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Dokki, Cairo, Egypt.
Cinnabon: Yummy Cinnamon Rolls in Cairo
It’s no surprise that Cinnabon is one of the most famous bakery chains in Cairo; with branches spread out through the Capital offering baked goods that can throw anyone off their diet, it definitely deserves to be.
Since its opening in Egypt in 2004, this US pastry franchise has been spreading its unmistakable cinnamon-filled aroma through the streets and malls of Cairo. Although the café offers a comfortable but small seating area, it’s more of a grab-and-go joint; especially since eating the Cinnabon rolls themselves usually becomes a messy, sticky affair– so you may need to eat at home.
The pastry chain offers a large menu of options, and their famous buns come in several sizes. The Cinnabon classic cinnamon roll (15LE) is big enough to be shared with a friend and still be satisfying. Endless rolls of freshly baked layers are filled with cinnamon and sugar, and then topped with cream cheese icing. The end result is sugary enough to send a child (or adult) into a hyperactive sugar high within seconds.
However, nothing can compete with the ultimate guilty pleasure, the internationally revered Chocobon (18LE). The chocolate used in the filling, topping and actually everywhere else in between is absolutely amazing. However, many may find it too sugary to endure; so you can add or choose between several toppings.
Besides its famous baked-on-sight goods, Cinnabon is also a suitable stop for breakfast, a quick lunch or a snack with its sandwiches and salads. However, the sandwiches choices are disappointingly limited. Also on the menu is a wide selection of smoothies, coffee and refreshing cocktails, starting at 15 LE.
If you’re with a big group of people, Cinnabon also sells larger packs of buns, such as the nine-piece Minibon, or you can buy four pieces of the same bun and get a 20LE-discount.
Staying on a diet can be challenging, but with pastry shops like Cinnabon around Cairo, it is nearly impossible. The key is moderation, and from time to time it’s ok to just kick back and let the cinnamon-filled bites melt in your mouth.
With Brew & Chew satisfying the cravings of Maadi residents, and Dip n Dip spreading their fantastic desserts in New Cairo, Nasr City and 6 of October City, the sweet-toothed of Zamalek can be forgiven for feeling a little neglected – that is until now. Chocolate by name, chocolaty by nature, Joe’s Chocolate Bar on Taha Hussein Street could be the answer to every chocaholic’s dreams.
As a venue, Joe’s Chocolate Bar is divided into two floors; the top floor has nothing remarkable about it but allows smoking, while the ground floor is where the ‘chocolate is. Besides the melted chocolate-like decoration on the wall (which is installed upside down, so instead looks like chocolate waves) the calm lighting and wood walls create a relaxing and cosy ambiance to the place.
The items on the menu are limited and nothing grabbed our attention, but we opted for the Molten Chocolate Cake (47LE), Triple Chocolate Crepe (41LE) and their new special item – as the waiter was so keen to mention – Oreo Waffle (49LE).
The molten chocolate cake had a bold chocolate flavour and a very moist texture; the gooey centre had a fantastic pudding-like consistency, which shows that it was cooked to perfection and, overall, the dessert had a spot-on sweetness. On the other hand, we would have preferred that the ice cream was served separately, because the hot temperature of cake melted it quickly and made the top of the cake rather soggy.
The triple chocolate crepe was just as good, meanwhile; coming as three thin, light and fluffy triangular servings, each one was filled with a generous amount of melted milk chocolate, and drizzled with white, milk, and dark chocolate. We also asked for fruit (10LE) on the side which consists of mini cubes of kiwi, bananas, and strawberries, and it was surprisingly fresh even though it’s not strawberry season yet.
As for the Oreo waffle, we expected nothing more than a waffle with crushed Oreo on top, but, impressively, the waffle itself had an actual layer of Oreo in the middle. Despite the waffles needing a little more milk chocolate on top and being a bit chewy, they were largely soft with a slightly crispy exterior, and the flavour of the Oreo popped in every single bite.
Joe’s Chocolate Bar definitely impressed with their well-executed desserts and big flavours, but we felt that the variety on the menu is too safe and a bit limited for a dessert specialist. We’d very happily come back for the molten chocolate cake, though.