5 to try: Dubai family cafes

Ikea, Mini Monsters, Funky Monkeys and more places to grab a snack


Looking for somewhere to eat with the brood that doesn’t break the bank? We’ve got you covered!

There’s more to Ikea than Swedish furniture and annoying queues, as it also houses a spacious, welcoming cafe serving affordable fare. With a different ‘dish of the day’ every day of the week that costs Dhs19, choose from options including BBQ chicken fried rice, Chicken escalope and Mixed vegetable stew. If you’re not a meat eater, don’t worry as there are vegetarian dishes such as Hakka noodles and Lasagne Al Forno. Nippers seeking a light bite can opt for a soup for just Dhs7.
Sun-Wed 9am-10.30pm, Thurs-Sat 10am-12am. Dubai Festival City. www.ikea.com/ae (800 4532).

Funky Monkeys Playland
With a cafe onsite serving kids meals that cost Dhs12, Funky Monkeys Playland is a one-stop-shop for food and adventure. Nippers can take their pick of nuggets and fries, or pizza and fries, which are both served with water. What’s more, for a further Dhs30, kids have access to the jungle-themed soft play area which contains slides, soft balls and array of other fun activities – perfect for the tykes to burn off some energy after the meal.
Sun-Wed 9am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-9pm. Wasl Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. www.funkymonkeysuae.com (04 388 4114).

Cafe Ceramique
Sprogs are spoiled for choice at Cafe Ceramique; not only can they unleash their creative personality painting pottery, they can enjoy a menu offering dishes like Burger Mania: a chicken or beef burger served with fries on the side, Potbellie’s Pizza: homemade pizza topped with mushrooms, olives, onions and peppers, Frank-en-Stein: a grilled beef hotdog, and many more options. All the meals are accompanied by a juice pack and cost Dhs17. 9am-midnight, daily.
www.cafeceramique.ae, Town Centre Mall, Jumeirah (04 344 733), Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City (04 232 8616).

Jones the Grocer
Every day of the week, Jones the Grocer run a special offer: when you buy two main meals, one kid eats for free! Boasting an international menu fused with Australian flair, the sprogs can choose from dishes such as pumpkin soup, crispy chicken, fish and chips, and more. After the meal, the kids can enjoy browsing the cheese room complete with a variety of imported speciality cheeses, and have fun checking out the selection of gourmet goodies for sale around the store.
Sun-Thurs 8am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (opposite Times Square Centre) www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 346 6886).

Mini Monsters
Bring the monsters for a meal at Mini Monsters cafe, which showcases a diverse menu suitable for both parents and sprogs, offering everything from pizza to salad, and crunchy samosa to pasta. The little ones can enjoy options such as mac and cheese (Dhs15), chicken nuggets and chips (Dhs15), or if they’re after a more wholesome feast, a jacket potato (Dhs25), available with a variety of toppings. For an extra Dhs50, the tykes get one hour access to the play area featuring the UAE’s largest slide – along with other different fun zones.
Mon-Sun 9am-8pm. Located off Exit 42 on Sheikh Zayed Road. www.minimonsters.ae (04 341 4459).

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