If you want to get away from the resort meals, consider one of the local establishments listed below. If you’re missing home, Il Mercato has a McDonald’s, KFC, Pizza Hut, Costa, and a Starbucks. Manchow Wok serves delicious Chinese cuisine and is located just across the street from Stella, the only place to drink in El Mercato.
Na’ama Bay is entertaining, particularly at night, when the lights of Bedouin-style and contemporary restaurants, café Shops, and various ‘Bazaars’ twinkle. Be careful that even if pork is listed on a menu, it is not sold (it is actually a salted beef). Any bill will be subject to a 10-15% service fee.
- El Masrien, Old Market (next to the market exit), +20 (69) 366 2904. 12:00 – 4:00 am. Offering the greatest Egyptian barbecue cuisine such as kabab, kofta, reyash, nefa, tarab, and liver, as well as all sorts of oriental delicacies such as veal shank, stuffed pigeon, and stuffed duck, as well as many varieties of pasta and rice and stuffed vegetables. There is no alcohol. Grills of all kinds are welcome. GAD, a few doors away, is also worth a visit; check for the huge red sign. Both are teeming with residents.
- Fares Seafood, Horus Mall and Old Market. Fresh Red Sea seafood of every type.
- Fawanes Cafe, Naama Bay. Lebanese food. Excellent location for waterpipes; get a smaller one (Fawanes); an apple one is good.
- Onions, Il Mercato. Fusion cuisine, excellent service, and moderate costs.
- Safsafa, Naama Bay. One of the greatest seafood restaurants in town. It’s a rare find that serves excellent grilled calmaras. The lobster on the mixed seafood platter, on the other hand, is dry.
- Tempo Cafe. There is a small proportion of locals. Waiters wear distinguishing orange-and-green uniforms. Waterpipe is excellent, however when served for a large group (with many hoses), the menu price may be doubled by the amount of people—ask ahead of time; maybe it’s simply a fraud.
- Indian Restaurants. Sharm has three Indian eateries. One is Maharaja, who may be found on the beach walkway. The other two are India House Restaurants, which are part of a Thai hotel chain. One is the ancient market, while the other is on the road near the Taxi stop, opposite Little Buddha. Indian meals are available.