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The Four Fat Ladies: The Best Dessert Specialist in Zamalek?
Published On: 08/08/2016

One of the most busiest streets in Zamalek is Brazil Street, not least because of the number of dessert specialists on the road – from Nola and Khameera, to Lo2met 3eish and Gelato Mio. That didn't, however, worry The Four Fat Ladies when it moved from El Yamama Center to join the Brazil Street dessert battle. The small bakery has only four tables attached to each other to form one long table with four chairs on one side and one big couch on the other. The couch isn't the most practical of set-ups, but from the white and orange walls and the hanged wooden spoons on the window, to the cute "Peanut Butter is my boyfriend" frame and the blackboard menu, the ambiance of TFFL is the definition of less is more, with its simple yet neat interior. The simplicity isn't shown only in their interior, but in their mouth-watering desserts, too. With a fantatic variety of desserts ranging from classic cakes and muffins, to pies and cheesecakes, TFFL's desserts have a taste of home to them, different to the more commercial bakeries, and surprised us by bringing Marble Cakes and Bundt Cakes back. After 15 minutes of wandering and staring like a lost kid at the fridge display, we finally figured settled on Carrot Cake in a Pot (16LE), Salted Caramel Brownie bite (4.50LE) and S'mores Brownie Bites (4.50LE), but we started with slice of Chocolate Fudge with Peanut Butter Frosting (19.50LE). What make this simple double layered chocolate fudge cake different than any other is how moist it was; it had a melt-in-your-mouth texture and the smooth and fluffy peanut butter frosting with a spot-on amount of sugar. Served as a trifle in a plastic pot, with a remarkable cinnamon flavour, meanwhile, the carrot cake on its own lacked sugar while the cream cheese frosting - which by the way had a fantastic smooth consistency - was overly sweet. Even though you could argue that each element had its flaws, the cake and the cream cheese frosting balanced each other and made one great carrot cake. We saved the best for last with those little pieces of heaven, aka the brownie bites. As two pieces of fudgy brownies filled with salted caramel, the salted caramel brownies were more brownie sandwiches, but had a dense, yet moist, texture and an intense chocolate flavour which worked really well with the salty salted caramel. Filled with chocolate chips and stretchy marshmallow, the s'mores brownie – or should we say blondie - had a perfect chewy texture, but was more of a cookie-variation than a brownie. To sum up our experience at The Four Fat Ladies, there was little to complain about at our visit. Hands down we can easily say that they won the Brazil Street Dessert Battle by sticking to the basics with a twist and not overdoing it, the cosy ambiance, and the helpful staff. Overall, there was little to complain about at the time of our visit and we can happily declare The Four Fat Ladies as the winner of the Brazil Street Dessert Battles. The ambiance is cosy and the staff is helpful, but the key to TFFL is the fact that it does the basics well and doesn't go overboard when it chooses to add a twist to classic desserts. 

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Qahwa: How Not to Have Breakfast at the Waterway
Published On: 19/07/2016

