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Food & Drink

15 of the most Instagrammable cafes in Dubai

Mon, September 20, 2021

From pretty plating and photo-worthy settings to creative cups of coffee, these picturesque spots will set your social media feed alight.

From pretty plating and photo-worthy settings to creative cups of coffee, these picturesque spots will set your social media feed alight.

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Forever Rose Cafe

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It's impossible not to get a great shot at this 2D monochrome space which offers up a feast for all the senses. The black and white interiors provide the perfect backdrop for their brightly-hued desserts. Those in the know opt for the high tea, served in an actual doll's house, which features multiple mini sweet and savoury treats – just set up your camera for the big reveal as you open the door. The only other pop of colour? The single red Forever Rose that adorns every table.

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Saya Brasserie

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Pink hues and floral fantasies abound at Saya Brasserie which now has several branches in the city. Maximalist interiors featuring canopies overflowing with blooms provide a vibrant backdrop. Pose alongside plastic flamingos while tucking into a pink burger, lavender bubble tea or blue Spanish latte. This social media savvy spot even serves up a cascading milk cake. Regulars head to Wasl 51 where there are two halves to the decor with a monochrome illustration setting too.

3

Tania's Teahouse

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Intricate latte art, pastel hues and plenty of puns make this Jumeirah-based venue a big hit. One of the first to capitalise on Instagram-worthy interiors and dishes, their 'Habib-tea' slogan adorns the quirky merchandise on sale too. Head to this two-storey villa for a dose of 'positivi-tea' and delicious food that is made in-house, from scratch.

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Brunch & Cake

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The Barcelona-born brasserie has cemented its place as an Instagram hotspot. The boho-chic interiors combine wickerwork, rattan chairs and cacti with generously portioned, signature plates. Presentation is key at this popular haunt with the Next-Level Avo Toast, acai bowls and rainbow cakes all providing prime photo fodder. Brunch & Cake's second outpost, at The Pointe, also has a waterside setting with Atlantis, The Palm in the background and dancing fountains too.

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Bounty Beets

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Known for its strong selection of vegan and vegetarian dishes, Bounty Beets is a top pick among healthy-eating foodies. Plus, it's decked out in pale pinks with photo-fabulous slogan walls, pun-tastic dish names and murals that make the ideal capture. Fans also love their inventive breakfast options, especially their towers of gluten-free charcoal pancakes.

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Seva Table

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A plant-based haven set in a serene green garden in the middle of Jumeirah, Seva Table seems to ooze holistic vibes. Take a seat at rustic wooden tables punctuated with colourful cushions and ethnically-diverse decor, before exploring the vegan dining options on offer. Casual, relaxed and low-key, this hidden gem also offers therapeutic classes like gong healing and yoga.

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Cassette

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From the moment this sustainability-minded cafe opened its doors, it was a runaway success, and Cassette remains a perennial favourite for both visitors and residents alike. Tucked away in Al Quoz's The Courtyard, the mint and monochrome venue puts a spotlight on its twin loves of music and food. The all-day dining options are as photogenic as the interiors – don't miss the duck confit piled on savoury waffles.

8

Secret Garden by L'ETO

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Cascading pink blossoms, decadent desserts and a prime people-watching location in the middle of The Dubai Mall's Perfumery & Co have together ensured the Secret Garden by L'ETO is definitely not under the radar. For serious snap-worthy drama, make sure to order the Candylicious drink that comes enclosed in a glass case and a feather-light cotton candy topping.

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Mazmi Coffee and More

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This 'casa' on the Dubai Creek blends together the two different cultures of the couple who own it. Emirati and Italian accents pepper both the plates – their saffron ice-cream and dark chocolate hummus are highlights – as well as the decor. Perched on the edge of the water, with alfresco seating offering views of the abras and dhows drifting by, it is the ideal place to take a break while exploring Bur Dubai.

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The Hamptons Cafe

The fact that there are now multiple outposts of this eatery, in Umm Suqeim, Jumeirah Islands and Arabian Ranches, illustrates its popularity. Interiors are airy and light-filled, evoking the New York coastal villages that inspired its name. The menu ticks all the boxes whether you are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner, but make sure you try their trademark rose croissant – it's as pretty as a picture.

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Roseleaf Cafe

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This insider haunt is as loved for the attention to detail paid by owner Rose Zeini, as it is for her signature Basque cheesecake. Set amid the green surroundings of the Dubai Garden Centre, the light-filled conservatory provides the ideal backdrop for great shots. There's a vintage charm to the cafe, with mismatched crockery and comforting homemade classics adding to the vibe.

12

Common Grounds

Enjoy fusion flavours such as Moroccan seared salmon, fresh wraps and breakfast staples, alongside vibrant smoothies and coffee roasted on the premises. Common Grounds has three different locations at Dubai International Financial Centre, The Beach and Mall of the Emirates, each with their own ambience, but they all consistently deliver on hipster credentials and fresh plates.

13

Vibe Café

With celebrity visitors that include Drake, Huda Kattan and Ne-Yo, 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.

14

Two at Symphony

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The brainchild of a dynamic sisterly duo – Mouza and Salama Alabbar – elegant Two at Symphony is justifiably one of the hottest places to sit, sip and satiate your cravings in The Dubai Mall. Step inside this homegrown Emirati hit and be instantly soothed thanks to its Terrazzo marble slabs, pastel seating and burnished brass accents. If you have a sweet tooth you'll love the Gahwa French Toast.

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Friends Avenue

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Lots of lush vegetation, clean black and white interiors and generous, colourful plates are an irresistible combination. They are just some of the reasons – along with a perpetually buzzing atmosphere and neighbourhood vibe – why Friends Avenue Cafe is forever featured on people's Instagram feeds. Hungry diners go for the Big Brekkie Board while the signature peanut butter acai bowl is another top dish to try.

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