Downtown, the central district, is a place with lots of restaurants, shops and bars. The town square is tiny, picturesque & in the original Nubian style with a touch of Europe. The promenades are lined with various restaurants. Downtown has a bank and several ATMs, a bus stop and a direct line to Hurghada. The bus station also houses the headquarters of Uber company with several tuk-tuks that transport people all over El Gouna. The price for a tuk-tuk is around 20–30 EGP.
Our favourite restaurants in Downtown
Athena Greek Tavern
A Greek restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere in the colors of Greece. The friendly and fast staff serves a welcome drink – ouzo. Vegetarians can also choose from a wide range of meatless dishes.
One of the most beautiful restaurants you will find here. The precise design full of bamboo and marble underlines the very tasty food with a breathtaking view of the lagoon.
If you want live music, a drink and a sea panorama, this is the right place. You can enjoy pleasant live music every Friday and Saturday.
Chicha Restaurant and Bar
Mexican restaurant well-known for its tacos & beautiful location.
Famous fish restaurant with an offer of fresh fish every day.
Jobo’s Sports Bar and Restaurant
Restaurant that is ideal for an evening spent with friends. In addition to Mexican food, you will also find here bar with refreshing cocktails and a table for billiard. If you want to see a live broadcast of any sport, this is your place.
White Elephant Thai Restaurant
Traditional thai restaurant.
Chuchichäschtli – Swiss house
The taste of Switzerland including the decorations and famous fondue.
Italian restaurant with romantic atmosphere.
Bodega restaurant & bar
A Mexican restaurant for a pleasant time over good food.
What can you find in Downtown?
Anything you need – all in one place.
BestWay and Ebaid are small but well-equipped shops with a broad selection of food. Here you will find everything you need, including food, butcher’s, household goods, various tools, a large selection of drinks in addition to alcoholic beverages.
Liquor shop – Drinkies
Located close to the Bestway store. The selection of alcoholic beverages is limited, you’ll find mostly local products here (beer Stella and Sakara, sparkling wine Le Baron and Valmont)
Internet – Orange
It is possible to purchase both a sim card for a mobile phone or a data sim card with a small portable router, which will provide you with your private wifi. It is an ideal solution for simultaneous use by more people.
The center will provide you with all the information on planned events, including Egypt’s important annual events, such as the marathon, film festival and open air festivals.
In Downtown, you will find 8 ATMs. 3 are right next to the drug store opposite to the supermarket BestWay. Maximum cash withdrawal is 2000–5000 EGP.
In local drug stores, you can buy almost anything. There are no recipes in Egypt, so everything is available to you. Upon arrival, we recommend buying Antinal in case of intestinal problems.
Fresh fruit & veggies
A very popular shop with various types of local fruits and vegetables. Located a short walk from Bestway. Prices here are absolutely minimal, especially compared to prices in other European countries. You definitely can’t leave Downtown without tasting mango, strawberries, bananas and pomegranate.
Small shop with a big offer of meat for good prices. The service is pleasant and the environment clean.
In Downtown, you will also find a barber shop, stationery, dry cleaning, tourist shops with souvenirs or spices.