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Metro: Cairo Supermarket Chain, Open 24 Hours

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Metro: Cairo Supermarket Chain, Open 24 Hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with branches all over Cairo Metro is the favourite supermarket of many Egyptians and expats alike.

The supermarket’s Zamalek branch is located on the ground floor of a dusty building complex on the corner of Ismail Mohamed Street, which makes it hard to spot unless
you see employees unloading goods down the stairs from a clearly labelled Metro

This chain has a brilliant delivery service; but you have to be very specific
about the items that you order or they might mess it up. However, delivery time
is short and they stock all of your essential grocery needs.

Meat at Metro Market is moderately prices with a kilo of minced meat at
60LE (the more lean kind will set you back a little extra) and a fresh whole chicken
at 18LE. Most of the butchers at the counters are patient, considerate of your
needs and knowledgeable in both foreign and domestic cuts.

The deli counter is extensive, boasting imported cheese brands that are
not commonly found in Cairo.
Although prices run a little high for these cheeses, a regular order of roumi or
cheddar cheese won’t cost you much at all. Make sure to try their low-salt roumi
cheese (33LE a kilo); one of the best cheeses that our city has to offer. They
also stock a wide range of pickles, olives and fresh salads as well as dips such as tehina and baba ghanough. Smoked
meats are available too; be sure to sample their air-thin and not-too-salty basterma meat.

The produce at Metro can be rather pricey compared to street vendors
all over Cairo, However, they tend to package most of their greens and the
germaphobe in us is very appreciative of that. They stock both local and
imported produce, so you can find organic fruits and veggies by local companies
such as Sekem and Pico, not just hormone injected, mass-produced imports.

Speaking of organic; products by local companies Wadi Foods and Dina
Farms are well-stocked at Metro, including Dina Farms’ organic fresh milk and
yogurt, and Wadi Foods’ olive oils, olive pastes and tomato sauces.

One downside to this chain is that not all its branches stock the same
merchandise: while they all have the same greens and baked goods, your favourite
shower gel might be missing from one branch with no chance of restocking
anytime soon.

Another thing this supermarket lacks is a healthy supply of well-priced
snacks. Although they stock an extensive collection of imported chips,
chocolates and cereals, the items often seem outdated with most of their
packaging bruised up and messy. Metro also seems to prefer stocking up on imported
goods rather than Egyptian snacks, with Chipsy and Rotato bags spread extremely
sparsely on their shelves.

The Zamalek
branch doesn’t stock any dishes or kitchen utensils, but you can find a
corner carrying paper and dispensable utensils and cups, while another carries light-bulbs,
extension cords and a small collection of mugs. Aside from that, Metro is a well-stocked supermarket
in the strictest sense of the word.

360 Tip

If you need kitchenware or utensils, save yourself the trip here and head to Alfa Market instead.

Best Bit

Quick delivery, nice selection of cheeses.

Worst Bit

Metro’s bread in the Zamalek branch tends to be of disappointing quality in this reviewer’s opinion; and they rarely bake so it’s mostly stale. Stick to pre-packaged bread.

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