WINNER: Jolie Boutique & Café
As expected, the flower theme is strong at this cute, kitsch café in City Walk. A home-grown concept, this beautifully presented eatery boasts a foliage ceiling, a flower stall and delightful dishes, all of which come accompanied by a rose for you to take home. However, it’s not all about the aesthetics, as charming as they are. Dishes are top-notch, too, from the avocado and halloumi on toast to the crêpes stuffed with chunky lobster meat. Oh, and don’t miss the freshly baked cakes either. What a treat.
Open daily 9am-11pm. CIty Walk, Al Safa Street (050 170 5657).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Baker & Spice
Tasty fare that is fresh and well-prepared. Highly Commended in the Best Breakfast category, the lunches and dinners aren’t to be sniffed at either.
Open daily 7am-11pm. Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 297 5797). Other locations Souk Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856); Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 425 2240); Marina Promenade, Dubai Marina (04 362 4686); Gold & Diamond Park, Al Quoz (04 887 7086).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Surf Café
Healthy, simple dishes served near the sea. We love it here, and we especially love the poached eggs and avocado on toast.
Open Sat-Wed 7am-10pm; Thu-Fri 7am-10.30pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim (04 346 6292).
SHORTLISTED: Arrows & Sparrows
Spacious and modern café with a lovely shaded outdoor terrace serving healthy food and good coffee.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-6pm. Emaar Business Park, The Greens (04 558 8141).
SHORTLISTED: Bystro Dubai
Fantastic breakfasts, great pastries and cakes and seriously good coffee, too. A brilliant place for families.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sun 8am-5pm; Mon-Sat 8am-9pm. Al Manara, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 336 8056).
SHORTLISTED: Culinary Boutique
A gourmet café and restaurant that also features a culinary school. Excellent breakfasts and popular with the local crowd.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open daily 8am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (04 345 0023).
SHORTLISTED: Revo Café
Enjoy healthy and delicious dishes, plus a wide range of coffees, at this Palm Jumeirah café.
Dhs150-250. Licensed. Open daily 8am-10.30pm. Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort, Palm Jumeirah (04 567 8304).
SHORTLISTED: Single Fin Surf’s up!
Tucked at the back of The Surf House on Jumeirah Beach Road, this bright little spot is as laid-back as they come, serving up burgers, salads and ice creams.
Dhs150-250. Open daily 7am-7pm. Unlicensed. The Surf House, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 321 1309).
SHORTLISTED: The Lighthouse
This cute licensed eatery in d3 also doubles up as a quirky store. Known for breakfasts.
Dhs150-250. Open Sun-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 8am-6pm. Licensed. Building 6, d3 (04 422 6024).
A proper café with great ambiance serving up delicious food and coffee.
Dhs150-250. Unlicensed. Open Sun-Thu 4am-4pm; Fri-Sat 8am-6pm. Al Quoz (056 474 6812).