Stomping Grounds Breakfast options at this cool, popular café in Jumeirah are vast, and range from bruschetta benedict to lobster benedict, but the winner in our eyes is the cold porridge. Loads of the breakfast dishes are served all day, so if you fancy pancakes for lunch or loaded waffles for dinner, you can. There are also loads of tasty salads, sandwiches (don’t miss the toasties) and more. And of course special mention has to go to the coffee.
Open Sat-Wed 7.30am-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 7.30pm-midnight. Jumeirah 1, www.stompingrounds.ae (04 344 4451).
This place is a treat for Instagram fans, kitted out in pretty pastels and snap-tastic décor. There’s also a lovely terrace to spend a lazy weekend morning. Dishes on the (puntastic) breakfast menu include “I yam what I yam” (caramelised bananas and sweet potato pancakes) and “you’re all I avo wanted” (avo toast with poached eggs). Everything is fresh, tasty and healthy – plus there are loads of vegan and gluten-free options too.
Open daily 8am-midnight. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 399 3333).
This cool spot in Umm Suqeim is popular at all times of day and night, but it also does a cracking breakfast. Dishes include tasty Turkish-style scrambled eggs with peppers and tomatoes, an authentic Turkish omelette with goat’s cheese and spinach and eggs with Turkish pastrami. Sweet tooth in the morning? Don’t miss the bee honeycomb served with thick Turkish cream for an indulgent start to your day. We didn’t say that was healthy, mind.
Open daily 9am-1am. Umm Suqeim (04 338 9688).
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. Expect a queue if you arrive at peak time on a weekend – but it’s worth it for the top brekkie dishes by the beach. It’s super-kid-friendly too.
Open daily 7am-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR, www.eggspectaction.com (04 430 7252).
Fancy a cooked brekkie? From full Irish fry-ups to toasties, eggs and omelettes, there’s plenty to satisfy morning cravings at this popular Irish pub. Don’t miss the baps – choose from egg, bacon, sausage or all three, stuffed into a soft roll. Just don’t dribble that yolk down your chin.
Open daily 8am- 2am. Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.fibbersdubai.com (04 332 2400).
Jones the Grocer
This Australian café at Emirates Golf Club is packed on a weekend morning with hungry families. 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. Don’t eat bread? Trade it out with an excellent sweet potato, avocado and eggs dish. Plus breakfast is served until 4pm at weekends, lie in ahoy.
Open Sun-Thu 6am-11pm. Emirates Golf Club, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 417 9999).
Jumeirah Beach Road is known for its unique, interesting eateries, and Kulture House is no exception. As you enter the converted villa on Jumeirah Beach Road there’s a warm, friendly vibe and trendy décor. The venue is split into several spaces, and you’ll be welcomed by a coffee bar and a shop selling various trinkets. The breakfast menu is interesting, including dishes such as jalapeño eggs Benedict and labneh shakshuka. Don’t miss the avocado toast, which is incredibly prettily plated with a layer of vibrant pink beetroot hummus, an arty avocado flower plus a scattering of seeds and
Open daily 9am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (056 328 8817).
While Myocum, an Aussie coffee shop and casual eatery, can’t claim to be the first of its kind in the city, it is worthy of checking out. There’s a dedication to serving good coffee here, such is the Australian way, but the menu is filled with interesting breakfast dishes – which are served until 3pm (we approve). The Thai Benedict is a winner (also breakfast is served until 3pm here, we approve). The hollandaise takes on a green curry flavour and the poached eggs sit on top of a papaya salad, as well as avocado and sourdough.
Open Sun-Thu 7am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7am-midnight. Dar Al Wasl Mall, Jumeirah, www.myocumdubai.com (054 5305 9051).
If you’re on a beach trip with the family at a weekend, this is a top spot in La Mer to check out. We love the tropical, tasty açai bowls, while the avo toast is a beauty. Sweet tooth? Opt for the chocolate brownie-topped pancakes and prepare to have a nap on the sand later on.
Open Sat-Wed 9am-midnight, Thu-Sat 9am-1am. La Mer, Jumeirah 1 (04 330 8390).
Pots, Pans & Boards
British celebrity chef Tom Aikens’ spot at The Beach is a super-popular hangout on the weekend, with good reason. This cool, casual restaurant serves up a splendid morning-time meal with everything from smoked salmon and scrambled eggs to a full English, avocado and poached eggs on toast to freshly-baked pastries. There’s a special kids’ play area inside and it’s right opposite the beach playground, too, making it a hit with families.
Open Sun-Wed 9am-midnight, Thu-Sat 9am-1am. The Beach, opposite JBR, www.potspansandboards.ae (04 456 1959).