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Food & Drink

Dubai's best breakfast spots

Tue, September 13, 2022

Experience the best start to your day at these foodie hotspots in the city.

Experience the best start to your day at these foodie hotspots in the city.

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Instagrammable finds

Feast with all your senses at these picture-perfect spots

Brunch & Cake

This Barcelona-born coffee shop is famed for its often brightly-coloured, Instagrammable dishes – especially the breakfasts. The popular spot on Jumeirah's Al Wasl Road is the eatery's very first flagship cafe outside of Spain. Everything is homemade and fans in Dubai can expect brunch classics with a twist – think eggs Benedict served on a charcoal-sweetcorn waffle, a healthy take on a snickers bowl and brownie pancakes with chocolate sauce. The portions are more than generous and ideal to share, and envy from your social media followers is guaranteed as you post pictures of your pretty plates.


Fancy a meal that is equal parts delicious and photogenic? Flaunt your love for good food and make an energised start to the day at Cassette. You can choose to dine indoors or outdoors at this Parisian-style bistro, located in Dubai's artistic epicentre – The Courtyard at Al Quoz. Seeking inspiration from its French name, the place evokes nostalgia and creativity through its delicious pursuits. The Big Cassette Breakfast is a standout with eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, sausages and more – with a vegan variation also available.

Kulture House

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This Emirati-owned cafe, gallery and concept store in Jumeirah has a warm, friendly vibe and trendy décor. You'll find lots of exclusive curios, curated artwork and a compact yet diverse menu at the boho eatery. Stop by for a take-away cup from the coffee bar and peruse the shop selling trinkets and keepsakes. You'll see exclusive regional labels sitting alongside niche international brands, with items for the home alongside beauty buys and fashion finds. Duck through an intricately painted hallway and you'll find a gallery showcasing curated pieces by local creatives.

Bageri Form

Scandinavian pastries take pride of place at this homegrown Dubai Design District spot which prides itself on its authentic Danish pastries, rustic loafs and Swedish cinnamon and cardamom buns. And, although you might come for its coffee and cakes, you should sample its selection of sweet and savoury breakfast staples from topped tartines to rich eggs. Excellent coffee adds to the draw.   

Vibe Cafe

With celebrity visitors aplenty, it's no surprise that Vibe at Jumeirah and Dubai International Financial Centre features high on the list when people are looking for spots that will fire up the 'gram. Wholesome food features on the menu cooked up by owner Noora Salem, with vegan dishes a big draw. Their take on eggs Florentine and coconut pancakes are as pink as the decor, which features neon signs, pink palm trees and pineapples.

EL&N Dubai


It's short for 'eat, live and nourish' and the Dubai outpost of El&n, a cafe that first found fame in London, lives up to its name. Striking pink interiors, floral flourishes and neon slogans along with pretty plating make this eatery a social media sensation. Try drinks such as the rose-flavoured Turkish Delight hot chocolate, or nibble on chicken and pink waffles, and piled-high burgers.



It's secluded setting, looking out on an endless expanse of blue sea, instantly evokes holiday vibes, but that's just one of the reasons to visit this all-day spot at the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa. Helmed by restaurateur Natasha Sideris, the breakfast menu entices with recipes like a The Sunrise which layers an oat crumble, coconut cream and pineapple chips. Or opt for a decadent egg and lobster Benedict, alongside croissants, fruit and cheese platters. The casual yet chic space comes complete with changing booths for swimmers and an artisanal boutique. Book a prime table located in the soft sand on the beach

Healthy options

Savour balanced eats and wholesome treats


This holistic haven is one of the city’s hidden gems. The dedicated wellbeing centre also boasts a plant-based café amid its tranquil zen-like garden complete with cobbled pathways, rustic log tables and colourful decor. The slow pace attracts visitors who are keen to catch up on their reading or relax with friends over a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. With health as the key focus, the food served here is free from gluten, sugar, dairy and artificial ingredients, but definitely doesn’t compromise on taste. Their rich chocolate porridge will convince you of that.

Bounty Beets

Bounty Beets, situated at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, is a popular spot for breakfast in Dubai thanks to its extensive selection of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options and snap-worthy, pale pink aesthetic with lots of quirky catchphrases at every turn. The super-cute cafe boasts a tasty breakfast menu – think caramelised bananas and sweet potato pancakes, berry power bowls or avocado toast with poached eggs. Lunch options include the organic black bean burger, with a dining ethos that ensures everything is fresh and healthy. 

