Gone are the days when Islamabad was known as the ‘City of the Dead’ because now, Islamabadis certainly do not sleep at 9 pm sharp anymore. The number of tourists it gets is definitely increasing year by year, so if you too are planning to stay in Islamabad for a while before you head over to Murree (isn’t that what we all do?), you got to know the right places to eat at because food in Islamabad has evolved as well and you would be surprised more than you think. Looking forward to a good breakfast on a dusky beautiful morning with mountains peeping through your window?
Here’s Where You Need to Go…
The Monal Restaurant, Pir Sohawa Road
Are you in the mood for some breathtaking view of the mountains in the clouds as you begin you day? Head over to The Monal Restaurant and you certainly would not be disappointed! The pathway to this is between the Margalla hills and the ride gets super curvy every now and then (with due respect to all the bike waalas who nevertheless dare to over-speed), but it is absolutely worth every moment of being there. Oh and don’t you forget to try their special cheese naans! Even though the entire menu is a treat.
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Chaye Khana, F-6 Super Market
The name says it all doesn’t it? And besides, what’s a good breakfast without a cup of karakedaar chaye? Nothing can replace that with the good old scrambled eggs, stuffed parathas, French toasts and even warm buttery waffles that would just melt inside your mouth and leave you craving for more! Apart from the food and its flavor, however, Chaye Khaana is best known for it’s dark-wood ambience that gives you the perfect feeling of having tea in your very own living room, with a game of chess and good books just at an arm’s length.
Cheema & Chattha, Sector F-11
Are you not much of an omelet person? Does nothing serve you better for breakfast than the traditional old ghee parathas? If that’s a yes, Cheema and Chattha is the place where you need to be. Their tandoori parathas served with scrumptious chanaa daal are a super duper hit! But besides that, do try their halwa puri with chilled lassi.
Gloria Jeans Coffees, F-11 Markaz
Even though this particular one has multiple branches, if you are in the mood for some nice outdoor ambience as you sip on your early morning coffee make sure you pick this one specific branch in F-11. It has all the stuff you need on your breakfast platter, from grilled chicken sandwiches to creamy muffins and banana bread paired up with a chilled latte, the possibilities for which are endless indeed. They certainly serve the best coffee in town!
Street 1 Café, Kohsar Market
Oh this one’s a double goodie! You can head over to Street 1 Café for breakfast as well as lunch (or even brunch, if it’s a super lazy Sunday). Make sure that when you do, never miss out on their chocolate pancakes because that is something which is definitely going to compel you to come back. If you’re not much of a sweet-breakfast person, do try their special Egg Benedict and mushroom chicken pancakes! Oh yum!
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