Marsa Alam has evolved from a humble fishing village into one of Egypt's newest success stories, meaning many of its restaurants are steeped in tradition. There's a good mix of places to eat here, with a whole host of traditional Egyptian dishes, plus a growing number of international restaurants ready for your approval as more and more holidaymakers make their way to Marsa Alam.
Bread is a staple in traditional Egyptian cuisine, it's so important that aish, the local variant of pita bread, actually means 'to live' or 'to be alive'. The Nile valley and delta also influence the cuisine as fresh vegetables are abundant. Fava beans are particularly prevalent, especially in the production of falafel, a dish that began in Egypt and eventually spread to the Middle East and the rest of the world.
Dishes in Egypt are also known to include rice, pasta, lentils, tomatoes, onions and garlic. These popular ingredients can make up everything from sauces to soups and casseroles. And considering its location, it'll come as no surprise that Egyptian cuisine has also been influenced by its Mediterranean neighbours, so seeing familiar dishes like kebabs, shawarma and stuffed grape leaves on menus is not uncommon. It's also worth noting that Marsa Alam is a dry town, so you won't get much of an opportunity to sample alcohol, as it's very rarely served at restaurants.
Leave the cosy confines of your hotel behind for a meal at Divino Restaurant, a great place to sit back and relax. You'll find that everyone at Divino is always smiling, and it won't take more than a single visit to see why that is.
Here you'll find pastas, pizzas and filled ravioli, alongside a host of other Mediterranean meals and treats from wider Europe. Homegrown classics round off the menu, and the whole place has a chic vibe that makes it stand out after dark, complete with bright lights and sublime arches.
Delicious steaks, lovingly prepared shellfish and a range of sublime dessert options await you at La Mia Africa. Taking tradition and spicing it up with elegance and swift, personal service, this place ticks all the boxes when it comes to dining.
If you're wanting to eat at the most sophisticated locale that Marsa Alam has to offer, this place is sure to deliver. The warm, golden decor and huge platters of food are sure to appease the eyes as much as the palate. Whether it's a romantic meal for two or a larger gathering with the whole family, La Mia Africa is a satisfying experience.
Wunder-Bar is one of the more well-known places for food and drink in this area. And for good reason – the most noticeable being the generous portion sizes. Luckily the flavours back this up too, and you can expect a huge range of options including grilled steaks for a meaty main, tapas to pick at while you watch big sporting events, or nachos to join your evening's cocktails.
There's a laid-back appeal to the decor at Wunder-Bar, but don't let that detract from the richness of its steaks. Holidaymakers have a habit of coming back time and time again, and it's no surprise as the flavours alone do a great job of enticing visitors.
In slick and modern surroundings, the Fish Market takes pride in every plate it serves. Seafood salads come with flavoursome iceberg, while squid rings and fried prawns grace the menu beside bass, plaice and plenty more mouthwatering options.
Big portions, big smiles and a splendid location close to the harbour make the Fish Market one of the area's hidden treasures, so make sure to pop in for lunch, dinner or both.
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