30 Best Breakfast Spots in Cairo, Egypt
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eish + Malh
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.
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.
Location: City Stars, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed
Opening hours: 10 am - 1 am
Known for its comfort food, Gaby’s opens slightly later than the rest of the restaurants on this list, so it’s good for a late breakfast or brunch. They serve everything from fruity pancakes and breakfast sandwiches to all sorts of feteer.
Marriott Gardens (Garden Promenade Cafe)
Opening hours: 6 am - 1 am
Unlike most Cairo hotels that serve a ubiquitous open-buffet style breakfast, the Cairo Marriott is a good destination if you’re looking for a place to have breakfast in the open air. They serve an a la carte international breakfast in their garden restaurant.
Garden Promenade Cafe’s menu.
Locations: Maadi, Heliopolis
Opening hours: 7 am - 1 am
This bakery and restaurant is known for their fresh olive ciabatta sandwiches, quiches, calzones and baguettes. They also have a rotating assortment of fresh pastries.
Il Mulino’s menu.
Locations: Sheikh Zayed, Mall of Arabia, Zamalek
Opening hours: 8 am - 12:30 am
Known especially for their coffee, 30 North also serves up fresh bagels, sandwiches, omelettes, crepes and pastries to go alongside their specialty brew.
Locations: New Cairo, Zamalek, Heliopolis
Opening hours: 7:30 am - midnight
Another good option if you’re in the mood for no-bars-held Egyptian breakfast. They have all kinds of fuul, taameya, eggs, dips, potato dishes, cheese dishes and salads, served either in a sandwich or ‘tableya’ style.
Locations: Maadi, New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed, Mall of Arabia
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?
Locations: New Cairo, Heliopolis, Sheikh Zayed, Mall of Arabia
Opening hours: 8:30 am - 2 am
From light choices like muesli and yoghurt bowls to all kinds of eggs (omelettes, scrambled, Benedict, poached, sunny side up) to pancakes and French toast, Qahwa has something for everyone.
Opening hours: 8:30 am - midnight
Lokali is a concept restaurant in Maadi 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.
Location: Heliopolis, New Cairo
Opening hours: 10 am - 11:30 pm
The famous Canadian restaurant chain has landed in Cairo, with a ginormous menu of not only roughly a million egg dishes but pancakes, French Toast, bagels, sandwiches and tons of other brunch items as well.
Location: Downtown, Heliopolis, Zamalek
Opening hours: 9 am - 1 am
This cozy restaurant serves up mostly Egyptian classics, but has a few international menu guest stars as well (chocolate waffles, anyone?). They also offer a ‘seyami’ (vegan) menu as well.