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A Culinary Crawl Through Dahab: The Best Restaurants in the Egyptian Resort Town

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Dahab, nestled on the southern peninsula of Sinai, is considered a magical haven. One of Egypt’s hidden gems, anyone who has visited knows that although you may plan to stay for a week, its mystical allure often keeps you there much longer. With its turquoise waters, feel-good vibes, and throngs of sun-worshippers who seem to have life figured out, Dahab offers a soulful, laidback experience devoid of the clutter of civilization and materialism. It’s the place to be if you want to simply relax by the sea in your swimsuit and Birkenstocks. However, finding the right spots to satisfy your gastronomic cravings can take some time. That’s where we come in. We have carefully curated this food guide to help you navigate the culinary delights of the small Egyptian town. From plates of pumpkin ravioli to crispy pizzas and delicious butterfly shrimp in finger-licking sauce, we’ve got you covered when it comes to eating in Dahab.

Shanti Cafe

Located in a charming corner of Asalah, Shanti is perfect for those who consider themselves digital nomads. This cozy hive, with just the right amount of sunlight, is ideal for those who need a relaxing place to work. Shanti serves nutritious and balanced breakfast options, including a traditional Egyptian breakfast featuring foul, pickled eggplants, your choice of eggs, and a side of bread. Make sure to try their cinnamon cappuccino, made with your preferred milk.


If you’re craving authentic Indian cuisine, Namaste is your go-to spot. The local eatery is the best place for a meal that feels like a warm hug, even if it leaves you slightly bloated (in the best way). The moment you walk in, the aroma of spices engulfs you. The menu features various curries, but we recommend the butter chicken and dal makhani for lentil lovers. To enhance your Indian dining experience, add a side of cheese or potato and onion-stuffed naan, perfect for pairing with any saucy dish. Finish your meal with a cup of masala tea, and you’ll thank us later.


In the heart of the lighthouse area, Dahab’s bustling hub, Istifihan is a gastronome’s dream. Specializing in slow-cooked tagines, this Persian restaurant offers both vegetarian options and meaty delights. It’s the place to go when you crave a home-cooked meal after a long day at the beach. May we suggest the chicken tagine with tangy honey pomegranate sauce, served with white rice seasoned with za’atar? For a healthy side, the fresh Greek salad is always a good choice. Don’t leave Istifihan without trying their Bedouin tea– what’s in it? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

Dai Pescatori

Finding a good Italian restaurant in Egypt can be a challenge, but this one hits the mark. Nestled right on the beach, Dai Pescatori offers picturesque views and a delightful surprise for your taste buds. The menu features fresh seafood pasta dishes and delicious garlic bread, but the star is the ravioli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli). This dish, perfectly dipped in a butter and sage sauce and topped with just the right amount of parmesan cheese, is a must-try. Pumpkin, sage, and butter– the holy trinity of raviolis. You’ll be coming back for more.


Every traveler needs a reliable pizza spot, and Athanor, located in Dahab’s lighthouse area, is just that. While it may not be authentically Italian, it’s delicious. The thin, crispy base has a slightly sweet and specially seasoned tomato sauce, topped with the perfect amount of mozzarella cheese and your choice of toppings.

Shader El Samak

One of the joys of traveling is discovering hidden gems, and Shader El Samak in Mashraba is one of them. Prepare to be wowed by their butterfly shrimp in a secret sauce that will leave you wanting more. Their zesty fish filet, marinated in a rich tomato sauce with cilantro and onions, is another highlight. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the molokhia with shrimp– it just works.

Tacos el Mazarita

Owned by a cool father/son duo, Tacos el Mazarita serves up mean quesadillas. Though it just opened, this gem has quickly become a favorite. They offer freshly made chicken or meat quesadillas and burritos for those who prefer a chunkier wrap.


If you’ve come to Dahab intending to stay for a week but find yourself still there a month later craving a home-cooked breakfast, Leila is your spot. With friendly staff and a cozy environment, Leila serves delicious breakfasts and perfect iced coffee. We recommend the croissant with cheese and tomato, the Persian scrambled eggs, or, if you’re lucky, Leila’s special omelet made with dill and love.

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