It’s your last chance to brunch al fresco before summer really strikes…
This April, we’re kicking off our season bucket list with the ultimate guide of everything you need to do before summer strikes.
So if you want to catch those last few Friday afternoons al fresco, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are 7 outdoor brunches to try in Dubai
1. Traiteur at The Promenade
The famed Traiteur brunch is back at the recently revamped The Promenade at the Park Hyatt and extends through restaurants Noepe and Brasserie Du Park. Although it’s got a heavy French focus, you’ll find dishes from around the world from an extensive seafood buffet, to a collection of roast meats, cold cuts and a dessert room that will make you wish you’d saved more room. Drinks are free flowing and glasses always topped up, and chilled beats are mixed with lively acoustic sets to entertain guests. Stay for sundowners, you won’t regret it – the sunsets over the creek are some of the city’s finest.
The Promenade, Park Hyatt, Deira, 1pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs495 soft, Dhs695 sparkling, Dhs795 premium. Tel: (04) 602 1814. More info on website
2. Urban Picnic at Vida Downtown
The Urban Picnic, which takes place poolside at the Vida Downtown, has got a Latin theme that comes complete with live cooking stations, chilled poolside beats and interactive themed games, including a piñata. It’s got an array of live cooking stations dotted around the pool area, but you’ll mostly find us hanging out by the BBQ.
3in1, Vida Downtown, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs310 soft, Dhs360 house. Tel: (04) 888 3444. More info on website
3. Hidden at Treehouse
Treehouse has to be one of our favourite outdoor spots in Dubai. With Burj Khalifa views and a leafy setting, it’s one of Business Bay’s best gems. Since it’s teamed up with the brains behind popular party brunch We Brunch, Hidden has become Downtown’s go-to party brunch. It’s a mix of international buffet and a la carte dishes served to the table, but it’s the party vibe and extensive cocktails that you book this one for.
Hidden Brunch, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, 1pm to 4pm, Dhs299 soft, Dhs350 house, Dhs399 sparkling. Tel: (058) 827 2763. More info on website
4. Ritual at Zero Gravity
A lively experience for the party people, Zero Gravity is drawing in strong crowds to its now famed supernatural brunch and new Friday ritual brunch almost in equal measure. The Ritual brunch experience includes a silent rave to a life-size interactive pin art installation, infinity mirror walls to aroma tee pees and edible bubbles with unusual flavours to awaken your taste buds. It also includes pool and beach access, so bring make sure to bring your beachwear.
Zero Gravity, Sky Dive Dubai, Dubai Marina, 1pm to 5pm, Friday January 19, Dhs295 ladies, Dhs315 gents Tel: (04) 399 0009. More info on website
The Le Brunch at Iris takes over the terrace every Friday afternoon for a four hour package of easy eats that you can graze on all afternoon. It’s well priced at Dhs290 including house wine, or Dhs420 to include an array of cocktails and prosecco. If you just fancy the drinks package, it’s Dhs290 for unlimited drinks in the bar.
Iris, Level 27, The Oberoi, Business Bay, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs290 house, Dhs420 sparkling. Tel: (056) 951 1442 More info on website
6. Brasserie 2.0
For a brunch that will spoil you for choice, Brasserie 2.0 in Le Royal Meridien has you covered. There’s cooking stations of every cuisine imaginable, as well as live acoustic sets and roaming pop up bars. Bag a spot in the garden to make the most of the weather.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai. Friday 1.30pm to 4.30pm, Dhs400 with soft drinks, Dhs525 with selected beverages and sparkling. Tel: (04) 316 5550. More info on website.
For stunning views and seafood al fresco, they don’t come much more impressive than Pier Chic. Perched on the end of the pier in Madinat Jumeirah, the brunch includes a seafood platter, of lobster, mussels, crab and razor clams alongside weekly changing seafood dishes. It’s served up alongside chilled Ibiza-inspired house music, accompanied with live entertainment.
Pierchic, Madinat Jumeirah, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs395 soft, Dhs595 house, Dhs795 sparkling. Tel: (04) 432 3232. More info on website