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Dining & Restaurants In Aswan

Aswan is a sleepy place and most tourists eat on board the cruise boats, but there are a few laid-back restaurants. Outside the hotels, few serve alcohol and few accept credit cards.

1902 Restaurant

The revamped Old Cataract Hotel has several top-end outlets, but none grander than 1902 Restaurant Under its Moorish-inspired dome.

The chefs – trained here and in France – serve some of the finest food in the country. Duck from France, fish from the Red Sea, good oils and cheese from Italy, a serious wine list from around the world…

The outcome is sophisticated, expensive and mostly nouvelle cuisine. Service is as attentive as the room is grand, and guests are invited to play their part by dressing for the occasion. As a dining experience, there is simply nothing like this south of Cairo.

Located in Abtal El Tahrir Street | Sofitel Legend Old Cataract, Aswan, Egypt


This great cafe terrace and restaurant is the place to be at sunset, with spectacular views over the First Cataract. Sit on the huge shady terrace for a mint tea, or enjoy the small selection of excellent grills or pizza. Or take a taxi here after dark. Very popular with locals at night.

Nubian Beach

Wonderful Nubian cafe-restaurant set in a quiet garden on the west bank of the Nile, against the backdrop of a towering sand dune. During the heat of the day or on cold winter nights, there is a beautifully painted room indoors. The food is simple but good, and alcohol is served sometimes with live Nubian music.

Located in West Bank, Heading South, Aswan, Egypt Sail past the Aga Khan Mausoleum


This Nubian restaurant, set on an island just beyond Elephantine, continues to serve excellent Nubian food, in large portions, and is wonderfully atmospheric. It comes recommended by our readers. To get here, there’s a free ferry from the dock opposite the Egypt Air office.

Located in Elephantine Island, Aswan, Egypt

Golden Pharaoh

A rather sophisticated eatery with an air-con dining room and a large terrace overlooking the Nile and the city. The menu includes Nubian and international dishes, and the place is popular with better-off Aswanis.

Located in West Bank First Cataract Islands, Aswan 81111, Egypt

Salah al-Din

This is the best of the Nileside restaurants, with several terraces and a freezing air-conditioned dining room. The menu has Egyptian, Nubian and international dishes, a notch better than most restaurants in Aswan. The service is efficient and the beers are cool. There is also a terrace to smoke a sheesha.

Located in Corniche el-Nil, Aswan, Egypt


With its pleasant Nile side terrace, this is a great place to chill and sip a herbal tea or fresh juice. It also serves simple Egyptian stews cooked in clay pots, with salad, mezze (selection of starters) and rice or chips, or an all-day breakfast.

Located in Corniche el-Nil, Aswan, Egypt


Popular with meat-eating local families, this place is famous for its excellent fresh kebabs and kofta (mincemeat and spices grilled on a skewer), as well as pigeon and chicken, all served with bread, salad and tahini. There is a sister restaurant, Al-Madina, with a similar menu, on Sharia as-Souq.

Located in near the Station, Aswan, Egypt

Aswan Moon Restaurant

This once-popular hang-out no longer serves alcohol, but it remains a pleasant place for dinner. The menu ranges from basic Egyptian and international dishes, including mezze, pizzas, and grills.

Located in Corniche el-Nil, Aswan, Egypt

Biti Pizza

Biti is a popular air-conditioned restaurant that serves good Western-style pizzas, but more recommended are the delicious sweet and savory fiteer (flaky Egyptian pizza), including the excellent tuna fiteer or the fruit-and-nut dessert version. Watch out for the more expensive English-language tourist menu with the offer of any topping for. The main menu is cheaper.

Located in Midan al;- Mahatta, Aswan, Egypt

Chef Khalil

Small but popular fish restaurant, just along from the train station. It serves
fish from Lake Nasser and the Red Sea, charged by weight and grilled, baked or fried to your choice and served with salad and rice or French fries.

Located in Sharia al Souk | End of souk near the train station, Aswan, Egypt