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Best Cafes in Dubai - Enjoy a Coffee in Dubai

Whether it’s a latte you’re after or a double shot of espresso, there’s no shortage of independent cafes in Dubai to satisfy your every coffee urge. We’ve enlisted the help of Kim Thompson, one half of homegrown roastery Raw Coffee Company, to tell you where to go when you’re in need of a caffeine fix. Be part of our burgeoning cafe culture.

Try everything on the menu at The Brass

Tucked away in City Walk is this shiny new gem, which boasts one of the most extensive coffee menus in the city. They’ve got all the classics - latte, cappuccino et al - with a plethora of original blends, including Lavender Honey Latte, rosewater-infused white coffee, a dairy-free Coconut Latte … Aficionados can take it a step further and nominate how they want their coffee delivered: via French press, siphon, cold drip or pour-over. City Walk, Al Safa Road+971 4 385 6971

Meet the locals at Friends Avenue Cafe

A pair of young friends put their heads together and came up with this quirky little cafe located in the high-rise Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) residential district. This spot “oozes personality”, according to Thompson, and is filled with a very loyal clientele, sipping on a long black or an espresso con panna. Almond and soya milk options are also available.

Ground Floor, Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, JLT +971 4 554 5813

For designer types, try Craft Cafe

With its high-glassed walls and wooden decor, this sunny, airy cafe dials up the style quotient in the up and coming fashion hub, Dubai Design District. On the menu is a wide variety of delectable dishes and some on-trend cold brews, including Orange Twist and Vanilla Latte, suited to the warmer weather. The chef in charge is Peruvian Roberto Segura, the man behind some big-name restaurants in town, including The Act Dubai.

Building 10 Dubai Design District+971 4 514 9032

Relax by the beach at Park House

Sit back, relax and take in the tranquil views of the sea from Park House, located next to Kite Beach. It’s the perfect spot for casual people-watching and light entertainment with children. What goes well with a good blend while lounging on the beach benches? The house popcorn and other sweet treats. Or, says Thompson, “Grab a great takeaway coffee and go and sit on the beach.”

Kite Beach, Street 2D, Umm Suqeim+971 4 2541565

Get a history lesson at Dubai Coffee Museum

With coffee’s rich history rooted in Arabia, there’s no surprise Dubai has an entire museum dedicated to the fragrant beans. Here you will learn all there is to know about the origins of the drink and how it has evolved. Thompson says: “It’s a must see for anybody that is remotely interested in the very long and interesting history of coffee.” You can cap your visit with a tasting of traditional Arabic qahwa at the in-house cafe.

Villa No.44, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood+971 4 353 8777

If you’re serious about coffee, head to Mokha 1450

Part boutique, part coffee shop, Mokha 1450 is an intimate place with exceptional coffee. What’s on offer? “You can savour original Heirloom Ethiopian Geisha, Jamaican Blue Mountain grade 1 Ultra-premium beans and an incredible Yemeni coffee from the Sabree Mountains farmed by a co-operative of female farmers,” says Thompson.

Unit 8, Aswaaq Community Mall, Al Bada’a (near Al Wasl Road)+971 4 321 6455

Experience a “coffee” truck at Yumtingz

Food truck meets coffee house? Sounds an unlikely concept, but this Australian brand makes it work. “They’re young and hip with an extensive menu offering honest Aussie-style gourmet café food,” says Thompson. You’ll find the roving bus at all the hottest happenings and festivals, with their signature hot drinks and playful cold brews, including a fruity variety.

+971 56 454 2782

The original hipsters: The Sum of Us

Tom & Serg are a fixture on Dubai’s cafe scene and their cozy roastery is widely regarded as one of the best coffee spots in town. Inspired by Melbourne’s independent coffee house culture, the cafe on Sheikh Zayed Road caters to casual drinkers and coffee connoisseurs alike, in an industrial-like open space.

