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Marhaba, Luxor

Sharia el-Karnak
East Bank
Egypt's insider take:

This rooftop restaurant above the main tourist market serves a decent mix of Egyptian and Mediterranean dishes against a panoramic backdrop that takes in the Temple of Luxor, the Nile, and the Theban hills. Sure, it's popular among tour groups—a location above the tourist office will do that—but it's hard to beat that glorious view. Think of it as a good place for a light lunch: The main dishes are fairly dull, so come here to make a meal out of the small mezze dishes. Another plus: Marhaba serves alcohol (not always a given in restaurants in Muslim countries).

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