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REVIEW: Shakespeare & Co



Shabby chic is all the rage at the moment, and Shakespeare and Co has taken that trend to the extreme. It’s like stepping into a time machine with the Mad Hatter and arriving at a 17th century tea party. Purposefully mixmatched furniture, old picture frames and low hanging lampshades are all part of the carefully crafted image. The bright colours bring a modern vibe to the vintage theme – think Downton Abbey meets Clueless.

You’re probably familiar with Shakespeare’s – after all, there are 33 outlets across the UAE, with the first one opening in 2001 at the heart of the city’s new financial district. There are now 12 franchises in the MENA region and stores in the United States. It’s clear that UAE foodies love it, and we decided to eat our way through the café menu and patisserie section to find out why.

The café is probably most well-known for serving European-style lunch dishes, however, there’s also an all-day breakfast and dinner menu with options from the Americas and the Middle East. We opted for the eggs benedict with potatoes, hash brown and beans on the side (we were hungry), which is now possibly one of our favourite breakfasts in Dubai. Our guest had the steak and eggs with mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes and Hollandaise sauce on the side. When it comes to the most important meal of the day, Shakespeare’s know what they are doing.

Besides serving meals, the patisserie selection is huge. It’s well worth checking out for the huge selection of macaroons – we had the chance to check out some of the cakes which can be individually designed for birthdays and weddings, which are spectacular.

Aside from the quirky décor, great food and fun cake selection, the café ticks another huge box for Dubai residents. Many of the outlets have outdoor spaces where shisha is served, so you can relax on the terrace in beautiful surroundings with one of the many flavours. During the winter months the outdoor areas at the likes of the Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah are packed with people drinking Moroccan tea and traditionally prepared Turkish coffee.

This home-grown chain is popular for good reason, and it’s definitely one of our top breakfast spots.

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