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Ranked #1 Food & Drink Activity in Cairo on TripAdvisor

Our Downtown Cairo Food Tour is the perfect way to get acquainted with this lively city. This tour is for you if you like food and culture, you will learn about Egyptian cuisine, its history and cultural significance while taking in the streets of Downtown Cairo. If you're planning a visit to Egypt, come walk around Downtown with us and taste food and drinks at more than 7 stops.

 

Family with children/teens under 17? Please click here to book a private tour.

 
 

AT A GLANCE:

  • 7 food/beverage stops (and possibly an 8th if you’re up for our second dessert challenge)

  • 4-5 hours depending on the group’s pace

  • Small groups of 6-7 guests to ensure an intimate experience

START TIME:

May to Sept: 4 PM

Oct to April: 2:30 PM

MEETING POINT:

We will meet within Downtown Cairo, the exact location is to be provided after booking is complete.

Please note that we currently cannot offer hotel pickups.

WHY TAKE THE DOWNTOWN TOUR?

  • Get introduced to Egyptian cuisine in just a few hours and make more informed food choices for the rest of your trip

  • Learn how to navigate Cairo’s busy (and sometimes challenging) streets in a safe and guided atmosphere

  • Meet other travelers who share your passion for food

  • Make a new local friend and have all your cultural questions answered and connect with the community making your food

  • Witness local life at its best, no tourist traps, no unnecessary filtering, Cairo as it really is

PRICE PER PERSON: $70

Price Includes:

  • Food/beverages at all 7+ stops (veg. option available)

  • A local, English speaking tour guide telling you about the stories of the food and landmarks of Downtown

  • Unlimited mineral (bottled) water

  • Generous tipping of waiters at all the restaurants

  • Non-alcoholic drink at the last stop

  • A list of all the foods is sent 48 hours after the tour ends

  • A guarantee that your belly will be full!

Price Excludes:

  • Tipping your guide

  • Any alcoholic drinks

  • Transportation to and from the meeting point

  • Any food/beverages not already part of the route

REFUND POLICY:

If you cancel 3 weeks or more before the tour, you get 100% of your money back, after this, we do not offer refunds as your spots are guaranteed. If you’re unsure about your booking dates, we would be happy to offer you a date exchange based on availability. You will also get a chance to insure your booking upon checkout by paying a small fee and receiving a full ticket refund if you cancel before the tour.

Please note that insured tickets are refunded by Ticket Guardian, not Bellies En-Route.


practical tips

GETTING TO THE TOUR:

If you’re staying in the Downtown area, Tahrir Square is 10-20 minutes away from any hotel in the region, walking in the Downtown area is safe and the streets are still packed up to 1 AM.

If you’re staying outside Downtown, we would recommend getting an Uber or Careem ride to the meeting point.

Cairo traffic could be challenging, so we would always recommend adding some buffer time to your commute.

how to prepare:

We recommend wearing comfortable (closed-toe) shoes to enjoy the walks with maximum comfort. Wearing clothes made with airy materials is best in the summer.

For the winter, layering is key as it can be warm in the afternoons but cold and windy in the evenings, especially on the rooftop bar we end the tour at.

On the day of the tour, we suggest skipping lunch and coming hungry, we promise you will be full, and if you’re not, your guide is always happy to offer you more food.

staying safe:

We understand that safety comes to mind when it comes to visiting Cairo, and we want to tell you, from the perspective of 2 young, Egyptian females, that Downtown Cairo is generally very safe even until 12-1 AM. People are very friendly and tourists are welcomed with open arms.

It’s wise to use common sense and stay alert as you would in any city around the world (eg. avoiding dark alleyways, being aware that pick-pocketing is more common in crowded places … etc.).

Our friends at TravelScams have compiled a conclusive list of scams that are common in Egypt. The scam most relevant within Downtown is the Helpful Stranger one. A firm “no” works perfectly in that case.

Finally, it’s good to know that crossing the streets in Tahrir Square can be done safely and easily via the metro tunnels underground for free. Just look for the red M with blue around it.


please refer to our faq page for more details about the tour