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Food & Drink

Unwind at Dubai's board game cafes

Wed, March 2, 2022

Roll the dice and make the right move as you indulge in old-fashioned fun and games at these coffee shops.

Roll the dice and make the right move as you indulge in old-fashioned fun and games at these coffee shops.

1

Get your friends together to join The Hive

With more than 400 different board games to pick from, you won't get bored. From Monopoly to Suspend and even Jenga, you'll have plenty of challenges against which to pit your talent. That's why this cafe in the Onyx Towers in The Greens, which serves comforting favourites like pizza and pasta, has gathered such a following.

2

Put on a Charade

Charade

Jump on the trend and perfect your game plan at Charade, based in the Wasl 51 area. Indulge in rounds of Scrabble and chequers while snacking on wings, tacos and salads. Cool interiors complement the fun theme with regulars spending hours sharpening their skills at this popular spot.

3

Relax at Unwind Speciality Boardgame Cafe

Homemade sandwiches – their El Cubano is our top pick – plus desserts and coffee are all available as you pick which of Unwind's 800 games to play next. This Al Barsha playing place, the first of its kind in the country, gets rave reviews. Take tips from Unwind's games masters to get an edge over your friends and family.

4

Pit your wits against each other at The Six

Take on the competition at this Downtown Dubai cafe that lets you play to your heart's content – there are 1,000 games in their catalogue – for a flat fee. Fuel your momentum with treats like their signature steak-topped poutine chips, sliders and sharable bites. We highly recommend their cake pops. An ideal place to stop after shopping or sightseeing at The Dubai Mall nearby.

5

Get strategic at Kefi Books, Board Games & Cafe

A gem of a spot that is known for speciality coffee as well as a vast selection of books and games, Al Mamzar's Kefi is a bit of an insider secret. You'll find yourself losing track of time as you work your way through a menu of light bites, with presentation as much a focus as taste. Their latte art is extraordinary so it's an ideal place for your Instagram feed too.

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