Rise and shine, Abu Dhabi! Here’s are 20 places you should check out for the most important meal of the day.

OLD FAVOURITES

Shakespeare and Co.

Breakfast is served all day, every day at this chic Victorian-inspired eatery. The bestseller is their eggs Florentine with a side of roast potatoes to complement your poached eggs, smoked salmon and spinach.

Various locations including WTC Mall Souq, Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi, breakfast from 7.30am. Tel: (02) 639 9626. shakespeareandco.ae

Leopold’s Of London

The chain has made quite an impression on the capital, in part thanks to its master roasters who use globally sourced beans to whip up coffee in their onsite lab, and there are 70 different hot drinks available from the tea library. The standard of food is good and ranges from pancakes to a traditional full English.

Nation Galleria, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi, from 7am. Tel: (02) 665 4776. leopoldsoflondon.com

The Living Room Cafe

A family-run cafe that’s been open since 2012, it’s become a quiet home-away-from-home for many, and the Spanish omelette is a favourite with regulars. There’s books to read and board games to play, and it also goes to town with its Christmas decorations (expect a huge model village if you visit in December). Most importantly, the portions are big and the prices reasonable.

Khalidiyah Village, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, Sun to Thurs 7.30am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 8am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 639 6654. thelivingroomcafeabudhabi.com

Jones The Grocer

Top sellers at the Aussie chain include brioche French toast, coconut flour pancakes with blueberry compote, fresh berries, pecan crumble and whipped Greek yoghurt.

Various locations including Pearl Plaza Tower, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 639 5883. jonesthegrocer.com

Game Of Toast

Fans of the HBO fantasy TV show Game of Thrones will love this place thanks to the decor, complete with a throne made of spoons. Expect a wide variety of toasted sandwiches.

Beside Global Studio, near Al Arab Hypermarket, Al Manhal, Abu Dhabi, daily from 9am. Tel: (050) 100 1969. facebook.com/gameoftoast

Jim’s Kitchen Table

Head to the eco city of Masdar for Jim’s Big Breakfast – it features Boerewors sausages and homemade potato rosti. There’s also a plethora of gluten-free options, and protein shakes if you’re after a post-workout drink.

Masdar City, Abu Dhabi, daily from 8am. Tel: (02) 491 9401. jims.kitchen

La Brioche

The quaint French cafe has a new breakfast menu featuring sourdough with chive and lemon, and yoghurt parfait.

Various locations including Boutik Mall, Al Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, breakfast available daily until 11am. Tel: (600) 535 359. labriocheuae.com

POPULAR SPOTS IN TOWN

1762

Melted cheese croissants, eggs benny, salmon bagels and muesli bowls are all on offer at this gourmet eatery (named after the year the sandwich was invented). It’s not the cheapest in town but the quality is high, and the venue has a laidback vibe.

Al Ain Tower, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 6pm. Tel: (800) 1762. 1762.ae

Tashas

A South African brand, every branch of Tashas is a little different, particularly with regards to the food offerings; each outlet has its own signature menu. The best breakfast sellers include the creamed avo on toast and brioche French toast. Located at Al Bateen’s marina, it’s become one of the busiest spots in town, popular with both locals and expats.

Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, from 8am. Tel: (02) 445 0890. tashascafe.com

Cafe Arabia

A former What’s On Awards winner, the classic furnishings of Cafe Arabia make it feel like a second home, and it’s also popular with students looking for a place to study. The breakfast menu features a vegan Arabian breakfast with foul medames, falafel, hummus and vegetables, English and American breakfasts, mueslis and porridge bowls, and a section of the menu dedicated to eggs, with dishes such as Palestinian shakshouka and eggs benedict.

Mohammed bin Khalifa Street, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi, daily from 7am. Tel: (02) 643 9699. facebook.com/CafeArabia

Julie’s

A Middle Eastern outlet that serves breakfast 24 hours a day, the signature menu features unique spins on dishes such as an omelette stuffed with French fries. The highlight though has to be the OMG Julie, a huge portion of French toast served with roasted papaya, pineapple and mango. It curiously makes appearances in the brekkie and dessert sections of the menu.

Beside Adnoc Petrol Station, Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 24 hours. Tel: (02) 304 8047. julies.me

Cafe 302

This outlet has created five varieties of bubble waffles and serves classics including porridge with dried cranberries, and shakshouka. Its slightly rustic feel and huge selection of products you can buy to take home, such as oils and jams, also help it stand out from the crowd.

Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Al Danah, Abu Dhabi, daily 6am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 610 6666. rotana.com

Denny’s

Hungry? You need an appetite to eat at this American diner, as pretty much everything is in gigantic portions and served with maple syrup and hash browns. A meal will cost you around Dhs90 – try the stack of the strawberry and cream buttermilk pancakes. It’s another outlet open 24 hours.

Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi, daily 24 hours. Tel: (02) 445 3128. instagram.com/dennys_me

Raw by Nolu’s

American cuisine meets Afghan cooking at the newest branch of this cafe chain. The popular eggs on French organic bread served with roast potatoes or fruit salad is a winner at around Dhs70 a pop. The menu has a breakfast bowls section with ingredients such as acai making an appearance, plus a toast section including a bagel with edamame.

Al Seef Resort & Spa by Andulus, Al Seef Village Mall, Khalifa Park Area, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 444 8080. facebook.com/nolusrestaurants

Waterlemon

This Middle Eastern venue has already had one of its dishes featured on the cover of What’s On (its black dough pizza), but their brekkies are worth a punt as well. There’s a truffle omelette, plus an oriental breakfast with shakshouka and grilled halloumi.

Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11.30pm. Tel: (02) 635 5050. facebook.com/WaterlemonUAE

L’ETO

The quirky entrance of L’ETO at The Galleria features library shelves of British novels. Popular breakfast items include the crepes and loaded acai and quinoa granola bowl.

The Galleria, Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, daily 9am to noon. Tel: (02) 565 1122. letocaffe.ae

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT

McGettigan’s

That’s right, you can even get breakfast in Abu Dhabi’s pubs. The traditional brekkie served here is a real belly buster. Expect eggs, sausage, bacon, hash brown, tomato, beans, Portobello mushroom, black and white pudding and toast.

Al Raha Beach Hotel, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, Thurs to Sat from noon, Sun to Wed from 3pm. Tel: (02) 652 4333. mcgettigans.com

Tawa Bakery

Arguably the best gluten-free food in Abu Dhabi (it’s a former What’s On Awards winner), try the Belgian waffles with a rich homemade chocolate sauce, served with strawberries and whipped cream.

Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (02) 556 6900. tawa.ae

EMIRATI BREAKFASTS

Meylas

Passionate about her country’s food, Emirati Shaikha Al Kaabi opened this restaurant in 2015. Using only local ingredients, Meylas has become a favourite with her compatriots and expats alike. Try the Royoug breakfast for an authentic experience.

Al Muneera Beach Plaza, Al Raha, Abu Dhabi, daily from 9am. Tel: (02) 444 8884. meylas.com

Yadoo’s House

It’s an upmarket local featuring the best UAE cuisine in a stylish, minimalistic setting, in a bright white interior. Opt for the Keema – minced meat, pan-fried with onion, green peas, tomato, parsley and special spices.

Al Nasr Tower 2, Embassies District, Abu Dhabi, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (02) 441 1311. yadooshouse.com

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