Bouncy castles, candy floss stations, mini cooking classes… who said brunch was just for grown-ups?
1. Pik Nik at The Westin Mina Seyahi
You can choose a blanket, table or beanbag, grab your hamper, and relax on the grass with nibbles, barbecue food and drinks at this brunch. There’s a bouncy castle and games, plus live music and entertainment that will even wow the grown-ups.
Price: Dhs250 per food basket. Other hot dishes on offer from the food trucks will cost you extra.
The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Sat 11.30am to 4.30pm. Tel: (04) 399 7373. westinminaseyahi.com
2. Festa Italiana at Positano
Tuck into real Italian fare at this Sunday night feast at Positano in the JW Marriott Marquis. Expect plenty of quality seafood and signature pizzas, while little ones will love the handmade pasta cooked to order. After all that pizza, guests can explore the dessert room – be sure to sample the homemade gelato.
Price: Dhs180 with soft drinks, Dhs295 with select house drinks, Dhs365 with sparkling and Italian aperitif cocktails, under-10s free.
JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai, Business Bay, Sun 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
3. Art of Brunch at The Fountain
Choose from a selection of street food stations, or take your pick from the open kitchen – but make sure you save room for the tasty desserts. The Kids Paradise section is where your little ones can eat, drink and play under supervision with activities such as painting, video games and more.
Price: Dhs209 with soft drinks, Dhs309 with house drinks, under-16s half price, under-12s free.
Movenpick Hotel, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai, Fri noon to 4pm. Tel: (04) 336 6000. movenpick.com
4. Reform Loves Brunch at Reform Social & Grill
With two time slots (the daytime being far more family-friendly), an a la carte menu of British dishes – including a roast dinner and fish ‘n’ chips – and a playground, this brunch should keep the family entertained for hours. You’ll also love the classic British desserts.
Price: Dhs250 with soft drinks, Dhs325 with house drinks, Dhs400 with prosecco.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes Club, Emirates Living District, Thurs 7pm to 10pm, Fri 1pm to 4pm, 7pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
5. Friday Brunch For Everyone at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
Spreading across three restaurants, this vast brunch includes international cuisine at The Market Place, traditional Bavarian dishes at Hofbrauhaus, and Asian flavours at Bamboo Lagoon. There’s also a children’s buffet – they can even don an apron and decorate cookies for dessert. Children’s entertainment includes bouncy castles, games and a movie area showing films the kids can enjoy on bean bags.
Price: Dhs199 with soft drinks, Dhs299 with house drinks, under-12s Dhs60, under-6s free.
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Deira, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 262 4444. jwmarriottdubai.com
6. Friday Family Brunch at Al Bahou
A cheese section in the Grand Hall for the big people and a movie theatre for the little people. Sound good? This Friday brunch is a truly family-friendly event, with entertainment for children, plus cuisines ranging from Italian to Chinese. Children score their own area with films, face painting, a bouncy castle and interactive activities.
Price: Dhs340 with soft beverages, Dhs445 with unlimited selected house beverages, Dhs630 with selected house beverages and French bubbly, Dhs170 for children between 6 and 12, under-6s free.
Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Ibn Battuta, Jebel Ali, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 444 5613. movenpick.com
7. Bubbalicious at The Westin Mina Seyahi
One of the city’s most popular brunches, Bubbalicious is consistently packed, with Dubai dwellers booking for a fun afternoon of feasting and partying. Families can get their kicks too, with a children’s corner inside plus an outdoor area, as well as a kids’ menu. There’s something for everyone, with five-star dishes, live music and plenty to keep little ones busy.
Price: Dhs420 with soft drinks, Dhs520 with house drinks, Dhs620 with champagne, Dhs225 under-12s, under-6s free.
The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Fri 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 511 7373. westinminaseyahi.com
8. Legends Friday Brunch at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
Legends has a new deal starting October 5. There’s a selection of starters and sushi at the buffet, while mains are ordered a la carte. Order one, or ask the chef to make small portions of each so you can try them all. There’s also a kids’ zone and candy floss station, and you can try a crepe or two as well. The Creek views are pretty cool here as well during the milder months.
Price: Dhs285 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs450 with sparkling wine.
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Dubai Creek, Fri noon to 3.30pm. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
9. Bread Street Brunch at Bread Street Kitchen
Don’t fancy the usual buffet? At Bread Street Kitchen, you’ll get massive sharing platters of starters, main courses and desserts. Expect classic British dishes, from fish ‘n’ chips to toffee pudding from desserts. There are dedicated kids’ activities, such as a mini cooking class, and they get supervised access to The Lost Chambers Aquarium, too.
Price: Dhs240 with soft drinks, Dhs355 with house drinks, Dhs105 for children.
Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 426 2000. atlantisthepalm.com
10. Lapita’s Family Daycation Brunch
Located in Dubai Parks and Resorts, the Polynesian-themed Lapita Hotel offers a sprawling lunch buffet that includes access to the hotel’s pools. For kids, there’s a dedicated buffet, and plenty of entertainment including access to the kids’ club during brunch hours, two outdoor pools and a lazy river.
Price: Dhs295 with soft drinks, Dhs395 with house drinks, Dhs99 aged 6 to 12, under 6s free.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, E11 Abu Dhabi-Dubai, Fri 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 810 9421. marriott.com
11. Cartoon Brunch at the Movenpick
Be transported into a world of animation as you and your family indulge in nostalgic foods surrounded by cartoon characters. There’s a dedicated children’s area with a ‘power bites’ buffet, face painting, films and other activities to keep them entertained.
Price: Dhs179 with soft drinks, Dhs289 with house drinks, under-12s half price, under-6s free.
Movenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Fri 12.30pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
12. Yalumba at Le Meridien
A buffet of international dishes is served at this hotel near the airport, and it’s got a reputation for being a lively affair during brunch on a Friday. Saturdays though are all about family. There’s fun and games for little ones in the designated kids’ corner, with staff on hand to entertain them while you tuck into your food. There’s also a special kids’ buffet.
Price: Dhs119 with soft drinks, under-12s free.
Le Meridien, Garhoud, Sat 12.30pm to 3pm. Tel: (04) 702 2455. yalumbadubai.com