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30 Best Breakfast Spots in Cairo, Egypt

Updated: Jan 9

We Egyptians are known for being night owls of sorts; that’s why Cairo is way more bustling at midnight than it is at 7 in the morning. And while late-night restaurants are a dime a dozen, it’s not always an easy endeavor to find a good breakfast in Cairo that’s not a generic coffee franchise.


But luckily for all you early birds out there, we pulled together a list of our favorite tried-and-true breakfast spots throughout the city.


Here they are, in no particular order:



Lucille’s



Locations: Maadi, New Cairo

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.


Lucille’s menu.



Ovio


Mixed berries pancakes

Locations: Sheikh Zayed, New Cairo, Maadi

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.


Ovio’s menu.



Arabiata



Locations: Dokki, Nasr City, New Cairo, Heliopolis, Shorouk, Rehab City, Obour

Opening hours: 7 am - 3 am


We can’t go any further down this list without paying homage to the OG of Egyptian breakfasts, Arabiata (formerly El Shabrawy). If you’re looking for cheap, fast and filling, Arabiata’s fuul and taameya sandwiches (plus their potato and eggplant ones!) won’t ever lead you astray.


Arabiata’s menu.



Granita



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 7 am - 11 pm


Nestled next to the All Saints Cathedral in Zamalek is Granita, a "concept cafeteria" that's a nod to the 'grand cafes' of Egypt back in the 1930s and 1940s - think Groppi and other vintage cosmopolitan cafes. They have both indoor and outdoor seating and serve breakfast until 1:30 pm.


Granita’s menu.



Ralph’s German Bakery



Location: Maadi, New Cairo

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.


Ralph’s menu.



Eish + Malh


Baked eggs

Location: Downtown

Opening hours: 7 am - 1 am


This Downtown eatery might have a distinctly Egyptian name, but is in fact Italian. They have fruity options for a light breakfast, like fruit platters and berry parfaits, and more substantial options if you’re the mood for a big breakfast: pancakes, french toast, baked eggs and breakfast pizza.


Eish + Malh’s menu.



Zooba



Locations: Zamalek, Maadi, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed, Heliopolis, Nasr City

Opening hours: 8 am - 1 am


Our favorite gentrified street food has actually made it all the way to New York City! Known for their breakfast sandwiches and dips, they have all kinds of gourmet fuul and taameya options, plus a few classics like eggs with basterma and shakshouka.


Zooba’s menu.



Gaby’s