After our exciting tour discovering The Best Cafés of Berlin, it’s time to check one of the greatest and most expensive cities in the world in terms of cafés. Dubai is famous for its glam, huge skyscrapers, airlines, and everything tied to its enormous wealth in general. If you decide to visit Dubai, you will definitely visit the tallest building in the world Burj Khalifa, 828m high.
This is not the only “tallest” construction Dubai has, they also have world’s three tallest hotels, JW Marriot Marquis Dubai, Rose Rayhaan by Rotana and Burj Al Arab. In fact, Dubai has as much as 22 buildings that are 300m are taller!
Dubai is also famous for its iconic mosques, such as Jumeirah Mosque, and has some excellent walking districts, like Bastakia Quarter. The whole city is a mix of young and old, in Dubai state of the art buildings neighbor old districts, and modern shopping malls are close to ancient mosques. Dubai is famous for its shopping, nightlife, and restaurants, so you can have a great time even if you are not that much into architecture and history.
But, when you get tired of all that sightseeing you will need a break. And there is no better break in the world than a good cup of coffee.
When you think about Dubai, coffee and cafes is certainly not the first thing that crosses your mind, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a great cup of coffee in Dubai, on the contrary! Dubai is the largest city in the UAE, United Arab Emirates. And who knows more about this drink, than Arabs? They enjoyed coffee for centuries, in fact, as great ancient traders, they were able to try different kinds from many parts of the world, and they themselves brought it first to many countries.
In Dubai, you almost can’t go wrong, every corner has great coffee. But it is good to know what is the best of the best since your visit will be limited in time. In this article, we will walk you through top 10 cafes of Dubai, that in our modest opinion have the best location, atmosphere, service, and of course, coffee.
10. Spill The Bean
- Address: Jumeirah 3 Sunset Mall 1st Flr Jumeira Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 338 8559
- Working hours: every day 8AM-6PM
- Website: http://spillthebean.ae/
Spill The Bean, Lebanese-owned cafe with an interesting name, is located in the Sunset Mall, which makes it perfect to visit when taking a break from shopping.
From the busy mall outside, Spill the Bean looks like an oasis of peace, in which you will want to sit and have a break right away. Since it is in the mall, there are no doors, the whole cafe is open. Being in the mall also means free indoor parking, which is really nice, since Dubai weather tends to be really hot all year long.
When you walk in, you will find yourself surrounded by shelves filled with books and magazines. Pleasant music fills the air. Walls are covered with interesting signs and posters, mostly with the cafe logo, a goat with wings. How cool is that?
One of the things that make Spill The Beans stand out, is its menu. They offer only healthy ingredients, 100% Organic, 100% Fair Trade. They will also offer you variety of different diet specific foods/beverages, like gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugar-free.
And now about the most important thing in every cafe- coffee. Coffee here is locally roasted, Raw Coffee. So every special has that unique local flavor. There is a lot to choose from in Spill the Beans. They have different coffee specials, that you can only try here. You must try Date Cold Brew and the Espresso Milkshake, their Ice Coffee,
So if you are searching for a good brew, and you want to try some healthy and tasty food, then Spill the Beans is definitely for you.
9. Icons Coffee Shop
- Adress: Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, 31, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 456 4978
- Working hours: every day 8:30 AM – 10:30 PM
- Website: http://meeticons.com/
Located next to the Trade Center area and besides the DWTC metro station, it is very likely that Icons will be on your way. Trust us, it is really worth to stop by and enjoy this friendly place.
The great thing about Icons Coffee Shop is having both indoor and outdoor sitting. So if you visit Dubai in late autumn, winter or spring, you will enjoy the outdoors option, especially because Icons Coffee Shop is an awesome location. But for those hot summer days, indoors is just fine, Icons has great interior too.
One of the things Icons Coffee Shop is known around the world for is that it prides itself to be 100% organic and fair-trade house cafe. Here you will be able to drink and eat guilt-free, since they have a number of zero or low-calorie meals and beverages. There are many different sugar-free, gluten-free, high-fiber, vegan, and low-fat options.
