Dubai winter means our favourite brunches are spilling out onto their stunning outdoor terraces…
It’s the perfect weather for an alfresco brunch. Whether it’s Marina views, larger-than-life buffets or big, brash party brunches, we’ve rounded up the city’s best.
Here’s a guide to Dubai’s best outdoor brunches…
Traiteur Brunch at Park Hyatt Dubai
Price: Dhs495 soft, Dhs695 house and sparkling, Dhs775 bubbles, Dhs895 premium bubbles
The people’s favourite Traiteur brunch is back. Stretching across not one, but two of Park Hyatt Dubai’s stunning restaurants, Brasserie Du Park and NOÉPE, you’ll get to experience the very best of French and Mediterranean cuisine with unlimited beverages to perfectly compliment the laid-back setting.
Traiteur Brunch,The Promenade, Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai, 1pm to 4.30pm, Fridays. Tel: (04) 602 1814. hyattrestaurants.com
Secret Circus Brunch at Paru
Price: Dhs299 soft, Dhs399 house, Dhs499 sparkling, Dhs599 champagne
A brand new offering from the Secret Parties group, ‘Secret Circus Brunch’ has just launched at luxe rooftop restaurant, Paru. Running every Friday, you’ll get unlimited beverages and graze on some high-end Japanese cuisine at the swanky Caesars Resort Bluewaters Dubai location, with hot and cold starters, a dedicated sushi station, an a la carte main and delicious desserts. In true Secret Parties style, guests can expect an array of entertainment, such as a greeting from Geishas, live percussionists, multi-skilled circus acts and a live DJ.
Secret Circus Brunch, Paru, Caesars Resort Bluewaters, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays. secret-parties.com/secretcircusbrunch
Price: Dhs299 soft drinks, Dhs399 house drinks, Dhs499 sparkling, Dhs599 champagne
Brought to you by the Secret Parties group, Flair No.5 has fast become one of the hottest tickets in town for its oh-so-Instagrammable Downtown setting and awesome party vibes. The tables are set lounge-style on different levels of decking, perfect for that super-social brunch vibe where you’re never talking to the same people for too long. The food is served sharing-style with influences of Asian and Mexican cuisine and there’s stations for gin and rum based cocktails, with house beverages, cocktail and drink-of-the-moment, Aperol Spritz available from the cool central bar. The party is on from the moment you get there, with resident DJs playing all day.
Secret Garden Party, Flair No. 5, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, 1pm to 5pm, every Friday. Tel: (04) 372 2323. secret-parties.com
The Spice Route Brunch at Asia Asia
Price: Dhs399 soft, Dhs499 house, Dhs599 sparkling, Dhs699 bubbles
We love Asia Asia for many reasons, its location at Pier 7 being one and its sophisticated vibe and menu filled with Pan-Asian delights being two more. There’s little more satisfying as a backdrop to a classy brunch than the Dubai Marina views so if you’re looking for that perfect double-date brunch or somewhere to impress visiting guests, then this will tick all of your boxes.
The Spice Route Brunch, Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 2pm to 5pm, every Friday. Tel: (04) 276 5900.
Price: Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs455, Dhs 145 children aged 6 to 12
If you’re looking for a family-friendly outdoor brunch, check out the new Boardwalk Friday Brunch at Dubai Creek Yacht Club. With total Mediterranean vibes, from the food to the waterfront setting, it’s a pretty idyllic way to spend a Friday afternoon. Dig into live seafood from a BBQ and other culinary dishes with unlimited drinks.
The Boardwalk Friday Brunch, Dubai Creek Yacht Club, next to Park Hyatt Dubai, 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 205 4647. dubaigolf.com
Price: Dhs450 soft, Dhs595 house & sparkling, Dhs795 champagne, Dhs225 children aged 5 to 12
Brasserie 2.0 are inviting you to ‘live the European summer life’ at their Au Soleil brunch, launching Friday, November 8 and running until December 6. With a stunning outdoor setting overlooking the lush greens and palm trees of Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa’s grounds, you’ll enjoiy Mediterranean-inspired rose spritzers and aperitifs with some delicious dishes from 10 live cooking stations to boot.
Au Soleil Brunch. Brasserie 2.0, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, 1.30pm to 4.30pm, every Friday from November 8. Tel: (04) 316 5550. facebook.com/lemeridien
Trader Vics Madinat Jumeirah
Price: Dhs225 soft, Dhs375 house, Dhs425 sparkling
Dig out your Leis and grass skirts, there’s a brand new tropical brunch in town. Trader Vic’s at Madinat Jumeirah have just launched their Luau Brunch which is delightfully colourful and vibrant, with a Cuban band, hula dancers and even a photobooth and cariacturist. Sip on their famous Tika Puka Puka cocktails all day and graze on delicious sharing platters from the Polynesian restaurant, with stunning views across the crystal blue canals at the Dubai hotspot.
