4/5 Dhs150 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Avocado and poached eggs on toast Ideal for the cooler months, this branch of Baker & Spice is set right on the Marina, with pretty views and a deli-style vibe. The menu is extensive, with healthy options including a spinach and feta omelette (piping hot and packed full of fillings) and an excellent (and prettily presented) avocado and poached eggs on toast. There are also plenty of pastries and cakes if you’re in need of a morning treat. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon. Fri-Sat 8am-2pm.
3/5 Dhs120 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Eggs menemen Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, this vast, contemporary venue in BoxPark is flooded with natural light in the mornings and offers shelf-lined walls boasting an eclectic selection of books. The breakfast menu has a range of classic and traditional egg dishes, including the Turkish eggs menemen made with scrambled eggs, sautéed tomatoes and green peppers, as well as continental platters, all of it said to be made in-house using fresh produce. Overall, the quality of dishes is a bit hit and miss, but with more than 100 options across the entire all-day menu, there’s something to suit everyone. Served daily 8am-2pm.
4.5/5 Dhs110 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Breakfast Brothaus A traditional German café with industrial touches in the exposed piping, this is a cool place to dine. The breakfast Brothaus comes with a huge omelette, pastry, tea or coffee and juice, all for Dhs60. It’s a good value start to the day. Served daily 7.30am-11.30am.
5/5 Dhs150 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Buckwheat pancakes with “green” eggs and avocado Breakfast is served in a bright, bamboo-lined conservatory at the back of Comptoir 102. It’s not too busy – most of the tables are for two people, so there are people catching up with friends or reading that morning’s newspaper. If you’re hoping for a greasy fry-up you’ll be disappointed. This place specialises in vegetarian and vegan dishes, and smoothies with ingredients such as kale, almond milk and cherries, and everything is made that day. Served daily 7.30am-noon.
4/5 Dhs120 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Eggs and avocado on toast This is a quirkily decorated venue that has a menu full of dishes and ingredients to get hipsters and healthy mums cooing with delight (think quinoa, kale and açaí). The coffee is cold-brew, single-origin and made with skinny milk (try the orange twist – cold Guatemalan coffee with orange zest, date molasses, soda water and a custardy foam). Breakfast is served all day. The eggs and avocado on toast is cracking and looks pretty, finished with seeds and edible flowers. The house breakfast has three smoky beef sausages, eggs, mushrooms and sweet potato and coconut patties – wonderful. Served daily 8am-6pm.
4/5 Dhs250 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Full English The menu is geared towards homesick British expats, so naturally there’s a huge full English option on that list – although the eggs aren’t always cooked perfectly. The scrambled eggs on toast with salmon is a good choice if you’re after a lighter option. Enjoy it on the terrace in the sunshine. Served Fri-Sat 9am-noon.
4/5 Dhs200 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Lobster Benny A lively, family-friendly restaurant with welcoming staff and a varied menu. The lobster Benny offers a twist on the classic eggs Benedict; it’s two poached eggs, pan-fried lobster on soft toasted muffins covered in a lobster reduction. It’s served with sautéed potatoes and, strangely, a side of fruit (but a simple salad would work). It’s popular at weekends so be sure to arrive early to get a table. Served daily 7am-midnight.
4.5/5 Dhs30 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Egg burji kathi roll With more than 50 different egg dishes on the menu, all costing less than Dhs20 each, you’re spoilt for choice for breakfast. From a dreamy egg burji kathi roll to shakshuka, Mexican omelette and a shezuan egg and cheese sandwich, this café has all tastes covered. The spicy egg paratha packs a punch – stuffed with scrambled eggs, onions, tomatoes, chilli and coriander, while the kathi roll is an indulgent breakfast treat. It’s best enjoyed with a sweet Rainbow Milk coffee. Served daily 8am-11pm.
2.5/5 Dhs100 (average cost for two) Signature breakfast dish: Shakshuka The café is cool, quirky and industrial-chic, with vintage metallic furniture and flea market knick-knacks enticing you in. Sadly the breakfast dishes don’t match the well-thought-out décor. The shakshuka is like tinned tomatoes topped with two poached eggs. It lacks that crisp top or any distinct flavour. Try the Fümé muesli instead. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-2pm.
