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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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Le Méridien Cairo Airport Invites Travellers To Savour The Beauty Of Golden Hour This Summer Season



This summer season, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT is helping sun-seekers savour the good life and the beauty of Golden Hour with its own take on Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts’ global brand programme, Au Soleil by Le Méridien.
Personifying the laid-back elegance of European summers and the allure of the Côte d’Azur, this season’s global programme revolves around ‘Golden Hour,’ the magical hour at the end of the day under the sun – a sacred moment in time to slow down and indulge in simple pleasures through all the senses.
Beginning June 2022 LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will invite travellers to soak in the summer season and Golden Hour, both on- and off-property:
The Hotel will feature a How to Summer Guide, dedicated Petit Plates menu offering Mediterranean inspired mini baguettes perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling Programme. In addition, Le Méridien is bringing modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days such as the iconic backgammon, as well as, poolside chess and other timeless summer pastimes both to-go and as an oversized option, inviting guests to linger a little longer, with an exclusive warm weather soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague.
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Beginning June 1 through October 31, LE MÉRIDIEN CAIRO AIRPORT will offer a special Au Soleil stay package that includes daily breakfast and a complimentary Le Scoop by Le Méridien gelato or sorbet, Au Soleil brunch and Au Soleil movie night every weekend
On-Property Experiences that Salute Golden Hour
From relaxing rosé and backgammon to bronzing in the afternoon sun, travellers visiting LE MÉRIDIEN Cairo Airport will be able to capture the spirit of Au Soleil in a variety of ways:
● A dedicated Petit Plates menu, offering Mediterranean-inspired mini baguettes and local light bites – from oysters to grilled fish – all with perfectly paired rosé spritzers and aperitifs, part of the brand’s signature Sparkling programme.
● A modern twist to classic games traditionally enjoyed outdoors during warm weather days, such as the iconic seaside pastime of backgammon, as well as tic-tac-toe, poolside chess and chic modernist-style Jenga sets.
Le Scoop by Le Méridien, featuring various flavors of gelato and sorbet – incorporating authentic ingredients like bright green pistachios from Sicily, as well as fragrant vanilla beans from Madagascar – reminiscent of a glamourous, sunny summer spent on the French Riviera. Le Scoop is designed to be enjoyed while taking part in the European summer tradition of a “passeggiata” to unlock the destination’s locale. “Passeggiata” is an Italian term referring to a traditional evening stroll in the town’s piazza.
● An exclusive summer soundtrack, curated by French Bossa Nova collective Nouvelle Vague, inviting guests to lounge a little longer.
● A distinctive on-property design aesthetic, evoking the spirit of Au Soleil and the playful glamour of endless European summers for travellers all year round.
● A How to Summer Guide that captures the unspoken rules of a perfect day Au Soleil, whether on the beach or in the town, including Sun Safety tips from the brand’s amenity partner MALIN+GOETZ.

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Unleashing the beauty of Cairo Downtown



The Extraordinaire brings an indelible night at Mamsha Ahl Misr along the vibes of the River Nile, Nancy Ajram & Ragheb Alama in an unforgettable night by the River Nile in Cairo

As the top social landmark in Egypt, featuring the finest commercial, touristic, and recreational services, Counsel Masters, the managing and operating company of the promenade organizes ‘The Extraordinaire’, luxurious breathtaking nights along the charisma of the River Nile.

The Extraordinaire presents a series of exclusive social events in the core of leisure lifestyle providing unique entertainment activities, complemented with a variety of popular retailers, fine dining, cafés, and top eateries that meet the citizens’ expectations and go beyond.

Applying the directions of the state’s development strategy in urban planning and promoting tourism as well as accomplishing the optimal use of the Nile Corniche, Mamsha Ahl Misr was developed by City Edge Development, the national leading real estate developer and development manager, to crown the beauty of eastern banks of the Nile and enrich the history with an integrated project, located between Imbaba Bridge and 15 May Bridge.