As one of the hotbeds of new restaurant and cafe openings, one of 6th of October City's most popular restaurants and breakfast spots has been Qahwa at Arkan Plaza. The second branch opening at the Waterway in New Cairo had us rubbing our hands in anticipation, but it failed to meet expectations – quite spectacularly. Divided into two spaces, Qahwa's indoor area is basically an open station with dessert displays –only a little gloomy and in need of better lighting- while the outdoor area screams brunch with white umbrellas, black fans, organised table arrangements and comfortable wooden chairs Before we get to the food, we can't help but mention how truly disappointing the service was during the time of our visit. It took no less than 30 minutes, and five different waiters, for our menus to arrive, until we literally had to beg for menus and for someone to clean our tables. Once the initial unpleasantness was out of the way, we ordered the Cobb Salad (60LE), which came in the form of a giant bowl of iceberg lettuce with tender chicken cubes smothered with smoky BBQ sauce, as well as red kidney beans, sweet corn, grated cheddar cheese and beef bacon bites, all drizzled with an outstanding ranch dressing. The portion was huge and despite the many ingredients, the flavours complimented one another. The ingredients themselves were fresh and the hint of BBQ sauce on the chicken took the salad to a whole new level of deliciousness. The ratio of lettuce to toppings was a little off, though. We then tried the with Spinach and Mushroom Omelette (38LE); served with well seasoned potato cubes and fresh sautéed mushrooms, though laying on two not-s- fresh pieces of toast, the perfectly cooked omelette was topped and stuffed with a generous amount of cheese, spinach and mushrooms. However, the omelette lacked some seasoning – it seemed they it was relying on the cheese for flavour – while the spinach didn't add anything to the dish in terms of flavour. Looking to try another of Qahwa's egg dishes, we also went for the Benedict with Bacon (50LE). Though it is supposedly served on pizza dough, it was essentially just a piece of stale bread and it only got worse, with the eggs being overcooked, ruining all the fun of watching the yolk stream out of the egg as you break into it. In addition, there was little bacon to speak of and the egg whites were generally a little battered – generally, it was just a badly poached egg. The one thing that was done right, however, was the hollandaise sauce. We'd hoped to end our meal on a sweet note with the Strawberry & Custard Crepe and Blueberry Smoothie, but both were unavailable so we settled for some fresh orange Juice (17LE) and, from the dessert menu, the Caramelised Banana Crepe (36LE). Topped with a banana cut in half – one that was not caramelised as promised - and drizzled with caramel sauce with an already-melted scoop of vanilla ice cream in the middle, we had mixed feelings about what otherwise sounded like an enticing dish. On the one hand, the crepe had a perfect thin texture, but on the other the presentation was sloppy and, again, not what we expected. Oh and, of course, there was the orange, which we received while paying for the check at the counter. Better late than never, some might say, but no; it was served lukewarm and without ice. Based on our experiences and the general popularity of Qahwa's Arkan Mall branch, our visit to the the Waterway branch was, in plain, disappointing. Aside from the overall quality of the food, it was the poor service that shocked us most – especially considering that, at the time of our visit, the venue was far from busy.

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Waltz: Quaint New Bakery in Dokki Offers Traditional & Modern Treats
Published On: 16/07/2016

Cairo has always had a decent amount of local bakeries serving the freshest, most affordable and most delicious bakes. But aside from the traditional petit four, freshly baked mini pizza and fino bread, sometimes we crave some Western-baked goodness which are hard to find in local shops –think some ciabatta bread or croissant with your morning coffee. The newest on Cairo's bakery map comes in the form of Waltz, a new small bakery which recently opened on Mossadak Street. Inside the small baker there's an obvious Western patisserie aesthetic, with the choice of navy blue colour, touches of wood which added a classy touch and slightly less sophisticated glossy wall with pink and yellow leaves patterns. The place has a small table with high chairs if you want to have your order in store. Though still in the soft opening phase, Waltz still has a decent variety of pastries to offer from burger buns, ciabatta bread, to mini bites and luscious desserts. We decided to try the Cheese Croissant (9LE), Chocolate Pate (10LE), Mango Mousse (12LE) and Caramel and Peanut butter Cup (15LE). Starting with the cheese croissant, the croissant itself was soft, flaky and incredibly fresh even though we visited the place at night. We just wish it would've been slightly more buttery and had more cheese as we barely felt its presence. The chocolate pate was just as fresh, loaded with a generous amount of unsweetened bold chocolate flavour which makes it perfect for breakfast. While most items in the bakery seemed old school, the caramel cup was one of Waltz's more modern take on desserts. Served as a trifle, the cup consists of layers of super smooth and rich peanut butter frosting and moist chocolate cake topped with peanuts and possibly the best caramel sauce we've had in a while. The chocolate cake texture was perfect but the chocolate flavour was too weak and got overpowered by the peanut butter frosting and caramel. Lastly, we tried the mango mousse. A layer of vanilla cake topped with mango mousse, a thin layer of cream and mango glaze, the mango mousse was perfectly executed but sadly it lacked mango flavour. We can say that it looked the part but let's just say we expected more. Waltz is a great bakery addition to Dokki area. It looks promising with its decent variety of fresh bakes and we can't wait to see what more they have to offer when they fully launch. 

