16 Egg-cellent Restaurants Serving Brunch in Beirut
The best thing between Friday night and Monday morning? Brunch, of course!
If there’s one thing you should know about Lebanese people, it’s that we cherish our food and drinking culture – especially during the weekends. We spend hours collectively cooking and preparing endless tables of traditional dishes and then savouring them with chitchats, warm gatherings, and lots of laughter. If not, we’d take the eating and drinking part out to some restaurant – mostly in big groups.
So if you’re ever in wonder where to go for a brunch when you’re around in Beirut, I’ve compiled a list of the best destinations that have the eggs, the waffles, the fried sausages, and everything else that goes great with champagne and OJ.
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The classic brunch in Beirut. An omelette and OJ are just tastier when you’re lounging lazily in one of the city’s trendiest districts. The chefs at Balima make amazing food, true, but part of what makes brunch here a morning must is the picture perfect setting for your Instagram. The shopping destinations nearby are also a big plus.
Every day is bring-your-BFF-to-brunch day at BarTartine, where Bread and Friendship are always in sync. This restaurant serves modern interpretations of traditional dishes, including thyme bread (manoushé) with a side of Labné, sunny side ups, scrabbled eggs on a bed of fresh toast and greens, camembert and mushroom omelette, fresh-baked bread with artichoke and spinach dip, molten Halloumi, and croissant with ham and cheese.
This authentic Armenian Lebanese spot serves the kind of brunch you carve out a block of time for — rich, decadent, and worthy of an afternoon nap. Among the more breakfast-like dishes are the authentic Knefe, keshek, hummus balila, cooked beans, eggs with Basterma (spicy and dried Armenian sausage), pastries, dairy products, and a variety of home-made jam. But if it’s lunch you’re after, their famous raw meat variety with their home distilled Arak are not to be missed.
For anyone who’s big on eggs (hello!), Bread Republic should be a must on your list of brunch excursions around Beirut. Serving all kinds of omelettes with the freshest greens, bread and OJ. I always tend to lust over scrambled eggs with green thyme – you’re welcome.
The diverse menu is split playfully into sections such as eggy stuff, bacon and sausage stuff, cold cuts and cheese spreads on toast and bagels, the green stuff, and then the sweet stuff. Should you have trouble deciding, the restaurant’s popular pancakes are available, too. Vegetarians love the traditional dairy, jam, veggies and fruits; carnivores are equally satiated with the turkey or bacon scrambled eggs.
This Lebanese architectural marvel that’s conveniently located at the beautiful bay of Jounieh serves genuinely mouthwatering mediterranean and French dishes. La Creperie doesn’t serve brunch per-se, but you can still come by for an early afternoon escape from the city – all your senses will thank you for it.
Probably you’ve heard there’s plenty of fish in the sea, but after one weekend brunching here, you’ll start to wonder if the majority are in this specific place. In addition to the ultra-attractive (& immensely Instagrammed) urban setting of this place, you’ll surely love their Beid w Batata (eggs with potatoes), scrambled eggs, cold cuts, and pancakes.
Your grandma’s absolute blessings will make you a regular at this place. To name a few, Ginette makes luscious Eggs Benedict, sunny-side-ups, waffles, zucchini frittata, and open-faced sandwiches with fresh green ingredients that feel like they just came from the garden. Their cheese, ham and salmon cuts are oh-so-sinful, but their gluten-free bread makes up for it.
On the weekends, Indigo on the Roof, the rooftop of Le Gray, hosts one of the best brunch destinations in Beirut. Prepare to reach maximum capacity with their omelet station, pastries, cheese, ham and freshly selected fruits and juices.
Top button on your pants be damned. Comfort food meets the most lax meal of the week at this modern take on the Lebanese traditional dishes restaurant. Gorge yourself on hummus with cumin, Lebanese pastries, salads, exquisite cheese choices, and merciless turkish delights.
Big breakfast buffets are so fitting for the variety of our Lebanese cuisine, and this place never fails to stock its brunch spread with fresh pastries, salmon, dairy, and more. Single bite foods never looked more attractive, you will love re-discovering traditional bites made in a stylish way.
For the mornings when you need a side of eggs or fresh bread with your bacon. Their menu offers kicking up traditional french dishes. Indulge on their their eggs variety, pancakes, OJ and your choice of coffee.
If you like to lounge with a view of the Mediterranean, here’s the right place for it. Offering a wide variety of choices, you can simply indulge on a selection of cheese, ham, scrambled eggs, jam, fresh juice and then coffee. The view is addictive you might want to bring your BF’s for sunset on the same day!
A classic American brasserie on steroids. There are pouched eggs, farmers salads, shrimp bloodymary’s, lobsters, steaks galore, chocolate chip cookies, and stylish seating for guests in a retro-urban, wood-paneled setting. Come lounge during the day or around sunset, the neighbourhood suits flock here.
This renowned culinary destination deserves its reputation. Tawlet takes the helm every weekend in Ammiq (& everyday in Beirut), creating farm-to-table dishes from all around Lebanon. Think kibbeh (raw or baked), stuffed vine leaves and eggplants, Labneh, cheese, saj pastries, tajin, and several other kinds of traditional Lebanese salads and desserts.
Crowds swarm the place on weekends, but you can sip a cold glass of white wine in the outdoors area while you wait. Then you should be tucking into their divine selection of meringue, eggs, ham, cheese and some fresh baked bread. Down to every detail, the artistic setting of this boutique hotel is just exquisite as well.
Did I miss to list a place that serves a good brunch in Beirut? Share your favourite restaurants in the comments below and I’ll include them in a future update :)