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21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Updated: Sep 10, 2020


Ah, the 90s in Cairo. The good ol’ days of escalope pane in the club and when McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Chili’s were all sparkly and new. While some food icons of the 90s have since died out in Cairo (RIP Wimpy), you might be surprised to find out that a lot of our favorite restaurants from 20+ years ago are actually still alive and kicking. Are they still good? Well, that’s up for you to decide. But in case you feel like taking your stomach for a walk down memory lane, here are some of Cairo’s 90s classics that are still open until today.


Disclaimer: we only included the restaurants that are *homegrown*, before you start asking where KFC’s at.



1. Cortigiano


Cortigiano. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1993


Everyone’s favorite restaurant to go to with their parents from back in the day is not only still operational, but also opening new branches. Right now they’re currently in Dokki (this branch is the real OG), City Stars, Maadi, Helio, Nasr City and New Cairo.


Cortigiano’s FB page is here.



2. La Casetta


La Casetta. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1985


Who doesn’t remember La Casetta’s pizza? Forget Chicago deep dish, La Casetta’s deep dish was a whole other heavy-as-hell-but-worth-it story. Their current branches are in Dokki, Heliopolis and Nasr City.


La Casetta’s FB page is here.



3. Felfela


Felfela. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1959


Felfela might be a 90s favorite, but that doesn’t mean it opened in the 90s. It’s now over 50 years old and still going strong *knock on wood and all that*. While our 90s favorite Felfelas were the Haram branch (the Felfela Village) and the famous Downtown branch, today you can also find Felfela in Moqattam and there’s also Felfela Express.


Their website is here.



4. Andrea Mariouteya


Andrea Mariouteya. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1958


The Andrea Mariouteya of the 90s should not at all be confused with the cheap knock-off Andreas of today, like the one on the Maadi Corniche. The original classic might be known for the ‘Mariouteya’ in its name, but its new home is now in New Giza.


Andrea Mariouteya’s FB page is here.



5. Swiss Restaurants (Le Chantilly, La Chesa, Le Chalet, Le Chateau)


Swiss restaurants. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1976


Ah, the good ol’ Swiss Restaurant group, delivering happiness in steak and cheese form throughout the 90s. Le Chantilly was the darling of the Heliopolis crowd, La Chesa was a Downtown staple, and Le Chalet and Le Chateau were the go-tos for familial outings for those living on the west side of Cairo (and I say familial because we millennials couldn’t really afford going without our parents).


The Swiss Restaurants’ FB page is here.



6. Peking


Peking. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1962


Did you know that Peking was established in 1962? Sure, it seems like it’s been around forever, but not 50 years forever! Our favorite 90s Chinese restaurant is still going strong, albeit with a lot more competition than back in the day. Their vegetable spring rolls will always have an oily but fond place in our heart though, because those are ~memories~.


Peking’s FB page is here.



7. Didos Aldente


Didos. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

Founded: 1993


Do you guys remember when Didos opened in Zamalek and a large plate of Arrabbiata pasta was for 7 EGP? *Sob* the good old days indeed.


Didos’ FB page is here.



8. Pizza King


Pizza King. 21 Classic 90s Restaurants in Cairo That Are Still Open Until Now

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