Icons Coffee Shop has some excellent coffee specials. These include their organic espresso beverages and Iced cafes, ideal to start your morning the right way. With your coffee, you can have some healthy food. Icons offers sugar-free pastries, natural smoothies, and hot chocolate, sugar-free ice cream shakes, frappes and frozteas. It is important to note that although sugar-free, both their coffee and food retain the full flavor.
8. Espression Lavazza
- Adress: Al Braih St | Jumeirah Beach Residence, Near The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, Dubai 11245, United Arab Emirates
- Phone: +971 4 554 6218
- Working hours: every day 08-02 AM
- Website: www.lavazza.com
If you are located at the Ritz hotel or anywhere near the Jumeirah Beach, you have to check out Espression Lavazza. This unique cafe offers both indoor and outdoor variants. Outdoor is straightforward umbrellas to block the sun, tables, and chairs. But the inside is what makes Espression Lavazza stand out.
The whole place is artistically designed and spacious. There is a lot of air and a lot of room between tables. A wide bar dominates the room, and it is approachable from three sides. The whole place has a great atmosphere, and great music and friendly staff only add to that. Waiters are so polite that they even take a time to explain and recommend things from the menu.
Lavazza is known for its top quality coffee. You will hardly find better espresso in cappuccino anywhere in Dubai. Many Espression Lavazza customers claim that the best coffee in Dubai is served right here. You should also try their coffee shake, it is extremely well-made. Here you can also enjoy great breakfast and brunch. And in the hot summer days, this place is perfect to cool down, as they serve awesome lemonade and ice-cream.
If you find yourself anywhere near, go visit Espression Lavazza. Excellent interior, great atmosphere, wonderful staff, the best cappuccino in Dubai, it gives you many reasons not to just walk by.
7. Scotta Espresso Bar
- Address: Al Sa’ada St,DIFC Dubai United Arab Emirates | Burj Daman Building DIFC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 558 7090
- Working hours: Sunday- Thursday 7 AM – 9 PM, Friday-Saturday 9 AM – 9 PM
- Website: http://www.scotta.ae/
Located near the Dubai financial center, Scotta espresso bar is a place to be if you have some work to do around. In this great place, you will find a quiet spot to have a cozy break from your intense workday.
Scotta Espresso Bar is all about showing genuine Italian, both in style and in food/coffee. They pay so much attention to details. You can see little Italian flags everywhere around you. Every coffee mug looks like those from old Italian movies, and every table has mini Vespa motorcycles on them. The whole place tries to replicate true Italian cafe, with both looks and the atmosphere. And they do it successfully.
Hospitality at Scotta Espresso Bar makes it one of a kind. Here, you will not feel as a stranger at all, in fact, you will feel like at home. The owner Giovanni is known for remembering customer’s names almost instantly. Don’t be surprised if he greets you by your name 2nd time you enter his cafe! He is also super passionate about coffee and knows almost everything about it.
And he is willing to share his knowledge, especially about true Italian kinds. The one you simply must try is their real Neapolitan coffee. Scotta Espresso Bar serves healthy food too. Here you can try almost any Italian specialty. And if you want to try something you haven’t tried before, don’t hesitate to ask. Scotta Espresso Bar has patient waiters, who are willing to explain everything too.
All in all, if Italian food and coffee are your thing, be sure to visit Scotta Espresso bar. The quality of their products and their great service will not leave you disappointed.
- Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd | Second floor, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Dubai 23215, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 800 276963
- Opening hours: 24/7
- Website: www.fundining.ae
Cappuccino’s has been around for a while, as the Crowne Plaza Hotel is. These two were working long before many of the Dubai’s famous skyscrapers even existed. Cappuccino’s is one of the oldest cafes in Dubai that worked 24/7. Nowadays, a lot changed, and there are many more cafes who work non-stop, but few have the charm Cappucino’s has. And it has retained that charm successfully over the years.
And it has retained that charm successfully over the years. As its name suggests, Cappuccino’s is the place to go if you are into real Italian coffee, served the right, old-school way. And on the plus side, you can visit it anytime, since Cappuccino’s is open around the clock.
