An Aussie café that’s worth the drive for the top-notch flat whites alone. Everything about this contemporary dining spot is bang on. Dishes have adventurous flavour combinations and creative presentation, and the restaurant has a warm and homely vibe.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-11.30am, Fri-Sat 8am-12pm, 12.30pm-11pm. KOA Canvas, Wadi Al Safa 3, www.lowe-dubai.com (04 320 1890).
A petit bistro serving up grand food. This quaint café dishes up big, bold Balkan meals that are rib-stickingly delicious. There are very few tables and the stacks of literature on the handful of tables make it genuinely feel like sitting down to breakfast in someone’s home. The hearty staples on the menu are synonymous with countries in south-eastern Europe, but for a taste of the whole region, the Balkan breakfast is a must-try.
Open daily 7.30am-11pm. Park Regis Boutique Hotel, Jumeirah Street, Umm Suqeim 3, www.21grams.me (050 841 5021).
This cosy and homey Australian stalwart in the heart of Jumeirah 1, is always buzzing. It could be down to the impressive range of breakfast dishes, or the tasty brunch options, or the sensational coffees. We think it’s a combination of them all.
Open Sat-Wed 7.30am-11pm, Fri-Sat 7.30am-midnight. Villa 98, 12D Street, Jumeirah, www.stompinggrounds.ae (04 344 4451).
Amongst Few Café
This uber-cool, urban café is a plant-based dieter’s dream with enough vegan options to keep them going back time and again. Meat and seafood lovers won’t be disappointed either as beef burgers, fish tacos and lemon pepper chicken all make it onto the menu. It also has a shop, should you be looking to update your wardrobe with on-trend clothes and trainers.
Open daily 8am-11pm. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 386 9221).
Inspired by the Melbourne laneway coffee culture, this stunning, compact eatery in the heart of Al Quoz’s pretty courtyard serves up breakfast, lunch and toasties. There are breakfast bowls and granola alongside salads, wraps and sandwiches, plus there are vegan dishes galore to keep the plant-based diners happy. Don’t miss the magnificent toasties.
Open daily 8am-7pm. Courtyard, Al Quoz, www.bostonlane.com (058 517 2131).
All-day breakfasts and chilled-out lunches are on the menu at this ultra-Instagrammable, Bohemian eatery. Expect good, wholesome eats straight from Northern California to your table. Vegan? No problem, there’s a top selection of edible options like the chocolate kale brownie and the banana bread.
Open daily 7am-9pm. Barsha Heights (04 452 9529).
Ticking so many of the healthy-eating foodie boxes including being gluten-free as well as vegetarian and vegan friendly, this chic Jumeirah coffee shop’s menu promotes a conscious and healthy lifestyle, while its furniture store is an Aladdin’s Cave of beautiful one of a kind pieces.
Open daily 8am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, comptoir102.com (04 385 4555).
Gossip Café & Desserts
Healthy and wholesome breakfasts, as well as elegant and imaginative desserts, are the order of the day at this cute spot at BoxPark, but the mains don’t disappoint either. Creative, colourful salads, comforting soups and a range of Middle Eastern-inspired plates make this an all-day dining hotspot – and it’s family-friendly too.
Open daily 10am-11.30pm. BoxPark (04 343 0181).
X marks the spot at this exquisitely designed art deco hangout in Umm Sequiem, and the eclectic menu is a treasure worth discovering. Chia bowls, croissants and eggs for breakfast; Salads and sandwiches for lunch; braised octopus and beef stroganoff for dinner – the variety is impressive, the taste equally so.
Open Sat-Wed 9am-11.30pm, Thu-Fri 9am-1am. 594 Jumeirah Street, www.madtailors.com (04 255 7255).
Sometimes food looks too good to eat, like at Tania’s Teahouse where every single dish is pretty and Instagrammable, just like the interiors that are all pastel pink hues and rose gold furniture. Wash down your breakfast, lunch or supper with one of the gourmet teas, all blended by South African Tania herself.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-10pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.taniasteahouse.com (04 324 0021).