Burj Al Salaam, Street 6, Trade Center 1+971 56 445 7526

Savour a traditional twist at Aryaas

Don’t expect the standard cappuccinos or lattes here. Instead, introduce yourself to the frothy flavours of South Indian filter coffee. The coffee in this beverage that means business is prepared using a special metal filter and combined with boiling milk and sugar. The resulting concoction is a velvety drink which is a staple in parts of India. Shop 2, ground floor,The Business Center، Khalid Bin Al Waleed Road+971 4 357 7800

Learn the trade at Raw Coffee Company

Veterans of the homegrown coffee scene, Raw Coffee Company roasts organic and beans with Fair Trade approval daily in their warehouse roastery. Visitors can take classes on coffee preparation or just enjoy some of the 15 single origins and five unique blends at this specialty space.

Warehouse 10, Al Manara, Al Quoz +971 4 339 5474

For that community feel, visit Arrows and Sparrows

This new locale is the second offering from the local Friends Avenue team. The larger space in Emaar Business Park, near the Greens, is decorated in hues of teal and gold. “Serving a cozy mix of comfort food and contemporary café fare, this spacious, modern place offers fresh organic coffee made very well,” according to Thompson.

Building 4, Emaar Business Park+971 55 543 8415

Looking for a unique dining experience in Dubai? Lounge at some of the trendiest cafes in town or try a different experience at any of these quirky spots.

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Coffee shops and cafes in Dubai

Coffee shops and cafes in Dubai

List of coffee shops and cafes in Dubai, UAE (also Abu Dhabi and other emirates), and information guide to free internet wifi access and hotspots, smoking, Caffe Nero, Caribou Coffee Shop, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL), Costa Coffee, Dome, Gloria Jeans, More, Paul, Shakespeare, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, shisha cafe.

  • Cafes and coffee shops in the UAE do not serve alcohol.
  • During Ramadan almost all cafes are closed during the day. Exceptions are mostly in the Dubai free zones, and a handful of other places. See the list of cafes open during the day in Ramadan.
  • Almost all cafes are non-smoking unless they have outdoor seating. A few (fewer and fewer as time goes on) have indoor smoking areas, and some have shisha pipe smoking. Shisha (Hookah, Hubbly Bubbly) cafes allow smoking inside.
  • Most coffee shop chains serve coffee in takeaway paper cups if requested. Don't forget the cup holder - the hot cup will remind you anyway about 50 meters outside the coffee shop if you forget.
  • Many cafes have free broadband internet wireless available, often with a time or download limit. Otherwise most have access to a Du or Etisalat hotspot (which you have to pay for).
  • Coffee prices in Dubai - most of the coffee shop chains do a latte or cappuccino in 3 sizes for 14-15, 16-18, or 18-20 dirhams (2010 > 2017 prices). McDonalds in Dubai do a small one for about 5-7 dhs, or 10-12 dhs in their McCafes.
  • If a cafe is also a restaurant (Dome, LPQ, More, Paul, Shakespeare, Tche Tche, then the coffee is the same price but in a smaller cup).
  • Since many coffee shops are located in shopping malls, car parking is available and usually free. Paid parking areas include: DIFC and other free zones in Dubai except Fridays or weekends, Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Centre except weekends, Al Ghurair Mall and Burjuman Center Mall except weekends, JLT after first 3 hours (200 dhs for 3 hrs+).
Cafe opening times and hours in Dubai
  • Most cafes and coffee shops in Dubai have timings from around 0800-0900 opening time to 2200-2300 closing time. A few close earlier around 1700-1900 if most customers are from offices with 9-5 or similar work hours.
  • Cafes in shopping centers might start a bit later in the mornings since shopping centers are usually not open until 1000, and close at the same time as the mall, or an hour or two later.
  • Many cafes are open until 2400 (midnight), and some until 0100, 0200, or 0300.
  • Some cafes open between 0600 and 0700 (6am-7am).
24 hr cafes in Dubai and the UAE

24 hr cafes exist but there aren't many. Most 5 star hotels, and probably 4 star, maybe 3 star hotels will have some sort of 24 hr dining or cafe style area (often in the lobby) which the general public can visit (not just exclusively for hotel guests). But for other standalone outlets try (list is incomplete) ...

