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Food & Dining in Yemen


Western food can be found in many of Yemen’s five-star hotels and in major cities though it is salta that is seen most frequently on menus. This meat-based stew is spiced with fenugreek and is considered by many an acquired taste. Vegetarians will be able to eat fasuula, a kidney-bean based stew that is eaten with bread. Mocha coffee hails from Yemen and can be enjoyed in cafés and restaurants across the country. Alcohol is illegal and not sold anywhere though non-Muslim visitors can bring two bottles of alcohol into the country for consumption behind closed doors.

Places to Dine


Next to the qat market in the heart of the old city is Houmald Salta. This salta restaurant is regarded as having the best salta in San'a and is a pre-qat-session institution. Buy the accompanying sheets of bread from the women standing around outdoors.

One of the best places for fine dining is Dar Fez Restaurant (Berlin Street) at the Mövenpick Hotel, which serves excellent, traditional Moroccan dishes. Broadway (Berlin Street) can be found on the rooftop of the Sheraton Hotel and offers stunning views of the city as well as romantic dinners, while Grill 101 (Hadda Street) is the best steak house in the country. For superb Yemeni food, Al Shaibani Modern Restaurant (Hadda Street) is the best of the best, and what all other Yemen restaurants compare themselves to.

Al Shamiri Plaza Hotel (Ali Abdul Mugni Street) has a rooftop restaurant on 8th floor which offers great views over old and new part of Sana'a. Menu is in English and prices are very reasonable.


Hot Hut (Gamal Abdul Nasser Street), one of the country’s best burger joints and one of the many western style restaurants found in the well-developed city of Taiz. For a quick snack stop including a delicious fruit-flavoured ice cream, make a beeline for Best Ice Cream (26th September Street).

Other Places

Yemen’s coastal are famous for their fantastic fresh fish, with Al Khayyam Restaurant (Al Mukalla Street, Al Mukalla) highly recommended for its barbecue fish and Golden Falcon Proast & Restaurant (Ar Rayisi Street, Aden) great for fried fish. The Lebanese-influenced Alfasina (Mukalla Street, Al Mukalla) serves mouth-watering fresh seafood dishes and is open for both lunch and dinner.





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