5/5 Dhs92 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Eggs Benedict The boulangerie part of Vida Downtown’s terrific French restaurant La Serre borrows all the culinary mastery of the upstairs bistro for a breakfast of undeniable brilliance. Half of the dishes are organic and egg-based, and presented with the class of a fine-dining establishment (and not priced accordingly – nothing falls the wrong side of Dhs65). The atmosphere is abuzz with large groups all sharing the vast range of freshly baked breads and pastries. Served daily 7am-4.30pm.
3/5 Dhs130 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Açaí berry and banana blend served in a fresh coconut Free-spirited types keen to embrace their inner hippie will feel at home in this cafe. Housed in a big gazebo, there’s only a huge fan keeping things cool – natural is the aesthetic here; even the furniture is fashioned from tree trunks. Slogans such as “if you’re not barefoot then you’re overdressed” invite you in. The freedom pancakes (free of sugar, dairy, gluten and guilt) are a light, welcome change to the norm and the frozen açaí berry and banana blend served in a coconut is refreshing and gives you a real boost. Delicious. Daily 8am-7pm.
4/5 Dhs90 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Shakshuka Effort has gone into making this industrial warehouse-style café feel welcoming and cool. It’s less family-centric than its big Al Wasl Square sister, so it’s great for couples and small groups to catch up. The selection is comprehensive and a little inventive – think waffles with feta cheese and sun-dried tomatoes. The café promises gourmet and it delivers – the wagyu meatballs elevate the shakshuka, which is so good we could have gone for seconds. Served Sun-Thu 8am-6pm; Fri-Sat 9am-7pm.
5/5 Dhs70 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Eggs. Any way you want them This spot that specialises in eggs Indian-style is one of our favourite places for a fuss-free breakfast. Be ready to wait for a table if you go early at the weekend, this is a popular venue with families, couples and groups of friends. It’s super cheap and everything is packed with flavour. The chai is worth the trip alone, but try the crush half fry for spicy masala fried eggs with onions and tomatoes and the eggs with green gravy if you want something a little more filling. Served with paratha or pav, everything here is worth trying. Served daily 8am-11.30pm.
5/5 Dhs150 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Corned beef hash with fried egg This British pub is bustling even at breakfast. Parents who have dropped their kids to school, keep fit fans post-work out, and professionals having morning meetings are all in attendance. It’s also popular for a reason, the food here is excellent. The full English and Belly Buster (twice the size) are packed with everything you’d expect, but we really love the crispy corned beef hash – it’ll keep you full all day. Served daily 8am-11.30am.
4/5 Dhs112 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Chocolate hazelnut French toast This contemporary café is as serious about its newly launched breakfast menu as it is about its java blends. With just eight dishes to choose from – good, as we don’t always like to be inundated with choice – the no-nonsense breakfast here is tasty and does the job. There is no compromise on the amount of Nutella lathered in between two pieces of brioche in the chocolate hazelnut French toast. Tip: if you order this, pick a flavour-free coffee, as you’ll need the bitter beans to wash down all that sugar. Served daily 7am-noon.
4/5 Dhs120 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: A Touch of Class Any health-conscious diner would love a breakfast session at Motor City’s Cycle Bistro, where everything is served sugar- and wheat-free. As it’s connected to a home-grown cycling shop, expect to eat alongside plenty of fitness enthusiasts and loyal customers enjoying the organic breakfast options that range from quinoa porridge to gluten-free waffles and the caveman-friendly rib-eye steak dish. Then there’s the Touch of Class – paleo-style muffins with sautéed organic kale, cold smoked salmon, hollandaise sauce, poached free-range eggs and slow-roasted vine tomatoes. Classy indeed. Served Sun-Tue 8am-7.30pm; Wed 8am-8.30pm; Fri-Sat 8am-4.30pm.