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Lychee: Salads & Oatmeal Breakfasts at Popular Juice Bar
Published On: 11/07/2016

Lychee originally opened as a juice and smoothie bar in 2012, something rare to find in Cairo. Any health-obsessed foodie would be tremendously excited by the new food options added to the menu recently, since it promises wholesome and quick food to be enjoyed with Lychee's already well-loved smoothies and juices. This place is small and has a very "healthy fast food" sort of vibe. We love the urban organic health-nut feeling we had while hanging around the chalk boards which listed the smoothies and their ingredients. The empty jars and bottles stacked on the wooden shelves and the little Polaroid photos on the walls certainly help to add to this aesthetic. It was packed to the brim with young Cairenes sipping smoothies, and although they have a small bench which can seat 5-6 people, this place is certainly more grab-and-go, as one would expect a juice bar to be. We started out with 'The Kale Way' salad, which the menu described as including apples, salted peanuts, dried goji berries, dried cranberries, cucumber, golden flax seeds and a kale mix. We were expecting a crunchy, sweet medley of freshness perfect for the summertime, but sadly this salad did not deliver on this at all. The salad did not contain nearly enough of the components that were meant to add the most of the unique flavor (the berries, apples, and peanuts) making it quite bland. Besides lacking in overall flavour, it was also an extremely inconvenient salad. The kale mix and apple chunks were not chopped up enough, making it difficult to even grab a forkful and eat it, while the cucumber was spiralized into one long, thin slice which caused us to have to eat it like a spaghetti noodle. We were disappointed to say the least. For our next dish we tried something a little more hearty and sweet; the breakfast oatmeal (40LE). It comes with frozen blueberries, banana, chia seeds and your choice of almond milk or skimmed milk. Despite not having the requested almond milk, the oatmeal – made with water – maintained a thickness and creaminess that was made all the better by the fact that it wasn't sickeningly sweet. The frozen blueberries added a fruitiness once they melted into the warm oats, while the addition of cinnamon to our order really pulled the whole thing together. It was comforting, filling, packed with protein and included wonderful health benefits thanks to the chia seeds and generous servings of fruit. For a tiny dessert, we tried their new gluten-free cookie (15LE) and while it was not as moist as one would hope a cookie would be, it was quite tasty and resembled a cinnamon bun. It was wrapped up to-go style and stacked up on the shelf with the other cookie flavours, making it easy to pick one out and leave if you're in a hurry. When we tried some of their juices and smoothies, it was obvious that these were the real winners. Their kiwi blend (18LE) was sweet and refreshing, and there was definitely no question that they use the ripest of kiwis. From the grab-and-go fridge, we picked out the Calming Greens juice (25LE) and it is certainly called "calming" for a reason; unlike any other green juice we've tried before, this one included chamomile (which is well-known for its calming abilities) and blueberries. These two ingredients along with some pineapple and carrot added enough sweetness to mask any bitter taste from the kale and arugula, making it very well balanced. As for a smoothie, we opted for 'I Love Watermelon' which was a simple blend of watermelon, mint and passion fruit juice. Watermelon and mint is a pretty popular combination along the Mediterranean, but passion fruit? This seemed interesting. In a word, this smoothie was superb. It was incredibly sweet, hydrating and even invigorating, making it the perfect icy-cold treat for the summer. The sweetness of the watermelon was perfectly balanced out by the tanginess of the passion fruit. This smoothie has officially convinced us that passion fruit is the yin to watermelon's yang, and will definitely leave you craving more. Altogether, our order came out to 168LE, which wasn't too bad considering no one really expects a place that sells cold-pressed juices filled with organic ingredients to be too cheap. Even though it was pretty frustrating that they were out of a few things (such as the almond milk) and the waiters seemed a bit lost at times, service was still friendly and accommodating. Since some of the new food options weren't a total success, there is no doubt that Lychee is first and foremost a juice and smoothie bar and unquestionably excels in this area.