Luau Brunch, Trader Vic’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 12.30pm to 4pm, every Friday from October 25. Tel: (04) 368 6559. facebook.com/tradervicssoukdubai
Price: Fridays, Dhs295 girls, Dhs345 guys, Saturdays, Dhs249 girls, Dhs299guys
The pool brunches at Zero Gravity are legendary, with their SuperNatural brunch pulling in a massive crowd every single Saturday. The Friday offering generates nearly the same these days so whichever you choose, you’re in for some awesome poolside partying with unlimited food and drink. It’s a definite Dubai must-do.
Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone, Dubai Marina, Tropical Brunch, 1pm to 5pm Fridays, Dhs295 girls, Dhs345 guys, SuperNatural Brunch, 12pm to 5pm, Saturdays, Dhs249, Dhs299 guys. Tel: (04) 399 0009. 0-gravity.ae
Price: Dhs420 with soft drinks, Dhs520 with house drinks, Dhs620 with champagne, Dhs225 under-12s, under-6s free.
One of the city’s most popular brunches, Bubbalicious is consistently packed, with Dubai dwellers booking for a fun afternoon of feasting and partying in the sun. 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. It’s hosted at the newly-revamped Mina’s Kitchen which is the perfect relaxed environment to brunch with the family.
Mina’s Kitchen, The Westin Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Fri 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (04) 511 7373. westinminaseyahi.com
Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
Price: Dhs350 house, Dhs580 bubbles
Blue Marlin’s stellar brunches are offered either on the restaurant terrace or the beach beds, and both are great options. The brunch runs on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm, offering three hours of unlimited cocktails, wine and house beverages. The food concept is sharing-style, with a range of international dishes to suit to any taste. Every week the menu is slightly different, but generally focuses on Mediterranean cuisine with some Asian influences.
Saturday Brunch at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira, Gantoot, Abu Dhabi, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs350 house, Dhs580 bubbly. Tel: (056) 113 3400. bluemarlinibiza-uae.com
Palm Sugar at WET Deck
Palm Sugar Brunch takes place every Friday at the Wet Deck. The buffet, which stretches along the length of the poolside, brimming with stations of lamb chops, beef brisket, colourful burgers, tender ribs and super-stretched hot dogs – it’s a meat-lover’s dream. There’s also a nacho station with guac made fresh in front of you, towers of tortilla chips and gooey melted cheese. Drinks include large jars of refreshing fruity cocktails, sparkling is included as standard, and cheerful waiters distribute bottles of beer directly to the beds.
Palm Sugar Pool Brunch, The WET Deck, W the Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeriah, Dubai, 1pm to 5pm, Fridays, Dhs445. Tel: (04) 245 5555. facebook.com
Jumeirah Al Qasr
Price: Dhs480 soft, Dhs577 sparkling, Dhs674 champagne
Located on the ground floor terrace of the stunning resort, Jumeirah Al Qasr’s Friday Brunch includes dining options from popular restaurants The Hide, Al Hambra and Arboretum. Guests can choose from a variety of cuisines including American, Spanish, Italian, British, Mexican and Arabic. Guests are free to peruse the various cooking stations as well as enjoy the live entertainment throughout the afternoon.
Jumeirah Al Qasr, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeira, Fridays 12pm to 4.30pm, Dhs480 soft, Dhs577 sparkling, Dhs674 champagne, Dhs242 kids. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
La Piscina is the luxe new pool venue at Palazzo Versace that you need to visit this season. Their brand-new lavish Saturday Brunch features an impressive Mediterranean-inspired spread of dishes like seared Wagyu sliders, a selection of fresh mezze in mini cones, slow cooked lamb shank with creamy eggplant or steamed black mussels. It’s served up to a side of free flowing beverages, lively music and of course, a dip in the super sized swimming pool. Available from 1pm to 4pm, it’s a wallet-friendly Dhs250.
La Piscina by Palazzo Versace, Palazzo Versace, Al Jaddaff, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs250. Tel: (058) 2266443. @lapiscinabypalazzoversace
Price: Dhs345 soft, Dhs435 house
Away from the bolder, brasher parties that take place at Nikki Beach Club, Cafe Nikki’s Saint Tropez brunch is a more laid-back affair. A five-course menu, served to the table, is backed up by a multi-station buffet, where plates are layered with fresh salads, cold cuts of meat, freshly baked bread and pre-prepared seafood including oysters, mussels and giant prawns, showcased on a mountain of ice. Once you’ve had your fill, pop on over to the pool and soak up the last of the evenings sun.
