From healthy eats to full-belly treats, here are some of the best breakfasts in Dubai…
It’s said to be the most important meal of the day and who are we to disagree? Whether you’re craving a full English fry-up or a virtuous açai bowl, Dubai’s breakfast restaurants and cafes deliver the goods.
From long and leisurely to short and sweet, we’ve rounded up the best spots for breakfast in Dubai.
Beef cheeks Benedict, French toast egg slider and salted cod and chorizo stew are all on the menu at this smokehouse restaurant. Served each weekend from 8am, the new menu is complimented by the restaurant’s unique tea trolley.
11 Woodfire, Villa 11, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, Sat & Sun, from 8am. [email protected]
Baker & Spice
It’s hard to go past the gently spiced shakshouka, but if you do want to stray, then may we suggest you veer towards the Turkish eggs with feta, labneh, Aleppo pepper, pita bread and salad. They also do fabulous croissants, baked fresh each day. There are a few venues around the city, but we recommend the one in Souk Al Bahar facing the Dubai Fountain for a nice view.
Baker & Spice, various locations, Dubai, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 425 2240. bakerandspice.me
Bistro Des Arts
Perched on the corner of Dubai Marina Mall you’ll find Bistro Des Arts, a cosy French restaurant that serves up a great value breakfast brunch on the weekends. For Dhs119, you’ll get to help yourself from the social table to start, where there’s a selection of fresh juices, pastries, cheese and cold cuts. Then, pick your main from a collection of hearty breakfasts, a made-to-order crepe and a hot beverage.
Bistro Des Arts, Address Dubai Marina, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 2pm, from Dhs119. Tel: (04) 55 11 576. bistrodesarts.ae
Open daily from 8:30am, Bombay Bungalow offers breakfast dishes with an Indian twist, such as the butter chicken omelette, or an onion and tomato chili breakfast pancake.
Bombay Bungalow, The Beach Mall, JBR, daily 8.30am to 12am. @bombaybungalow
Brunch & Cake
Brunch & Cake is well-known for dishes that are as Instagrammable as they are tasty. From eggs Benedict served on a garden shovel (it’s way cooler than it sounds) to the famous avocado toast, açaí bowls adorned with fruit, beautifully decorated cakes and cool drinks, Brunch & Cake caters to breakfast, lunch, coffee dates and dinner. There are now three places in Dubai (and one in Abu Dhabi) to get your hit: Al Wasl, The Pointe Palm Jumeirah and Jumeirah Islands. The venues themselves are as gorgeous as the food, so Instagram at the ready.
Brunch & Cake, various locations, Dubai. @brunchandcakeuae
For late risers, the weekend breakfast at The Boardwalk is a winner. Overlooking the shores of the Dubai Creek Marina, the grown-up breakfast menu features four dishes to share, such as shakshouka-style poached eggs, hummus and cake. It’s only served on weekends, from 11.30am.
Boardwalk, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Marina, 11.30am to 2pm, Saturday and Sunday. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
This bijou bolthole in The Courtyard, Al Quoz, is a go-to for expertly pulled coffees, colourful açai bowls, bolognese-loaded toasties, and an indulgent brekkie roll packed with scrambled eggs, vintage cheddar and mozzarella.
Boston Lane Cafe, 25 4 B Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 7.30am to 7pm. Tel: (058) 517 2131. bostonlane.com
From the Insta-perfect Millennial pink decor to the feel-good menu of vegan and gluten-free dishes, Bounty Beets puts the beauty into breakfast. Try the coconut crepes or charcoal and almond pancakes and watch your likes skyrocket.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi or Le Meridien Dubai, Saturday and Sunday, 8am to 12pm, Dhs129. @bountybeets
1920’s themed Café Society is the new kid on the block, serving up breakfast dishes that taste just as good as they look. The menu includes smoked salmon with poached eggs, Café Society breakfast, Café Society dulce de leche, as well as a pastry counter with tonnes of treats.
Café Society, Tamani Marina Hotel, KingSalman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina, daily 9am to 11am, Dhs65. Tel: (0)4 318 3755. @cafesocietydxb
Renowned chef Izu Ani offers a weekend breakfast menu at pretty eatery, Carine. Expect typical French flair in dishes such as scrambled eggs with black truffle, and the elegant strawberry tartine with homemade peach jam.
Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 1pm. Tel: (0)4 417 9885. carine.ae
Our 2021 What’s On Award-winner for Favourite Cafe, Cassette has proven to have successfully captured hungry hearts in Dubai. This breakfast beauty is located in the unassuming Al Quoz Courtyard. The menu is extensive, serving brekkie favourites such as a classic Benedict, avocado smash and French toast and the vibe is busy yet relaxed. Go early on weekends or else you might have to wait a while.
Cassette, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, daily 8am to 6pm. Tel: (0)4 3491966. @cassettedxb
Clinton St Baking Co.
You’ll go a long way to beat the fried chicken and waffles at Clinton St Baking Co. The Deep South-inspired dish is one of the top brekkie dishes at this Downtown spot, but if you’re after something lighter, there’s a soft shell crab benedict, avo toast and a Huevos rancheros on the menu too.
Building 10, City Walk, Dubai, daily 9am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 428 1331. clintonstreetbaking.ae
Healthy, vibrant and bursting with vitality, Tom Arnel’s menu at Common Grounds makes you feel as good as it tastes, whether it’s the açai bowl with dragonfruit, raspberries and cacao nibs, a vegan chia pudding with saffron-mango lassi, or the virtuous breakfast bowl packed with vegetables.
Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates 10am to 10pm; JLT 8am to 6pm; DIFC 8am to 5pm; JBR 8am to 12am. Tel: (050) 478 1094. commongroundsdubai.com
Taking the concept of all-day breakfasts to the eggstreme, Eggspectation offers a tempting Breakfast for Dinner menu that includes the standout Old Bay benny (Dhs72), two poached eggs on a pair of juicy crab cakes, slathered in Old Bay hollandaise.
Eggspectation, JBR The Walk 7am to 9pm; City Walk 7am to 8pm. JBR: (04) 430 7252. City Walk: (0)4 240 6876. eggspectation.ae
When we need to recharge our batteries, The Farm at Al Barari beckons. Here, on the breezy patio overlooking lush gardens and bubbling ponds, linger over an exceptional Arabic breakfast of foul mefames, labneh, grilled halloumi, eggs to your liking and pillowy pita bread.
The Farm, Al Barari, breakfast served daily 8am to 12pm. thefarmdubai.ae
This perennially popular JLT cafe offers a trio of açai bowls (Dhs40). There’s the classic combo with granola, berries and banana, the nutty professor with cacao nibs, roasted peanuts and chia, and the hello from Hawaii adorned with tropical fruits. For an açai fix straight to your door, order from sister project Açai and the Tribe on Deliveroo.
Friends Avenue, JLT; Al Thanya; Motor City, breakfast daily 7am to 3pm. friendsavenue.ae
Jones the Grocer
With multiple branches over the city, Jones the Grocer serves up an epic full English breakfast. There are healthier options too, and a selection of fresh juices, the homemade hash browns are definitely worth it though.
Jones The Grocer, various locations around Dubai, breakfast served until noon midweek, and 4pm on weekends. jonesthegrocer.com
The edgy Antipodean eatery in the Koa Canvas hub delivers modern, produce-driven plates of exceptional fare. Be sure to book ahead for their leisurely weekend brunch (not the boozy, dance-on-tables kind), where standout dishes include smashed avo with prawns and yuzu koshu, and the Lowe breakfast of haloumi, boiled egg, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, chickpeas, olives and flatbread.
Lowe, Koa Canvas, Wadi Al Safa 3, breakfast served Sat and Sun 8am to 12pm. Tel: (0)4 320 1890. lowe-dubai.com
If you’ve sunk a few too many pints the night before, return to the scene of the crime for a restorative McGettigan’s Breakfast. Available in small or large, this hearty repast includes sausage, bacon, black and white pudding, eggs cooked to order, slow-roasted tomato, mushroom, hash brown, baked beans and toast, all washed down with tea or coffee.
McGettigans, JLT; Souk Madinat Jumeirah; JBR; and Home by McGettigan’s (City Walk). mcgettigans.com
Mitts & Trays
Perfect for a weekend catch up, Mitts & Trays has high-tech menus on iPads, and you can choose from a range of plates that are healthy and wholesome. The real stars of the show are their iced lattes, which are almost too pretty to drink.
