From healthy eats to full-belly treats…
It’s said to be the most important meal of the day and who are we to disagree? Going for breakfast has arguably become more popular than going out for dinner, with artistic breakfast pics a regular on our Instagram feed.
Whether it’s long and leisurely or short and sweet, we’ve rounded up twenty of the city’s best spots for breakfast.
This ultra-cool Aussie spot in Al Quoz is inspired by the cafes in Melbourne. There are tons of different all-day breakfast options, from colourful Acai bowls to an indulgent brekkie roll, with scrambled eggs, vintage cheddar and mozarella.
Boston Lane Cafe, 25 4 B Street, Al Quoz, Dubai, 8am to 7pm. Tel: (058) 517 2131. bostonlane.com
Mitts & Trays
Perfect for a weekend catch up, Mitts & Trays has high-tech menus on iPads, and you can choose from a range of plates that are healthy and wholesome. The real stars of the show are their iced lattes – which are almost too pretty to drink.
Mitts & Trays, Bluewaters, off JBR, 8am to 11.30pm Sun to Weds, 8am to midnight Thurs to Sat. Tel: (04) 388 3999. mittsandtrays.com
When you’re craving a hearty fry up, there are few places better to head than McGettigans. It’s simple, traditional and served with toast and tea or coffee – just the way we like it.
McGettigans, various locations, JLT, Madinat Jumeirah, Downtown, JBR. mcgettigans.com
This South-African cafe in City Walk and The Dubai Mall will never be a wasted trip, even if you’re visiting from near the Marina just for breakfast. Their dishes are healthy, extensive and oh-so-pretty, and we bet you’ll have to go back again and again for lunch and dinner too.
Walnut Grove, The Walk, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 344 4441. walnutgrove.ae
Pots Pans and Boards
If you’re in the know, you’ll be sure that this spot in JBR is a sure-fire winner for breakfast. Their breakfasts are hearty, creative and served in and on – you guessed it – pots, pans and boards, which is a fun little alternative to your usual breakfast.
Pots Pans & Boards, Beach Mall, JBR, The Walk, Dubai, Sun to Wed 9am to 12am, Fri & Sat 9am to 1am. Tel: (04) 456 1959. facebook.com/potspansandboards
If you’re having a day of retail therapy at Mall of the Emirates, start it right and head to Common Grounds first. Love a super healthy breakfast bowl? Try their Acai bowl with banana, strawberry, cacao, granola, dried raspberry, dragon fruit and passion fruit.
Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai, Sun to Wed 8am to 10pm, Thurs to Sat 8am to 11pm. Tel: (050) 478 1094. commongroundsdubai.com
Baker & Spice
If you like to try your eggs in all sorts of ways then look no further than Baker & Spice. They serve eggs boiled, fried, poached, Turkish, baked, shakshouka, Benedict and omelette style. If you just enjoy a croissant with your coffee, they bake them fresh on the day. There’s a few around the city, but we recommend the one facing the Dubai Fountain for a nice view.
Baker & Spice, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, daily 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 425 2240. bakerandspice.me
The Coffee Club
The Coffee Club is popular among Dubai residents, with branches all over the city. We recommend their poached eggs with chorizo and avocado smash – it’s simple but it really is delicious.
The Coffee Club, various locations, Dubai. thecoffeeclubme.com
This New York export serves up breakfast all day from 8.30am to midnight at its City Walk location – because eggs benedict and fluffy pancakes shouldn’t just be served before noon.
City Walk, Al Safa Road, Dubai, daily 8.30am to midnight. Tel: (052) 3976750. sarabeth.com
With it’s whimsical interiors and fashion-themed teas, it’s not hard to see why Tania’s Teahouse has become one of Dubai’s most instagrammable spots. Housed in a two-storey villa in Jumeirah, on the breakfast menu, you’ll find mermaid toast, avo toast served on slices of sweet potato, and French toast in a teacup.
Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. Sat to Weds 8am to 10pm, Thurs and Fri 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 324 0021. taniasteahouse.com.
You can find an array of breakfast dishes on offer at both the Jumeirah Islands and Jumeirah Beach Road locations of The Hamptons. The all-day breakfast menu features everything from acai bowls to the Long Island breakfast to share between four, served up in a Hamptons-inspired boutique cafe. Be sure to go early, as this place packs out on weekends.
The Hamptons, Jumeirah Islands, weekdays 8am to 11pm, weekends 8am to 1am. Tel: (04) 564 5770. hamptonsdubai.com
The breakfast menu at Boardwalk is worth waking up early for a seat outside. Overlooking the charming shores of the Dubai Creek Marina, the grown up breakfast menu features dishes such as waffles and almond pannacotta, Boardwalk pancakes and a full English. It’s only served on weekends though, so be sure to bookmark this for a Saturday morning.
Boardwalk, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Marina, 8am to 11am, Friday and Saturday. Tel: (04) 295 6000. dubaigolf.com
Famous for their ever-popular English breakfast, Reform takes their full English so seriously, it’s actually called the ‘Breakfast of Champions’. Priced at Dhs118, it’s a super-sized serving of all the best parts of a fry-up, with your choice of eggs. The Breakfast of Champions is only served up on weekends, but there’s a weekday breakfast menu featuring a full English for Dhs75.
Reform, The Lakes, Friday and Saturday 8am to 11.30am . Tel: (04) 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Tom & Serg
One of Dubai’s best-loved cafe’s, Tom & Serg serves up classic breakfast dishes with a twist every day. Expect an avo toast layered with tomato, lemon oil, mint, za atar, pine nuts and black salt, fried eggs with pumpkin seeds and chimichurri and granola made with cashew milk and coconut yoghurt.
Al Quoz, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 5pm. Tel: (056) 4746812. tomandserg.com
The Scene by Simon Rimmer
Popular British eatery The Scene by Simon Rimmer not only serves up some top Marina views, it’s also home to a great daily breakfast menu. You’ll find lighter dishes such as pancakes or smashed avo, or opt for something heartier, such as short rib eggs benedict or eggs florentine
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily 8am to 2am. Tel: (04) 222 2328. thescenedubai.com
Whether you’re keeping healthy with their health-focused super bowls or a light granola, or treating yourself to a slab of caramelised fried bread covered in mascarpone, Revo Cafe at Anantara The Palm has you covered.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, daily 8am to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 5678304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
Eggspectation JBR proved so popular, that they had to open a second branch in City Walk. The casual cafe serves up (unsurprisingly) some of the best eggs in town, and in the cooler months you’ll struggle to bag a table by the beach at their JBR outpost. But it’s not just eggs on offer, a s’mores French toast, crepes and fluffy super-sized stacks of pancakes are also all on the menu.
Eggspectation, JBR, The Walk, daily 7am to midnight. Tel: (04) 430 7252. eggspectation.com
Clinton St Baking Co.
You’ll go a long way to beat the fried chicken and waffles at Clinton St Baking Co. The Deep South-inspired dish is one of the top breakkie dishes at this Downtown spot, but if you’re after something lighter, there’s a soft shell crab benedict, avo toast and a Huevos rancheros on the menu too.
Burj Views, Downtown, Dubai, Dubai, daily 8am to 4pm, 6pm to midnight. Tel: (04) 4281331. clintonstreetbaking.ae
Bistro Des Arts
Perched on the corner of Dubai Marina Mall you’ll find Bistro Des Arts, a cosy French restaurant that serves up a great value breakfast brunch on the weekends. For Dhs99, you’ll get to help yourself from the social table to start, where there’s a selection of fresh juices, pastries, cheese and cold cuts. Then, pick your main from a collection of hearty breakfasts, a made-to-order crepe and a hot beverage.
Bistro Des Arts, Address Dubai Marina, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 2pm, from Dhs99. Tel: (04) 55 11 576. bistrodesarts.ae