  • 24 hr coffee shops in Dubai
    • La Gaufrette French Cafe in TECOM (Cayan Business Tower).
    • [Closed in 2015?] Park Central Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Rd (Park Central World)
    • Tim Horton's on Sheikh Zayed Road - the one near the Crowne Plaza.
    • Tim Horton's JBR The Walk.
    • [Closed] Tim Horton's on Jumeirah Beach Road (the EPPCO gas station opposite Sunset Mall).
  • 24 hr coffee shops in Sharjah
    • Tim Horton's Al Majaz Waterfront

A number of fast food joints (McDonalds etc) are open 24 hrs (usually the drive-thru takeaway ones) with a dine in seating area and a cheap cup of coffee. Sheikh Zayed Road between Trade Center Roundabout and Defense Roundabout (1st interchange) has a few places like that, more on the ocean side but the desert side might also have a couple of places.

Cafe opening times during Ramadan
  • During Ramadan, most cafes will be closed until Iftar, and might remain open for extended hours later in the evenings. A handful will be open during the day - mostly cafes in the Dubai free zones, rarely anywhere else.
List of cafes in Dubai (a selection, not a complete list)
Cafe name Location Telephone Internet Food Smoking Music Outdoor Parking Coffee¹ Cafe name Location Telephone Internet Food Smoking Music Outdoor Parking Coffee¹ Cafe name Location Telephone Internet Food Smoking Music Outdoor Parking Coffee¹
Au Bon Pain                  
Barista Espresso Cafe several     snacks         good²
Bert's Cafe The Greens Village +971-4-3619292 free, unlim yes outside yes yes busy good
Bikers Café Jumeirah Beach Rd     yes          
Boulevard Cafe (French) Downtown Dubai Closed unlim good outside good yes free good
C House planned                
Cafe Bateel several   limited yes outside good some   good
Cafe Havana                 average
Caffe Bene CityWalk 2   free, unlim yes outside limited yes free good
Caffe De Casa Gold Diamond Park +971-341-5335 hotspot good outside radio yes paid too hot
Caffe Nero several   free, lim snacks outside ok some most average
Caribou Coffee many   limited snacks outside   some   good
Coffee Bean ... CBTL several all closed hotspots good outside   some   average
Coffee Planet several +971-4-3415537              
Coffeeol several   free, lim snacks outside some some most good
Columbus Cafe                  
Costa Coffee many   free, lim snacks outside annoying some some average
Crumble Cafe Dubai Mall metro   unlim good shisha yes no yes* good*
Crumbs Elysee Sheikh Zayed Rd +971-4-3468899 maybe yes outside French yes yes average
Dome Cafe several     yes some nauseating some most average
Ducati Café (Caffé) The Dubai Mall +971-4-3253321              
Esquires Coffee House Jumeirah 2 +971-4-3444426 free snacks yes yes no yes good
Gerards several   some yes yes   yes yes average
Gloria Jeans several   some free           average
Häagen-Dazs several                
Hediard Cafe                  
Il Caffe di Roma several     yes outside yes some yes small, poor
Jamaica Blue several   limited good outside annoying some yes good²
La Brioche AUH, DXB, AAN +971-4-3387110 1 hr good outside   some some good
La Gaufrette Cafe several, TECOM open 24 hrs   yes good outside   some some  
La Cafette by Carpe Diem Jumeirah Town Center     yes no yes no yes average
Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ) some     yes outside   some    
Local Bites Cafe Beach Rd, Umm Suqeim 1 +971-4-3885855 unlim yes outside no yes road small
Make Business Hub Dubai Marina +971-4-3929216              
Mikel Cafe several   90 min yes some yes yes usually good
Mocca Art Cafe Al Manzil, Madina?   free, unlim yes outside   yes free small
More Cafe several     yes outside   some    
Mugg and Bean Al Thanya Rd   30 min(!) yes outside yes yes yes average
Nestle Toll House     yes some outside   some usually good
Own Cafe JLT Cluster I +971-4-4413519 2 hrs yes shisha Karaoke yes 3 hrs small
PappaRoti several +971-4-4572822              
Park Central World Dubai SZR, open 24 hrs +971-4-3589777 free, unlim yes outside yes yes difficult good, small
Pastaga French Cafe Dubai Media City +971-4-4390150 yes? yes yes     no  
Paul Cafe (Pauls) several     yes outside   some   good
Seattle's Best Coffee shopping malls                
Second Cup several               average
Shakespeare & Co several   free, unlim good some yes some most awful
Starbucks many   some snacks outside good some most good
TCHE TCHE several   free unlim yes yes   some yes too hot, small
The Coffee Beanery Hamrain Center   no snacks no   no   average
The Media Lounge Media City   unlim good inside good yes paid small
The Pavilion Downtown Dubai +971-4-4477025 unlim yes outside yes yes yes average
Tim Hortons Cafe many, some open 24 hrs   1 hr yes outside no some some good
Tiramisu Downtown Dubai Boulevard   unlim good outside yes yes good good
Vendome Paris Al Quoz, Oud Metha   free, unlim yes no yes no yes average
Vintage Chocolate Lounge Dubai Mall   poor snacks no no no yes average
Vivel Patisserie several   no?   outside   some some too hot

