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Best Breakfast Spots in Alexandria



The weekend is around the corner, so it’s about time for fresh air and yummy breakfast by the seaside. Alexandria is your best getaway as it’s only a two hour drive from Cairo. Plus, these days the weather is just perfect and the city is not too crowded compared to summer time.

As it goes without saying, when in Alexandria you have seafood for lunch or dinner, but what about the main meal of your day?

Aside from regular clichés, here are the best places to have a delicious breakfast in Alexandria:

1. Bruxies: new, original, and fresh

This comes at the top of the list because no one can beat their fresh bakery in Alexandria. They have an outstanding selection of bread, croissants, muffins, and doughnuts; all homemade freshly baked. They offer a mouth-watering breakfast menu with hearty omelets, a variety of sandwiches, desserts, and great coffee. I like the fact that everything about it is an Egyptian brand with international quality. Lately, they opened a new branch by the seaside in Stanly. You can google their other branches in Alexandria. Their prices are a little above average.

2. Alban Swissra “Swiss dairy”: an authentic Alexandrian trademark

You can’t go to Alexandria and not pay a visit to this local dairy shop. It’s not a fancy restaurant by any means, but it serves a memorable cheese experience. The once cosmopolitan Alexandria inherited many trades from all over the world. Making cheese, pastrami, and sausage is definitely one of them. It doesn’t really matter whether you dine in or take away, as you will be exposed to a great cheese extravaganza. This is a place for true cheese lovers. Cheese is the core of their menu with whatever addition you wish eggs, sausage etc.

Remember to save a spot for a yummy Halvah with the fresh cream sandwich as desserts. The little shop maintains an average price list. It can be spotted at Port Said Street in Camp Shezar area.

3. Rio café in Gleem: a bit of everything

You wish for a nice breakfast, literally by the sea, and midtown?   You got it all at Rio café in Gleem area. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and coffee. The food is good, but its location and set up by the seaside is what makes it special. They offer variety of different cuisines, local and American breakfasts are served. Moreover, you don’t have to drive for a long distance to get there. It’s just located in midtown Alexandria. They have other branches but this one is highly recommended.

4. ElSheikh Wafik: a new meaning of sweet couscous

Couscous is a type of North African semolina in granules made from crushed durum wheat. It’s famous as a main dish with vegetables and beef. But have you tried it with milk and icing sugar? A totally different sensation offered by this local Alexandrian dessert shop, ElSheikh Wafik. A must try breakfast! Not only does it provide great energy, but it also boosts your mode too. Located in the famous old neighborhood of Bahary, ElSheikh Wafik serves traditional Egyptian treats like rice pudding with nuts, couscous and ice cream for really reasonable prices. You can dine in, or enjoy your order across the street by the beach. You can always enjoy your hot breakfast while taking a walk around the neighborhood enjoying the scenery of old houses and boats.

5. Zanilli’s ELMontaza: breakfast in the heart of the sea

Now head to the other end of the city, where you can have a great start for the day at Montaza gardens. This location is almost as if you’re in the middle of the Mediterranean. The restaurant overlooks an amazing view surrounded by water from three sides. Good Mediterranean/ international cuisine, nice music and a great place to take selfies. Honestly, at Zanilli’s El Montaza it’s not about the food as much as the whole atmosphere. It is a great chance to free your mind and soul and have a brand new restart of life. Their prices are above average.

In the end, I’ve got to remind you, there is always foul and falafel. And the best advice is to grab your sandwiches from local Alexandrian shops and head to the seaside. Enjoy your meal and the breeze.

Norhan Emad TV Presnter at ALGhad TV channel & Content creator at What's up cairo.

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Grand Nile Tower: An Exquisite Venue For A Matchless Event




Egypt has a long storied history of being a meeting place for people who come from different countries and cultures to a place where they would still feel like home, and with that comes the need for a place that will give them the unforgettable experience that they seek, and with that comes Grand Nile Tower hotel with its stellar location and magnificent views.

Grand Nile Tower hotel is indeed loved by all for its remarkable location that gives every venue inside the hotel a breathtaking view of the Nile, the hotel also has a wide array of banquet halls and restaurants, ensuring a memorable event for any gathering, large or small.

Grand Nile Tower banqueting facilities include three grand ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1,750 conference delegates in total. In addition to a number of state-of-the-art board rooms to facilitate any number of meetings and functions, with full business amenities and WIFI to ensure all your conferences and teleconferences go smoothly and uninterrupted.

Grand Nile Tower also features an exclusive and lavishly outfitted 885-seat multi-purpose auditorium for those seeking the grandeur of high art and music, the auditorium makes the ideal venue for conferences, lectures, theatricals performances, concerts and special film showings.

Grand Nile Tower’s team of conference and banqueting specialists provide a full range of professional services for any kind of gathering or event, including simultaneous or consecutive translation, audio-visual support, and world-class catering from flexible and diverse banqueting menus to suit all tastes and occasions.

The hotel still has more to offer with seven remarkably stunning restaurants that offer fine selections from around the world, for those not looking for spicy debate, but for savory culinary delights instead.