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Five Reasons Tseppas is the One of the Best Places to Get ‘Ka7k’ This Eid…
Published On: 03/07/2016

Has anyone else noticed how much emphasis Egyptians put on food when it comes to any and every occasion? We're at the back end of Ramadan, and the sea of Oriental sweets and desserts that we find ourselves floating in every year, and now Eid has arrived – a time of eating your own bodyweight in ka7k. Because no one does it better than mama, some, understandably, crave the taste of homemade ka7k; but there is one place that will almost certainly give mama a run for her money. We of course speak of Tseppas, which will be awash with hungry Cairenes getting their Eid-ka7k fix – here's why… -It's one of the oldest patisseries in Egypt… If you're a follower of Cairo 360, you might have noticed that one of our biggest gripes when it comes to venues is this general inability to maintain standards. Having opened in 1912, this is not a problem for Tseppas, whose 100-plus years in operation pays testament to its quality. -You'll find a branch wherever you go… With 10 branches across Egypt's capital, Tseppas has proven to be one of the most popular patisseries in Cairo – just ask residents of everywhere from Mohandiseen and Haram, to Shobra and Khan El Khalili, and even Sharm El Sheikh. Tseppas is everywhere. -There's more than just ka7k to sink your teeth into… While ka7k is synonymous with Eid, some of the other treats attached to the holiday often get overlooked – not by Tseppas, though. The same time and quality that is infised into ka7k is also present in the patisserie's ghorayeba, petit four and more. Yum. -They 'keep it real'… There's plenty of opinions on the continuing western-meets-Oriental fusion trend when it comes to classic Egyptian desserts. People largely either love it or hate it, but with Tseppas, authenticity means authenticity – the patisserie forgoes the fad, instead putting together the classics with style, finesse and, most importantly, quality ingredients and methods. -Their promotional video will make you hungry, nostalgic and yearning for the comfort of family… Call us suckers for advertising ploys, but we couldn't help but fall under the spell of Tseppas' video – now excuse us while we call our mother and grandmothers to tell them how much we love them. For more information on Tseppas this Eid, click here.

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Tortina: Dessert Specialist's Rawani Cake is Unexpected (And Delicious) Ramadan Hit
Published On: 16/06/2016

Revani, Ravani or Rawani – we're still not 100% sure whether this deliciously moist cake made with semolina flour is originally Turkish, Greek or Egyptian. But what we do know is this; it is one of the most underrated desserts around. And while Ramadan is a season where konafa takes all the attention, this year, Tortina has given Rawani cake the spotlight this Ramadan. One of our absolute favourite venues when it comes to desserts, we headed to Tortina's small Heliopolis branch located at El Merghany Street and our eyes were instantly fixated on the luscious desserts; from the great collection of Oriental classics to the mouth-watering fridge display showcasing Tortina's signature and one-of-a-kind Ramadan desserts. Similar to last year, Tortina's take on konafa has been very interesting; from Konafa Mars Tart (175LE) and Konafa Panna Cotta (210LE), to Konafa Tiramisu (185LE) and Kunafa Mont Blanc (190LE); but we came for another reason –that intriguing pot filled with glossy Rawani cake topped with mangos (190LE). Smothered with syrup, filled with fresh whipped cream and mango cubes, the spongy texture of the cake perfectly absorbed the syrup and the whipped cream cut the sweetness, while, surprisingly, the mango tasted amazing, even though it's not mango season yet. Overall, though we wouldn't necessarily consider Tortina's Rawani cake a Ramadan-dessert, there's no doubt that it has proven to be one of the best of this year's best seasonal offerings – partly because it breaks the usual trend of fusing together seemingly incompatible ingredients from East and West. It's definitely one of the great additions on Tortina's dessert list this year. Well, that and the exquisite Konafa Panna Cotta, of course.