*See more notes under cafe name headings below.

  1. Our own very subjective rating of a cup of coffee - mostly reflects taste and flavor, but quantity, service, etc can affect our review a little. Based on rating Starbucks as average, which is not meant to be a criticism but just because Starbucks is so popular, we'll use them as a base reference point. We've updated Starbucks coffee rating to good, having too frequently felt a desperate urge to find the nearest Starbucks after drinking one of the many mediocre or bad cups of coffee in Dubai. Take no notice if you disagree. The difference between average and good is probably subjective most of the time. By the way, Starbucks goes from average to good if an extra shot of coffee is added to the larger cups. Some cafes use powdered milk, which we think tastes horrible. Ask for proper milk if you don't like powdered milk.
  2. Especially the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, which is more expensive, but we think it's delicious.
Barista Espresso Cafe in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Barista Dubai locations in Al Ghurair City (closed?), Burjuman Center (in Saks Fifth Avenue store), Carrefour Shindagha, Centerpoint - Trade Centre Road, Dubai Festival City, Dubai Outlet Mall (closed?), Lamcy Plaza (kiosk - open in 2003? Closed?), Mall of the Emirates, The Dubai Mall
  • Barista Abu Dhabi locations in Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, Al Wahda Shopping Mall, Centerpoint
  • Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee available (at about 50% extra cost). Yum!
Cafe Bateel in Dubai and UAE
  • Dubai Bateel locations at Burjuman Centre (open March 2011?), Dubai Festival City, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC), Dubai Marina (across from Dubai Marina Mall, opened early 2013), Dubai Marina Walk, Dubai Media City (Business Central Towers), Mirdiff City Centre, The Dubai Mall.
  • DIFC location has excellent comfy sofas outdoors - great for relaxing in with your coffee.
  • Cake prices are expensive, rest of menu prices are about average for a posh cafe.
  • UAE website at www.bateel.ae.
Bert's Cafe Contemporain Paris
  • Berts Cafe located in The Greens village center, next to Costa Coffee. Opening times 0700-1130 every day. Good selection of food. Library (yes, really, but small), home delivery. Parking difficult or pay. Website www.berts.com (forwards to www.berts.fr).
[Closed Jun 2015] Boulevard Cafe Downtown Dubai
  • Located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (previously called Emmar Boulevard) in Downtown Dubai (or Old Town Dubai), part of the Al Manzil Hotel but outside entrance. Has a pleasant view of the Burj Khalifa.
  • French cafe - French menu with good food selection (not cheap though). Shisha smoking outside. Good music (chilled French, sort of). Free underground parking. Prices higher than Starbucks, Costa Coffee, etc. But ambience and atmosphere better too.
  • Open daytime during Ramadan (in 2013).
Butlers Chocolate Cafe
  • Butlers (not Butler's?) Chocolate Cafe is an Irish coffee shop chain with plans to open stores in the UAE (and possibly other GCC countries) according to news reports in April 2012. A franchise agreement was signed with Prime Hospitality.
C House coffee shops in UAE
  • C House plans to open their first UAE coffee shop in December 2011 (in Abu Dhabi?) in partnership with MEFranchising. C House is an Italian coffee shop chain based in Milan.
