23 Spots in Egypt That Serve Amazing Breakfast
According to doctors and the backs of cereal boxes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And because we always agree with whatever they say on Coco Pops, we’ve decided to do something about it. This isn’t a list of the most highly praised breakfast spots in every Egyptian city. This isn’t a list of the most celebrated chefs. This is a compilation of places to eat when looking for the best meal of the day done a bit better.
There are places off the beaten path in major cities — places you’d have to get lost to stumble upon. And there are spots out in the great expanses of Egypt, cafes and restaurants that serve up something hot and delicious every morning, without fanfare. They don’t have stars mounted at their entryways. They don’t have white coats. But they do serve up utilitarian food with soul, and each bite helps to get you through the day, full and happy, and that’s exactly what this list is all about.
1. Abou Riad – Cairo
Falafel and hummus are a thing at Korba’s About Riad! And what a delicious thing it is. #YUMYUMYUM
2. Casper & Gambini’s – Cairo
We’re talking about the CityStars branch where they let you in their beautiful terrace to have your morning shisha (that you probably shouldn’t have). Their Eggs Benedict is arguably the best one in the country.
3. Lucille’s – Cairo
Their pancake game is so strong it could kill you. They also have FREE REFILLS!!! You’ll find this restaurant on Maadi’s Road 9.
4. Villa Belle Epoque – Cairo
This boutique hotel is the epitome of “hidden gem.” We literally had to get lost in Maadi to randomly bump into it. It’s exquisite architecture and beautiful gardens make it the perfect place to up your Instagram game. As for the breakfast, try it all. This is not a drill. TRY IT ALL!
5. Ralph’s German Bakery – Cairo
Dahab’s popular breakfast place has just made it to Maadi’s Road 9, and Cairo has not been the same since then.
6. Hawaii – Damietta
Located in Damietta’s famous Ras El Bar. Hawaii probably has one the most Instagrammable views of any restaurant in Egypt as you can see the Mediterranean sea and Nile river actually meet. Their beed basterma (pastrami omlette) is to die for.
7. Delices – Alexandria
Mirror, mirror on the wall? Where can we have the best quiche of them all? We’ve searched all across the Egyptian land until finally we’ve stumbled upon this hidden gem at the Pearl of the Mediterranean and their chicken and mushroom quiche.
8. Alban Swissra – Alexandria
Alban Swissra might be just a supermarket, but the owner also makes sandwiches for customers if they want. Some people say it’s more of a sandwich place now than a supermarket. Make sure to try their labna and da’aa sandwich!
9. Balba3 – Alexandria
Located in Alexandria’s popular Sidi Besh area, Balba3 is the place to go if you want good seafood and not much cash. Their shrimps sandwiches are everything!
10. Mohamed Ahmed – Alexandria
Believe it or not, Mohamed Ahmed have been featured on The Guardian for having the best falafel in the world. We don’t need to tell you what to try…
11. Ga7sh – Tanta
You’ll be a goddamn ga7sh if you don’t try their foul bel beed (with eggs) and torshi (pickles).
12. Wadi Haroun – Fayoum
This isn’t specifically a restaurant but in Wadi Haroun you can ask the bedouins to whip up a breakfast for you, and oh the things they’ll do. Their white cheese and tomato sandwiches, feeter (pie) with black honey and tehina will improve your life by 200%.
13. Blue Donkey – Fayoum
It’s situated in the beautiful Tunis Village within the extraordinary Lazib Inn’s rose-colored walls. The Blue Donkey’s freshly baked bread and foul medames are a match made in heaven. *cough* they also have wine because it’s 5 PM somewhere *cough*
14. Piccini – Mansoura
Every Mansourian will swear by this place and their falafel that are stuffed with eggs. You can find this restaurant in front of Mansoura University, next to Spectra.
15. Gianola – Port Said
Located on one of Port Said’s most famous streets, Tarh El Bahr. Gianola’s feeter (pie) with melted cheese are a must-try. And yes, you can have feeter for breakfast because you are an adult and #YOLO.
16. El Sheef – Port Said
Hands down the best foul in Port Said as they use a special kind of samna balady (ghee) to mix with their foul to create a foodgasm in your mouth when you eat it.
17. Baleno Cafe – Zagazig
Foul bel beed (with eggs). Enough said! If you ever find yourself in Zagazig’s Sharkeya, you get your belly to Baleno and foul it up!
18. Eugenie – Ismailia
With a panoramic view over the gardens, swimming pool and the beautiful Temsah Lake, Mercure Hotel’s Eugenie isn’t just all about its eye porn as its breakfast is as porn-y, if not more. We won’t recommend getting which dish for breakfast, because nothing you’ll try will disappoint!
19. Beet Al Kareem – Aswan
Beet Al Kareem (House of the Generous) is aptly-named as the food portions are massive, yet still delicious. We recommend getting the taste of Nuba breakfast which comes with bamiya (okra stew), foul medames, moloukheya, falafel, tehina and freshly-baked bread.
20. Pyramid Cafe – Luxor
Their orange creamsicle French toast, churro waffle and donut holes are a must! If you ever find yourself at that part of the country, you owe it to yourself to go to Pyramid to have these three dishes *whispers* and their bloody marry *whispers*.
21. Kumkum Shalloush – Nuweiba
On top of their amazing white cheese and tomato dip and freshly made bread, Kumkum Shalloush camp has the view of the Red Sea. Some people say if you look hard enough you can see the mountains in Saudi Arabia.
22. Habiba – Nuweiba
The owner of Habiba camp is hands down one of the most friendliest people you’ll meet in that area. He grows all his vegetables himself and makes a mean moussaka sandwich.
23. Basata – Taba
Taba sadly doesn’t have as many restaurants as it should, leaving many people who live or have to work there very frustrated at times. Lucily, Basata will make all of them forget that with their foul and falafel.
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