8 of the best brunches in Dubai
Ah, brunch. The mid-morning meal between breakfast and lunch takes on a whole new form in Dubai. It’s a concept that has taken on a life of its own. Throughout the day and into the evening, pretty much every day of the week, you can indulge in the finest foods and beverages in all manner of venues. Fancy kicking back in a beach location while being served bites by your sun lounger? You’ve got it. Or do you prefer to dance your feet off while tucking into nibbles and all manner of mixed beverages? You can have this, too. The possibilities are somewhat endless.
And to help you pick one that suits you, we've narrowed your choices to eight.
Behold the superstar brunches that are so good, they managed to nab a ShortList Brunch Award for their offering...
For the best Friday brunch, head to... London Social at Caravan
London is already known for its mix of cuisines from many different countries, and Caravan only amplifies this in its London Social brunch. It’s inspired by each tube station in London – think curries at Brick Lane, Asian fare at Piccadilly Circus and Caribbean food at Brixton. Along with the lush gardens of The Ritz-Carlton, this is one superstar brunch you just have to try.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
Contact: +9714 318 6150, website
For the best Saturday brunch, head to... La Cantine du Faubourg
If you’re looking for the most laid-back of Saturdays, it’s hard to go wrong with this top notch restaurant. The trendy French eatery at Jumeirah Emirates Towers has the ideal vibe for a lazy weekend afternoon. Focusing on the breakfast side of brunch, you can have your eggs cooked any way you want. Fluffy scrambled eggs are a must-have, but the real star of the show is the Egg Royale served with salmon and grilled avocado. Named after fashion avenue 105 in Paris, the whole venue has a homely feel to it, and, in fact, has an actual bed in the centre of the restaurant just in case you need to nap after feasting. Your Saturday will get off to a flyer when you start here.
When: 12pm-4pm, Saturday
Where: Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Price: AED250 (soft drinks), AED380 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 352 7105, website
For the best evening brunch, head to... Lucky Voice Dubai
Much like its Friday feast, Lucky Voice's Wednesday brunch offers three magical hours of food and drink, along with plenty of karaoke. Unlike its Friday offering, guests are able be belt out karaoke tunes as one big crowd. If you’re shy, don’t worry, you can still rent out their private pods or just sing along on a massive inflatable mic.
When: 8pm-1pm, Wednesday
Price: From AED150
Contact: 800 58259, website
For the best value brunch, head to... Jazz@PizzaExpress
If you want your brunch as wallet-saving as possible, then you can’t go wrong here. The brunch offers unlimited amounts of signature dishes, so expect moreish pizzas, pastas and desserts galore. It’s called “Jazz” for a reason, as the atmosphere is deeply laid-back and always soundtracked by upbeat jazzy tunes. It’s no wonder this spot has become one of the city’s most bustling venues.
When: 12pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Jumeirah Lakes Towers
Price: AED135 (soft drinks), AED210 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 441 6342, website
For the best outdoor brunch, head to... Jumeirah Al Qasr
The competition is fierce when it comes to the best outdoor category as Dubai is home to some of the best views around. But for us, the spectacular outdoor venue at Al Qasr, with its grand, regal and majestic palace design, complete with impressive views of the Madinat waterways is our favourite. From freshly barbecued wagyu burgers to delicious desserts, you won’t know if you should look at the food or the views. Just do both.
When: 12.30pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Madinat Jumeirah
Price: AED520 (soft drinks), AED625 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 432 3232, website
For the best bar brunch, head to... Lock, Stock & Barrel
For excellent portions of epic gastropub comfort food, LSB is the spot for you. This Friday brunch features multiple rounds of sharing plates, with delectable deep-fried favourites kicking off the first round, followed by a lengthy mozzarella-topped flatbread, sliders, and fish and chips, to name just a few, for round two. A tasty load of ice cream and cheesecake arrives for the KO blow in round three.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: Grand Millennium
Price: AED99 (soft drinks), AED299 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 514 9195, website
For the best posh nosh brunch, head to... Bleu Blanc
For gourmet French food to dazzle the taste buds, Bleu Blanc should be your top priority brunch. Any meal that starts off with a lobster risotto is sure to please the high-flying tastes of any foodie. As soon as you enter the vast dining room, the staff are on-hand to help and introduce every chef working in the open kitchen, proudly showing their stunning cuisine. The restaurant has a chic yet warm feel to it that really is worth sampling over and over again.
When: 12.30pm-3.30pm, Friday
Where: Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai
Price: AED299 (soft drinks), AED399 (house beverages)
Contact: +971 4 512 5533, website
For the best party brunch, head to... Garden
Those seeking the ultimate party brunch need look no further. With fresh interior design as soon as you walk through the front door, funky music to set the tempo and a huge spread of dishes from around the world, we can understand why this brunch is named “Wanderlust”. Taking its guests on a culinary journey through the senses with ten live cooking stations from across the globe, it’s a lively haven for foodies of all sorts.
When: 1pm-4pm, Friday
Where: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai
Price: AED425 per person
Contact: +971 4 414 3000, website