100 Café

The brainchild of local entrepreneur Asma Hilal Lootah, 100 Café embraces the healthy living ethos of idyllic The Hundred Wellness Centre, where it is located. Nourishing, plant-based dishes and juices that are free from dairy, refined sugar and gluten are still incredibly tasty. The spirulina-sprinkled Blue Moon Oats, acai bowls and fluffy pancakes shouldn't be missed while seasonal brunch specials are always a delight.

Comptoir 102

Comptoir 102 in Dubai
For a great start to your morning, 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 that are prepared to maximise nutritional value. Taste is not compromised at all in dishes such as the buckwheat pancakes (sweet and savoury), crème Budwig (pureed fruit with lemon juice, topped with nuts and seeds), and the chia seed pudding. Wash it down with a dairy-free, superfood-boosted smoothie, and you’ll be set for the day.

Nette at Matcha Club

A charming courtyard setting, surrounded by lush greenery and bright orange padel courts makes Nette the ideal place to while away a day. Tucked away at Matcha Club in trendy Al Quoz, the Asian-accented menu features everything from a Japanese breakfast skillet to yuzu-topped avocado toast, miso eggs Benedict and bright strawberry acai bowls. Everything tastes delicious, and you'll soon be back to sample more from the menu.

Urth Caffe

A taste of America comes to Dubai's City Walk at Urth Caffe, known for its organic coffee and health-conscious plates. In keeping with the Los Angeles lifestyle, although portions are generous, the restaurant is happy to customise and swap ingredients, and adapt dishes to vegan and gluten-free diets. Regulars rave about brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes and Belgian waffles, though the flavourful burrito and full English breakfast shouldn't be missed either.

A touch of spice

Bold flavours to start the day off on the right note

Maiz Tacos

Best breakfasts in Dubai Maiz Tacos

Mexican flavours abound in Maiz Tacos' breakfast offerings, available at their Dubai Hills Estate outpost from 8am till midday on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. What could be better than starting your day with Luma Makhlouf's generous plateful of Chimmichuri-topped steak and egg tacos, an Impossible burrito or Chipotle corn guacamole on brioche with perfectly poached eggs? These are just a few of the options, with sweet offerings like dulce de leche caramel corn pancakes, and a cinnamon banana French toast with chocolate crumble and hazelnuts winning items too. The addition of crayons and Babycinos for little ones makes this a family-friendly choice that's hard to beat.

Arabian Tea House

Arabian Tea House in Dubai
Emirati hospitality is abundantly on offer at the Arabian Tea House. Known for their chic outdoor spaces, all three of their Dubai branches – decked out in trademark turquoise and white – have excellent gahwa (Arabic coffee) and teas you won't find elsewhere. Our top pick when it comes to location is the original site in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood; order the traditional local breakfast platter that features an array of famous morning treats.

Raju Omlet

Raju Omlet

For an 'egg-cellent' value-for-money breakfast filled with Indian street food flavours, Raju Omlet hits the spot. At this no-frills venue, you can't go wrong with a cheerful combination of fresh eggs and slow-cooked ginger tea. Start your day at one of the four locations, conveniently spread across Dubai in Karama, Business Bay, Al Quoz and Jumeirah Lakes Towers. Try the popular gravy omelette, a typical burji – Indian-style scrambled eggs – or lay low on spice with a hearty egg roll, made in a generously-layered paratha bread. Eggs for breakfast doesn't get better than this.

Bombay Bungalow

Intricate interiors, delicate spicing and a spectacular beachside setting are just three of the reasons regulars love Bombay Bungalow at The Beach opposite JBR. The popular Indian eatery has an in-demand breakfast menu that's on offer between 8am and 12pm. Flavourful, well-priced choices include a South Indian set featuring a dosa or uttapam with chutneys, and a North Indian option with paratha, potato curry and yoghurt with complimentary juice and fruit. Or try a bit of everything and go a la carte.


They're known for their sumptuous Turkish breakfast spread, with cheeses, cold cuts, jams and honey served alongside freshly-prepared eggs and warm bread, but this popular Wasl 51 restaurant has plenty of other morning treats that you can indulge in. Sit outdoors in cooler weather or get cosy in the Arabesque interiors, before tucking into everything from eggs Benedict and avocado toast to a simit bagel with egg, beef bacon and feta.


There's a lot of attention to detail at fine-dining Turkish eatery Sirali. Located at Al Habtoor City, everything from the ingredients to the Ottoman crockery and service – not to mention the authentic recipes – show painstaking care and flair. This outpost of a popular Istanbul original serves delicious dishes all day, but for many fans the venue's highlight is undoubtedly the sharing-style breakfast spread served till 1pm on weekends. Freshly-made pastries, eggs, cheeses and more make for a feast. And, if you're lucky, you may secure one of the outdoor terrace tables overlooking the Dubai Canal.