These restaurants make the perfect spot for outings, romantic dinners or simply for a breakfast with view, you will certainly fall for its mesmerizing scenery, flexible exquisitely appointed facilities and superb services.

That being said, it’s fair to say that Grand Nile Tower truly has everything for anyone looking to host any type of event. From conferences, press conferences and product launches to gourmet feasts and gala dinners; from seminars and exhibitions to board meetings and round-table discussions to wedding celebrations to themed parties, Grand Nile Tower truly is “the” meeting venue in Egypt.





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5 Places For An Exquisite New Year’s Eve Dinner




Any plans for New Year’s Eve yet? Well, if you still don’t have one then you better come up with a plan very soon, because it’s the busiest day of the year.

In case you checked our guide for New Year’s Eve parties, but you’re not really into partying, we have made you this list of places where you can enjoy a lovely dinner with your loved one in a quiet place yet you’ll still be surrounded with Christmas vibes.

Biota Egypt


The magical place that replaced Left Bank and quickly won over people, there are three restaurants for you to choose from and we have no specific favorite as it depends on your culinary preferences. Whether you’re more into oriental cuisine, international or Italian.

We’re also absolutely in love with the decorations and the marvelous Christmas tree in the middle of the place.

Villa Belle Époque


Another quiet place to enjoy dinner in by the pool, the small villa offers a mouthwatering selection of fine food and sets the perfect mood for a perfect dinner.

On New Year’s Eve, they’re offering finely crafted five course set menu, live music and some sumptuous sweet treats to round off 2019.

The Revolving Restaurant @GrandNileTower

Dinner at a hotel is always a great idea and nothing says romance more than a magnificent view of the Nile from the top, an exquisite panoramic atmosphere, entertaining shows and an appetizing dinner and no one does it better than Grand Nile Tower’s revolving restaurant.

So treat your loved one with a dinner at their revolving restaurant and enjoy live entertainment and top notch food.

Favilla Lounge


Dinner at Favilla is always a good idea and not just during New Year’s Eve, most of their dishes are exquisite and the vibes there are quite lovely. We’re also in love with their winter decorations and the Christmas tree outside the lounge that is already attracting a lot of people.

For a full-filling meal, we recommend you to try their pastas or one of their main dishes.

Eish & Malh

If you’re looking for a cozy place to have diner in, then this is the place for you! Eish wa Malh is an authentic little restaurant in downtown Cairo, specialized in new Italian cuisine using fresh local ingredients. Afterwards, you can tour downtown Cairo, get ice cream, take lots of pictures and make memories.

For New Year’s Eve, they will be having live music from 9pm to midnight with Abdallah Magdy on guitar and vocalist Reem Essmat. and you can choose from their a la carte and prix fixe specials.

To reserve your table, please call 01098744014.



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Glittering Celebrations Await You at Grand Nile Tower From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day




Christmas season is upon us which means it is this time of the year when families get together to enjoy the festivities of the month, and there is no place more in the spirit this year other than Grand Nile Tower Hotel where exciting vibes await you.

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, the Grand Nile Tower team has planned for every day to be filled with the joy and entertainment that are just needed for the happy holiday season.

The following is everything you might be looking for, whether an intimate dinner or a get together, Grand Nile Tower has got you covered!

Christmas Spirit @Delice Tea Lounge

Delice Tea Lounge is the first step of getting you in the mood for the month’s festivities, it’s where you can instantly get into the Christmas spirit starting with their Giant Ginger house Christmas Delights Shop and the classic carols played in the background to the aromas of sweet home-baked Christmas cookies.

It is festive vibes from the moment you set food in the hotel!

Dine Royally @revolving Restaurant

Enjoy a special dining experience with the magical backdrop of Cairo’s landscapes at the Revolving restaurant, it is the ideal spot for a family dinner on Christmas Eve as you get to enjoy the breathtaking view while indulging in their delicious meals.

The restaurant will be offering an exquisite menu of gourmet appetizers, entrées, and desserts.

Enjoy the Month’s Festivities @Sakya Souk Terrace

El Sakya Souk Terrace offers an extravagant international buffet Brunch, in addition to kids’ activities and live entertainment, all with the breathtaking Nile River as the view.

The buffet will not be limited to a certain cuisine but will include international cuisines to satisfy every craving including: flavorful seafood, zesty Italian favorites, rich and spicy Indian specialties, and mouth-watering Middle Eastern feasts.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise @Marquise Yacht

Celebrate New Year’s Eve on board of Marquise Yacht and enjoy being in the heart of the Nile as you indulge in the lavish dinner buffet, live folkloric entertainment show and a band will also be available so hop aboard Marquise boat and leave your worries on the shore!

Now, these are some festivities to look forward to especially that Grand Nile Tower Hotel will have a thing for everyone and we can’t wait to see their lobby taken over by a lively band to bring the New Year in with good tidings.

Whether you want to enjoy an intimate dinner or dance till Count down, Grand Nile Tower will surely provide the perfect place to welcome 2020.







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