Located in the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the second floor, it’s a great and quieter alternative to the hotel bar, ideal for business meetings, beginning of your work day, or just to chill on a break. At Cappucino’s you can expect to get a fast service no matter when you visit. Not only that their waiters are fast to serve, but they are also very friendly and are always smiling.
The manager, Shane da Silva, is the real highlight of this cafe. He will do anything to serve the customers needs, and he does this with a rare to be seen passion. This man is one of the main reasons why Cappuccino’s customers keep coming back.
The coffee here is so good that many of the Cappuccino’s returning customers are real Italians who visit Dubai to do business. There is no better recommendation for an Italian cafe than this, if you want the real Italian coffee, service, and food, come to Cappuccino’s.
5. Stomping Grounds – Specialty Coffee Hub
- Address: 12D St | Jumeirah 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 344 4451
- Working hours: 8 AM- 11 PM
- Website: http://www.stompinggrounds.ae/
Stomping Grounds Specialty Coffee Hub is a hidden gem of Jumeirah. If you find yourself in this area, you have to visit this great place. The cafe is actually a redecorated villa.
The first thing that will catch your eye is their nice outside sitting area with the view of Burj Khalifa. If you prefer sitting outside, this is the place for you. There is greenery around to separate visitors from the street, and comfortable chairs in the shade. But if outside is too hot for your taste, Stopming Grounds cafe has beautiful indoors too.
It is good to know that the Stomping Grounds- Specialty Coffee Hub is one of the favorites of the locals. This is a good indicator of how good this place is. The number one reason why locals love Stomping Grounds is their excellent coffee, especially their melange. If you ask those locals, they will tell you that the coffee they serve in Stoping Grounds cafe is the best in Dubai.
If you are not sure what you want to choose, polite staff will gladly recommend you something to try. Feeling hungry? Stomping grounds can offer you many different options for a great breakfasts, afternoon snack, or healthy dinner.
- Address: Financial Centre Road | French Spirit Coffee Shop 1st Floor – The Dubaï Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 339 8520
- Working hours: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 AM- 10 PM, Thursday, Friday 10 AM – 11:30 PM
- Website: https://www.laduree.com/en_int/
Want to taste the real flavor of Paris in the middle of the desert? Then Laduree Dubai is the right place for you. Located in the mall, it is ideal for a shopping break. You can sit either in the open area of the mall – if you enjoy a more vibrant environment and looking at people who are passing by – or you can go inside the cafe and enjoy something a bit more cozy and quiet.
The interior is really something. One glance at their beautiful armchairs will make you want to grab a book and spend there all they reading it. And the sitting arrangement is unusual and unique. This combined with pleasant music makes the whole vibe of this place warm and romantic. A perfect place to sit and watch the beautiful sunset over the ocean.
Laduree is known for three things- great white coffee, hot chocolate and especially macarons. If you are a macaron or croissant lover, and you are strolling Dubai, Laduree is the place to be. It is almost impossible to count all the different kinds of macaron Laduree offers. We can only recommend some that we liked the most- salted caramel, orange blossom, rose, coffee, chocolate…
The best macarons in Dubai + great coffee = Laduree, a must visit!
3. Comptoir 102
- Address: 102 Beach Road | Jumeira 1o, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 385 4555
- Working hours: every day – 8:30 AM – 6:30 PM
- Website: http://comptoir102.com/
Comptoir 102 is really something else. This one of a kind cafe is located on Jumeirah, one of the oldest parts of Dubai. This area was standing long before all those skyscrapers, artificial islands, and 12-lane highways were built.
One look at Comptoir 102 will tell you why this place is unique. Its interior is well-designed, so open and filled with air and sunlight. Thatched roof gives the whole place an Oriental flavor that many Dubai venues unfortunately miss. Sitting arrangement is not typical, as you have a variety of tables, sofas, chairs, and benches to choose from. This makes Comptoir 102 great for any group size.
Philosophy of Comptoir 102 is simple – only the best quality and healthiest ingredients are served. This goes for both the coffee and the food. Everything they have on the menu comes from local organic farms, which guarantees freshness. Comptoir 102 is ideal for those who want sugar-free and dairy-free meals, with raw and gluten-free options also available.
