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Food & Drink

12 scenic garden cafes in Dubai

Sun, August 22, 2021

Surround yourself with a green scene and sip your coffee al fresco in the great outdoors.

Surround yourself with a green scene and sip your coffee al fresco in the great outdoors.

1

Seva Table

Seva

Boho-chic vibes are in abundance at this zen-inspired oasis that blends cultures from Guatemala to Bali. Grab a seat at one of the wooden tables placed amid the greenery and enjoy their purely plant-based dishes. There's no Wi-Fi access so visitors are invited to unplug and reset. Sign up for a morning yoga session prior to breakfast to fully appreciate the space and all it offers.

2

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 serve up local eats that you won't find elsewhere. Our top pick is the original site in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.

3

Bounty Beets

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This popular eatery prides itself on substantial vegan and vegetarian options. There are two branches in the city, each with expansive outdoor spaces to take in the fresh air. The large terrace at Le Méridien Mina Seyahi looks onto lush gardens and the Arabian Gulf, while at Le Méridien Dubai in Garhoud you can admire vibrant flamingo murals in a pretty courtyard setting.

4

Huna by the Pond

The verdant Al Quoz Pond Park is a favourite scene for families to explore. Watch the park's feathered residents waddle past at the aptly-named Huna by the Pond, perched in a picturesque corner. Not only does the spot serve up excellent coffee by Qahwaty Coffee, a Dubai-based speciality coffee brand, it also hosts culinary pop-ups so you'll have the opportunity to make a foodie discovery too.

5

The Farm Restaurant

The Farm in Dubai

Perched in the middle of Al Barari's lush neighbourhood is the beautifully landscaped The Farm, one of the most loved outdoor areas in Dubai. Take your place alongside the stream that flows by the restaurant and tuck into an eclectic menu that serves up everything from artisanal pizzas and butter chicken masala to light sandwiches and a great coffee selection.

6

Maisan 15

The term 'hidden gem' is often used to describe Maisan 15 – and if you discover it, you'll realise why it has such a legion of fans. Nurtured with love by Emirati art collector Rami Farooq, the relaxed boho vibe complements the innovative and always delicious dishes dispensed from the kitchen. Chicken shawarma pizza, chilli feta chips and a sumac-dusted 'Croque Maisan' are all part of the draw.

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    7

    Kulture House

    A multi-functional villa combining a concept store, cafe and exhibition space, Emirati-owned Kulture House puts a spotlight on eclectic finds. In the cooler months the windows are flung open, and the terrace becomes a buzzing hotspot for creatives. Take a seat and try something new from the menu, which features Arabian flavours such as labneh shakshouka, mezze platters and more.

    8

    Comptoir 102

    Comptoir 102 Dubai

    An Instagram-favourite, the courtyard of Comptoir 102 is a light-filled casual haven decked out in bamboo with potted plants, mismatched woven rugs and relaxed seating. French owner Emma Sawko's health-conscious menu features highlights like buckwheat pancakes and spirulina granola. Located in Jumeirah, the venue is a reflection of the owner's creative, holistic vision.

    9

    Roseleaf Cafe

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    If a cup of Nightjar roasted coffee and slice of Basque cheesecake wasn't enough of a draw, then the charming conservatory setting of Roseleaf Cafe, in the middle of Dubai Garden Centre, should seal the deal. You're literally surrounded by greenery, and can even take a potted plant home after polishing off your breakfast, brews and bakes. We can't resist the salted caramel and chocolate tartlets.

    10

    The Cafe @ The Workshop

    Those with creative inclinations should make a beeline to this Jumeirah villa transformed into an art shop and gallery. Its cafe is tucked away in the garden, so you'll be surrounded by a green scene while you sample their colourful salads, topped tartines and fresh smoothies. Our top picks include bresaola mozzarella salad with black olive dressing, and their waffle sticks.

    11

    Ivy's Secret Garden

    Named after its owner, Ivy's Secret Garden is a quaint space in the industrial Al Quoz area. The Taiwanese expat and her Italian partner Robert decided to set up this boutique cafe that combines their love of plants with a passion for coffee to bring more green spaces to the city. The converted warehouse in Al Quoz dishes out tasty breakfasts, smooth flat whites and decadent desserts, while also hosting green-themed workshops.

    12

    The 100 Café

    The brainchild of local entrepreneur Asma Hilal Lootah, The 100 Café embraces the healthy living ethos of idyllic The Hundred Wellness Centre, where it is located. Nourishing, plant-based dishes that are free from dairy, refined sugar and gluten are still incredibly tasty. The warm berry crumble shouldn't be missed and the seasonal brunch specials are always a delight.

    13

    The Grey

    The chic, minimalist aesthetic of The Grey in Jumeirah welcomes a design-loving crowd. And, if you're lucky enough, you can get one of the much-coveted outdoor tables at this monochrome spot, so you can sip on your latte amid the artfully-planted greenery. Try the kimchi breakfast bun for a flavour-packed start to your morning, or the grilled halloumi bowl.

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