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Pots, Pans and Boards
Looking for a family-friendly seaside venue for brekkie with the whole gang? Look no further than British celebrity chef Tom Aikens’ spot at The Beach. This cool, casual restaurant serves up a splendid morning-time meal (full English, avo toast et al) and it’s packed out every weekend for that reason.
Open Sun-Wed 9am-midnight, Thu-Sat 9am-1am. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 456 1959).
This Irish pub serves proper pub grub at all hours of the day – but we’re here to talk about the breakfasts. From full Irish fry-ups to toasties, eggs and omelettes, there’s plenty to satisfy morning cravings. Don’t miss the baps – choose from egg, bacon, sausage or all three, stuffed into a soft roll, all for just Dhs35. A bargainous start to the day.
Open daily 8am- 2am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).
This awesome beachfront spot at La Mer serves up a mean breakfast. Whether you’re after belt-busting mountains of chocolate brownie-topped pancakes (yes, really) or a healthy açai bowl, there’s everything you could want, plus some cracking ocean views. Bring your swimmers and make a day of it.
Open Sat-Wed 9am-midnight, Thu-Sat 9am-1am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 330 8390).
Baker & Spice
If you have peckish visitors in town, take them to this picturesque brekkie spot. Opt for perfectly poached eggs on crispy toast, avocado on toast with za’aatar and seeds, organic oatmeal and ricotta pancakes plus a brilliant array of baked treats.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 886 6113).
A pancake stack the size of your head? Go on then. Famous for its eggs, this Canadian chain offers up favourites such as smoked salmon Benedict, fried chicken with waffles, loaded omelettes and Nutella-filled crêpes. It’s all served all-day, so switch off that pesky alarm.
Open daily 7am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (04 430 7252).
Friends’ Avenues Café
If you’re in JLT and want to start your day in the best way with a healthy açai bowl, organic scrambled eggs or a big breakfast board, head to this casual, family-friendly spot. It also does great coffees and is always busy on a weekend morning.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Cluster T, JLT (04 554 5813).
The winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Café 2019 accolade, you can be sure you’re getting a decent start to the day if you choose to have breakfast here. With juices so fresh they zing, alongside organic and gluten-free choices, this is a healthy spot to relax at. Try the bagel with peanut butter and banana (jam on the side) or gluten-free porridge with dates and cinammon for a taste of the Middle East.
Open daily 7am-midnight. BoxPark, Al Wasl Road (04 343 0181).
Jones the Grocer
This Sydney import serves breakfast until 4pm at weekends. Eggs are the hero of an excellent breakfast menu, with smoked salmon Florentine, a traditional English fry-up, chickpea shakshouka and a Persian feta omelette. The pancakes are awesome, too.
Open Sun-Thu 6am-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9999).
You know the drill, it’s 11am and you’re desperate for a bacon sarnie. Well, look no further than this friendly Irish bar in JBR. Serving the original long, late breakfast until 3pm, this is the place for your full Irish fry-up.
Open Thu 12.30pm-3am, Fri-Sat 10am-3am. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2999).
The Surf Café
This chilled-out haven near the beach serves wholesome, nutritious breakfasts with a variety of egg dishes, French toast and breakfast wraps with hash browns as well as vegan juices, dim sum, poke bowls and bento boxes for later on in the day. Perfect for a post-dip refuel (surfing not compulsory).
Open Sun-Thu 7am-10pm; Fri-Sat 7am-10.30pm. Umm Suqeim (04 346 6292).