Take little book lovers to the kid-friendly café, where they can browse the book library and choose from a menu of book-inspired dishes. You definitely won’t be disappointed by the food either, with all-day breakfast items including everything from filled omelettes to tasty Arabic specialties to stacks of fluffy pancakes.
Open daily from 7.30am. Al Wasl Square. www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).
Stop by this Mall of the Emirates café for breakfast before hitting the shops. With plenty of high-chairs, a varied menu and affordable price tags, it’s a great option for when the family wants to dine together in the mall. The food is great too, with something to please every taste and appetite.
Open daily from 8am. Rich Café, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0945).
Located off Al Thanya Street alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, this café serves a fantastic breakfast (winning the Time Out Kids Award 2015 for Best Breakfast, no less) and has plenty of space to park strollers. There’s also a kids' menu and a small play area for smaller toddlers too.
Open daily from 8am. Al Manara, off Sheikh Zayed Road, www.bystrodubai.com (04 336 8056).
Mirdif residents love this café and cake shop, with its comfortable, cosy interior, yummy breakfast menu and affordable prices. The breakfast smoothies will set you up for the day, whilst the delicious homemade breakfast servings are seriously satisfying. Little diners are well taken care of – and if you pop in after 10am on a Saturday, they can take part in a cookery workshop.
Open daily from 7am. Uptown Mirdiff (04 259 1500).
There’s lots of fun for the kids at this Jumeirah-based restaurant, which invites you to pick your own ceramic ware from the shelves (from mugs to dinosaur models to large plates) and get creative with a rainbow of paints. The food is worth a mention too, providing a hearty and satisfying start to the day, with prices kept on the low.
Open daily from 9am. Town Centre, Jumeirah 1 www.cafeceramique.ae (04 344 7331).
jones the grocer
Head to the original jones the grocer, located off Al Thanya Street, and you will discover a small outside play area to keep little ones entertained. That’s not all, as the food menu is irresistibly good, including a special selection for smaller diners. And before you leave, why not pick up supplies for lunch from the vast selection?
Open daily from 7.30am. Opposite Times Square, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.jonesthegrocer.com (04 346 6886).
It’s not hard to work out why Maison Mathis is a favourite with families in Arabian Ranches, with its pretty setting inside the golf club. On cooler mornings, you can sit on the terrace and tuck into breakfast while the kids enjoy the outdoor play area. On summer days, the large, bright interior makes it perfect for parking strollers and bigger families as you enjoy tasty, healthy food en mass.
Open daily from 7am. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, www.mm-argc.com (04 450 1313).
The Taste Initiative
Located within eco-superstore The Change Initiative on Sheikh Zayed Road, it won’t surprise you to hear that this café serves seriously virtuous food, including organic, gluten-free, and vegan options. Little guests are catered for, with plenty of space for strollers, high-chairs, child-size portions and colouring crayons available to keep them busy.
Open daily from 8am. Barsha 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.thechangeinitiative.com (04 376 9433).
Fancy breakfast before you head to the beach with the family? Eggspectation is the ideal choice, with fantastic views over the sand at JBR Beach. The eatery is open all day, but you can guess from the name that breakfast is its forte, with a plethora of delicious eggy dishes to fuel you for the day. Non-egg lovers are catered for too, meaning there’s something to please everyone when you dine with the whole brood.
Open daily from 7am. The Beach at JBR (by the Hilton), www.eggspectation.com (04 43 07252).
Links at The Montgomerie
Feeling hungry? Links at The Montgomerie is the place to head, with a full cooked breakfast on offer to satisfy even the heartiest appetites. And while you get stuck into the food, little ones can burn energy in the playground. Opening at 6.30am on Friday and Saturday, it’s a good place to head to if you have seriously early risers.
Open 6.30am at weekends. The Academy Building, The Address Montgomerie, www.theaddress.com (04 888 3444).
Try something completely different when you next decide to take the kids to breakfast and pick this cultural spot in the heart of Old Dubai. The stunning setting on the banks of the Creek is worth the trip alone – and the kids can stay busy waving at dhows as they pass by. After a delicious breakfast, why not catch your own abra across the water for a spot of Souk shopping, or head around the corner to the Dubai Museum?
Open daily from 9am. Dubai Creek (alongside the Textile Souk). www.creeksidedubai.me (04 359 9220).
Located at City Walk in Jumeirah 1, this lively and spacious restaurant is the perfect spot for a family breakfast. The kids can tuck into plates of the fluffiest buttermilk pancakes, while the adults refuel with great coffee and giant American-inspired breakfast dishes. There are plenty of high-chairs and the staff are brilliantly family-friendly. What more could you want?
Open daily from 8am. City Walk, Jumeirah 1, www.caramelgroup.com.
A visit to The Farm should be on every family’s Dubai bucket list – even if you do need to book a few weeks in advance to get a table. Surrounded by the lush greenery of Al Barari, with the sound of birds singing and flowing water around you, you’ll soon realise why people keep flocking back – and that’s before you’ve even tucked into plates of seriously tasty food. There is lots of room for little ones to roam and a dedicated menu to make sure they enjoy the experience as much as you do.
Open daily from 7.30am. Al Barari, www.thefarmdubai.com (04 392 5660).
Just a stone’s throw from Safa Park, Pantry Café is a spacious café with a varied breakfast menu to keep the whole family happy. Their ‘Build Your Own Eggs’ option is worth a mention, using the freshest organic eggs, as are the stacks of pancakes served with fruit for a sweet start to the day. Kids and adults alike will be licking their lips even glancing through the menu here.
Open 7.30am (weekdays) and 8.30am (weekends). Al Wasl Square, www.pantrycafe.me (04 388 3868).
Top of the breakfast hit-list for so many Dubai families at the start of the weekend lies Park House. It serves up the freshest food, in the brightest nautical-themed setting. And with its perfectly-whipped cappuccinos and position right opposite the enormous scooter and sand haven that is Kite beach, it simply can’t fail in our eyes. The mini-breakfast includes boiled eggs and toast soldiers or there’s pancakes with maple syrup, Nutella and bananas for a sweet-tooth fix. The Park House team have also opened a kiosk at another family-favourite spot at Al Barsha Pond Park, so they really do have your weekend breakfast/coffee/play options covered. The kiosk serves a smaller but perfectly decent selection of their breakfast treats and, of course, the cappuccinos to help fire you around the playground after your
little people are still top-notch.
Open daily, Park House, Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim and Al Barsha Pond Park, Al Barsha. www.parkhouse.ae.