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Catch up over coffee at these new cafes in Dubai

Mon, October 23, 2023

From homegrown concepts to coffee shops developed by global brands, there are several new cafes in town waiting for you to stop by.

From homegrown concepts to coffee shops developed by global brands, there are several new cafes in town waiting for you to stop by.

La Petite Ani

The sassy little sister of La Maison Ani, La Petite Ani, is a prime example that mall dining can be premium and enjoyable. Found in Gate Avenue Mall, DIFC, La Petite Ani features French-inspired furniture and chic pink decor to create an aesthetically pleasing space. The menu features a variety of breakfast dishes, as well as salads, sandwiches and a handful of main courses, all dreamed up by celebrated Dubai chef Izu Ani.

Lulu and the Beanstalk

Trendy cafe and bookstore, Lulu & the Beanstalk, is a local concept started by two sisters in honour of their storytelling grandmother, Lulu. The venue is found in the equally hip ICD Brookfield Place, and is ideal for kicking back with a book and a coffee by day, but it comes alive at night with a DJ and an upbeat ambience.

FRNDS Grand Cafe

FRNDS Grand Cafe Dubai

An elegant eatery located at Address Fountain Views in Downtown Dubai, F.R.N.D.S Grand Cafe exudes old-world charm fused with contemporary glam. Come here to savour European favourites with a Japanese twist in an upscale setting. The Art Deco-style interiors are elevated with gold accents and plush velvet seating. Heavy drapes, crystal chandeliers and mirrors add to the allure of the space. They also have an outdoor terrace with Parisian cafe vibes. During the summer months, the alfresco section is enclosed and air conditioned so you can unwind here at any time of the day.


Occupying a space on the ground floor of Dubai Mall's Fashion Avenue, Armani/Caffè encapsulates the brand's luxe aesthetic into an elegant eatery. The open-plan setting offers coffee and breakfast before serving refined Italian dishes from 12pm until late. Plates include lobster and seafood bisque, lemon-scented risotto with Sicilian prawns, veal Milanese and wagyu striploin. It's an ideal spot to catch up with friends, or as a rest point between hitting the shops and exploring the attractions Dubai Mall has to offer.

Splendour Fields

Facing out to the lush greenery of The Park in Jumeirah Lakes Towers, this large and atmospheric cafe is an ideal spot to start your day. The menu includes an all-day breakfast menu, as well as lunch additions from 12pm. Highlights include mushroom and truffle Benedict, fish tacos and the slow cooked lamb shoulder. If you're in a rush, there's also a fresh deli counter with salads, sandwiches and other light bites, plus a cute coffee truck which serves beverages throughout the winter.

Novikov Cafe

Novikov Café, located inside Dubai Mall, is the perfect pitstop for a delectable meal to keep you fueled during a shopping spree. The all-day-dining menu boasts light and hearty dishes, made using the freshest ingredients available in the UAE. Book a spot on one of their coveted balcony tables for brilliant views of The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa while you dine.


Apricot cafe in Downtown Dubai

Enjoy hearty European dishes and fresh Mediterranean delights at this peaceful retreat in Downtown Dubai. Start your day in style on the cafe's outdoor terrace, with a breakfast menu serving delicious treats like the French toast with a salted caramel sauce brioche and an apricot topping. The eatery next to Manzil Downtown by Vida hotel has plenty of healthy options too, such as the crispy quinoa cakes with mango relish from the deli and the zucchini banana smoothie.

Le Nena

If you can’t resist an aesthetically pleasing cafe, La Nena should be on your list. The Spanish coffee shop and concept store is as pretty as it is relaxing, with beautiful decorations, some of which are available to purchase. Not only that but it’s dog-friendly too, so you might make a four-legged friend on your visit.


Obeli food

Found in the sophisticated neighbourhood of City Walk, Obeli is a bright and open space, with chic furniture and an eye-catching fabric ceiling installation. A place to catch up with friends, over coffee and a bite to eat, Obeli aims to offer a peaceful sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The interior incorporates natural elements, such as wood, stone, and organic textiles, designed to offer a feeling of harmony and equilibrium, while the colour palette features soft, earth tones that create a serene and tranquil atmosphere.


yvonne colourful sweets

Famed for its pastries, coffee and delicious desserts, Yvonne now has an international outlet in Dubai Hills Mall. Named after her aspirational grandmother, Emilie Coudray founded the French patisserie La Maison Yvonne in Rouen in 2010. The Dubai branch is a colourful space, featuring a mostly pink palette with pops of green and yellow. An open counter displays the fresh pastries of the day, including croissants, tarts, pies and more. The space has been designed to emulate a chic living room.

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