Café Lilou

Cafe in Manama

This elegant balconied venue, with its velvet upholstery, wrought-iron banisters and polished-wood floors, is reminiscent of a 19th-century Parisian brasserie, and it's the place for a classy breakfast or lunch. The handmade pastries are a standout; try the croissants or irresistible French toast soaked in rich vanilla pastry cream topped with mascarpone, almonds and fresh wild berries.

With mains like grilled tamarind hammour skewers served with saffron almond rice and rose petals in dried lime butter and chives, it is easy to see why Café Lilou continues to win local culinary awards. There's another branch in Al Aali Mall, but the lively atmosphere here, especially at weekends, is unmatched.