Cairo’s penchant for fine dining and gourmet cuisine is no secret; the trend has been given away by the rising number of online and catering venues springing up all over the Capital in recent years.

For those who melt at the mention of imported Gruyère cheeses, exotic spices, fresh herbs, berries and other fine ingredients; online gourmet foods service Voila Luxury Foods has recently opened a shop near the Zamalek Residence Hotel (formerly the Safir Hotel) in Zamalek. This means that if you are tired of clicking through their glossy website, and would rather not brave the crowds surrounding their Mohandiseen branch, and prefer to inspect merchandise in person; the opportunity is now at your fingertips.

Located on Mohamed Mazhar Street, the small shop space is devoted mostly to spices, condiments and pastas. A deli fridge contains sliced salamis, pestos and cheeses, while a freezer is stocked top to bottom with ice cream. Voila is the proud exclusive carrier of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Egypt, which is sold for 49LE a pint and 20LE for a bite-sized 3.5 oz container. Gasp away at the high prices– they are still beaten by the slightly higher rates of Haagen Dazs, which sells for well over 50LE a pint and 24LE for the 3.5 oz containers.

Customers are first greeted by shelves of pastas, from Alb Gold varieties (from around 20LE to around 35LE) displaying large shells, tagliatelle and semeli, strozzapreti, and orecchiette.

You can find a variety of sliced Italian-imported Casamia deli meats, from pepperoni beef salami (around 25LE), sweet beef salami and beef bresaola, vacuum-packed and available for between 25LE and 50LE. Lockfyne smoked salmon is also available for 110LE.

French gourmet provider Terre Exotique is featured prominently in the shop, providing everything from gorgeous, coarse pink Kashmiri diamond sea salt (65LE) to curry and Cajun spices. Glass pots contain salade de fleures, an eclectic mix of dried blossom culinary spices, as well as dried rosebuds.

British label The Fine Cheese Co. provides a modest selection of sharp cheddars. French food company Mill Crèpes boasts boxes of gourmet cocktail crackers; while British label Buitman occupies an entire shelf of croutons, spiced wafers and seasoned, boxed bread snacks. Cottage Delight presents an extensive collection of preserves, from traditional raspberry jam to the more intriguing rhubarb-ginger, for 50LE to 60LE. The label also has a few glass jars of old-fashioned sweets, from boiled lemon drops to striped hard candies.

For savoury preserves, look for the Cottage Delight apple chutney (31LE) and hot mustard (24LE), while Roka cheese stick crackers are available for 26LE.

Rows of colourful sugar sprinkles by Zuk Zak are available in colours from pink to green; the industrial-sized bottles would be perfect for preparing holiday cookies.