Egyptian gastronomy makes wonderful use of the vegetables, legumes and fruits grown along Egypt’s rich Nile valley for centuries and Cairo‘s traditional dishes can be found everywhere around the city. From street vendors to five-star restaurants we list the top breakfast and brunch spots to try.
Lucille’s has been serving Cairo fine Tex-Mex and American cuisine since 1995. This place is always crowded, but once you’ve had a taste of basically anything on the menu, you’ll understand why it was worth the wait. Try the The Maadi scramble with hash brown and dark bread. The generous portions, as well as excellent, quick service add to the experience.
Lucille’s, Maadi, 54 Rd 9, Sakanat Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, +20 223592778
If you’re looking for an amazing Nile view and a cozy atmosphere this restaurant is a great choice. Nile 49 serves different food every day, so you can get an Egyptian dish on Monday and a French platter on Tuesday. The brunch menu is great too, with omelets, tahini, baba ganoush, Fateer meshaltet, a layered pastry served with honey and many other delicious items straight out of the Levant and the Middle East.
Nile 49, 49 Nile street, Kitkat square – Floating house 49, Cairo, Egypt, +20 1222330101
French Cultural Centre Bistro
Cairo’s French Cultural Centre with its facilities for language courses, film screenings and a library on Madrasset el-Huquq el-Frenseya also houses a little outdoor bistro. With its charming atmosphere and small but tasty menu, this is a great place for a light meal; the onion soup is delicious. Plus, pork options are on the menu, which is rare in Cairo.
French Cultural Centre Bistro, 1 Madrasset el-Huquq el-Frenseya, Mounira, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227915800
Aqua E Luce
Popularly known as the best breakfast spot among the trendy Heliopolis crowd, Aqua E Luce in the Fairmont Hotel is hard to miss: the white leather seats, a retro lit floor and a wide, glass-fronted kitchen offer a contemporary dining setting. The open breakfast buffet and continental cuisine are highly rated, and Fridays also offer live jazz music.
Located in the stylish area of Designopolis, Cairo’s new design and art quarter, this out-of-the-way restaurant if definitely worth the trek for its top-notch brunch, which serves eggs Benedict and smoked salmon with dill-potato omelette, along with stacks of pancakes covered with maple syrup and blueberry compote.
The Cajun omelette.
Grab a seat on the cozy outdoor area under patio umbrellas at this classic Italian joint and enjoy fine Mediterranean flavors. Earthy and classic Italian ingredients, such as sun-dried tomatoes, basil and olive oil inform all the dishes, while the fresh bread is to-die-for. Don’t miss the bruschetta and grilled haloumi.
Il Mulino, 7 Road 261, Near the Satellite Channel, Maadi, Cairo, Egypt, +20 225203511
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