From health food favourites to hipster hangouts, Top Spots Dubai has rounded up the top 10 best cafes in Dubai.
1. Forever Rose Café, Box Park Dubai
Forever Rose started life in London in the late 1990s as a retailer for the ‘Forever Rose’ a flower designed to last forever. Forever Rose later launched its first Forever Rose Cafe concept in the UAE, first in Abu Dhabi on Al Maryah Island and later in Dubai in Box Park. The cafe is themed around a storybook and invites guests to immerse themselves in the 2-D world of illustration through its interior design. The room, plates and cups are entirely black and white so that only the customers and their dining selections are in colour. The international menu spans healthy favourites from avo toast and salads to sharing dishes and filling mains such as prawn arrabiata and risotto. Sweet treats include Mille feuille and um ali.
2. The Hamptons, Umm Suqeim and Jumeirah Islands
Homegrown concept, The Hamptons, takes its influence from the American upscale seaside community. The Umm Sequim location is situated in a three-floor villa just one street back from the beach, while the Jumeirah Islands branch is surrounded by waterfalls in a tranquil outdoor setting. The Hamptons Cafe invites you to feel the atmosphere of stylish Long Island design in a mix of authentic cuisine and unique service.The Hamptons serves up a menu of classic dishes in generous portions with a chic twist. Truffle can be found almost everywhere from egg dishes to wedges while burgers are filled with wagyu beef. This comfortable and relaxed setting has both indoor and outdoor seating options and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. We advise booking in advance, especially during weekends as it gets busy.
3. The Sum of Us, Trade Centre
The Sum of Us was masterminded by the team behind Tom&Serg cafe and offers guests a similar hipster-industrial vibe. As well as a gourmet cafe, The Sum of Us also features a sourdough bakery and speciality coffee roastery. All dishes are made from raw ingredients from scratch. The venue has a simple menu focused on hearty dishes like the pie of the day, burgers and the chicken katsu bowl. Baristas offer guests the chance for complimentary coffee tastings from the roastery.
4. Common Grounds, JBR, DIFC, Mall of The Emirates, JLT
This chain of healthy eateries can be found across Dubai with the most recent branch opening in JBR. Perfect for a nutritious lunch on the go, Common Grounds, serves up healthy versions of classic dishes like sourdough pizza and the kale caesar wrap as well as flatbreads, salads, smoothies, juices and freshly baked bread and pastries. A pared-back modern interior design filled with potted plants and natural materials creates a relaxed vibe.
5. The Grey, Al Safa
Contemporary, minimalist cafe The Grey centres around ‘the grey areas’ and attracts a style-conscious, edgy crowd. The colour informs the palette throughout the building – everything from floor to furnishings is a shade of monochrome, and coffee is even served from a piece of grey slate. The menu is well presented and comprises fresh ingredients. Breakfast includes baked pastries such as The Grey’s signature charcoal croissant as well as warm dishes like truffled eggs, later in the day visitors can dine on main dishes such as salads, chicken katsu and the teriyaki salmon bowl. As well as the large indoor dining space that resembles an art gallery, there’s a courtyard that opens up to guests during evenings and weekends and an additional outdoor seating area.
6. Tom & Serg, Al Quoz
Tom & Serg Cafe is tucked away in Al Quoz, an industrial area in the centre of Dubai, within walking distance of Alserkal arts district and The Courtyard. The eatery pioneered as a boho hangout, bringing the atmosphere and approach of Melbourne to the Middle East. Think artisanal coffee in a two-floor warehouse setting. Expect concrete, exposed vents and perfectly served flat white coffee. Dining options include freshly baked goods as well as inventive main dishes like the banh mi baguettes with kimchi beef brisket and lime mayonnaise. Tom & Serg have several vegetarian and vegan options on their menu.
7. Comptoir 102, Jumeirah
Comptoir 102 is a Dubai classic and has been popular among locals since its launch in 2012. The cafe and concept store are situated inside a 1970s California- inspired villa. Guests can dine inside the villa or on comfy boho cushions under the covered terrace. The menu is organic and ingredient-driven. Chalkboard menus change daily in line with seasonal ingredients. The concept store offers visitors eclectic options across fashion, jewellery, beauty, homeware and gifts.
8. Secret Garden by L’eto, City Walk
Secret Garden by London pastry destination, L’eto, brings in the crowds with its Instagrammable decor – think pink floral walls and neon signs. Not one for those on a diet, the breakfast menu serves up sweet treats such as strawberry and banana pancakes prepared with homemade jam and cream or apple cinnamon crepes dusted in edible gold powder. There are over 40 desserts on the menu here the most famous being the Dulce De Leche. Beverages include Insta-friendly colourful mocktails as well as L’eto’s signature coffees. Savoury dishes are limited here but include a mozzarella melt croissant.
9. Boston Lane, The Courtyard, Al Quoz
Located in The Courtyard across from Dubai’s art district, Alserkal Avenue, Boston Lane takes its influence from Melbourne’s coffee, breakfast and lunch culture. With its open-air setting, Boston Lane is an excellent spot to enjoy Dubai’s winter weather. There’s a hipster vibe and inside visitors can shop for art, gifts and homeware. The setting is filled with greenery bringing the outdoors in. Dine on filling comfort food such as the ‘epic tuna melt’, chicken katsu curry, salads or chips.
10. Tania’s Teahouse, Umm Sequim
This pretty pink spot in Umm Suqeim is a magnet for influencers and those looking to indulge in a menu of fresh bites and sweet treats. The teas which make Tania’s Teahouse famous are ethically sourced and have been custom-blended by Tania herself. Indulge in one of their Insta-famous candy-coloured high teas. Tania’s Teahouse has kitsch interiors and potted cacti throughout out as well as an open-air terrace. It’s just one street back from the beach, making it the perfect teatime spot following a morning spent in the sun.