Currently known as a hanging out hub, new cafes and restaurants regularly open in Zamalek, making it one hell of a busy neighborhood, and without doubt a big food court, to the extent that I fear that one day they will kick residents out of their houses to open new hangouts.
Here is your guide to the best places to enjoy a finger-licking dessert in Zamalek.
We all have been through this firm decision “I have to stop going to the same places, I have to try other places” but you end at here craving chocolate fondant cooked in 20 minutes to perfection. No one else does it like Crave do. Their Date Tulip is also so good, only order it if they run out of chocolate fondant stock, or you don’t feel like eating chocolate, which will never be the case.
Seconds before the attack!
And the decisive moment…Attaaaaaaack!
Everybody has been talking about their cakes, macarons, Ramadan Konafa and Basbousa creations, skip all that and have their chocolate heaven “even if not a chocolate person”, I bet you’ll fall in love with every bit of it, you have my word. No wonder why it’s named chocolate heaven, It seriously is a cup made in heaven, small chunks of chocolate brownies, caramel sauce, and lots of melted chocolate, heated in the microwave for a minute and served with vanilla ice cream.
If you love pecans, be ready for a treat, their pecan pie with a strong taste of caramel served hot is a delight. Whether an apple and dates buff or not, their apple date cake in unmistakable, served hot with caramel sauce, and vanilla ice cream.
The coolest thing about Le Pacha 1901 is that you can order any dessert, at any of its restaurants. Their Date tart is the best in town, as well as their Osmanleya with ice cream -best enjoyed in Ramadan.
Fauchon gives a real taste of France in the heart of Zamalek, with its wide selection of French Macarons -the best in town-, madeleines, juicy gateaux, once you taste their Kouign-amann or Chausson aux pommes (pastries), your life will never be the same again.
Without doubt their gateaux are the juiciest, made with the finest and freshest ingredients, their Mango Tart is so yummi, and their best seller Ferrero gateau as per Tortina’s description it’s Almond Dacquoise -no clue what Dacquoise is- perfectly blended with chocolate cream and hazelnuts, it’s truly mouthwatering. Make sure to check their Ramadan menu, as it comes with their Date Tart Konafa and Om Ali with Creme Brulee.
No one makes a Banana Pie like Delight do, make sure to go get it as early as possible, as they are soon out of stock.
The best way to combine your favorite chocolates in one recipe, be it a waffle with Galaxy and Ferrero Rocher, Lindor with Flake, White Toblerone with strawberries, Milka with Vanilla ice cream, Nutella with Peanut Butter, be creative and make the perfect combination to please your taste.
Sushi is already an obssession, and to make things worse they make the best Creme Brulee in town, and their chocolate fondant is only for those into dark chocolate.
Creme Brulee by jpellgen
If you want to enjoy a fluffy piece of pastry go for a Vanilla Mille-Feuille, it’s lighter than air, but if hazlenuts are your preference, do not miss their chocolate mousse -not sure it’s the right name, just ask for their scrumptious hazelnut mousse.
That’s what I’m talking about, photo from their Facebook page
India makes an Indian version of Egyptian Zalabyas known as Gulab Jamun, they both look the same but their taste is so different, first it’s eaten with a spoon, it has a basboussa texture, served hot, and the sharbat is made with cardamom. If you’re into ethnic food, you can’t miss this one.
Photo Courtesy: vivido
If you spot a sweets shop that has an endless queue, & people double and triple parking specially during the holy month of Ramadan, smile you have arrived at the right destination “Mandarine Koueider”. People come from everywhere in Cairo to buy from their wide selection of oriental desserts, their basboussa is on fire, konafa sada, and with cream as well, bala7 el sham, borma, mmmm, everything is so yummi. And of course their signature Raspberry Yogurt Ice Cream flavor.
Tip: If you want to get your Egyptian or foreign friend who’s living abroad the best gift ever, let it be a selection of oriental desserts “malfoufa lafa makhsousa lel safar”.
In my opinion, their Red Velvet is the best in Zamalek, it’s so tender & creamy, it’s sugary taste is balanced with the sourness of the cream cheese, their Pumpkin cupcake is also worth trying.
I just can’t get enough of their jam and their chocolate sable cookies, and chocolate swiss-roll cookies made sur commande.
Truth be told the Jam Sables are yummier than they look like from Simonds Facebook page
It’s not the best French Patisserie, however their almond croissant is worth obsessing over.
Cinnamon sticks dipped in Caramel Sauce, or even better and way sugary their Twix Cinnamon Sticks.
Their Twix Cinnamon Sticks
The answer is: Pralines N’ Cream & Cookie Dough.
What’s totally worth trying -haven’t tried it yet…
Handmade, fresh artisanal Italian Gelato & Sorbet in mouthwatering flavours.
What we are missing in Zamalek is; Sale Sucre with their half chocolate, half fruit cake, Cinnabon -irresistible cinnamon baking smell-, House of Donuts with their signature Apple Fritter, and Qahwa’s sweet & sour cinnamon cheese cake, made with cream cheese frost and a pinch of cinnamon on top.
Have we left anything out? Let us know in the comments below.
*All photos without photo credits are brought from the official websites or Facebook pages of the aforementioned places.