• Local's Guide To Egypt

30 Best Breakfast Spots in Cairo, Egypt

Updated: Sep 10

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.



Bonsai



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 8 am - 1 am


Tucked away in a stand-alone villa on the Gezira Club street in Zamalek is Bonsai. While they serve sushi, they also have a massive international menu which includes lots of breakfast and brunch options. A good option if you’re looking for something light and healthy -- besides the usual breakfast classics, they also have items like yoghurt granola bowls, oatmeal bowls and avocado toast.


Bonsai’s menu.



Ralph’s German Bakery



Location: Maadi

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



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.


Gaby’s menu.



Marriott Gardens (Garden Promenade Cafe)



Location: Zamalek

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.



Il Mulino



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.



30 North



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.



Tabali



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.


Tabali’s menu.



Kazouza



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?


Kazouza's menu.



Qahwa



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.


Qahwa’s menu.



Lokali



Location: Maadi

Opening hours: 8:30 am - midnight


Lokali is 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.


Lokali’s menu.



Munch & Bagel


Smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel

Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 7 am - 8 pm


If you’re a bagel lover, then Munch & Bagel in Zamalek is a great choice. It’s more of a delivery/pick-your-food-and-go place, but they do have a small seating area. You choose from their assortment of fresh bagels (or bread) of the day and can add an assortment of different toppings, served either open face or sandwich-style.


Munch & Bagel’s menu.



Oldish



Location: Downtown, Heliopolis

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.



Casper & Gambini’s



Locations: New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed, Nile Towers, City Stars, Mall of Arabia, Mall of Egypt

Opening hours: 9 am - 12 am


Who’s not familiar with Casper & Gambini’s? Try their croissandwiches (self-explanatory), ultimate pancakes, English breakfast or intercontinental breakfast.



Mo Bistro



Locations: Mohandiseen, Sheikh Zayed

Opening hours: 10 am - 1 am


Remember Cafe Mo? Well it evolved into Mo Bistro. Opening at 10 am, it’s targeted more to the late breakfasters and brunchers. They have nice diversity on their breakfast menu, with everything from English, American and Oriental breakfasts to Benedict Florentine to grilled cheese sandwiches and eggplant breakfast quesadillas.


Mo’s menu.



Miette



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 8 am - midnight


Their bakery and freshly-baked goods are the stars of the show, whether their croissants and pastries, or their sandwiches with fresh bread. They also have a large selection of egg dishes.


Miette’s menu.



Baladina



Locations: Sheikh Zayed, Maadi, 6th October (Dreamland)

Opening hours: 10 am - 1 am


This oriental restaurant has all the classic Egyptian breakfast items you’d expect, with one of their claims to fame being the spicy ‘saeedi’ fuul. Everything is served with excellent fresh bread.


Baladina’s menu.




Sea Salt Bakery



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 9 am - 10 pm


Known for being gluten-free, the Sea Salt Bakery isn’t for everyone, but if you’re someone looking to avoid gluten, this place will be your heaven on earth. Besides their bakery, they also have several breakfast egg dishes and smoothie bowls.


Sea Salt Bakery’s menu.



Angie’s Place



Location: City Stars, New Cairo

Opening hours: 9 am - 11 pm


Known as a ‘breakfast & brunch restaurant’, Angie’s Place offers a huge array of pancakes, waffles, crepes, eggs, breakfast burritos and sides -- and kids’ breakfasts too.


Angie Place’s menu.



Eatery



Locations: New Cairo, Sheikh Zayed

Opening hours: 10 am - midnight


Eatery has a full-on international breakfast menu: everything from fuul and falafel to pancakes, waffles and avocado toast. They also have breakfast sandwiches and a ‘healthy corner’ of the menu -- chia seed parfait, anyone?


Eatery’s menu.



Paul



Locations: New Cairo, City Stars, Mall of Egypt, Mall of Arabia, Heliopolis, Mohandiseen

Opening hours: 8 am - midnight


King of the French breakfast, Paul offers everything from eggs to pastries to breakfast bowls to savory halloumi pancakes.


Paul’s menu.



El Torr



Location: Mohandiseen

Opening hours: 8 am - 2 am


Known for their creative twists on fuul (they have Maharajah, Armenian and Mexican fuul -- all are must-tries), El Torr is a great delivery breakfast option.


El Torr’s menu.



Caffe Greco



Location: Maadi

Opening hours: 6:30 am - midnight


Caffe Greco isn’t your stereotypical breakfast place; it mainly revolves around coffee 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.



Qedra



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 8 am - 11 pm


Another delivery or pick-up-and-go kind of place for all your Egyptian breakfast favorites in Zamalek. Huge menu!


Qedra’s menu.



Frank & Co



Location: Maadi

Opening hours: 9 am - 1 am (breakfast only served until 1 pm)


Looking for something a little different for breakfast? Try Frank and Co’s yoghurt mini pancakes, baked potatoes, egg casseroles, small dip bowls, country breads and granola and berry compote.


Frank & Co’s menu.



Bubblicious



Location: Zamalek

Opening hours: 7 am - midnight


The name might give you pause for a minute -- sounds too bubblegum-y to be a breakfast place, right? But it’s actually named after their famous bubble tea, and they have an extensive breakfast menu to go along with that bubble tea: eggs, waffles, pancakes, fuul, French toast and their signature ‘Bubblicious Balls’.



LOCAL TIP: While these breakfast spots might be great, we have to give a shout out to the real Egyptian breakfast champions, the fuul and taameya carts. They'll always be #1.



You might also like: 14 Egyptian Dessert Shops & Patisseries More Than 50 Years Old

About Us

Hi and thanks for visiting! We're a group of Egyptian locals who love to share our insider info with travelers when it comes to all things Egypt.

Read More

 

Get all our best blog posts straight to your inbox once a month!
  • White Facebook Icon