Caffe Nero in Dubai
  • Caffe Nero (not Cafe Nero) locations in Dubai - DIFC Balcony Precinct Building 2 (open September 2010, opening hours 0700-2200), Dubai Festival City, Dubai Marina Mall, Green Community Motor City (open 2010), Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) Almas Tower (Al Mas? Open September 2010, opening times 0630-2130), Mirdif City Centre, The Dubai Mall (first Nero Caffe in Dubai - open 2009).
  • Caffe Nero also in Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Al Hamra Mall, and Al Ain.
  • Caffè Nero franchise holder in UAE is Al Tayer Trends - General Manager is Mike Hoff (11 October 2010 press release).
  • Food menu items include Low Fat Blackberry & Bran Muffin, Low Fat Cranberry Slice, Tuna & Cannelini Bean Salad, Chicken & Red Pesto Orzo Pasta Salad, Tuna Niçoise Salad, Superfruit Booster Bar, Spiced Apple & Pecan Muffin, Date & Walnut Slice, Apple Crumble, Croque Monsieur, Panini breads, croissants.
  • Drinks include coffee, tea, cold drinks.
  • Free wifi internet at most or all branches, some only 25 mins access before it cuts out though.
Caribou Coffee in Dubai and UAE
  • Most locations have free wifi internet access (usually limit of 60-90 minutes).
  • Caribou Coffee locations in Dubai - Al Ghurair Center, Arabian Center Al Mizhar, Dubai Academic City, Dubai Festival City food court, Dubai International Financial Center DIFC Gate building (no free internet), Garhoud Views, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) Al Murjan (plaza level, outdoor seating), Mirdiff City Center next to Borders Book Shop, Motor City (Motorcity Dubai) (open 0630-2300 daily), Oasis Center Mall Borders Bookshop (closed July 2010), Saleh Bin Laheej Building, Souk Al Bahar (outdoor seating), Southridge Downtown Dubai WS 01, The Dubai Mall LG and second floor, The Greens Arno building, Times Square Sheikh Zayed Road (hot in summer with the draught from the main doors opening and closing), UP House Deira, Uptown Mirdiff, Village Center Jumeirah 1 (outside seating), Wafi Center
  • Large selection of iced and hot coffee and tea drinks.
  • Food selection is cookies, cheesecakes from The Cheesecake Factory, croissants, muffins, panini sandwiches, salads, pies, quiches.
  • Sometimes special offers of coffee and sandwich for 20-30 dirhams.
  • Caribou Coffee locations in Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
  • Caribou Coffee locations in Sharjah - Al Durrah, Qanat Al Qasba (outdoor seating)
  • Delivery available in most locations.
  • Email [email protected]
[All closed] Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) in Dubai
  • Aug 2013 - all CBTL locations in Dubai closed? Not confirmed but if correct, that's a shame - they had the best food-price combination of any coffee shop chain in Dubai.
  • Snacks and good value meals (pasta, salad, breakfast) available. Cakes are better prices than most other coffee shop chains such as Cafe Bateel, Caffe Nero, Starbucks, etc (and just as tasty or tastier). Food rating is "good" not because it's a Michelin class restaurant but because it's great value for what it is - for breakfast or dinner you can get something decent cheaply, instead of just an expensive sandwich as found in many other cafes.
  • Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) locations in Dubai - Downtown Dubai Old Town Dubai near Souk Al Manzil (closed Aug 2013?), Jumeirah 1 (outdoor seating) (closed - became a Tim Hortons), Jumeirah 2 (outdoor seating) (closed), Mall of the Emirates.
