Because calories = likes, right?

We’ve all seen #dubaiproblems trending on social media. From heat-combating hacks and maid memes to traffic woes, there are some things that are just so… Dubai.

But now our Dubai dining dilemmas are extending into our casual coffee catch-ups. And we blame Instagram. Because why would you meet friends for a flat white when you can take a latte sprinkled with magic, a shake topped with candyfloss, or sip on Justin Bieber’s cheekbones?

So the next time that hashtag-happy, foodie friend invites you for a drink, arm yourself with one of these ‘gram game-changing Dubai drinks.

1. Tub of Butter

From Al (cap)pacino to Brew-ce Lee, the cappuccinos available at Tub of Butter take coffee art to a new level. Baristas use a unique stencil machine to recreate famous faces such as Barack Obama and Justin Bieber on their coffees. For the super self-indulgent, you can also submit your own photos and have a personalised stencil made. Just in case you want to drink your own face on your next trip.

Umm Al Sheif, Al Thanya Street, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 7am-11pm, from Dhs20. Tel:04 343 8884. More info on facebook

2. Black Tap

This all-American diner has become somewhat of a phenomenon since it brought its craft burger and shake institution to Dubai in January. In fact, it’s been so popular that they’re already planning a second Black Tap on Dubai’s JBR. These calorific confectionary creations are true Instagram eye-candy, and come in five different flavours such as cotton candy, peanut butter and cookie dough.

Jumeirah Al Naseem, daily 11am-12am, Dhs65. Tel: (04) 422 9904. More info on website

3. Gourmet by Kcal

For the calorie conscious and lactose free, Gourmet by Kcal has introduced the Unicorn Latte. Made from cashew milk, it also includes loads more healthy stuff like matcha, ginger, dates and honey and arrives sprinkled with edible flowers. It’s a latte without coffee, how magical is that?

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, daily 7am to 10:30pm Dhs35. Tel:(04) 511 7373. More info on website

4. Serendipity 3

Another New York City export, this celeb favourite now has two restaurants in Dubai in both City Walk and Dubai Festival City. Famed for its whimsical menu and decadent desserts, there’s a whole heap of Instagram-potential with these drinks. They’re also creators of the Frozen hot chocolate, so it’s summer sensitive as well as being Insta-goals.

Al Safa Street, City Walk 2, daily 10am to 10pm, from Dhs35. Tel:(04) 3949 672. More info on Facebook

5. The Sum Of Us

One of the first places to bring the world of freakshakes to Dubai, The Sum of Us serves up their towering monsters ever weekend. There’s a different flavour on offer each week, and you’ll find out what it is via their Instagram page. Past shakes have included everything from matcha powder to whole slices of cake.

Burj Al Salam Trade Centre, 6th Street, Dubai, Fri and Sat 8am to 11pm, Dhs45. Tel:(056) 4457526. More info on website

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