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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Algiers is complete without tasting the traditional Algiers food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Algiers to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.




Main courses


  • Asida: an Arab dish made up of a cooked wheat flour lump of dough, sometimes with added butter or honey.
  • Basbousa: a sweet cake made of a semolina or farina soaked in syrup.
  • Halva: dense, sweet confection made with sunflower seeds, nuts, and many others.
  • Ghribia: cookies made from wheat flour, semolina flour or chick pea flour with almonds.
  • Griouche: honey sesame pastries.
  • Fresh Sweet Dates: fresh dates prepared with butter and flour paste or other paste.
  • Kalbellouz: a typical Algerian pastry made of semolina, almonds, orange blossom water.
  • Makroudh: diamond or triangle shaped pastries with date or other filling.
  • Mesfouf: a kind of sweet couscous with peas or fava beans, raisins, and sometimes dates.
  • Nougat: a variety of similar traditional confectioneries made with sugar, honey, roasted nuts.
  • Tamina: thick mixture made of grilled semolina, honey and butter.

Fast food

  • Shawarma: a sandwich-like snack that is made with chicken, cabbage, tomato, ketchup, mayonnaise and white flour bun.

Street food

  • Brochettes: grilled marinated meat similar to barbecue.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

  • Hamoud: soft, fizzy drinks popular in Algeria.
  • Tunisian Mint Tea: made of floating mint leaves with almonds.
  • Sharbat: drink prepared from fruits or flower petals.

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Sidi Brahim (wine): a range of branded wines produced in the Atlas mountains, mainly in Algeria.

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