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Get your caffeine fix at Dubai's top 10 coffee shops

Thu, January 14, 2021

Whether it’s a latte you’re after or a double shot of espresso, cafés in Dubai will satisfy your coffee cravings.

Whether it’s a latte you’re after or a double shot of espresso, cafés in Dubai will satisfy your coffee cravings.

1

The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us is no ordinary cafe. From the moment you enter the chic space, you'll be greeted by the aroma of freshly-baked bread mixed roasted coffee – and plenty of other culinary delights. Get comfortable because you won’t want to leave. The venue, which doubles up as a bakery and coffee roastery, aims to please with an all-day breakfast menu.

Brekkie is served from 8am to 5pm and this is the perfect spot for anyone who isn't a fan of early morning starts. Fuel up with the smoothie bowl, blueberry and ricotta pancakes, coconut and chia pudding, or go all out with their ‘big breakfast’. Also, the coffee really is in a league of its own.

2

Wild & the Moon

A laidback hub that attracts creative sorts in Alserkal Avenue, Wild & the Moon specialises in raw, vegan, earth-to-table cuisine. That same philosophy extends to the split-level cafe’s coffee menu too.

The baristas here are well-experienced in whipping up the perfect dairy-free latte, using blends of organic free-trade beans and housemade vegan 'mylk'. The bullet-proof coffee is also a favourite for fitness fans or those following a high-fat, low-carb keto diet, combining a shot of espresso with coconut oil and ghee. Those after a little less caffeine are also catered for, with matcha, chai, lavender and charcoal lattes popular throughout the day’s trade.

3

Boon Coffee

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Ethiopian founder Orit Mohammed brings generations of farming and trading knowledge – from the land where coffee culture was born – to her speciality roastery in Dubai. Using organic single-origin Arabica beans sourced from Ethiopia, Boon's premium blends are enjoyed not only by its loyal cafe crowd but is also supplied to several hotels in the region.

Aside from skillfully serving up flavours for all coffee palates across its five locations, the cafe also pairs its brews with seriously tasty nibbles. The Nakheel Mall location is a lovely spot for an afternoon break or casual catch-up with friends.

4

Jones The Grocer

With several locations across the city, Jones the Grocer taps into the gourmet side of cafe dining. Here, the coffee relies on both classics such as espresso and aeropress, and the more experimental nitro done well, with seasonal single-origin beans. At the café's Emirates Golf Club venue, you can take a seat on the outdoor terrace that sits alongside the famously lush 36-hole greens.

While lunch and dinner are also on offer, it’s the breakfast menu that sees the venue full every weekend, with favourites such as smashed avocado, king prawn eggs Florentine, and brioche French toast with slow-roasted peaches and pistachios.

5

Friends Avenue

A pair of young friends put their heads together and came up with this quirky little cafe located in the high-rise Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) neighbourhood. Decorated with greenery, brightly-painted furniture, colourful plates and other homely touches, this family-friendly local spot has a lot of personality.

Teetering between hidden gem and too good not to share, Friends Avenue is filled with a very loyal clientele, sipping on a long black or an espresso con panna, with dairy, almond or soy milk. Ask for the barista’s special teddy bear latte art – a favourite on the cafe’s social media accounts.

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Flow

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Dedicated to cultivating the next generation of fresh food innovators, Flow at Jumeirah Emirates Towers focuses on offering seasonal, sharing-style meals. Vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options are plentiful, with the ‘nourishment laboratory’ aiming to make delicious food, no matter your dietary preferences.

Partnering with the artisan coffee company, The Espresso Lab, this cafe proudly prepares brews made from ethically-sourced beans. Whether you choose the classic Americano or the new-age nitro, the baristas are sure to impress. Ready to try something different? Order your favourite coffee with camel milk.

7

Tom & Serg

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A steady fixture on Dubai’s cafe scene, this cosy roastery is widely regarded as one of the most laidback dining spots in town. Inspired by Melbourne’s independent coffee house culture, it caters to casual drinkers and coffee connoisseurs alike, in a chic, industrial-like open space.

Don’t expect to go off-menu at Tom & Serg, with brews created to the owners’ exacting measurements – the signature flat white is served with full-fat milk steamed to 65°C. The large two-floor café is best visited on weekdays, as the family-friendly weekends see the venue’s popularity surge thanks to an all-day breakfast starring fresh ingredients and friendly staff.

8

Raw Coffee Company

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Veterans of the homegrown coffee scene, Raw Coffee Company roast organic and beans with Fair Trade approval daily in their warehouse roastery. Staffed by award-winning baristas, customers are in good hands as they get to know the roastery.

Visitors can take classes on coffee preparation or just enjoy some of the 15 single origins and five unique blends at this specialty space. If you’re on the run, grab one of their 'rocket fuels' to go. The bottle nitro-infused cold brew coffee comes in two strengths, both with floral aromas and a deep chocolatey finish.

9

Dubai Coffee Museum

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With coffee’s rich history rooted in Arabia, there’s no surprise Dubai has an entire museum dedicated to the fragrant drink. Here you will learn all there is to know about the origins of coffee and how it has evolved over the years. This is a must-visit for anybody that is interested in the history of coffee, and its connection to the region.

You can cap your visit to the Creek location with a tasting of traditional Arabic gahwa and hard-hitting Turkish coffee at the hip in-house cafe, or choose from nine different brewing methods, including chemex, syphon, or kalita-style coffees.

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Mokha 1450

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Part boutique, part coffee shop, Mokha 1450 is an intimate place with exceptional coffee. With experienced staff who know what they’re talking about, this is a coffee stop best suited for an extended visit, rather than a latte to-go.

The impressive and extensive menu covers a huge range of brewing techniques, single origin beans and clever blends, with each item described in detail. Savour original Heirloom Ethiopian Geisha, Jamaican Blue Mountain grade 1 Ultra-premium beans and an incredible Yemeni coffee from the Sabri Mountains farmed by a co-operative of female farmers, among many others.

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