Coffee Planet in Dubai, UAE, Oman
  • Coffee Planet is a coffee bean supplier to hotels and restaurants in the UAE. They also have several retail outlets in the UAE.
  • Many service stations have a Coffee Planet coffee making machine in them (ADNOC in Abu Dhabi and other emirates, EPPCO and ENOC in Dubai, Shell in Oman).
  • Locations of Coffee Planet stores supplying coffee and food include:
    • ADCP Building, 7th Street, Abu Dhabi
    • Al Mas Tower (48th floor), Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
    • API World Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
    • Silver Wave Building (planned), Meena Region (Mina?), Abu Dhabi
    • Wollongong University, Dubai Knowledge Village
Coffeeol
  • Coffeol is a coffee shop chain with locations in Thailand, Romania, UAE (only Dubai as of mid 2013?).
  • Coffeeol locations in Dubai:
    • Al Garhoud Private Hospital, Al Garhood, ground floor and third floor. Tel +971-4-4545123.
    • Al Wasl Square Jumeirah (Al Safa, opposite Safa Park), Block 8 Unit S33 (next to Tim Hortons). Open 0700-2400 daily? Maybe to 0100 in weekends? Tel +971-4-3306640.
    • American University in Dubai, The Center Building, Level 2 food court. Tel +971-4-3992442.
    • Dubai Festival City, Paris Gallery, ground floor (?).
    • Emaar Boulevard, Burj Boulevard Plaza, Tower 1. Tel +971-4-4584185. Free parking round the back (follow Restuarants Parking signs into the carpark building). Opening hours 0700-2200 Sun-Wed, 0700-2400 Thu-Sat.
    • The Dubai Mall, Fashion Avenue, ground floor. Tel +971-4-4572337.
    • University of Wollongong in Dubai, second floor, Knowledge Village Block 15 (?).
  • Coffeeol website at www.coffeol.com. Email [email protected]
Costa Coffee
  • Large chain of coffee shops, there's one in most malls, and many other locations around Dubai.
  • But why oh why do they play the same music CD over and over again?
[Closed in 2016?] Crumble Cafe Downtown Dubai
  • In Hotel Sofitel Downtown Dubai building. Free parking in car park building level 3 (entry backside), tell attendant or intercom at entrance you're going to Crumble Cafe.
  • Open Mar (?) 2015. A few steps away from Downtown Dubai/Dubai Mall metro station.
  • Coffee varies from very good to not so good. Menu selection of different flavors. Organic or Blue Mountain are the best.
  • Smoking upstairs daytime, entire cafe after 1800. Shisha available. Entire cafe non-smoking since 2016 renovation.
  • Try their specialty Deep Fried Oreo Cookies.
Crumbs Elysee Dubai
  • Crumbs Elysee Cafe (Cafe de Provence) open February 2011. Website www.crumbselysee.com not available. Food menu good for meals, prices reasonable. Coffee and cake prices expensive. Opening hours 0630-2400 daily.
  • Location next to Reem Al Bawadi Cafe on ocean side of Sheikh Zayed Road between Noor Bank and First Gulf Bank (FGB) stations on the Dubai Metro (FGB is closer but still a long walk), opposite Times Square shopping mall.
  • Quaint place with pleasant French decor but in an odd location. Needs a beach, lake, or river out the front, not a motorway.
Dome Cafe
  • Some people might be a fan of love songs replayed by pan flutes, guitars, or woodwind quartets, but a constant torrent of it is just as nauseating as death metal played in the Dubai Metro or at a baby's christening.
  • Coffee is not bad, a larger cup option would be nice. Food is good, you won't feel ill after eating it ... unless you stay and listen to the music for too long. Actually food is very good value for money - burgers are great.
