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Fornalia Artisan Bakery & Café

Fornalia: A Perfect Brunch Spot in the Heart of Zamalek

Bakery food restaurant
  • 20 El Maraashly, street, Zamalek, Cairo Governorate 11561
  • Bakeries & Patisseries
  • 08:00 - 22:00
reviewed by
Malak Gharib
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Fornalia: A Perfect Brunch Spot in the Heart of Zamalek
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In the heart of Zamalek, hidden within the trees, lies Fornalia. You can locate the place from a mile away through the smell of fresh patisserie and coffee that surrounds it. From sweet delights to savoury bites and accompanying fresh coffee, Fornalia offers an unmatched breakfast and brunch experience.

Embracing an artisan ambience, Fornalia’s beige and white theme exudes tranquillity, making it the perfect setting for morning dates, brunch, or productive work-from-home days. The balcony surrounded by greenery is a serene spot that will elevate your experience and Instagram feed. If you are looking for your next best shot, this is the place to be.

Let us start with the cheese rolls (65 EGP). The savoury delight stands out with the fresh ingredients that set it apart. The cheese was undoubtedly fresh, with a rich and nuanced flavour that elevated the entire experience. Accompanying the fresh dough, the cheese rolls at Fornalia are something not to miss.

Stepping up your brunch with a sweet pastry, the frosted cinnamon bun (120 EGP) has the fluffiest dough paired with a flavour mix that is perfectly balanced and not overpowered by the sweetness or the cinnamon. Matching the fluffy texture with the fresh flavour makes the cinnamon bun a delight to experience.

Lastly, grabbing a coffee is always a good idea, especially when it comes with a doughy delight. The coffee at Fornalia is well crafted and is the perfect elevation for your morning. The Mocha was perfectly curated to capture the heart of coffee and chocolate lovers and is another must-try from Fornalia’s menu.

Fornalia is an artisan bakery delivering a serene breakfast and brunch haven. With a tranquil ambience and friendly staff, it offers a delightful experience. The array of freshly baked goodies, from savoury pastries to indulgent treats, caters to every palate. On your way out, don’t miss the chance to elevate your homemade sandwiches with their exceptional brioche or baguettes, a perfect blend of warmth and fluffiness. Fornalia encapsulates a wholesome experience where each bite is a journey of culinary art.

360 Tip

Make sure to show up early as the place tends to be crowded

Best Bit

The freshly baked savory delights.

Worst Bit

The branch is rather crowded; you might have to wait a while to get a seat. 

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