9 gorgeous cafes to have the perfect girly dates in Dubai
Girls just wanna have fun…
Cyndi Lauper knew. She knew us well. Dressing to the nines and chit-chatting away the time with your gal pals is a vital part of the hot girl summer experience. Well, here in Dubai, it is indeed hot, it is indeed summer and there is indeed no dearth of gorgeous, gorgeous cafes to stage your girly dates. You have all the tools, now go forth and live your best life.
Here are 9 beautiful cafes for dates with your squad.
Something is always happening at this girly Instagrammers paradise. There are daily breakfast deals, as well as a healthy ladies’ night, and a mid-week happy hour that gets you two-for-one on healthy cocktails. Bonus: There’s a lush terrace in the garden where you can bring along your four-legged friends.
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina – Dubai, 8am to 10pm daily. Tel: (04) 511 7373, bountybeets.com
Brunch and Cake
Beautiful interiors, picturesque views and a tasty menu of all-day eats – all this at Brunch and Cake. There are now three branches in Dubai: The Pointe, Al Wasl and Jumeirah Park, all of which boast that signature decor and a menu of dishes that include the Breakkie pizza, pulled beef benny and Nutella French toast.
Brunch and Cake, Wasl 51; The Pointe; and Jumeirah Park, opening times vary. Tel: (800) 4726362, brunchandcake.com
This stunning location has the perfect combination – cool brands and labels curated within the concept store and an organic cafe on site. The ethos is all about healthy, nourishing dishes that are packed with nutrition, and as such the plant-based menu changes daily according to what’s available and in season. Shop all morning and relax all afternoon. It’s perfect.
Comptoir 102, 102 Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1, 8am to 10pm daily. Tel: (04) 385 4555, comptoir102.com
Head to this pretty cafe for a late-morning breakfast with the girls and enjoy everything that EL&N has to offer. Their breakfast menu is endless, with sweet and savoury options as well as their famously beautiful and, like the rest of the cafe, very Instagram-worthy beverages. It’s a think pink haven through and through.
EL&N, Gate Village, DIFC, open daily from 8am to midnight, Tel: (0)4 770 0222, @elan_cafe
Forever Rose is a 2D-everything hotspot at Boxpark. The entirety of the cafe – from the exterior to the tables, chairs and plates – is done in 2D monochrome styling. Even the air conditioning vents look like they belong. At the cafe, you can find an array of delectable delicacies and meals – and like everything else in the cafe, they look amazing.
Forever Rose Cafe, Al Wasl Road, Boxpark, Jumeirah, 8am to 12am Mon to Thurs, 8am to 1am Fri to Sun. Tel: (04) 548 4210, @foreverrosecafe
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Not only is the French beauty brand’s stunning café perfect for a sweet treat for two from the patisserie, it also offers the most for the skincare enthusiast. Treat yourself to a complimentary facial or hand massage and discover the store’s latest skincare launches while tucking into French favourites such as crepes, French onion soup, steak frites, and French pizza.
L’Occitane Café, City Walk, daily, 9am to 10.30pm. Tel: (0)4 346 1825. @loccitanecaf
Saya Brasserie cafe is every Instagrammer’s dream, with plush pink-paradise interiors and a picture-perfect setting. Flowers and plants adorn every part of the space, from the walls to the tables and even the light shades. Pull up one of the baby pink shell-shaped chairs grouped around white tables, and settle in. There are also cool iced drinks served in metallic-tinted glasses and speciality coffees served in cute milk jars with a helping of baked brownies. Saya Brasserie is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and, as well as the original cafe in City Walk, there’s also an outpost at The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah and a pop-up at Nakheel Mall.
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This cafe serves up exquisite vegetarian and vegan food, featuring a full menu of plant-based main courses, salads, soups and desserts. The interiors of XVA Café reflect the place it’s housed in – the XVA Art Hotel. Spread across three shaded courtyards, it speaks to the café romantic’s heart, and what’s not to like about Middle Eastern-inspired grub.
XVA Café, XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi, daily 7am to 10pm, Tel: (0)4 353 5383, xvahotel.com
This gorgeous greenhouse inspired brasserie is not quite a cafe, but it is beautiful indeed. Located in Kempinski, Mall of the Emirates, it features all-glass walls, ceiling and foliage for days, drawing inspiration from market halls and clean, green spaces. If you and your gal pals like French fare, you need to visit here.
Eugène Eugène, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, daily 12pm to 12am, Tel: (0)4 379 8963. @eugeneeugenedubai