Best Cafés in Dubai

Casual dining doesn’t have to mean anything less than a good range of dishes and of course value for money. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant listed to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
Best Cafés in Dubai

Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants and cafés. So if you want a casual bite, here's your guide to the best cafés in Dubai.

Casual dining doesn’t have to mean anything less than a good range of dishes and of course value for money. Time Out has visited each and every restaurant listed to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.

Chinese 04 405 2703 Sheikh Zayed Road

If you’re looking for a quality Chinese meal between New and Old Dubai, Shang Palace should be high on your list. It may not have the hip vibe of DIFC counterparts Royal China and Hakkasan, but it’s still a relatively stylish venue, with its dynastic décor and first floor balcony setting, looking down onto the Shangri-La Hotel’s lavish lobby. A vast and easy-to-navigate menu includes broths, traditional bites and plenty of meat, seafood and vegetarian meals. But the prices for some dishes are a bit inflated considering the portions, with appetisers and main courses roughly the same size. A star starter is the crispy king prawns with mango and mayonnaise. They come with a hint of wasabi that works wonderfully with the prawn and fruit juices. The spicy sesame chicken is another generous and tasty choice. Some signature dishes however, such as the barbeque beef ribs with homemade green apple sauce, deserve less recognition than Chinese food classics like the sweet and sour chicken. Opt for the weekend brunch offers to really indulge in what Shang Palace has to offer.

This stylish café tempts you at the entrance with its glass cabinets full of French pastries, fruit-topped galettes, rainbow coloured macaroons and glistening cheesecakes. You’ll be obsessing over dessert before you’ve even ordered a main. The staff are friendly and nothing is too much trouble; tea and coffee is kept topped up and they happily guide you through the menus. Guests are offered newspapers and magazines, and the ambience is leisurely and comfortable. There are large yellow contouring chairs and gentle music played, meaning one can happily spend time sipping a caffeinated brew without feeling rushed. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, though it’s very easy to find yourself here through more than one sitting. Afternoon tea is also served and comes with a range of speciality teas and accompanying cakes. Choix, with its stylish decor, welcoming staff and excellent food, brings the best of French café culture to this corner of Festival City.

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