If, like us, you find an intangible kind of joy in food shopping, then you'll have noticed that supermarkets and food shops have become more niche and specialised across Cairo. While the more local, modest markets in the city are fine for your essentials, more and more venues are bringing exotic foods and ingredients catering to Egypt's ever-expanding appreciation of the finer things in life – but specifically the finer things in food.
In the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winners in Specialist Foods category, we have a small selection that not only stocks unique, sometimes obscure, foods, but boast quality and service to the highest degree.
In the lead-up to Ramadan, many have bemoaned how expensive nuts and yameesh are, but if you're looking for top quality, look no further than the top nuts and dried-fruits chain, Abu Auf.
While you can get almost anything delivered in Cairo, no one could have predicted that a deliver-only butcher would open one of these days. It did in the form of Butcher's House, and it quickly gathered a loyal customer-base for its top quality meats.
Having started life as a modest food producer, Dina Farms now stands as a household name as a grocery store and supermarket, thanks to its fresh, quality foods and reasonable prices.
Home to some of the most satisfying food shopping trips you're likely to experience in Cairo, Gourmet Egypt still stands top of the pile when it comes to gourmet foods and ingredients.
Depending on your level of self-control, House of Cocoa is either the greatest thing to happen to chocolate lovers, or the source of a crippling chocolate addiction. Either way, it boasts chocolate products like no other.
Popular for its huge variety in nutritional products, it's the natural foods available at Imtenan that have earned the chain an award; from organic honeys and obscure teas, to spice and herbs, it's difficult not to be sucked into the world of Imtenan.
Deli-come-organic-grocer, Ma7ali, has been a hit with residents in Maadi, offering delicious house-cured meats and a range of quirky, organically-made products.
A name you'll find plastered on many a product across supermarkets, Wadi Food's own outlets have proven to be valuable additions to Cairo, thanks to a consistent stream of quality goods.
For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can find all of this year's winners.