Updated: Mar 22
Maadi is home to quite a few restaurants and cafes (Road 9 is just about ready to burst at the seams with them), but how many of them can you actually have a laid-back beer or a glass of wine at while having lunch or dinner?
So if you’ve had a long day at work and want to eat, unwind and avoid chaotic cafes or seedy bars, these Maadi destinations are for you.
Also known as the ‘Sicilian Rooftop’, this restobar is found on the 9th floor of the Royal Maadi Hotel on Road 18. Opened by the same owners of Frank &Co, Maadi’s favorite tapas bar (below), Estro delivers the same quality but this time in the form of Italian favorites.
Local tip: go right before sunset, the views are awesome. Reservations needed.
2. Bua Khao
Owned and spearheaded by a Thai family for the past 20 years, this award-winning little restaurant is hidden off of one of the many midans of Maadi. Bua Khao's menu is large but not too large, with straightforward and sensible Thai dish descriptions instead of the generic “fish soup” menu entries found in many of Cairo’s other Asian restaurants. Beer and wine are served as well.
3. Frank &Co
As mentioned above, Frank &Co has the same owners as Estro, so it makes sense that they’re right next to each other on Road 18 (albeit Frank &Co is street level while Estro is a rooftop). Frank &Co opened a few years back as a much-needed tapas bar in Maadi, and has both indoor and outdoor seating.
4. The Tap
While The Tap at night is not what we’d call chill, if you go early enough when it’s still empty, you’ll be able to partake in their buckets of wings and other pub favorites like burgers, sandwiches, nachos and other bar foods while having a draft beer.
Local tip: every Sunday they have an all-you-can-eat wings deal.
Ah, Kokio, the king of fried chicken (sorry KFC). This little Korean restaurant is known by all those Maadi-savvy (and chicken-savvy) for having literally some of the best fried chicken in the country. They have original, spicy, soy (flavored with onion, garlic and crushed red pepper), garlic fried, onion fried, and you can order half a chicken or full chicken (or chicken tenders). You can also wash down all that fried goodness with beer.
6. Villa Belle Epoque
This converted villa-turned-boutique hotel is hidden down one of Maadi’s little leafy streets, making it the perfect spot for dinner and drinks away from crowds. Villa Belle Epoque’s restaurant serves its meals next to their small pool, surrounded by trees and flowers.
7. Dragon House
Cuisine: Chinese, Thai, Indian
The interesting thing about Dragon House is that their menu is divided into thirds: Chinese, Thai and Indian (plus sushi!). So you can either stick to one cuisine or order a bunch of dishes from all three.
Dragon House doesn't actually serve its own alcohol, but you can BYOB. They also have a pleasant outdoor dining area to enjoy your dinner and drink.
Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Ah, Peking. A childhood classic (maybe without the alcohol in that case though lol). The Maadi branch is known for its little dance floor and bar on weekend nights, and during the day it has a regular restaurant vibe with the menu that we all know and love, plus a cocktail menu to sit back and enjoy.
9. Lan Yuan
Lan Yuan has been open for the past 25 years at least, so what does that tell you about its staying power? It’s small and cozy and has all the Chinese staples you’d expect, for reasonable prices as well -- and the food is good. They also have a full (local) bar so while some people go for dinner and a drink, some just go for a quiet drink.
Another old-school Maadi restaurant that’s been around for more than 30 years (for more of our favorite restaurants from the 90s that are still open till now, head here). Mermaid is a small, cozy Italian restaurant and one of the first eating establishments to grace Road 9. They serve wine and beer to go along with your pizza and pastas.
11. Sakura Sushi
A tiny place in Degla serving up all your sushi cravings -- and if you have a friend who isn’t the fondest of sushi, they also have teppanyaki, rice, noodle dishes and soups. And like the rest of the restaurants on this list, beer is served. Closed on Sundays.
12. Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage is a Maadi staple during winter and the Christmas season when they deck themselves out in holiday cheer. But their fondue, raclette, and 'cook your own meat' are just as good year-round. They don't serve alcohol themselves but you can bring your own bottle and pay a corkage fee. Reservations recommended because the restaurant only has a few tables and fills up during dinner.
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