The Souks, or the local markets, and the larger bazaars are among the most remarkable attractions of Egypt. Unlike Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, Egypt doesn't really have a restaurant culture although it does have an exciting street food scene. Located behind and around the Temple of Luxor, Sharia el-Souq was converted into a charming, yet unauthentic, covered pedestrian zone. The newly paved and renovated street accommodates many shops that sell that same Egyptian merchandise, catering only for tourists. While items are the same, the pleasant surroundings make for a generally better shopping experience, albeit highly artificial. For a more authentic experience, however, continue north onto Sharia Ahmos where the local Luxor souk is located and where these pictures were taken.
When I was in Washington DC I had the good fortune to catch a cab with a driver from Ghana. We began to talk and he directed me to the only Ghanaian restaurant in the city, Appioo. This restaurant is not for the faint hearted, it is in a basement in a sketchy part of town, filled with mid-century formica furniture. That said, they have a fully stocked bar with a great bartender/waiter and two very modern large screen televisions. It is a little intimidating at first but once you settle in, it is more than comfortable. Ghanaian cuisine is the cuisine of the Ghanaian people. Ghanaian main dishes are organized around a starchy staple food, with which goes a sauce or soup containing a protein source. The diners were friendly and very attuned to the nuances of Ghanaian cuisine. I learned a great deal from my fellow diners and really enjoyed my meal at Appioo.