Mitts & Trays, Bluewaters, off JBR, breakfast served 8am to 5pm. Tel: (04) 388 3999. mittsandtrays.com
Dubai Creek Harbour is a gorgeous spot for a bit of breakfast and Mondoux is the ultimate place to go. Dishes include croque madame made with homemade bread, a colourful acai bowl, French brioche toast with salted caramel, and a mascarpone and blueberry crepe. Wash it all down with a freshly-prepared coffee or juice. Breakfast is served from 8am until 12pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
Mondoux, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, Mon to Fri 8am to 12pm, Sat & Sun, 8am to 1pm. Tel: (0)4 584 5177. mondoux.ae
Named after the lush hinterland surrounding Byron Bay, this urban-chic eatery has a decidedly Aussie accent. Order the casuarina toast with smashed avo, beetroot hummus, feta, edamame and dukkah – and feel smug for the rest of the day. On the run? Grab a coffee from the takeaway window at Dar Wasl Mall.
Myocum, No. 45 Dar Wasl Mall, Al Safa, breakfast served 8am to 4pm. @myocum_dubai
This boutique roaster casts a wide net for culinary inspiration. Don’t miss their excellent nitro coffee on tap.
Nightjar Coffee, Alserkal Ave, daily 10am to 9pm. nightjar.coffee
Reform Social & Grill
Famous for their ever-popular English breakfast, Reform takes their full English so seriously, it’s actually called the ‘Breakfast of Champions’. There’s also a selection of Benedicts, and plenty of options for those with a sweet tooth.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, daily 8am to 12pm . Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Whether you’re keeping healthy with their health-focused super bowls or a light granola, or treating yourself to a slab of caramelised bread covered in mascarpone, Revo Cafe at Anantara The Palm has you covered.
Revo Cafe, Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, breakfast served daily 8am to 11.30am. Tel: (04) 5678304. @revo.cafe
This New York export serves up breakfast all day from 8am to 10pm at its City Walk location – because eggs Benedict and fluffy pancakes shouldn’t only be served before noon.
City Walk, Al Safa Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (052) 3976750. @sarabeths.uae
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Popular British eatery The Scene by Simon Rimmer not only serves up some top Marina views, it’s also home to a great daily breakfast menu. You’ll find lighter dishes such as classic pancakes or smashed avo, or opt for something heartier, such as eggs florentine or the breakfast burrito.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily 10am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 222 2328. thescenedubai.com
With it’s whimsical interiors and fashion-themed teas, it’s not hard to see why Tania’s Teahouse has become one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable spots. Housed in a two-storey villa in Jumeirah, on the breakfast menu, you’ll find earl-grey flavored scones and clotted cream and fluffy Eggs Benedict dubbed “the cloud”.
Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road, breakfast served daily 8am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 324 0021. taniasteahouse.com.
Tom & Serg
If there’s one man who’s shaped the breakfast scene in Dubai, it’s Australian chef Tom Arnel. Visit the industrial-chic eatery that started it all, Tom & Serg, for his innovative take on cafe fare. Expect an avo toast layered with tomato, lemon oil, mint, zaatar, pine nuts and black salt, fried eggs with pumpkin seeds and chimichurri, and granola served with cashew milk and coconut yoghurt.
Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Mon to Fri 8am to 4pm, Sat and Sun 8am to 6pm. Tel: (056) 4746812. tomandserg.com
This cosy spot is open for brunch (in the traditional sense of the word) between 10am and 5pm daily. Dishes include truffle scramble on multigrain toasted bread, a guac and bacon Benedict, and the ‘babka’.
Two Neighbors, Madinat Badr, Dubai, daily 10am to 5pm. Tel: (0)4 548 3732. @twoneighbors.dxb
This South-African cafe in City Walk and The Dubai Mall will never be a wasted trip, even if you’re visiting from near the Marina just for breakfast. Their dishes are healthy, extensive and oh-so-pretty, and we bet you’ll have to go back again and again for lunch and dinner too. There’s options available until 12pm, plus some that are served all day.
Walnut Grove, The Walk, Downtown Dubai, daily 10am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 344 4441. walnutgrove.ae