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
Posing as yet another American restaurant, the menu selection is definitely different, offering twists on classic breakfast and brunch dishes such as the chocolate pepper blackstone fillet steak. The French toast and eggs are quite possibly the best in Cairo, while the freshly baked bread and delicious dips come on the house.
Blackstone Bistro, 22, Taha Hussein Street, Zamalek, Cairo, Egypt, +20 227352522
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.
Located in Mohandiseen, a major district of Giza, La Pietra has been a favourite go-to for Cairo’s younger crowds for many years. This restaurant’s appetizing breakfast menu includes a fabulous peanut butter and Snickers milkshake, and is served from 9am till late noon. Popular among students, this joint is also dear to older patrons who can usually be spotted playing backgammon over long shisha sessions.
La Pietra, 34 El Hegaz St., Across from La Cantina, Mohandiseen, Cairo, Egypt, +20 233446643
Bubblicious off Ismail Mohamed Street, has a simple white exterior and old fashioned lamp post fixtures that make it stand-out from the crowd of unassuming buildings all around. Evidently, the place gets its name from their bubble tea, and the owners boast that it is the first bubble tea shop in all of Cairo!
The Cajun omelette.
Address: Bubblicious, 6 Ismail Mohammed,Abu Al Feda,Zamalek,Cairo, Egypt, +20 1223399909
Located on the banks of the Nile river inside the Sequoia complex, Left Bank has a nice view of the river and the house boats moored across it. A bright interior with white, silver and grey touches is complimented by comfortable couches and there is a small patisserie display on the right side of the venue, filled with little drops of heaven: macaroons, éclairs and chocolate doughs. Probably the best part of Left Bank is its flooring though: the entire floor is a mosaic recreating the map of downtown Cairo.
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