Sip your coffee while playing board games, painting ceramics or even cuddling cute rescue cats…

Looking for something a little more kitsch than your average latte? From boardgames to artwork and even snuggling with rescued cats here are six cute and creative Dubai cafes…

Sketch Art Café & Sketch Studio

Get creative while enjoying your coffee at Sketch Art Cafe in Al Wasl, Jumeirah. It’s got a dedicated art studio where you can unleash your imagination, painting a canvas or doing mosaics or simply sit in the cafe and paint your own design onto paper cups as you nibble on some tasty treats and sip on a fresh brew. The cups are then displayed on the wall in a pretty and colourful mural. Definitely one for the ‘Gram.

Sketch Art Café & Sketch, Mattar bin Lahej Gallery, Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah, Dubai, opened from 9am to 11pm daily. Tel: (04) 271 2603

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Unwind Cafe

Think you know your Monopoly from your Snakes and Ladders, or Jengo from Battleship? You can play them all at cool Al Barsha cafe, Unwind, which is dedicated to those who love a board game, with no less than 500 different types. Once you’ve played all the classics, you can try some new ones, with staff known as Game Masters on-hand to guide you through. As well as coffee, they’ve got some delicious light bites, desserts and some seriously droolworthy Oreo and Lotus milkshakes.

Unwind Cafe, Hessa Street, Al Barsha 3, daily 2pm to midnight, Dhs27 per hour for adults. Dhs21 per hour for children. Tel: (04) 336 6611.

Make ART Cafe

For a relaxing day out, drop by the Make Art Cafe in Bur Dubai. Art events and classes run from the picturesque courtyard of a villa so you can get creative. If you just fancy a nice place to relax and read, they’ve got a stunning outdoor courtyard to while away the afternoon. The cafe menu is simple with wholesome options like a mushroom omelette or English breakfast.

Make ART Cafe, Alserkal Cultural Foundation Building, Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai, 9am to 7pm, daily. Tel: (04) 388 9134.

Ailuromania Cafe

Dubai’s cat cafe is found in Jumeirah. As well as a belly-warming coffee, you can pet and play with up to 25 resident rescue cats at the Ailuromania Cat Cafe for the ultimate comforting experience. Calling all Dubai cat-lovers, this is your new place to be at the weekend.

Ailuromania Cat Cafe, 844 Jumeirah Street, Dubai, Sat to Wed 11am to 10pm, Thurs & Fri, 11am to 11pn. Tel: (04) 321 6661. @ailuromaniacafe

The Six

Another board game cafe has recently opened in Dubai named The Six, which is nestled just near the Burj Khalifa, Downtown. They invite you to stay as long as you want to play all of your favourite board games for just Dhs35. Grazing-friendly dishes are all on the menu with things like salads, chicken wings and sliders all designed for sharing.

The Six, Burj Vista, Dubai, Sat to Wed, 9am to 12am, Thurs & Fri, 9am to 2am. Tel: (04) 334 2666.

Cafe Ceramique

Cafe Ceramique is a bustling hub of creativity, coffee and ceramics that is part cafe, part ceramic studio. Whether you’re a dab-hand with a paintbrush or are new to the craft, everyone is invited to create their own designs on ceramics, which are then fired in an oven, ready for you to take home. They offer lots of kids and team-building classes, which are great for getting people together.

Cafe Ceramique, Town Centre Jumeirah, Dubai, 9am to 12am, daily. Tel: (04) 344 7331.

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