dinsdag 9 oktober 2012



To really experience Luxor, do as the locals do; grab a fresh glass of sugar cane juice from a street vendor, shop where the locals do, play dominoes, smoke shisha, drink a glass of hot tea and watch the world go by, get an invite to a local, raucous street wedding, eat a ta’ameya sandwich in Abu Haggag square behind Luxor temple, wearing your ship-ship – embrace true Luxor life. Get to know the people, friends made in Luxor will stay friends for life, they will never forget you.
There is something unique about the openness, warmth and hospitality of Luxor’s people. They are self-confessed hustlers, but with undeniable charm. Their optimism remains however, and they are convinced tourists will return to Luxor; for them, it is literally in the lap of the Gods; “they will come, InshaAllah, they always have.” And as the street signs implore, “Smile, you are in Luxor.” I challenge you not to. daily news egypt

vrijdag 5 oktober 2012

Luxor: Rediscover Egypt’s jewel of the Nile


For Egypt’s infamous kushari dish, Sayyida Zeinab in Television Street is hard to beat. This tinykushari joint offers ladlefuls of the tastiest, steaming hot kusharito give you the entire carbohydrate boost you need to tackle temple-hopping. Al Zaem is another good option, just past Luxor temple.
Snobs is run by a talented young chef who used to cook at the royal palace in Saudi Arabia. Dishes are international and Egyptian, all tasty and all served and presented with a flourish. Find it in El Rhoda el Sherifa Street, alongside several other ex-pat owned restaurants.


Sofra, near the train station, offers an experience something akin to eating at your Egyptian grandmother’s house. Set in a beautifully converted Arabian-style house, Sofra is a visual feast. Dine on the covered roof terrace, or downstairs in one of the individual dining rooms – large wooden dining table, portraits and Arabic calligraphy on the walls, candelabras, and authentic tiles. What you get here is standard Egyptian cuisine, think mezze,taginesmolokheya, pigeon, in a uniquely Egyptian setting.
Foto's van Pizza Roma-it, Luxor

Pizza Roma-IT is a true authentic Italian kitchen owned by an Egyptian man and his Italian wife. It simply has the best pizza in Egypt, never mind Luxor. Herbs are grown on the roof and ingredients are sourced fresh on the day. The pizza and pasta menu is extensive and salads are always crisp and fresh. Head to St Joseph’s street to feast Italian-style.

Those with a sweet tooth will be in cake heaven at Twinky, located near Luxor central train station. Indulge in oriental pastries, cakes and all kinds of desserts. Once you have had your fill, top it all off with tea and shisha at Om Kalthoum coffee shop.dailynewsegypt

Sofra 99 Mohammed Farid Stret, Al Manshiya,  +20 (95) 235-9752. info at sofra dot com dot eg.

Twinky Patisserie. This amusingly named pastry shop next to the train station offers excellent baklava and Western-style cakes. 28 Soria St., Mohandiseen, El Mahatta Square, Luxor, 335-9000,  095-237-5887.