Breakfast Swedish Style in Zamalek

Type of cuisine: International. Breakfast, Pastries and Desserts

Signature dishes: Excellent breakfasts with a huge range of options. Signature cheesecakes and pastries to keep you coming back for more… and more.

Dishes sampled:

Being a weekday morning we didn’t aim to linger, so it was straight down to business. Orange juice, scrambled eggs, a large cappuccino and one of Fika’s famed cinnamon buns. The orange juice was huge, freshly squeezed and so welcome on a hot summer morning, we could have gone back for more.

Our eggs followed shortly after, light and fluffy and attractively presented with grilled mushrooms, chunky herbed wedge potatoes and a garnish of salad. Everything was well prepared, and in generous portions, so we were well fortified for the day ahead.

There was no way we could leave without trying the famed cinnamon roll or kanelbullar, washed down by a fantastic Fika coffee. That rounded off breakfast perfectly, and we would definitely make Fika a regular stop on visits to Zamalek.

Other menu options that appealed:

The menu is surprisingly comprehensive for the pocket-handkerchief-sized space Fika occupies. The salads look really tempting, as do some of the pasta dishes, but it would be the sweet side of life that would be our main objective. The display cabinet had an array of cheesecakes, from Swedish Almond to a mouth-watering peanut butter and chocolate concoction to sink your teeth into without hesitation. The hot date tart would be a winner as well. The neatly wrapped sandwiches in the display cabinet are a great take-away option; they looked healthy and inviting.

Décor and Ambience:

Bright pastels, natural pine, white painted brick and an eye-catching black and white mural, Fika is as fresh and inviting as the lakes and forests of the country it is inspired by. The bijou space contains neatly proportioned chairs and tables, so customers still have enough privacy and comfort. The whole feel is fresh, vibrant and welcoming, and with Adele playing in the background, it had a contemporary vibe that put us in a ‘feel good’ mood.

Beverages available: Coffee in all forms, hot and frappé. Smoothies and fresh juices plus a good selection of teas and other soft beverages.

Take-away: A perfect spot to pick up food to go, it seems popular with locals already.

Clientele mix: Locals and anyone foraying into Zamalek for shopping. It was busy at 10 am, with an eclectic mix of interesting-looking people.

Price range: Moderate, and good value for the generous portions.

Address: 6 Ibn Nabih Street, Zamalek

Opening hours: 8 am to 1 am daily

Tel:  0102 132 3113

Facebook page: