Fuel up for a day of sightseeing at these cool cafés
Our city has no shortage of cool and quirky cafes. But there are some spots that stand up above the rest when it comes to the most important meal of the day. Here is an insider’s guide to some of the best breakfast spots in the city.
For eggs: Eggspectations
When in Dubai, why not enjoy your breakfast by the beach? Located at The Beach mall in Jumeirah Beach Residence, this local outpost of a Canadian chain does exactly what its name suggests – it offers eggs, numerous ways.
Try creative takes on the classics, such as eggs Benedict on avocado with fresh tomato sauce, and the divine omelette with lobster and provolone cheese. The eggs are served with delicious Lyonnaise potatoes and, unusually, cut fruits. There is more to the menu than page after page of egg delicacies though - they also do flatbreads, crepes and decadent variations on French toast (try the s’mores variation with the addition of Nutella and marshmallows).
The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
+971 4 4307252
For the perfect pastry: Baker & Spice
This café has been at the forefront of the sustainable movement in Dubai, and uses only local and organic ingredients in the daily-changing menu. With three outlets across the city - the one at Souk Al Bahar is perfect for breakfast with a view of the Dubai Fountain - the café offers international dishes, often given a Middle Eastern twist. Feast on freshly baked breads and pastries made in-house, homemade jams, and their legendary shakshouka (a Middle Eastern spiced scrambled egg dish) for a morning meal to remember. Baker & Spice also has a range of artisanal products including jams and spices that you can purchase as souvenirs.
Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
+971 4 4252240
For a crowd-pleasing menu: Pantry Café
This spacious, sunlight-drenched café in Business Bay (also located at Wasl Square) offers a chic, friendly neighbourhood vibe with chalkboard menus, exposed ceilings and a deli counter. Breakfast features a wide range of options, from the healthy (think homemade granola and quinoa porridge) to creative eggs (truffled wild mushroom on toast with poached organic egg, anyone?) plus breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and more. This café is great for families, with a special baby food menu for the little ones, who can enjoy a variety of homemade purees free of charge.
Bay Square, Business Bay
+971 4 558 7161
For something healthy: Comptoir 102
For a really healthy breakfast served with a side of shopping, look no further than this atmospheric concept store and café occupying a Jumeirah villa. Their health-boosting menu echoes the eclectic theme and décor, and uses nutrient-rich, organic ingredients while employing cooking and preparation techniques that promote healthy digestion and maximum nutrition intake.
Taste is not compromised at all in dishes such as buckwheat pancakes (sweet and savoury); crème Budwig (pureed fruit with lemon juice, topped with nuts and seeds); and chia seed pudding. Wash it down with a dairy-free, superfood-boosted smoothie, and you’ll be set for the day.
102 Beach Road, Jumeirah
+971 4 385 4555
For the farm-to-table experience: The Farm
Set in the lush green surrounds of Al Barari (a leafy residential development on the outskirts of the city), this award-winning café offers a stylish yet relaxing environment in which to tuck into fresh, delicious cuisine. The contemporary, glass-walled space has dappled sunlight, while chirping birds provide the perfect morning soundtrack. The breakfast menu offers the usual suspects – eggs, homemade breads, cereal, waffles and pancakes – but dishes are made using organic, and in many cases, alternative ingredients such as almond flour pancakes. They have an on-site herb garden, too.
Al Barari Villas, Emirates Road, opposite Falcon City
+971 4 392 5660
Three more to try:
For a truly indulgent breakfast, look no further than Clinton Street Baking Company – this New York icon has opened shop in Downtown Dubai to serve up its signature buttermilk pancakes and waffles with fried chicken.
To try an authentic Emirati breakfast while learning about the local culture, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) located in the Al Fahidi Historical District is a must-visit. Learn about Islam and Emirati traditions in an interactive breakfast while sampling khameer (Arabic pancakes with date syrup) and luqaimat (deep-fried dumplings soaked in syrup).
Find some of the best coffee in town, along with breakfast classics done well – such as granola or scrambled eggs on toast – in the achingly hip, industrial warehouse-style Tom & Serg, a homegrown café in Al Quoz.