NileGuide Expert Says:
Felfela may not be a fantastic restaurant, but the surroundings are nice and it's a safe introduction to Egyptian food
Hoda Shaarawy, Bab Al Louq, Abdin, Egypt
NileGuide Expert tip:
There is also a branch of Felfela near the the Pyramids
The idea behind Felfela was to serve healthy traditional Egyptian food, including lots of vegetarian dishes. You can get all your Egyptian staples here, including all sorts of mezza, koshary, fettah, pigeon, quail, molokheiya, various grills and so forth.
Although the food at Felfela is somewhat hit and miss, it still remains a good and safe introduction to Egyptian cuisine. Other than the strange soft brown bread, the food is pretty authentic and reasonably priced, and there is even alcohol available. Because of this, Felfela is very popular with tourists, especially groups, though lots of locals go there to eat too.
The setting at Felfela is quite nice, with lots of wooden trellises and fake greenery (plus some real trees) and a fish tank with little baby turtles inside. The atmosphere is usually subdued, and there are lots of little alcoves you can be tucked away in, plus a whole non smoking section (unusual for Egypt). The service is generally good, and the staff are friendly and used to dealing with tourists.
While Felfela may not be the most authentic experience in the world, it's in a central Downtown
location, and worth checking out early on in your trip. If you don't want a full sit down meal, the takeaway version
is just around the corner on Talaat Harb street. There is also a branch near the Pyramids