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9 of the best remote working cafes in Dubai

Fri, May 26, 2023

Swap the desk or cubical for a cool new 'office' setting at the city's top cafes for digital nomads.

Swap the desk or cubical for a cool new 'office' setting at the city's top cafes for digital nomads.


1 Life Kitchen and Cafe

1 Life Kitchen and Cafe in Dubai

Self-styled as a workspace cafe, 1 Life Kitchen is something you’d expect to see tucked away in the lanes of Melbourne or Stockholm. Fittingly located in Dubai Design District, it is popular among young professionals, who often sit here with their laptops and a latte in hand. With a fresh and airy setting, minimal yet cosy decor and an upbeat playlist in the background, it’s also a nice place to unwind and grab a bite. The cafe boasts a healthy range of treats, snacks and meals, with many vegetarian and vegan options too.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• If needed, bookings can be made by table or section; you can also book an entire event space upstairs


Friends Avenue Cafe

Friends Avenue

Friends Avenue Cafe is a trendy eatery, serving mouth-watering Australian and Continental delicacies. The spacious neighbourhood hangout offers a strong sense of community and belonging at all three of its locations in Dubai – Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT), Dubai Motor City and Al Thanyah Mall. Customers enjoy a comfortable, home-like feeling at the cafe, thanks to its natural surroundings, large tables and alfresco area. For good reason, it's also common to find solo travellers clicking away on their laptops here.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
No reservations policy, only walk-ins


Bikers Cafe

Bikers Cafe in Dubai

If you're a motoring enthusiast looking to rev up on work amid an inspiring ambience, Jumeirah's Bikers Cafe near Mercato Shopping Mall may be the place for you. The joint features a tasteful interior with motorbike pictures on the walls and spacious booth seating. Breakfast showcases the best of local cuisine, as well as English-style options, while lunch and dinner offer sandwiches, pizzas and sharing plates.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• If needed, bookings are available


Roseleaf Cafe


Prefer to be surrounded by a vintage-meets-garden aesthetic? Roseleaf is perhaps more your cup of tea, then. Set within the sunlit, plant-laden interiors of Emirates Golf Club's FitLab gym, this indie coffee shop oozes creative vibes and lots of charm. The cosy venue is all about rustic cooking packed with honest ingredients and flavours. Sip on fresh brews while indulging in home-style baked items and comfort foods – and of course, checking off your tasks. You may want to tag-team with a foodie colleague to boost both your workdays in the best way. For those closer to the city centre, Roseleaf also has a newer branch inside The Garden Concept store along Sheikh Zayed Road.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required


LDC Kitchen + Coffee

LDC Kitchen Coffee Breakfast in Dubai

A two-storey structure with pleasant minimalist interiors, LDC Kitchen + Coffee takes up a prime spot at Jumeirah Lakes Towers. The cafe-meets-bistro is a welcome addition for breakfast enthusiasts, coffee lovers and, of course, ice cream aficionados. Digital nomads can feel right at home here too, thanks to a communal smart office space from where they can also enjoy the surrounding potted greens and delicious bites. LDC Kitchen + Coffee has other branches in the city, including DIFC and Sheikh Zayed Road. Can’t decide what to order? Notable dishes include The Full Monty, the roast eggplant parmigiana and LDC's take on tagliatelle ragu.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required


Mitts and Trays

Proud of a complex project you've just wrapped up with amazing results? Treat yourself to a scrumptious assortment of freshly baked goods and desserts at Mitts and Trays while you press play on the next challenge. The quaint cafe, with branches in City Walk and Dubai Hills Mall, also offers generous breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Planning a work outing with your team? Try to reach the City Walk location early to clinch a spot at the long table situated at the heart of the cafe.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required


Revo Café

Revo Cafe Dubai

Sit back, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and ease into your daily to-dos – all while soaking up a stunning view. Revo Café at Anantara The Palm serves up vistas of the Arabian Sea's shimmering waters, as well as a tasty selection of healthy dishes. You’ll be spoilt for choice with pancakes, homemade muesli and granola, French toast and scrambled eggs, to name a few. To power up for an incredible morning by the beach, we recommend starting with a refreshing detox juice blend. The coffee house also offers comfortable terrace seating, should you want to get closer to the sun-sand-and-sea setting.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required


Spill The Bean

Spill the Bean cafe

This homegrown cafe in Dubai Sustainable City is owned and managed by husband and wife duo Hannad and Ola. The venue's no-fuss design includes picnic benches, pallet furniture and repurposed building materials across its indoor and terrace spaces. Spill The Bean actively welcomes offsite workers to enjoy fresh coffee and sunshine while tackling to-dos. The staff here follows sustainable principles wherever possible, and customers are incentivised to bring reusable cups. If you're keen on a chic yet homely environment as an office alternative, this spot should be on your list.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required
; for longer stays, bookings are available by table


A4 Space

a4 space

Much more than a beloved community eatery, the superb offerings at A4 Space justify a shoutout. One among the many dedicated co-working spaces in Dubai, this particular one stands out as it is always free to use for remote workers and creatives seeking inspiration. If you're struggling to find a spot for yourself in one of Alserkal Avenue's vibrant cafes, A4 should be your go-to. There's a cafe on-site, as well as a cinema room and a loft area with a collection of donated books.

• WiFi: free, unlimited
• No reservations required

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