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Sultana: Infamous Ramadan Mango-Konafa with an Ice-CreamTwist
Published On: 12/06/2016

Ramadan is never complete without Oriental desserts; be it konafa, basbousa, zalabya or baklava. Every year during Ramadan, Cairene pastry shops are adding creative ingredients and coming up with new ways to reintroduce classic Ramadan desserts, from smothering kunafa with Nutella to stuffing it with red velvet. Local ice cream shop, Sultana, however came up with a simple yet exquisite twist to kunafa that is worth trying. A takeout shop located at El Korba Street, Sultana has a cheerful atmosphere with its large ice cream displays, a big freezer showcasing ice cream cakes and its appetizing chocolate shelves. Sultana's Ramadan desserts menu is quite simple, with a selection of konafa and ice cream cakes, including Konafa Cheesecake (200LE), Konafa Chocolate Nutella (240LE) and Cream and Caramel Ice Cream Cake (240LE); but what grabbed our attention the most was the Konafa Mango Ice Cream Cake (240LE) with its presentation and colours. Sultana's konafa mango ice cream cake consists of a layer of mango ice cream at the bottom, topped with another layer of vanilla ice cream, mango chunks and surround by sweet and crispy konafa sticks. The consistency and the quality of the ice cream were fantastic, the layer of the vanilla ice cream is twice as big as the mango ice cream which made a perfect balance of flavours, while the kunafa sticks were a delight especially when dipped into the ice cream followed by a bite of mango chunks. Overall the cake was delicious and has a taste similar to creamy konafa with mango, only colder and lighter. Even though it's quite simple, Sultana's take on konafa mango was delightful. It's new, smart, perfect in this hot weather and after a heavy fetar, it's just what we all need.

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The Smith: British Pop Culture Comes to Cairo at Quirky Heliopolis Cafe & Restaurant
Published On: 24/05/2016

It can be argued that Cairo, or some of it, is a thriving city for all that is new – none more so than with the restaurant scene, which not continues to in satisfy many international cuisine cravings, but along the way, also continues to impress, with interesting concepts. One such venue is the Smith; a restaurant and cafe which boasts a quirky British pop culture mood. Located near Cortigiano in Heliopolis, the Smith demands attention with its large lighted outdoor sign. As a venue, it's comprised of a small outdoor and a invitingly kitsch British-themed indoor area, which involves Union Jack-upholstered sofas, brown leather chairs and an overall vintage, retro atmosphere, with posters of old British films and even half a wall-hung Mini Cooper adding to the aesthetic. The space also boasts a bar, but one that serves only virgin cocktails At first, we expected some staples of British cuisine, only to find that the Smith's menu features typical international dishes that you'll find in many restaurants, like grilled chicken platters, salads, sandwiches and pastas. Perhaps the only British element in the menu is the dishes' names, with items like Manchester Fillet (115LE) and London Veal (89LE). Dipping into the starters, we went for Mozzarella sticks (31LE), and, for our mains, we picked the Liverpool Chicken (70LE), as well as the Bacon Cheeseburger (60LE). With little to no crispy texture, the mozzarella sticks were actually round in shape and served with fry sauce (essentially ketchup and mayo) – not honey-mustard as promised in the menu. The mozzarella was deliciously molten, nonetheless and served to quieten down our stomach-rumblings. Moving onto the main dishes, despite a soft and juicy centre, the Bacon Cheeseburger was essentially burnt from the outside, giving what was an otherwise solid combination of beef bacon and melted cheese in a soft bun, an unpleasant burnt taste. The Liverpool Chicken proved to be better, but still short of perfect. Comprised of five medium-sized pieces of deep-fried and well-seasoned chicken breasts, the dish is served in freshly made and thick Provencal sauce - a combination of tomato sauce, garlic and onions - and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. Even though the sauce gave the dish that extra kick in flavour, it also made parts of the chicken's crispy exterior quite clammy. The dish was served with deliciously spiced fries and fluffy, perfectly-cooked rice. Shortly after, we decided to satisfy our sweet tooth with a dessert from Britain's neighbours from across the English Channel, France: Crème Brulee (22LE). Though classic dessert's custard was smooth and creamy, the golden-coloured sugar layer atop it was neither as crispy nor as caramelised as it should have been, taking away the key element of the dessert. We ended the meal with a cold and perfectly summer-friendly Caramel Frappuccino (29LE) which had a bold yet refreshing coffee flavour, and a kiwi-mango flavoured shisha (35LE) which perfectly mingled the separate flavours together and was promptly tended to. The Smith's spectacular interior and overall mood definitely stands out as one of the most unique in Cairo; but it was one that raised our expectations for the quality of dishes it serves and, unfortunately, these expectations weren't met. As a cafe and restaurant, the Smith's menu is a little generic and, at the time of our visit, execution was well below par. Overall, a better place to hangout than to eat and drink.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Ice-Cream & Dairy Award Winners
Published On: 17/05/2016

