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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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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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Grand Nile Tower’s Arts & Cultural Center Launches its Second Round




Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center has kicked off last week for the second year in a row, the center aims to showcase a wide variety of artistic activities that will meet the expectations of diverse musical tastes through a range of partnerships and events.

This season, Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center is collaborating with the Sultan Qa’itbay Foundation, one of the Center’s initial partners, to hold a number events including concerts and art exhibitions at Maq’ad of Sultan Qa’itbay and the hotel’s headquarters. The Foundation will offer touristic tours for hotel guests characterized by a special adventure to Cairo’s old architectural milestones at East of Cairo.

“Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center celebrates culture and the arts by giving Egyptian talent the opportunity to express themselves and present their musical creations in an enchanting atmosphere, whether in the hotel or at the most famous historical locations,” said Andreas Boettger, General Manager of Grand Nile Tower.

“Through this Center, we seek to provide a unique artistic and cultural experience not only for hotel guests, but also for all those interested in culture and arts by collaborating with distinguished local partners and a group of promising musical talents in Egypt.” He added.

Ahmed Nazmy Playing some Jazz tunes

As part of the fruitful success of Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center and the first Manial Palace Classical Music Festival, the Center and the festival are collaborating to launch the second round that will be held from October 28th till November er 9th  with the sponsorship of  Grand Nile Tower.

The Festival’s program ranges between classical European, East Asian and Oriental music to new musical collaborations.

This season of the Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center has a lot in store for guests, including weekly concerts that will begin by mid-October in collaboration with the organizing partner Out Loud.

This partnership aims at offering a monthly program of concerts in prime locations inside the hotel that allow attendees to enjoy the charming location and atmosphere during the concert.

The Grand Nile Tower Arts & Cultural Center was launched in 2018 as part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, offering independent artists and young talent the opportunity to perform in a reputable venue.

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Grand Nile Tower: The Answer to Your Dreamy Wedding and the Place For A Memorable Night




Your lifelong happiness with your loved one begins by having the perfect night for your big day and a dreamy wedding starts by choosing the right location.

Now, what would make the perfect scenario for your wedding? A fine culinary for starters, friendly service, beverage offering and most importantly a remarkable view. So, if you ask what would be the perfect scenario for a wedding? Grand Nile Tower Hotel is the answer, for its splendid view on the Nile and much more.

From effortless service in beautiful event spaces, to the finest culinary and beverage offerings in the most remarkable location in all of Cairo, Grand Nile Tower iconic hotel ensure memorable weddings for couples saying “yes” to a lifelong happiness.

The hotel offers you a panoramic Nile views at their elegant, shimmering ballrooms, magnificent decoration and celebratory menus, all of which help make your dream wedding come true. Now every event of any size can be an unforgettable and an exhilarating experience.

Grand Nile Tower is definitely the most breathtaking and desirable event venue in Egypt, offering you and your loved one luxurious ballrooms and outdoor venues with such spectacular views.

The elegantly appointed state-of-the-art facilities can accommodate gatherings of any size, with over 3,000 square meter of banqueting space situated on three floors overlooking the Nile and outfitted with high-tech multi-media facilities, lighting systems and sound equipment.

Farhaty Ballroom is the largest ballroom at Grand Nile Tower, and can accommodate up to 900 guests with a breathtaking floor to a glass window showcasing a stunning panoramic view of the Nile and a magnificent backdrop of Cairo.

Farhaty Ballroom

Akhnaton Ballroom featuring the same stunning Nile view, while Laylaty Ballroom and Nile Expo can cater for mid-sized events, seeing that it accommodates from 100 to 220 guests.

Now, if you’re looking for a totally different ambiance then King Tut Ballroom is the one for you, it has just been recently launched and is now the most unique ballroom in town, with its royal interiors and exceptional two level set up, upper circle and stage.

If a view of the Nile isn’t enough to satisfy your dreamy thoughts, then we highly recommend Marquise boat for a mesmerizing majestic Nile River views and lavish settings. You get to choose from limited time Marquise wedding packages starting from EGP 50,400 and catering to 100 guests.

Grand Nile Tower’s wedding specialists are there to help make your big day flawless through offering a full range of professional services, including flexible and diverse menus to suit all tastes.

Breathtaking views, spacious, flexible and exquisitely appointed facilities, superb support services make Grand Nile Tower the ideal venue for any event; large, medium or small, wedding or themed parties, gala dinners or receptions. Grand Nile Tower offers matchless banquet venues in Egypt.

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