometimes a touch sluggish. It’s pricey for Egypt, with appetizers costing between 10 and 25 LE, mains costing between 30 and 60 LE, and juices costing between 10 and 20 LE. Because it is the top selection of a well-known guidebook series, you absolutely must make a reservation or you will be turned away at the entrance.
- A Taste Of India, St Joseph Hotel Street (100 Meters down the side street next to the St Joseph Hotel), 0193732727. Noon to 11PM. A fully licensed Indian Tandoori restaurant with a varied international menu, including steaks. Vegetarian options are plentiful. Very popular restaurant run by an English expat who has many years of experience operating Indian restaurants in Egypt. Additionally, check for the same guy’s Chinese eatery, The Fortune Cookie.18LE to 90LE.
- The Fortune Cookie + The King And Thai, St Joseph Hotel Street & Medina Street (150 Meters down side street next to the St Joseph Hotel). noon til 11pm. A newly opened, fully licensed Chinese and Thai restaurant featuring a variety of foreign dishes as well. A new restaurant from the proprietors of the famous A Taste Of India and the newly opened Regal Lounge Bar & Grill on the second level. from 20 le.
Luxor, West Bank
Tutankhamun Restaurant, 200 m south of the ferry landing – Many believe this eatery to be the greatest on the West Bank. “The cuisine is wonderful – Chef Mahmoud has an uncanny ability with spices – the curry chicken with apples and bananas is sheer bliss.” Fixed menu with a seasonal selection of main courses. Prices are not the lowest in town, but they are still far less than what you would spend in a hotel.