This Deira café had a head-to-toe makeover in 2016, revealing itself as a health-conscious, industrial venue that you’ll certainly want want to make the journey for. The rustic interiors are accented with reclaimed wood features, metallic lampshades and abstract art pieces. While the “health” tagline might scare some away from dining at this café, know that it’s not all chia seeds and quinoa down here. You can get a hearty almond butter and jelly sandwich that’s wrapped in protein bread and served with a scoop of Nutella. And there’s a courgette “spaghetti” dish on the menu that adds to the hipster appeal. However, also on the varied menu is a burger served with melted brie, and a sweet potato gnocchi casserole, which will have you loosening your belts. The smashed avocado on toast comes on a wooden chopping board (very Instagrammable), and it’s one of the best in town.
From the moment you step inside this airy and spacious café just off Sheikh Zayed Road, you feel a sense of belonging. Even when there’s a considerably long wait at the door and energetic kids are all chasing each other, Bystro still feels like a warm, family-friendly eatery where you’d want to bring visitors. It trumps the coolest cafés in Dubai. Green shrubs hang low from the ceiling, books containing earthy, home-style recipes rest on the shelves and freshly made lamingtons lure you from the kitchen counter. Bystro has the beautiful elements to keep you within its walls, but it’s the tasty, simple food that will make you want to return. The house-made granola is full of flavour, while the smashed avocado is a humble nod to the Australian classic breakfast dish. With a speedy turnover of customers and its curated interiors, Bystro’s laid-back vibe makes it worthy of becoming your regular weekend spot.
With a name like that, you’d expect eggspectation to serve a mean breakfast. Thankfully, it does. And the droves that flock here every weekend know it. However, there are equal amounts of burgers, pastas, flatbreads and other dishes on the menu to balance it out. But really, check out those egg dishes – especially the Lobster Benny, Southwest Sunrise omelette and Yolk Around The Clock bagel, filled with two sunny-side-up eggs, two cheeses and beef bacon.
For too long The Greens has looked longingly at its neighbours (especially JLT) yearning for a little bit of the café culture. Well, not anymore, and thanks to the effortlessly cool Arrows & Sparrows, a second outlet from the team behind Friends’ Avenue Café in JLT, there is an envious gaze from all corners back in the direction of this leafy suburb. Borrowing many of the ingredients that make their first spot a must-visit, particularly in the mix of earthy tones, its mild industrial feel and funky trinkets, it’s already attracting quite the crowd with a refreshing and not-too-try-hard menu of breakfast classics with a twist. For example, Miss Benedict takes two eggs on gorgeous doorstep multigrain bread and tosses in a kale and asparagus salad, a tremendously sweet beetroot hollandaise and a huge dollop of guacamole. Mr Benedict is much the same, adding striploin steak and smoked babaganoush. Both come in at under Dhs50 and are big enough to see you through to dinner. For later-in-the-day visits – breakfast stops at 11am during the week and at 3pm at the weekend – there’s an original array of salads worth tucking into (superfood, tangy rice and peanut chicken, all under Dhs35) served in deep bowls and layered extravagantly. With an ever-evolving menu and a drive to keep ahead of the game, we can't see Arrows & Sparrows doing anything other than flourishing.