Although they don’t put as much focus on the coffee as they do on the food, Comptoir 102’s coffee is great! Comptoir 102 is special, and if you don’t visit it when you pass by, you will regret it. This place is truly one of a kind, with a breathtaking interior, healthy food, and excellent coffee. A true gem of Jumeirah!
2. Pantry Cafe- Bay Square
- Address: Ground floor 6 St | Bay Square Building 6, Ground Floor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: 0559993366
- Working hours: Sunday- Thursday 8AM- 5PM; Friday-Saturday 9AM- 6PM
- Website: http://pantrycafe.me
Pantry Cafe is located in the heart of Bay Square, one of newest areas of Dubai. This area is full of different options when it comes to coffee and food, but Pantry Cafe is one of the best. It is certainly the place to be if you find yourself near.
The design of Pantry Cafe is unique, it looks a bit industrial, warehouse-modern. There is a lot of iron and bricks. This makes the vibe of this place really something. The windows are wide and tall, so the whole place is well-lit with natural sunlight. There is also an option to sit outside, in the shades of palm trees, which is nice.
Setup of Pantry Cafe makes it perfect for a casual coffee break, or to get some work done on your laptop. The staff of Pantry Cafe is really nice. They are polite, patient, willing to explain and recommend. This is great because Pantry Cafe has some exotic meals of the day, so you will probably not know everything about the dishes yourself.
Pantry cafe serves the best kind of coffee you can find in Dubai, RAW coffee. This means that all their coffee is 100% organic, so no matter what type of coffee you like and order, it will be perfectly made. Pantry
Pantry cafe has excellent food too. People have only praise about their breakfasts. It is good to know that Sunday-Thursday with breakfast, you get bottomless coffee, which means as many refills as you want!
1. Raw Coffee Company
- Address: Warehouse 10, 4A Street | Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Telephone: +971 4 339 5474
- Working hours: 8 AM- 9 PM
- Website: https://rawcoffeecompany.com/
All the cafes on this list are great, and you should visit them. But if you are short on time, and you can visit only one place, it has to be the Raw Coffee Company. Raw Coffee Company is a perfect place to be if you want to get out of the speed and busyness of regular Dubai. This cafe is located in the actual coffee factory, which makes it one of a kind.
The location of the Raw Coffee Company cafe is in a warehouse, and naturally, the design of the place is industrial. You will feel the smell of coffee everywhere, and the bags filled with it will be all around you. But the cafe itself is really peaceful, a perfect contrast to the usual picture of busy Dubai.
If you are a genuine coffee lover, Raw Coffee Company is for you. The friendly staff will guide you through the process of making their great coffee (which is said to be the best kind in Dubai). So not only that you will drink great coffee, you will learn a lot too. They will even ask you about your coffee preferences and will recommend blends accordingly.
Rest assured, they will meet your needs, people in Raw Coffee Company certainly know coffee and are passionate about their work. Raw Coffee Company is all about coffee. So if great coffee is the only thing you need from a cafe, this is the place to be. It’s a heaven for coffee culture enthusiasts, and that is why it is our number one cafe in Dubai.
Dubai, in general, is a heaven for tourists. There is really a lot to see and if you have the money, there are no limits for you there. It is one of the busiest cities in the world, and one of the beating heart of UAE.
But, all that speed can tire you out, and if you need to relax and have a break, Dubai gives you excellent options too. Whether you just want a cup of coffee or a quick breakfast, the cafes we mentioned in this article will meet all your needs.
Raw Coffee Company, Pantry Cafe, Comptoir 102, Laduree, Stomping Grounds, Cappuccino’s, Scotta Espresso Bar, Espression Lavazza, Icons coffee-shop and Spill the Beans are all different in their own way, but they have few things in common- great locations, atmosphere, excellent service and above all- great coffee. Dubai offers many great cafes, but these 10 are certainly the best of all.
Our next article will be about Singapore’s coffee houses, which is another big city full of skyscrapers and positive vibes.