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Labib Mansour 15 Nov 2022

Pancakes & More: 6 Spots For A Fall Brunch In Beirut

Beirut’s famished crowds are always looking for their next meal, and we’re here to deliver. Check out these six spots for a memorable brunch experience that will leave you satiated (and maybe a little hopped up on sugar).

1. Cyrano

Gemmayze’s perfect “le coin de l’apero” boasts one of the city’s best breakfasts and brunches. Open every day starting at 9 AM, this all-day cafe, pub, and eatery will impress you with their high quality food that is always impeccably prepared. It also doesn’t hurt that they have some of the best cocktails in the country.

What to order: Scrambled egg tartine on sourdough bread or salmon and poached egg croissant. End it with an espresso and a slice of their cake of the day.

2. The Slow

After being voted one of the world’s most eco-conscious shops of 2021 by the lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveller, The Slow has continued to impress with their fantastic concept and offerings. Situated in Mar Mikhael, the organic cafe encourages you to “slow down and enjoy the moment,” a moment that can only be made better with one of their excellent brunch dishes.

What to order: Any of their pancakes! Those who insist on a savory breakfast will love the egg bagels.

3. Sip

Housed in a charming space with a zen outdoor patio circa 1956, Gemmayze’s Sip brews up incredible coffees while tempering the caffeine highs with homemade light fare for breakfast and lunch. Tiny and flooded with sunlight, it’s easy to sit and linger over the pastries and a single origin shot of espresso.

What to order: Peanut butter and strawberry toast or one of their fantastic bakes

4. The High Llama Cafe

This Achrafieh spot serves up all-day breakfast items, sweet desserts, fantastic coffees, and espresso-based cocktails, all in a stunning yellow house that will make you feel like sunshine.

What to order: THE KNEFE BAGEL stuffed with cheese, peanut butter, and maple syrup.

5. Hole in the Wall

Monot Street’s iconic music venue has moved to a new, bigger location (also in Monot) complete with a beautiful garden. They serve their brunch menu every day, giving you the ultimate reason to get out of bed.

What to order: Turkey and cheese croissant

6. Metropole

Beirut’s OG French brasserie. Score trottoir seating for maximum enjoyment, and people-watch to your heart’s content. Pancakes, waffles, granola, fresh juices, croissants, and virtually every type of egg dish imaginable await.

What to order: Eggs Benedict (with or without salmon), or the continental breakfast with jam, butter, croissants, and juice or coffee.