Palestinians provide some of the best food in the world, but in such a vast area, finding the perfect place to sit and make the most of their cuisine can be a little tricky. So we’ve taken all the hassle out of it for you. Here is our list of the top 10 breakfast and brunch spots in Ramallah. You won’t regret visiting these top-notch restaurants and cafes.
The Castana cafe has a wonderfully varied menu with something for everyone. If you stop by for breakfast, be sure to order one of their filling sandwiches, which are stacked high and stuffed full of hearty ingredients. If you’re fancying the perfect combination of sweet and savory, order their barbecue chicken, which is served with a stack of fresh bread, a bundle of chips, and a crisp salad. Their fettuccine and their pizzas are especially popular at brunch-time.
Meal at Janan's Kitchen | Courtesy of Janan's Kitchen
Vintage is the place to be during the earlier hours of the day. You’ll be craving your morning coffee, and Vintage will be eager to serve it to you. They use only high quality coffee beans, and their lattes are incredibly creamy. This restaurant-cafe is remarkably popular in Ramallah, particularly with those who like to dine in a contemporary, clean-cut setting, so sink into their plush sofas and let them serve up some authentic Palestinian meals. Order one of their flavorful soups at brunch time; they come served inside a bread roll that is the perfect combination of crispy and soft. For other light meals, their barbecue chicken wings and their fresh salmon are delectable.
This simple cafe and restaurant serves up some of the most popular meals in Palestine. These are the meals typically found in Palestinian homes, cooked up by a sweet old grandmother, so you are in for a treat if you visit Pesto. At brunch time, if you’re fancying something sweet after a light meal, try their waffles. The decor is sleek, modern, and very inviting. It is certainly one of the best places in Ramallah to sit and have your morning coffee.
What do you find yourself craving just after breakfast? You’re in need of something full of carbs and full of flavor. So give Zyara a try, and you won’t be disappointed. They serve petite pizzas on round wooden boards so that you and your friends can split an impressive selection. These pizzas are incredibly imaginative, and can come in the shape of a doughnut with a pile of crispy chips in the middle if you so wish. For breakfast, their pancakes, omelets, and toasted sandwiches are served with some light mezze dishes and hot bread.
La Vie Café is one of the rare places in the West Bank that serves vegetarian dishes, and it serves them incredibly well. They grow almost all the ingredients for these imaginative meals in their own organic garden, which is open during the summer months. At breakfast and brunch time, you’ll be served some of their best dishes. These include their tahini tuna wrap, their grilled portabella mushroom burger, and their light but filling pastas. If you fancy something sweet to finish off your brunch, be sure to taste their cakes.
There is nothing quite like the fresh juice and fruit slushies served at TCHE TCHE café. They will leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the day. However, if you’re looking for a caffeine fix, be sure to pick up one of their coffees. For breakfast and brunch, try their range of salads, which come topped with halloumi, ham, cheese, croutons, sweetcorn, olives, and many more. If you fancy something a bit more filling near lunchtime, their lasagna comes highly recommended.
Café de la Paix is renowned for its coffee and is recommended to tourists at many local hotels. This is with good reason – their coffee is so fresh that you won’t be able to resist the familiar smell of it being brewed as you walk through the door. The cafe is well situated, and the decor is very inviting. Their desserts and their sandwiches make this the perfect place to stop at brunch time, or for a breakfast coffee and quick meal.
For breakfast at Topaz, expect a selection of meats and cheeses, as well as many other tasty accessories. The breakfast is simple, but just what you need to get your day started in Ramallah. They provide hummus, fresh tomatoes, boiled eggs, lebany, and zaatar. They also serve roasted cauliflower and eggplant. Alongside these basics, they serve some more complex dishes with rich tastes. If you are looking to experience how a local Palestinian would eat in their own home, Topaz is the place to go to.
There is nothing like the aroma of a fried egg as you walk into a cafe. For those of you who like to keep your breakfast plain, simple, and unbelievably tasty, Yildizlar is the place to be. The eggs can be served to your liking and will be accompanied by a plate of lush greens and black olives, a bowl of fresh hummus, and a platter of wraps if you’d like. Their fresh bread is delightfully fluffy and bold in flavor. For brunch, why not try one of their brilliant burgers?
Eating toasted sandwiches at Romero is the way to spend your morning and early lunchtime. The sandwiches are toasted until they are golden, melted cheese will be spilling out of the sides, and it will be accompanied by a stack of crispy french fries and a colorful salad. Alternatively, try their fried fish, which is salty and boasts some big flavors. Finish off brunch with one of their chocolatey deserts. The decor of Romera is modern and sophisticated.