Saint Tropez Brunch, Cafe Nikki, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs345 soft, Dhs435 house. Tel: (04) 376 6000. nikkibeachhotels.com/dubai
Price: Dhs175 soft, Dhs399 house
The Infinity Brunch at Gastro Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton Jumeirah Beach claims to have the longest buffet in JBR. While we cannot confirm or deny this, we can agree that its a great outdoor brunch. There’s plenty of live stations, offering a variety of international dishes including steaks, salmon, chicken rotisserie, sushi and a wide selection of seafood. The price also includes pool and beach access, and there’s a big pool party on Fridays.
Gastro Kitchen, Doubletree by Hilton, JBR, Fridays, 12.30pm to 4pm, Dhs175 soft, Dhs399 house. Tel: (055) 166 8092. facebook.com/events
Mega Yacht Brunch
Price: Dhs349 house, Dhs499 sparkling
The Mega Yacht Brunch takes place aboard the 220ft Lotus yacht which comes complete with its very own pool, jacuzzi and both upper and lower deck. Food comes in the form of an international buffet station, with smokey barbequed meats, salads and miniature chicken wraps. If you wanted to carb up for a long day of being outside, opt for the fresh pasta which is prepared fresh in front of you. As well as brunching, the three and a half hour boat trip also doubles as a sightseeing tour, cruising past iconic landmarks like Atlantis, The Palm, Burj Al Arab and Bluewaters Island, so don’t forget to snap some shots.
Mega Yacht Brunch, from Pier 7, 12.30pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs349 regular, Dhs499 premium. Tel: (052) 777 6953. Book your tickets here
The Garden Brunch at Address Boulevard
Price: Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house
The outdoor area at The Restaurant, Address Boulevard has a genuinely unbeatable view of Burj Khalifa, stunning infinity pool and cosy oversized chairs to get comfy in. The brunch is an ideal way to spend a chilled weekend, with a live singer giving renditions of popular cover songs, which gives the outdoor brunch a true summery garden party atmosphere. The brunch is buffet-style, with a well-stocked salad bar, sushi station with fresh oysters, sashimi and maki rolls and a bakery corner serving just-warm fresh bread rolls. On the lower level, you’ll discover live cooking stations with grilled lobster, racks of beef, freshly-prepared tempura vegetables and wraps of chicken shawarma.
The Garden Brunch, The Restaurant at Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, 1pm to 4pm, Fridays, Dhs295 soft, Dhs395 house, Dhs495 premium. Tel: (04) 888 3444. addresshotels.com
Price: Dhs199 soft, Dhs349 house, Dhs449 premium
Taking place at the relaxed time of 3pm to 7pm every Friday, guests can enjoy free-flowing beverages alongside commercial R&B and chart hits by DJs SkinnyLoop and Devin Kosoko as the sun sets on the Seven Sisters terrace.
Seven Sisters, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, Fridays 3pm to 7pm, Dhs199 soft, Dhs249 drinks only, Dhs349 house, Dhs449 premium. Tel: (056) 775 4777. 7sistersdubai.com
London Social at Caravan
Price: Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs650 sparkling
Sprawling out across the restaurant and lawns at Caravan at Ritz-Cartlon JBR is the London Social brunch, which runs every Friday. Bringing London’s unique food scene to Dubai feast your way through 12 live cooking stations, Britain’s favourite cocktails and beers and a live duo performing old and new British classics.
London Social at Caravana, Ritz-Carlton Dubai, JBR, 1pm to 4pm Friday, Dhs395 soft, Dhs495 house, Dhs650 sparkling. ritzcarlton.com
Price: Dhs320 soft, Dhs470 house, Dhs620 premium
Perched on the beachfront at the Four Seasons Jumeirah, Sea Fu is one of those idyllic spots everyone in Dubai needs to visit once. On Saturdays, they host the Omakase brunch, a laid-back afternoon of authentic Asian delicacies, served alongside traditional sake cocktails and live music from the resident DJ. It’s an upscale affair, perfect for impressing guests.
Sea Fu, Four Seasons Jumeirah, 1pm to 4pm, Saturdays, Dhs320 soft, Dhs470 house, Dhs620 premium. Tel: 04 270 7802. fourseasons.com
Market Garden brunch at Raffles Dubai
Price: Dhs249 soft, Dhs395 hous
The Raffles Garden is spread across more than 1,500 square metres on the third floor of the hotel and is the chosen location for their weekly Friday brunch. The tables, a mix of low lounge tables and outdoor dining tables, are spread out in the middle, neatly surrounded by an array of live cooking stations split between different world cuisines. Each kitted out to look like a market stall and each one offering something different, expect to dine around the world without leaving the comfort of the garden.
The Friday Market Brunch, Raffles Garden, Raffles, WAFI, 1pm to 4.30pm, Fridays, Dhs249 soft, Dhs395 house, childen aged 12 to 16 get 50 per cent off, children under 12 free. Tel: (04) 324 8888. raffles.com/dubai
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