4.5/5 Dhs140 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: The Hamptonian It’s easy to see why you often need to wait for a table at Jumeirah’s The Hamptons Café. Firstly, the warm and homely décor in the cosy three-storey villa is inviting. Then, the food is always excellent. For breakfast, there are a raft of tempting dishes with gourmet flavours, such as the truffle-coddled free-range eggs or home-made granola with orange blossom honey and the basket of bread with the rosemary and Maldon sea salt focaccia. The Hamptonian comes with two free-range eggs (cooked however you like them) on brioche toast, with turkey bacon, veal sausages, vine tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. And there’s a classic eggs Benedict, too. Yum. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-12.45pm.
3/5 Dhs100 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Steak & Eggs While breakfast is served all day at this new, calorie-conscious pit-stop in JLT’s Cluster Y, the choice is as small as the venue – there are only three dishes. Steak & Eggs, Egg Quinoa Tabbouleh and Greek Granola. Served in an attractive stack, the first of the trio is the most impressive-looking, but the beef is a little tough. Opt for the tabbouleh for an extra hit of greens and fibre. Served Sat-Wed 9am-10.15pm; Thu-Fri 9am-11.15pm.
4/5 Dhs140 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Fried eggs in herbed yoghurt The phrase can be used too often, but this really is a hidden gem. It sits in front of the (waterless) canal in Dubai Sports City alongside a few takeaways and casual eateries, but this is something pretty special. Like most Greek places, it’s simple and rustic, but the venue lets the food do the talking. Breakfasts are especially excellent and we love the cheesy omelette, stuffed with beef sopresassta, a cured salami, basil and mozzarella. However, our favourite is the fried eggs served on herbed yoghurt and bread with feta. Fresh, tasty, excellent. Served daily 7.30am-noon.
4/5 Dhs156 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Breton breakfast A little tranche of Paris in the heart of Dubai Marina, Bistro des Arts is a clean, welcoming venue serving dishes with Gallic flair. The Breton breakfast is a superb all-rounder at a bargain price, containing as it does jam with a half baguette, a pot of tea, glass of juice, a cracking crêpe and some of the best scrambled eggs you are ever likely to sample. Served daily 7.30am-noon.
4/5 Dhs150 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Bystro brisket hash This sleek Al Manara hangout lives up to its reputation, with quality food, fantastic service and a buzzing atmosphere. The tasty full English is definitely nothing you’d find in a greasy spoon, while the signature brisket hash is a wonderful combo of tender, slow-cooked beef, fried eggs, punchy patatas bravas and a nicely spiced tomato sauce. It’s great for families, too. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-4pm.
4.5/5 Dhs180 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Short rib Benedict Sitting just behind Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, if you don’t live locally, Clinton Street is somewhere you’ll have to make a journey too. But believe us, it’s worth it. The original is in New York, and the Big Apple vibe is apparent here, too. From the excellent coffee to the amazing pancakes, it’s an authentic slice of the US. Our favourite, though, is the short rib Benedict. The meat is fall-apart tender and full of flavour, and proves the perfect accompaniment to the eggs and sauce. Served daily 8am-11pm.
3.5/5 Dhs200 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: All American buffet Eggs, pancakes, cereals, fruit and baked goods: every possible breakfast option is covered here. There’s an extensive all-day à la carte menu, but also a full buffet that runs until 11am. Food is fresh, tasty and well presented, but it has a bit of a business hotel vibe. Served daily 6am-11am.
3.5/5 Dhs100 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Fibber Magee’s Breakfast Here you get a huge plate featuring beef sausage, beef bacon, hash browns, mushrooms, tomatoes and toast. There’s also a cup of beans, which can be scooped up with the sausage, like a savoury 99. You can be sure of a bustling atmosphere at almost any time of day at Fibber’s. Served daily 8am-11am.
3/5 Dhs75 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Poached egg on toast jones has got “please-all” down to a tee. Packed with families and groups of friends, the vast open-plan space – not to mention coffee bar on one side and playground outside on the other – is a hive of activity all day, every day. It serves a fairly standard range of breakfast dishes with a smattering of unique creations, such as the banana, peanut butter and açaí bowl, or dairy- and sugar-free quinoa and bulgar wheat porridge. Served Sun-Thu 7.30am-11pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11pm.
