The sign of a busy city, Timișoara has plenty of places that open early and serve a delicious breakfast to those who want to start their day in the city. But fear not, they have something for the late risers as well. Head to the city centre on lazy weekend days, and you’ll find that plenty of cafés and restaurants offer delicious brunches. Here are our top picks!
For many, there’s no better place to go than the aptly named Neața Omelette Bistro, as it combines the short version of bună dimineața, Romanian for ‘good morning’, and omelette, practically a synonym for breakfast. Famous for their eggs Benedict and fluffy pancakes that flirt with perfection, they serve their omelettes in bagels together with plenty of toppings, such as avocado, hummus, and more. Place all that alongside their crunchy waffles, served topped with peach slices and a drizzle of pomegranate seeds, and you may have found yourself the perfect breakfast.
If a quiet, relaxed vibe is what you’re after, Garage Café may be best visited in the morning. After they open their doors at 7:30 am, they start serving their trademark balanced breakfast, which includes toast, fried eggs and bacon, and a tomato and a cucumber salad. Their famous homemade tarts and pies also make a great option, alongside a fresh cup of coffee, which they grind in house. Step onto their terrace or the inner courtyard on warm days and enjoy the calm before the city wakes up.
Opening at 6:45am sharp, the breakfast served at Café Spinoza could be a good enough incentive for those looking to become a morning person. For a healthy option, go for Benedict’s breakfast bowl, combining oats, yoghurt, apple slices, dates, and a drizzle of nuts and seeds. For a calorie boost, choose your own filling, combining cheese and veggies in a pita bread that always manages to have a golden, crispy crust.
Breakfast at Ambasada is a serious affair. For a high-calorie option, pick their omelette, sausages, toast, and salad option. Reflecting their strong focus on sustainability, at Ambasada you will sip delicious fair trade and organic tea and coffee. If visiting the city on a Saturday, do stop by for their delicious brunch, which offers plenty of types of savoury pies, rich omelettes, fresh salads and plenty of sweet options.
If all you need before starting off a day of sightseeing in the city is a great coffee and a crispy, buttery croissant to go with it, head to Emotion Cafe. Located right in the city centre, its cozy sunlit terrace overlooking Unirii Square is the perfect spot to sit and see the city slowly waking up to a new day. Bordered by Baroque edifices with colourful façades, the square is one of Timișoara’s most important landmarks and, for many, the city’s most picturesque spots.
Cafeneaua Verde serves six type of no-fuss omelettes that combine ingredients such as bacon, cheese and spinach, as well as fried eggs. Alternatively, you can pick between French toast with extra creamy homemade yoghurt or chocolate milk and three types of crunchy croissants. And if you think you’re spoilt for choice, wait till you get to the coffee. Serving no less than 20 types of coffee, this is a place where you can hone your decision-making skills.
Early mornings are the best time to visit Mokum Cafe, as Timisoara’s smallest café has taken it upon itself to welcome everyone into ‘the brave world of coffee’. Their handpicked selection of coffee imported from all over the world includes brews such as Legend of Yemen, Sumatra Mandheling and Guatemala Antigua, which they serve alongside cakes and croissants. Plus, those who want to make their morning extra special will be happy to hear this is one of the few places in Romania where they can serve a freshly ground and brewed cup of Kopi Luwak.
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