The promenade encompasses diverse entertainment activities including; entertainment theatre, river marina, restaurants, cafeterias, shops and open service areas. In addition to pharmacies, mini markets, kiosks, mobile phone services and telecommunication stores. It also features the largest floating restaurant in Egypt.

During an indelible night, Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama tunes to flow over the Nile Corniche in the presence of high-profile figures, VIPs, celebrities and prominent market leaders.

Dr. Mohamed ElMikawi, CEO of City Edge Development said: “Our primary aim is to support the elevation of Egyptian citizens’ lives through excellence in real estate development that aligns with Egypt Vision 2030. Through Counsel Masters, we were able to complete the picture of the one-of-a-kind luxury lifestyle destination with the latest international and touristic standards of services provided by the operating company”.

George Mitri, Chairman of Counsel Masters said: “We take pride in operating Egypt’s living touristic landmark through our different operation perspectives in hotel and commercial franchises management that ensure bench mark in customer experience. Mamsha Ahl Misr is a unique project by all means; from the concept, the location, the quality of services, to the good vibes of the Egyptian people, which make us at Counsel Masters hold to marking the promenade as the first go-to social touristic attraction in Cairo, that combines history and entertainment around the eternal beauty of the Nile.

Mamsha Ahl Misr, was launched last year in accordance with the vision of the government of Egypt to rehabilitate and upgrade certain sections of Old Cairo. The project is a public promenade open to the public for entertainment, tourism, and shopping. It contains an upper walkway with a width of 4.5 meters, and a lower one with a width of 6.5 meters and a total area of ​​7,066 square meters. The promenade encompasses 90 shops, restaurants and cafeterias, an open theater with an area of ​​434 square meters, and a capacity for 1,240 visitors, as well as 300 kiosks for foreign, Arabian services and commercial activities.

About City Edge Real Estate Development:
City Edge Developments is Egypt’s National leading real estate developer and development manager. A company launched in 2017 between New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) – Ministry of Housing and the Housing & Development Bank (HDBK.CA) with a Capital of EGP 2 Billion. The company develops and manages the development of premium real estate projects all over Egypt that spans across many asset classes that includes, but is not limited to, residential, hospitality, retail, office and education. Awarded “the Fastest Growing Real Estate Developer in Egypt”, City Edge Developments has successfully launched over 10 projects in various parts of the country since its launch.
For more information, please visit our website

About Counsel Masters:
Counsel Masters for Business Consulting and management of hotels, touristic and commercial projects, marketing and retail is one of the leading operating companies in these sectors of consulting and providing a clear business model of leasing services, ambitious vision and impressive growth plans to meet the needs and requirements of a diverse base of customers in operating and managing companies through elite of prominent business experts and veteran leaders in their respective fields.
Counsel Masters has exclusive marketing rights for more than 65 local brands and more than 80 international brands, the company has representative offices in several Arab and foreign countries, as well as business partners and affiliates in these countries.

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Egypt’s Arab Poetry House to host “Poets of Umm Kulthum & Abdel Wahab” symposium on Feb. 27



CAIRO – 27 February 2022: On February 27 at 6 p.m., Egypt’s Arab Poetry House will hold an symposium entitled “Poets of Umm Kulthum & Abdel Wahab”

The evening comes on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the “Musician of Generations” Mohamed Abdel Wahab on March 13, 1889, as well as the death anniversary of the “Planet of the East” Umm Kulthum, who passed away on February 3, 1975.

Mohamed Abdel Wahab excelled as a musical and lyrical composer, and film actor. He began his artistic career as a singer in the Fawzi Al-Jazairli band in 1917. In 1920, he studied the oud at the Institute of Arabic Music. He began working in radio in 1934 and in cinema in 1933. Abdel Wahab was strongly associated with the “Prince of Poets” Ahmed Shawky and composed many songs for him.

Abdel Wahab also composed for several singers in Egypt and the Arab world, namely Fairuz, Umm Kulthum, Laila Murad, Abdel Halim Hafez, Nagat al-Saghira, Fayza Ahmed, Warda al-Jazaeryah, Sabah, Talal Maddah and Asmahan.

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