Of all the things you see about Egypt in the news, its booming hospitality scene isn’t one of them. While travellers to Egypt were, once upon a time, intimidated by the idea of eating out in Cairo, new expansions have lured key restaurateurs, chefs and bartenders to the capital and beyond. As exciting as this growth might be, equally important is protecting what came before. Through her platform Sufra Kitchen, filmmaker and writer Salma Serry works hard to ensure SWANA’s food culture and history aren’t lost. Her favourite places in her city remain those that preserve the soul of Cairo.