Around 200 BC in China, a genius of a human being made a mixture of rice and milk and packed it inside snow to freeze. From this, the foundations of what we now know as ice-cream was born. There have, of course, been several centuries of development and adaption till we got to what we have today, but what is largely a very simple food, enjoys plenty of popularity in Cairo. This can be seen in the number of ice-cream parlours, and more recently, frozen yoghurt specialist in the capital, but the winners of this year's Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards are by far and above the best when it comes to quality, variety and consistency in both of those things. Allora Gelateria The Maadi crowd can be difficult to please, but Allora Gelateria's homemade Italian gelato has been something of a hidden gem in the area. Serving up some deliciously rich and varied ice cream flavours and creations, expect Allora to be busy this summer. Frozzy Twist With several branches across Cairo, ad several more on in locations across Egypt such as Porto Marina and even Port Said, Frozzt Twist appeals to the more experimental side of things, with some weird and wonderful ice cream creations. More importantly, though, is that what they serves is every bit as elaborate in flavour as is in appearance. Gelato Mio One Cairo 360 writer wrapped up a review of Gelato Mio with a very straightforward statement: "An overall excellent experience; one we repeated the very next day." We're not the only ones who keep going back to the Zamalek ice-cream shop, which brilliant flavour combinations (fig and ricotta anyone?) and remarkable sorbets. Mandarine Koueidar While enduring local chain, Mandarine Koueidar, churns out plenty of traditional Oriental sweets, it has long been popular for its ice-cream and sorbet. The chain's knack for producing excellent frozen treats was has been further expanded in recent rimes, with the chain also having opened up several restaurants, which in turn added more variety to the ice-cream repertoire. Rigoletto Impossible to miss on an otherwise fairly demure road in Zamalek, Rigoletto – named after the Verdi's 1851 operatic masterpiece – backs its very bright, very bold and very colourful facade, with equally bright, bold and colourful ice cream – their ice creams cake are particularly good. Scoops Serving many a cinema-goer at Nile City Towers, Scoops is small in size, but big in personality, and is also run by IRG – the company behind Zeitouna Lebanese Bistro and Casper & Gambini's. The success and popularity of both restaurants has seemingly transferred to Scoops, as evident by its excellent gelato and delicious frozen yoghurt. Stavolta Stavolta has essentially become a household name – in the realm of ice cream, at least – and its reputations is owed the unrivalled quality of its ice creams and sorbets, as well as their excellent ice cream cakes. Throw in the rotating, seasonal flavours, and you have one of the best ice cream parlours in Cairo. Yoggy's As one of the first of many frozen yoghurt specialists to arrive in Cairo, Yoggy's has stayed head and shoulders above the rest thanks to its quality. It's difficult to pull out any glaring differences between what you'll find at Yoggy's and what you'll find at its competitors, but it wins ahead of the rest for its consistency and veriety. For more on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Award winners, click here, where you can see all of this year's winners.

