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While in Cairo, you definitely need to try the Egyptian national dish: koshari. If you’re only planning to have koshari once, then going to Abou Tarek will give you the full experience. It is located in Cairo’s charming downtown area, an experience in itself with its elaborate buildings and antique atmosphere. Abou Tarek’s restaurant is far from fancy, however, it’s huge. Several floors high, with fast service and crowds of hurried diners, you will find yourself mixing with locals, expats and if you’re lucky, a celebrity or two!