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“Lovely laid back restaurant/coffee shop”
Review of Shells

Ranked #37 of 108 Restaurants in Dahab
Cuisines: Egyptian
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
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94 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Lovely laid back restaurant/coffee shop”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a really beautiful casual restaurant that would be as lovely for a special romantic evening as for a place to hang out during the day. My husband and I spent a lovely morning in Shells last week. We were there primarily to use the beach and snorkel the coral out to the left hand side of the bay. The sea at our hotel was a bit rough due to the wind but as usual the Lighthouse area was calm and very swimable. There are steps down into the water giving easy access to the sandy beach and there are views to die for from every angle! For the price of a drink or something to eat if you want it (no pressure) you can leave your gear in the restaurant and enjoy the beach. You can site on the lovely comfy brightly coloured settees, cushions and chairs in the restaurant or move nearer the sea and enjoy the sunloungers with or without umbrellas. The melon fresh fruit juice was really perfect drink for me on a hot day. A choice of breakfasts were available for 20EGP and this included tea or coffee - bargain! The staff including Mo the owner were lovely to us and we felt very comfortable there and would not hesitate to return and also to recommend this gorgeous place to everyone.

Visited June 2014
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
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  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Winter sun”
Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

2 places of same name, one for sun bathing and lovely lunches. Always greeted well and looked after. The other sun downer great table watching the sun disappear. Both places, if I return I to Dahab, will be daily favourites.

Thank Victoria B
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Snorkel/swim base camp”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

When you arrive in Dahab, swimming and snorkelling should be your main priority. We were struck by an obvious yet pressing problem: how and where do you access the water? The norm on this small stretch of Coast is to pitch up in a cafe/bar and use a combination of table and sun loungers for the duration of your water time. Shells is a premium choice as the staff are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, the food is of a good standard and it has steps for easy sea access. Not only are the staff lovely people, they are incredibly trustworthy. We didn't take enough money one day and they were more than happy to let us go back to the hotel to get more cash and pay later that evening. In conclusion, an idyllic day time Dahab hangout.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank DomeroUK
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Krakow, Poland
1 review
“Best place in Dahab!”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

Excellent food, very friendly and welcoming staff, excellent service. Everything is so fresh and tasty that you're guaranteed an excellent meal. A visit is a must when in Dahab.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank Ewa K
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Dublin, Ireland
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671 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
“Food, drinks, chill”
Reviewed September 28, 2013

There are quite a few places like this along the main seafront of Dahab. However, Shells is the one we went into first on a sunny morning, and we sometimes felt like never leaving.

Great prices for food, very tasty too. The breakfast was 20LE (about €2.20), and after that you could sit there all day to read, relax, sunbathe, swim, use the free (and excellent) wifi, and never have to buy another thing if you didn't want to.

We did want to though - and whenever you felt like a fruit juice, coffee, water, beer, wine, dessert, lunch, ice cream, whatever! - it was brought over quickly and politely.

In a town which is sadly relatively quiet at the moment, it was one of the busier spots too.

All in all, very nice food, very good service, and the perfect place to chill on a long, hot Egyptian day.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank barrera
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