The Cairo 360 Editors’ Choice Awards 2017: Bakery & Confectionary Award Winners
When you talk to a baker – be they amateur or professional – they talk about their craft with a twinkle in their eye. There’s a certain type of catharsis in baking that you won’t find in any other type of cooking – one that few people understand.
It’s one of the reasons the Bakery & Confectionary category of the Cairo 360 Editors’ Choice Awards is so fiercely contested – Egypt loves desserts, sweets and baked goods in general, so it’s natural that there would be so many bakeries, confectionaries, patisseries and dessert shops in Cairo. But in these winners, we have the absolute best – the ones that excel in creativity, quality and most difficult of all, consistency.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Its seems unthinkable that just a few short years ago, there was no such things as The Batter Half & Co. – but with a seemingly endless stream of creativity in its food, this is one bakery and confectionary that has certainly made its mark on the ever-changing Zamalek.
There are some pretty great eateries at The Courtyard in Maadi, but one of the main attractions by far is BREW & CHEW – a delightful and playful cove of delicious nibbles and desserts that has managed the hardest feat of all: consistency in quality.
We don’t use phrases like lip-smacking willy-nilly at Cairo 360 – but that’s how one review proclaimed Coppermelt. The chic bakery and patisserie has established itself as one of the best in the business over the years thanks to its outstanding baked goods.
When The Four Fat Ladies finally opened a store in Zamalek, the heavens sang and have been doing so ever since – because they also opened one in Maadi. Originally a delivery-only kitchen, TFFL is arguably the most popular bakery and confectionary in Cairo full-stop. Try their adorable mini-brownies. They deserve an award on their own.
Six years or so after opening to little fanfare, DUKES stands as one of the most popular eateries of its kind. And that’s just the kind of place it is – it’s chic, airy and does things simple. But dare not mistake simple for dull – DUKES’ cakes and desserts are full of flavour.
They said the cupcake craze would die a painful death – they said Cairo would ‘get over it’. But here we are in 2017 and NOLA is still one of the biggest players in the game Several years and several new branches later and it’s one of the few household names on this list.
When it first opened it sounded too good to be true. But Joe’s Chocolate Bar delivered on its promise of being a veritable carnival for chocaholics across Cairo. It’d be unfair to leave it at that, though, because what’s Joe’s does with the chocolate is the real highlight.
The French, of course, know a thing or two about cooking but none more so than when it comes to baking. PAUL is a popular restaurant and cafe in its own right, but what the chain’s bakers do is nothing short of magic –it has a certain je ne sais quoi about it, if you will.
It’s taken a knock or two over the years, but The Bakery Shop (TBS) is still as popular as ever. Whether it’s a simple muffin, or those delicious little Rex Milanos, there are few who do baking like TBS do. It’s been a turbulent nine years for TBS, but here’s to nine more.
Check out all this year’s Cairo 360 Editor’s Choice Award Winners here and stay tuned for more on the best that Egypt’s capital has to offer!