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If you’re tired of the usual hotspots and are looking for somewhere new to grab an artisan coffee, or tuck into a delicious burger, there are so many secret spots just waiting to be discovered. Feast your eyes on these unique cafes and restaurants and we guarantee you’ll thank us later.

Here’s 12 hidden gems you’ll find in Dubai.



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Small burger joint on Jumeirah Road, Nomad, brings big ideas and flavours to the table. The restaurant offers mac n cheese, loaded fries and deep fried fritters, in addition to its extensive burger menu. The creations are colourful and oh-so-instagrammable.

Nomad, Jumeirah, Road, Umm Sequeim, daily noon to 2am. Tel: (058) 954 1613. @nomad.uae

Boston Lane


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This gorgeous Australian cafe needs no introduction for some but remains a tucked-away treasure to those yet to discover it. Located in the equally beautiful Courtyard of Al Quoz, Boston Lane serves up a delightful menu of breakfast, acai bowls, toasties and wraps.

Boston Lane, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, daily 8pm to 7am. Tel: (058) 517 2131. bostonlane.com

The Lagoon


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It’s hard to believe that this stunning spot is in Dubai. A 100 metre infinity pool overlooks the Dubai Creek, while palm trees line the outskirts of Park Hyatt’s pristine man-made beach. It’s a haven of private to spend the day soaking up the sun.

The Lagoon, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek, daily 9am to 8pm, Dhs360. Tel: (04) 602 1234. hyatt.com



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This humble seafood restaurant, located in Jumeirah’s fishing harbour, ticks so many boxes. Firstly the view is stunning; be sure to make it for sunset to watch the sun descend behind the cute fishing boats. The food is also a winner, with (probably) the freshest seafood in Dubai and an extensive menu of fishy delights. It’s also wallet-friendly, choosing not to hike up its prices to Dubai standards but instead offering wholesome, home-cooked, affordable meals.

Seaview Restaurant, 

Sticky Rice


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This homegrown family-run restaurant has seen great interest since opening late last year, thanks to its authentic Thai cuisine and personable approach to hospitality. The brainchild of ‘Mama’ Amena who’s life-long passion of cooking for others is the beating heart of the restaurant. The venue itself is casual and fun, all themed around a yellow duck named ‘Kew’. Everyone in the kitchen is from Thailand, led by Mama and her wealth of knowledge of cooking bona fide Thai food.

Sticky Rice, Sobha Daffodil, Jumeirah Village Circle, daily 2pm to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 580 8350. stickyrice.ae

Maisan 15


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Formerly ‘Cabin’, Maisan 15 is a restaurant, cafe, gallery, library and garden all rolled into one. It’s an artistic space where Dubai’s creatives can come to discuss ideas over great food. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, guests can expect to find lamb chops, crispy salmon tacos, beetroot eggs benedict and risotto as well as some very tempting desserts.

Maisan 15, Science Park, Barsha South, Sun to Thurs 8am to 11pm, Fri & Sat 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 244 7291. @maisan15

Secret Garden


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Not only are the interiors of Secret Garden reason for a visit alone, the desserts are equally as beautiful. Pop by for a coffee and a cake, get a picture for the ‘gram and watch the ‘likes’ roll in. There’s also some stunning mocktails worth a try too…

Secret Cafe, City Walk, Al Safa, daily 10am to midnight. Tel: (04) 345 2209. lovesecretgarden.com

The Farm


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Who says you can’t find greenery in Dubai? The Farm is an oasis of tranquillity, surrounded by a botanical backdrop of Al Barari. Guests are treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner with flavours from around the globe. Pick a quiet table overlooking the water for a true feeling of escapism from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Farm, Al Barari, off Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road, daily 7.30am to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 392 5660. thefarmdubai.ae

Meat Me There


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Meat Me There has a reputation for serving the best burgers in the emirate. While the menu is not vast, the three burgers that they do serve, they do very well thanks to their secret recipe special sauce. There’s also three options for fries, which all offer an imaginative take on everyone’s favourite side dish.

Meat Me There, Al Souq Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, daily noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 338 7330. @meatmethere

Nightjar Coffee


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This one is for the serious caffeine fanatics. At Nightjar instead of pulling pints of beer, it’s coffee. What started out as a bean supplier for some of Dubai’s best loved coffee shops, went on to open up their own hangout. You can perch at the bar, sit at a communal table, or make yourself comfy on a camel skin rug, which are draped along the long booth.

Nightjar Coffee, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Tues to Sat 8am to 10pm, Sun & Mon 8am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 330 6635. nightjar.coffee



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Located in the Sheraton, but with access from Mall of the Emirates (just beside Common Grounds) is part sports bar, part brasserie, Brunswick. Here you’ll find happy hours, quiz nights, an outdoor terrace, live music and plenty of tasty bites. On the menu you’ll find a selection of pizzas, burgers, tacos and small plates.

Brunswick Eatery Bar & Terrace, Sheraton Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, Sun to Weds 4pm to midnight, Thur to Sat noon to 1am. Tel: (056) 404 0685. brunswickebt.com

Akiba Dori


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Akiba Dobi is epitome of Downtown Tokyo based in Dubai Design District. Serving up authentic Japanese street food and pizza, because why not? The neon interiors transport its guests to Japan along with the authentic food and cool crowd.

Akiba Dori, Dubai Design District, daily, noon to midnight. Tel: (04) 770 7949. @akibadori

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