Karak House

Set beside the towering Burj Khalifa, Karak House is a contemporary Emirati eatery popular for its trendy vibe and fusion menu of hot drinks and breakfast treats. Its namesake spiced tea loved by locals – comes in all kinds of flavours. While the restaurant's eclectic menu features international dishes such as avocado toast and Nutella french toast, that doesn't discount their flavourful foul medames (fava bean dip) or crispy asida waffles topped with dates.

Streetery Food Hall

Breakfast Menu at Streetery Food Hall in Dubai

Looking for something out of the ordinary? How about opting for an Asian-inspired morning spread? Start your day at Jumeirah Lakes Towers favourite Streetery, and dive into Congee rice porridge, spicy Thai omelettes topped with Sriracha, eggs with roti, Malay Kaya coconut jam toast or Asian pancakes with pandan jam among other tasty treats. Wash it all down with Teh Tarik spiced milk tea, or cool off with Oliang Thai iced coffee. 

Special settings

Stunning vistas will elevate your morning meals

AURA Skypool

Sip your antioxident-packed, kale-rich Green Meadow smoothie while taking in the views from the world's first – and highest – 360 degree infinity pool on Palm Jumeirah. The compact yet delicious breakfast menu, available from 10am in the lounge and by the pool depending on your preference, features Far Eastern-flavoured morning delights like Japanese pancakes, miso eggs Benedict and kimchi-topped brunch bowls. What could be better than starting your day with views of the city from 200m high?

Mazmi Coffee and More

This cafe's Italian proprietor and her Emirati husband share a passion for food, hospitality and UAE culture. Expect a fantastic range of brews – from the classic espresso to the fancy Spanish latte – with delicious breakfast options, freshly-baked croissants, fluffy waffles and much more. You can also keep things sweet with a fresh juice, smoothie or homemade gelato. But what really steals the spotlight is its picture-perfect setting, on the edge of the Dubai Creek. The ideal place to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Old Dubai.


DRIFT Beach Breakfast Dubai
A chic white and turquoise decor, serene pool and seaside views, plus delicious breakfast items to feast on – popular DRIFT Beach Club delivers on all fronts. The adult-only venue, at the chic One&Only Royal Mirage, lets you start the day with favourites including their trademark dulce de leche Banoffee waffles, a feta and ratatouille omelette, or beef chorizo frittata. Excellent coffee, fresh juices, flakey patisserie – and decadent black truffle scrambled eggs – complete the package. Take in the rays on a lounger or burn off calories by swimming lengths afterwards.

The Farm

The Farm in Dubai
Escape the city bustle and discover a botanical wonderland at The Farm – Al Barari. Serving international, European and Thai cuisine, The Farm is known for its relaxing and tranquil setting amongst the natural lakes, waterways and gardens. Take it all in, from the bamboo roof above the outside deck and lush lawns to the shimmering rock-fringed lily pond. Take a sip of passionfruit juice as you dine on the mushroom gratin or blueberry pancakes, made from fresh seasonal produce.

Harvest & Co.


Ensconced in the leafy oasis of Dubai Garden Centre, farm-to-table Harvest & Co. contrasts the industrial palette of its Al Quoz surroundings with a homely vibe. The lively farm-style open kitchen serves up seasonal and carefully-composed comfort eats. You'll enjoy the wholesome scrambled eggs seasoned with herbs, or the rich chocolate porridge which indulgently pairs dark Valrhona with black cherries, whipped bananas and vanilla cream.

Wabi Sabi


Bistro Des Arts

The charming Parisian-style cafe is renowned for its lavish breakfasts and fresh pastries, all served in a friendly environment. Home-style cooking is this neighbourhood spot's forte and its popularity among visitors and locals is clear thanks to its authentic plates at reasonable prices. Tuck into Le Frenchy (coffee, juice and pain au chocolat) and other set menus or feast on eggs, pancakes, French toast and crepes. Call ahead to book for the fantastic brunch on weekends too.


If you fancy French fare then Mondoux, with two beautiful outposts on Dubai Creek Harbour and The Beach opposite JBR, should be your first port of call for breakfast. Specialities include freshly-baked pastries – the avocado filled croissant gives you the best of both breakfast and carb worlds –  with acai bowls, rich hot chocolate and smooth coffee sweetening the offer. A play area for little ones and pretty vistas complete the package.



