The Oddest, Coolest Restaurant on Earth – The Genesis Pub in Luxor, Egypt

Have you ever innocently walked into a restaurant and encountered a strange new world? Neither had I, until I entered the doors of the Genesis English Pub in Luxor, Egypt.

I’d passed by this restaurant a few times while staying at the Hilton Luxor Resort and Spa earlier this year and one night decided to enter, hoping only for a meal of hearty shepherd’s pie. Instead I found colorfully decorated pub with stuffed chairs, cozy nooks and hilarious décor.

Table and chair attached to the ceiling of the Genesis Pub

Since most restaurants in the U.S. forbid people from bringing in animals, I’m always amused to see cats and dogs hanging out at tables elsewhere in the world.

A large black dog relaxing in a black leather chair

The house pets roaming about were just the tip of the iceberg. The owner Gamal told me to check out the back of the restaurant, so I walked through a doorway and what did I see? More cats and dogs? Not exactly. To my delight, just through the doorway a waterfall awaited.

Waterfall in the rear of the Genesis Pub in Luxor

But the waterfall turned out to be the most boring part of the restaurant’s back half. What lie beyond the water? Why a camel and an ostrich, of course.

A sedated camel at the rear of the Genesis Pub

Ostrich at the back of the Genesis Pub and Restaurant in Luxor

The camel was sedated, I was told, because it had had minor surgery earlier in the day. The ostrich, on the other hand, was quite active and had even laid an egg recently. Gamal brought it to my table for me to hold. Don’t worry, you won’t hurt it, he said. It was born dead.

An ostrich egg with a dead ostrich inside

The Genesis Pub has a huge menu, although unfortunately shepherd’s pie wasn’t one of the choices. I had a club sandwich instead and it was quite good.

If you ever find yourself in Luxor, Egypt, you must check out this restaurant. Prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is the most unique and interesting I’ve found anywhere on earth. Unlike some other restaurants which try hard to amuse customers with various themes and interesting décor, the Genesis English Pub isn’t even trying to be incredible. It just is.

Location: 187 Hilton Road, approximately one block away and on the opposite side of the street from the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa.

Website, inluding full menu sans prices: Genesis English Pub

I received nothing from Genesis English Pub in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Ryan says:

    What a wild and whacky pub, loved that. I specifically look for odd places like this!
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    Sabina Reply:

    It was so wild, Ryan! And it was a great surprise. If you ever go to Luxor, don’t miss it.
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  2. I would love to visit this restaurant! I love it when a restaurant gives you a full experience, and this one sounds like a very fun place to go.
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    Sabina Reply:

    Ayelet, this was no doubt the most interesting restaurant I’ve ever been to. I hope you can go some day :)
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  3. Steve says:

    Gotta love a restaurant with an ostrich and camel in the back. Seriously, that’s a pretty cool feature to have.

    I also love places that have dogs and cats in them. You don’t see that much in the US. Although there is this one liquore store where I live with a huge dog that walks around in it. It really brightens the place up and the dog is so friendly. I love walking in there for that one reason.
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    Sabina Reply:

    Steve, it was wonderful having the animals there. It’s even cooler to dine at the restaurants in Dahab where I am currently, because there are stray cats which sometimes come sit in your lap. If you don’t like it you can just shoo them away, but I love it :)

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