Three top spots for breakfast in Dubai
Cool usually comes at a cost. And indeed it does elsewhere on this list. But not so at this trendy (and not too try-hard) café inside an unassuming hotel apartments block, which serves up the likes of avocado pizza and shakshouka tacos without the overblown industrial interiors. Açai bowls here are held in particularly high regard – and should be, given they start from AED36. Unlicensed.
Where: Auris Metro Central Hotel Apartments, Barsha Heights
Contact: +971 4 452 9529
Familiar as much for its breakfast queues as its specialty coffee – if you know what a Chemex is, this place is for you – this café behind the old Dubai Zoo serves up some mammoth morning meals served until 1pm, and creative ones at that. Try the walafel Benedict (yes, that’s falafel waffles), cold summer porridge, or the mighty breakfast pizza topped with chorizo, mushrooms, scrambled eggs, chilli, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, toasted pine nuts and a scattering of fresh coriander. Unlicensed.
Where: Street 12D, Jumeirah 1
Contact: +971 4 344 4451
Part café, part shop, part trendy hangout for the office bods of Dubai Design District. Inescapable culinary force of nature Izu Ani is the man behind the menu (and an increasing number in Dubai, for that matter), which traverses European and Middle Eastern cuisine. There’s an emphasis on fresh, sustainable produce and healthy eating, which feels reflected in the cool, white interiors of a dining room filled with natural light. Don’t miss the beef tartare. Licensed.
Where: Building 6, d3
Contact: +971 4 422 6024