5/5 Dhs131 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: The Big One Despite an army of rivals hitting the café scene since The Lime Tree first launched in the city 15 years ago, this home-grown brand is currently experiencing something of a revival. Its Al Quoz location is going from strength to strength, aided by the expansion of Alserkal Avenue and the opening of nearby leisure hotspots such as Bounce, while the easy-to-get-to nature of its bright and stylish Sheikh Zayed Road branch makes it a more appealing option than in a mall at the weekend. Fridays and Saturdays see a rotating list of breakfast specials available, in addition to its regulars. If you’ve woken up ravenous, look no further than The Big One – a plate piled high with beef bacon and sausage, free-range organic eggs as you like them, grilled tomato, sautéed mushrooms, toast and a potato patty. There’s a veggie alternative, too. Served daily 7.30am-11am.
4/5 Dhs140 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: The Mediterranean breakfast This is an unmistakably British-style restaurant, but its breakfast is more than just greasy spoon cafeteria grub. So from the crispy fried chicken with pancakes and maple syrup to the curry baked beans and beef sausage on toast, everyone will find something familiar. The homely vibe starts with the décor and continues onto an offering that includes a rich, creamy hot chocolate and even a selection of home-made pastries and cakes. Served daily 8am-noon.
2/5 Dhs90 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Wellness Breakfast A popular haunt for families and hotel guests, this restaurant has the assets for a perfect Saturday morning breakfast setting. There are comfortable leather couches, modern Middle Eastern art hanging on walls, indoor fauna and cool Bali-esque wooden detailing. However, even though they serve three types of set breakfast menu to suit different palates: Oriental, Wellness and The Fry-Up, they lack in service and quality. The Wellness Breakfast looks better on paper than what is actually brought to the table. The egg white omelette is runny; the soy and quinoa panna cotta is just a mason jar of milk with uncooked quinoa sitting at the bottom; and the coffee is decaffeinated. We’ll opt for The Fry-Up next time. Served daily 24 hours.
3/5 Dhs80 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Avocado and tomato on Omega 3 toast Here, we have a café in a garden centre. Which is much nicer than you might imagine. We’re actually known to pop in regardless of whether we’re picking up petunias – it’s that nice. Happily, breakfast is served all day on weekends, and you’ll find good coffees, juices and smoothies to go with your food. There are a few choices of mueslis, granolas and the like, as well as the excellent (if not now a little familiar) avocado on toast. Ripe, fresh tomatoes give this version a slightly different slant, though. If eggs are your thing, try the rocket pesto scramble on rye. Served Sun-Thu 8am-noon; Fri-Sat 8am-8pm.
3.5/5 Dhs90 (average for two) Signature breakfast dish: Shakshuka This industrial-chic dining space, more dinner hall than restaurant, is a good place to catch up with friends and fill up on your daily fuel. It’s well priced and straightforward, so don’t expect any frills. What you can expect are good juices and smoothies, healthy cereals and top egg dishes, especially the shakshuka. Ask for the eggs to be soft and the golden yolks will ooze over the rich, spicy tomato and red pepper sauce. Served daily 6.30am-11.30pm.
The Burj Khalifa restaurant has just launched a new breakfast, so you can start your day on a high note on the 122nd floor to stunning panoramic views of Dowtown Dubai. Tuck into a selection of delectable pastries and cheeses from the Continental stand before ordering a mouthwatering main course. There are classics such as waffles, French toast, crêpes and omelettes on offer, along with unlimited fresh juice and coffee. Truffle scrambled eggs and slow-cooked beef fillet with organic eggs can all be chosen from the signature dish menu, while an à la carte list is also available, offering even more variety. Get your teeth into hot dishes including the blue lobster eggs Benedict pictured on our cover. It is a taste triumph. Bon Appétit. Dhs325 per person. Served daily 7am-10.30am.