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The Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards 2016: Bakery & Confectionery Award Winners
Published On: 17/05/2016

Since its founding, the Baking & Confectionery category has been possibly the most fiercely contested in the Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards. That in itself is no surprise; we're a nation that loves sweets and desserts and the number of bakeries, confectioneries, patisseries and dessert shops increase by the year. With this year's winners, though, we have selected the venues that have not only maintained a consistency in the quality of its foods, but also a consistency in a gastronomic field that relies just as much on creativity that captures the imagination of Cairo's collective sweet-tooth. Brew & Chew Emerging as a perfect dessert-and-hot-drink-hangout in Cairo, Brew & Chew stands as one of the best venues among a very good few at the Courtyard in Maadi, thanks to some inspired foods and a generally great place to enjoy both sweet and savoury nibbles, while maintaining a playfulness and a good level of service. Coppermelt "Efficient service, classy design and lip-smacking desserts - what more can you ask for?" was what one Cairo 360 reviewer said of Coppermelt – a statement that sums the chic New Cairo patisserie up to a tee. Despite facing plenty of competition in and around its location, Coppermelt has continued to attract dessert lovers from far and wide. Dip n' Dip One of the newer dessert chains in Cairo, Dip n' Dip is strictly for chocolate addicts and doesn't apologise for its gluttonous food. With branches at Citystars, Cairo Festival City and Sheikh Zayed, the cult of Dip n' Dip is slowly but surely taking over Cairo. Dukes Having opened some five years ago, Dukes has enjoyed a hushed existence – you see, they might not be as flashy or as heavy-handed with promotion and social media as its competition, but it really does let its outstanding food speak for itself, with largely simple, but well-made cakes, baked goods and more. L'Éclair Paris As a largely modest and unspectacular looking booth aat Downtown Katameya Mall, it's easy to walk past L'Éclair Paris without a second thought. But taking a closer look, and eventually a taste, will reward you with some truly marvellous Parisian éclairs. While some of the savoury options are excellent – including the smoked salmon éclair – its the generously cream-stuffed sweet éclairs that have earned L'Éclair Paris an award. Nola Cupcakes While Cairo's love affair with the humble cupcake has died down a little, one cupcake creator is left standing as the absolute best – Nola. The numerous other cupcake specialist that have found success over the last few years have struggle to maintain a consistency, creativity and loyalty, but Nola continues to be number one. Nutelleria Egypt It was only a matter of time before Egypt's love of Nutella – a love shared the world over – was to inspire someone to bring Nutelleria to the country. That seemingly simple hazelnut chocolate spread is as infectious as it is delicious and Porto Cairo Mall's Nutelleria presents some pretty creative ways to eat that chocolate gold – including through a syringe straight to the mouth. Outstanding. PAUL Though functioning as a restaurant, too, it's in the Bakery & Confectionary category that we've chose to salute international chain, PAUL. While their French-inspired menu is solid, it's the chain's profficieny in their desserts and baked goods that it truly excels with in Cairo. TBS Having recovered from a PR disaster last Ramadan, and done so with the utmost respect and accountability, TBS (The Bakery Shop) has regained its position as the premier bakery in Cairo and reminded everyone that their baked goods and products are among, if not the, best to be found across the city. The Batter Half & Co. Gluttony thy name is the Batter Half & Co. Widely thought of as the most popular, and maybe even best, dessert shop in Zamalek, the Batter Half & Co. has maintained quality and creativity since its opening, presenting a variety of modern desserts not found anywhere else in Cairo – as worthy a winner as there ever has been in the ECA. For more information on the 2016 Cairo 360 Editors' Choice Awards, click here, where you can see all of this year's winners.

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Weddings in Cairo: 8 Wedding Dress Designers Every Bride-To-Be Should Know

Putting together the perfect wedding is an intricate process.You of course have to have a good photographer, great catering, entertainment that all will enjoy and an ideal venue. But ask any bride and she'll tell you that the most important thing is the wedding dress. Considering the fact that you'l