Sit with friends late into the night at these Dubai cafes
Time Out Dubai staff
After Hours Games Night at Kris Kros For a chilled-out hangout on the Boulevard, pop into Kris Kros. This contemporary lounge serves up a variety of international foods, but after dining, guests aren’t hurried out of the restaurant, but are welcome to stay, relax and take part in an after-hours games night. Play cards, chess, scrabble and backgammon with your friends, and mingle with other diners, too. Dhs85 per person (parties of two or more), Dhs105 per person (parties of four or more). Daily 7pm-2.30am. Boulevard Plaza Tower II, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.kriskros.com (04 453 9994).
Al Reef Lebanese Bakery Karama is a nocturnal corner of the city. Once the sun goes down and all the shop lights switch on, it’s a vibrant place to visit and Al Reef bakery churns out manakish and cheese roti 24/7. The Zabeel Road branch is seriously no-frills, but worth popping into for post dinner Baklava or a chilli cheese manakish at 3am. Open 24 hours. Zabeel Road, Karama (04 396 8999).
Bertin Bistro and Restaurant Get a taste of Spain at this new restaurant on Al Manara Street, which serves everything from breakfast in the downstairs bistro to late-night snacks and shisha in the upstairs Andalusia-inspired lounge. This place offers hearty and tasty food full of flavour and a bakery with breads and cakes. The new first floor lounge is open until 2am every day and until 4am during Ramadan. Daily, 8am-4am during Ramadan. Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.bertinbistro.com (04 321 9239).
Essor This new eatery within Damac Maison Dubai Mall Street offers authentic high-end Khaleeji and Emirati cuisine in Downtown. Diners can sample a variety of foods from across the Gulf – such as lamb makhmoud, chicken thareed and umm ali – in a traditional majlis setting. Daily noon-11pm. Damac Maison Dubai Mall Street, Downtown Dubai, www.damacproperties.com (04 270 0700).
Keif Restaurant Those seeking a late-night munch and shisha will be satisfied at this smart modern Lebanese café. Keif is open almost all hours throughout the summer and the restaurant will have a tent during Ramadan serving up a traditional Lebanese iftar and suhoor with a live oud player. Daily 9am-5am. Blue Bay Tower, Business Bay, www.keifrestaurant.com (800 5343).
Life n’One This Jumeirah hideaway is popular with the students who attend the yoga classes and workshops that take place in the studio. Now, the charming café has introduced an air-conditioned terrace for the summer. It serves a healthy menu of soups, raw vegan platters, salads, and tasty vegetable pies. All dishes are gluten- and dairy-free. Daily 8am-9pm. 27b Street, Community 332, Villa 5/1b Jumeirah 1, www.lifenone.com (04 343 6676).
SALT Dubai’s love affair with independent food trucks continues, even through the summer. Adapting to the rising evening temperatures, SALT, the silver airstream with a tasty menu of burgers (the Cheetos Chicken Burger is a must), fries and shakes, has introduced a covered terrace with air conditioning. Staying open until 4am during Ramadan, the beachside eatery is one of Kite Beach’s top hotspots. Daily noon-midnight, 7pm-4am during Ramadan. Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim, @findsalt.
The Mine Not strictly an eatery, but during Ramadan this contemporary art space will become an alternative and artsy place to break your fast. The nightly pop-up iftar ‘Dine in Design’ offers a luxurious menu of modern Arabic cuisine devised by Elements catering group. Dhs250 per person. Daily 7pm-1am. Warehouse 38, Al Quoz 1 (04 321 2669).
The Surf Café Dubai Just around the corner from Umm Suqeim Park and Sunset Beach, this café has a laid-back vibe, from its décor to its food presentation. The Surf Café Dubai offers Mediterranean-style fresh seafood, cold juices and smoothies. Daily 8am-midnight, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.thesurfcafedubai.com (04 346 6292).
The Sum of Us The new café from coffee maestros Tom & Serg sees the trendy dining spot bring its speciality coffee and rustic food to Downtown. The Sum of Us runs a dinner service from 7pm to 10pm, but it’s walk-in only so get there early. Daily, 7pm-10pm. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.facebook.com/thesumofusdubai (056 445 7526).