Let's be real, who doesn't enjoy a good breakfast or brunch? Whether you're treating yourself on a weekend or just trying to start your work day on a high note, Maadi is a neighborhood known for its wide array of breakfast/brunch spots and artisanal bakeries.
Here are 10 of our favorites:
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 8 am - 2 pm. Fri-Sat 8 am - 12 pm (closed on Sundays)
This little bakery run by a married couple (who are also the head chefs) has attracted such a buzz around their artisanal baked goods that we can’t promise their most popular items won’t be sold out if you go too late in the morning. They offer different types of fresh bread (white sourdough, whole wheat sourdough, cranberry & walnut sourdough, baguettes, seed bread, honey buns, pizza dough), pastries and what they call ‘good eats’ - things like mac n cheese, spinach artichoke dip and homemade peanut butter.
Keep in mind though there’s no seating, it’s pickup and go or delivery.
To ensure you’ll find what you’re looking for, it’s best to order a day or two in advance via Whatsapp: +20 1001040200
Ratios Bakery’s menu.
Opening hours: 8 am - midnight
This European restaurant has a hefty breakfast menu: pancakes, crepes, different egg styles by the dozen, sourdough toast and morning sandwiches; Ovio’s got it all. They have a large outdoor terrace so it’s perfect to enjoy some sun with your breakfast or brunch - and they also have another huge perk: you’re allowed to bring your dog!
Opening hours: 8 am - midnight
The grandmother of all big American breakfasts in Cairo. Yup, way before the concept of all-day pancakes, waffles and omelettes were a thing elsewhere in the city, Lucille’s was already offering it on weekends at their Road 9 branch over 15 years ago.
Opening hours: 8:30 am - midnight
Lokali is a concept restaurant that focuses around fresh, clean ingredients from local farms, served in a warm garden set-up in Maadi (and we give them extra points for being pet-friendly!). Their breakfast items all come with a twist -- for example, they have a brioche pastrami scramble, a unique rendition of the classic eggs and basterma.
Opening hours: 7 am - 10 pm (breakfast ends at 2 pm)
This restaurant and artisan bakery has a huge breakfast menu: eggs, sandwiches, savory pastries, sweet pastries, French toast, crepes, pancakes, waffles and granola bowls - and that’s besides their breads and other baked goods.
Opening hours: 6:30 am - midnight
Caffe Greco isn’t your stereotypical breakfast place; it mainly revolves around coffee (some of the best in Cairo!) so you wouldn't head here for a heavy-duty breakfast, but they always have some fresh goodies on hand: biscotti, croissants, pastries and a few sandwiches. This place has been a Maadi staple for decades now.
The Lebanese Bakery
Opening hours: 8 am - 11 pm
Newly opened for the first time in Egypt is The Lebanese Bakery, a Beirut-based ‘neighborhood bakery’ that offers freshly-made moujjanat (Lebanese baked bites), manaeesh, baked eggs and more. They have both indoor and outdoor seating.
The Lebanese Bakery’s menu.
Ralph’s German Bakery
Opening hours: 8 am - 10 pm
This bakery and breakfast spot in Dahab on the Red Sea Riviera became so popular that they opened their first branch in mainland Egypt a few years back in Maadi. Besides the freshly-baked breads and croissants they’re known for, they also make specialty ‘laugens’ and have full English breakfasts.
Opening hours: 10 am - 12 am
Home of the all-day Egyptian breakfast, Kazouza has a huge selection of different fuul bowls, taameya, breakfast sandwiches, feteer and a whole lot of sides. Also, how can't you love those lightbulb orange juice bottles?
Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm (closed Sundays)
Open in Maadi for more than 15 years, Jared’s Bagels doesn’t just serve up bagels in all their forms (pastrami, egg and cheese bagel, anyone?), they also have a considerable-sized menu of other breakfast and brunch items as well as baked goods and pastries.
Jared’s Bagels menu.
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