For breakfasts combined with a soul-reviving seaside setting, SĀN at Palm West Beach's The Club, is the place to be. A modern sanctuary inspired by ancient nature-focused philosophies, SĀN is serious about starting the day with a filling meal. Laze by the water and indulge in freshly-baked goods, exotic fruit platters and eggs as you like – poached with greens, scrambled with cheese or fried with baked beans – among many other delicious selections.


Breakfast at Carine in Dubai

Book a terrace table offering sweeping views of the lush green Emirates Golf Course and you'll know you've started your morning right. Chef Izu's ode to his French wife sees the flakiest of patisserie – don't miss his signature almond croissants – teamed with a special blend blueberry cruffin coffee served during the weekend-only breakfast seating, from 9am till 12:30pm. Feast on feather-light crepes, eggs of every variety (we recommend the veal bacon and hazelnut Shakshuka), among other temptations at this delightful, light-filled venue.

Hip hangouts

Frequenting these cool eateries will ensure you're on trend

Tom & Serg

Melbourne native Tom Arnel, and Spanish-born Sergio Lopez, teamed up to create this Al Quoz café called Tom & Serg, where coffee is undoubtedly king. Enter the warehouse-like space, decorated with exposed vents and cement floors, and enjoy the haute café food with cups of cappuccino and flat whites (a Kiwi and Aussie coffee drink that's similar to a latte) with milk steamed to just shy of 65-degrees Celsius.

11 Woodfire

Chef Akmal Anuar's 11 Woodfire has garnered a Michelin star, and foodies can now savour their morning meal in the celebrated Jumeirah eatery too. Up the ante with beef cheeks Benedict, French toast egg slider or the signature 11's Slayer Breakfast, which comes complete with avocado and sauteed asparagus on a crunchy, toasted sourdough. We recommend heading over to the hotspot earlier in the day to beat the crowds.

Lana Lusa

Lana Lusa

This picturesque neighbourhood-style restaurant can be found in the chic Four Seasons Private Residences Dubai at Jumeirah. The venue features a pretty outdoor terrace with views of Dubai Canal and a menu highlighting traditional Portuguese dishes, elevated to a high standard. Service at Lana Lusa is knowledgeable and friendly, while dishes sing with authentic flavours. The décor transports you straight to Portugal, with a lot of input from the nation's artists – including colourful ceramic plates from Barcelos, and copper light fixtures and cork-fashioned menus from Porto decorating the interiors. Lana Lusa also has a vendor spot at Time Out Market Dubai.


Nightjar Coffee Roasters in Dubai

Nightjar Coffee Roasters has had a remarkable influence on the coffee culture in Dubai since 2017. The family-led venue has a strong passion for exceptional brews and built a strong community spirit with an intimate setting for stimulating conversations; much like the sibling venue, Roseleaf Cafe. You don't need to wake up early to savour a hearty breakfast here either, thanks to their all-day menu. There's the usual suspects, including pancake stacks and eggs the way you like, though you'll want to try the pulled ox cheek benedict complete with crispy kale and harissa hollandaise, and the pickled mushroom shimeji on sourdough with smoked potato puree, fried egg, and jalapeno tapenade.


LOWE in Dubai

Everything about this contemporary spot, with a sleek open kitchen, pared-down aesthetic and a central wooden fire intrinsic to their style of cooking, is absolutely spot on. A quick glance at the menu will do a disservice to what lies within. With amazingly creative concoctions, the dishes here blend heaps of flavours and genres to produce excellent plates that you’ll want to keep coming back for. Try the irresistible vegan chorizo sausage on a fried tofu muffin or the signature LOWE Breakfast, complete with avocado, vegetables, halloumi cheese, eggs, eggplant and fresh flatbread.

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Flat 12

Combining coffee and classic cars – and a delicious breakfast menu – Flat 12 has transformed a warehouse in Port Rashid into a motoring enthusiasts' dream. Rally car driver Mohammed Al Sahlawi and his four brothers showcase their vintage collection, while the kitchen dispenses dishes like spinach ricotta eggs Benedict, croissants pudding and Sriracha egg breakfast buns. And, if you're wondering about its moniker, it is named after a Porsche 12-cylinder engine.

Friends Avenue Cafe

Friends Avenue
Friends Avenue Cafe is a trendy and upbeat eatery, serving mouth-watering Australian, English and European delicacies. The friendly neighbourhood hangout offers a strong sense of community and foodies can choose to meet, mingle and dine at several branches across the city, including at Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT). Wondering what to order? The Big Brekkie Board – a delightful array of all your breakfast favourites – is always popular.

