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Gossip Café offers fresh, healthy food with a sophisticated spin from its gorgeous airy setting in BoxPark. It’s a perfect spot for breakfast, with açai bowls, eggs every way and some phenomenal shakshuka, while there’s also a good range of hearty mains and an inventive smoothie menu, too. Good, creative food, that’s top for families too.
Open Sun-Wed 7am-11pm, Thu-Sat 7am-1am. BoxPark (04 343 0181).
With vegan dishes galore, this is a hugely popular spot with plant-based diners. We especially love the banana avocado pancakes for breakfast, but there’s a huge selection all day including sandwiches and salads. Non-veggies, fear not, there are also burgers, curries and more. There’s also an attached shop, selling clothes and accessories.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 386 9221).
If you like kitsch pastel crockery, cute interiors and massive cakes, head to Culinary Boutique for a truly insta-worthy cuppa. As well as all the sugar-laden good stuff, there’s also a good selection of breakfasts and mains, and don’t even think about leaving without trying a lavender cappuccino.
Open Sat-Wed 8pm-11pm, Thu-Fri 8pm-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0023).
Baker & Spice
The food philosophy here is local, organic, fresh and homemade. Opt for perfectly poached eggs on crispy toast, homemade sausages or a mouthwatering array of baked treats to go with your view of the Burj Khalifa.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, bakerandspice.me (04 886 6113).
This gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe serves sustainably-sourced breakfast, lunch and dinner alongside an organic market where you can buy handpicked oils, healthy snacks, tea and local grocery products.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, comptoir102.com (04 385 4555).
Friends’ Avenue Café
A cosy value-for-money café that serves classic comfort dishes such as hamburgers, steaks, soups, salads and specials such as beef brisket.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.friendsavenue.ae (04 554 5813).
Jolie Floral Boutique
Jolie, which means ‘pretty’ in French, is an enchanting flower shop that invites you to indulge in delicious homemade cakes and bakes, sandwiches, soups, teas and coffees alongside beautiful floral arrangements.
Open daily 9am-midnight. City Walk, joliedubai.com (04 345 6922).
This charming café has oodles of arty charm with a community library inside, an open kitchen with diner-style booths, old vinyl records playing and an al fresco area, serving healthy breakfasts and tempting, wholesome mains.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Maisan Towers, Barsha South (04 244 7291).
Try a cup of positivi-tea… Founded by Tania, a devoted tea enthusiast, this tearoom features candy-pink hues and rose gold furniture. All the teas, blended by Tania herself, are served alongside snacks, meals and desserts.
Open Sun-Wed 8am-10pm; Thu 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat 9am-midnight. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.taniasteahouse.com (04 324 0021).
Built for Instagram with pink pineapples and giant pink palm trees, you can’t miss Vibe’s vibrant offering; try a range of vegan dishes, healthy sandwiches, omelettes, gluten-free pasta and varieties of avo on toast.
Open daily 10am-10pm. Al Wasl Road, vibeuae.com (04 339 0087).