Common Grounds

Smoothies at Common Grounds in Dubai
Expect a welcoming, bright space with wooden chairs and potted plants, serving up international flavours that satiate, no matter what the time of day. There's an emphasis on healthy plates and well-sourced ingredients, but luckily no compromise at all on taste. Brightly coloured smoothies, breakfast staples, freshly-baked goods and wraps compete for attention with a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian options too.

Family favourites

A relaxed vibe and dishes all ages will relish

Harrie's Pancakes

This much-loved South African café – which specialises in pancakes, as the name implies – opened its doors at Dubai Marina in 2021. The original Harrie’s Pancakes has been around since 1986, serving traditional flavours and delicious dishes. As its first international branch, this eatery is the place to go for mouth-watering breakfasts, including poached eggs, boerewors shakshuka pancakes, and acai bowls. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with the cinnamon sugar or apple pie pancakes, or their homage to a local favourite, the kunafa pancake.

Mitts and Trays

Taste delicious baked treats and breakfast eats at Mitts and Trays, a cosy cafe with locations on Bluewaters Island and Dubai Hills Mall. Founded by local chef Amna, the chic light-filled space with bold brass accents, specialises in wholesome plates. The Emirati balaleet is just as delicious as their Mexican skillet and yoghurt-topped baked Turkish eggs. The creative plates and laidback setting will keep you coming back for more.

The Lighthouse

In the heart of Dubai Design District, this chic restaurant also doubles as a concept store, selling everything from minimalist furniture to books and handcrafted gifts. The menu is packed with simple yet healthy dishes, from freshly-made pastries to baked cheese pies. There are plenty of egg-based dishes to choose from – enough to satisfy every breakfast craving. Once you’re full, you can browse The Lighthouse’s gift shop or explore the district's range of popular concept stores and art galleries.


Zaroob offers an incredible menu of contemporary and classic Levantine dishes, with a vibrant vibe – complete with polished cement floors and street art adorning the walls. The flagship eatery in Jumeirah Tower on Sheikh Zayed Road is undeniably Arab in feel, combining authentic aspects of the cuisine with modern flair. Pull up a chair by the live cooking stations and watch all the action from the open kitchen. Highlights to order include the hearty manakish flatbread, wholesome mezze and bestselling chicken shawarma wrap.

Reform Social Grill

Reform Social and Grill in the heart of Emirates Hills is credited by fans to be Dubai’s most authentic British eatery. The lively, high-quality restaurant and café – which caters to the whole family thanks to a relaxed vibe and an outdoor play area – pushes the boat out for the most important meal of the day. Kippers, steak and eggs, sandwiches, omelettes and a multitude of eggs Benedict options vie for attention alongside their trademark full English.

Jones The Grocer

Head to this Aussie-born urban café and restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can order an array of homemade dishes and dine courtesy of the freshest produce – both locally grown and imported from all over the world. The chic interiors are a perfect fusion between a modern supermarket and a classic Mediterranean deli. Top-selling breakfast options include the grilled sweet potato and smashed avocado and smoked chicken omelette, to name a few. 

LDC Kitchen + Coffee

LDC Kitchen Coffee Breakfast in Dubai
All appetites are catered to at this easy, breezy all-day dining cafe that's known for its carefully sourced coffee. Find gourmet egg 'mock' muffins, their take on eggs Benedict (the Garden Benni is heaped with asparagus fresh peas and spinach), vegan coconut almond pancakes and praline streusel-topped French toast among other tasty delights. And, with multiple branches across the city – including a pretty Jumeirah addition – you'll always be close to an outpost.

Ka’ak Al Manara Bakery & Café

If you're looking for a satisfying spread of Lebanese breakfast dishes, then Ka'ak Al Manara Bakery & Cafe on Al Wasl Road will tick all your boxes. Chef Fares Chahine has cooked up a menu that is not only served all day from 8am, but features highlights including Ejjeh egg bites, sunny side eggs with crispy beef awerma and shakshuka with Bulghari cheese. You will also of course find freshly baked breads, dips and a fragrant affogato coffee too.


Visitors and residents alike love Hussam Hasan El Batta's Palestinian bakery Mama'esh. Regulars find any excuse to feast on their variety of topped fatayer and manaeesh – which are baked in an authentic stone oven. Order al la carte and feast on Nabulsi cheese, shakshuka eggs and sujuk sausages, or opt for their all-day breakfast platter that let you graze on all their top sellers for a bargain price, 

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