  • Burjuman Center branch (next to metro station) has a small indoor smoking area.
  • New branch at Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Beach Rd.
Ducati Caffé (Café)
  • First Ducati Cafe open in The Dubai Mall - Ground Floor opposite the Dubai Mall Ice Rink. Opening date in May or June 2012?
  • Tel +971-4-3253321, email [email protected], website www.ducaticaffeuae.com.
Esquires Coffee House
  • Esquires Coffee House is a Canadian coffee shop chain, established in Vancouver in 1993, with branches in Australia (?), Canada, China, Fiji, Ireland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE (Abu Dhabi, Dubai), UK, USA (?).
  • Dubai locations:
    • [Closed] Beach Road, Jumeirah 2 (open January 2010?), tel +971-4-3444426, has indoor smoking area, no shisha. Opening hours 0900-2400 daily, changed to 0700-2300 in February 2011. Closed December 2011. Replaced by Knightsbridge Cafe.
    • Shindagha City Centre, Al Ghubaiba (Meena Bazaar), tel +971-4-2220703 (or not - is for Abdulla Mohammedd Almulla Building Materials, Abdulla Mohd Al Mulla Trading Est, Jamal Salem General Trading Co according to UAE Yellow Pages and other sources), mobile +971-52-6464079.
  • Abu Dhabi locations:
    • Mamoura Building B on Muroor Road Abu Dhabi (open June 2010?) (tel +971-2-6437211).
    • [Update] Second location opening January 2012?
  • More locations planned in the UAE?
Gerards
  • Ask for normal milk if you don't like coffee made with powdered milk (yuk).
  • Downtown Dubai - Burj Plaza area, free wifi internet, free parking nearby (Car Park 1 off Emaar Boulevard), open 0800-2300 (weekdays) or 2400 (weekends).
  • Jumeirah - next to Magrudy's.
  • Abu Dhabi Airport?
Gloria Jean's Coffees in UAE
  • Most larger UAE shopping malls have a Gloria Jeans.
  • Free one hour wireless connection with drink purchases.
  • Sometimes special offers - coffee plus cake or coffee plus sandwich for 20-30 dirhams sort of thing.
Häagen-Dazs cafes in UAE
  • Abu Dhabi - first Häagen-Dazs cafe in Abu Dhabi opened in the Dalma Mall, Mussafah in Nov or Dec 2013?
Il Caffe di Roma in UAE
  • Drinks include the usual range of soft drinks, tea, lavazza coffee, hot chocolate. Also available fruit juice milkshakes. Coffees are way too small though for serious caffeine addicts.
  • Food includes ice cream, main courses, pasta, pastries, panini sandwiches, salads, soup.
  • Breakfast buffet Friday and Saturday from 0800-1130.
  • Opening hours 0700-midnight?
  • Il Cafe di Roma in Abu Dhabi locations - Abu Dhabi Marina Mall.
  • Il Caffe di Roma in Dubai locations - City Walk Al Safa area (open Nov 2013?), Deira City Center, The Walk at JBR (free wifi, outdoor seating), in Bahar opposite The Hilton (tel +971-4-8105555).
Jamaica Blue

One of our favorite coffee shops but good luck trying to find one. They seem to pick obscure locations like near the back door of a car park (Downtown Burj Dubai) or in hospitals. At least the one in Ibn Battuta Mall is easy to find.

  • Blue Mountain coffee is delicious but 2-3 times the price of normal coffee. Normal coffee is still pretty good.
  • Good food selection - better than your average Starbucks or Costa Coffee sandwich.
  • First cafe in the UAE opened in 2009 (?), Ibn Battuta Mall (?). See headings below for locations in Dubai and other emirates.
  • Website www.jamaicablue.ae.

Jamaica Blue Cafe Abu Dhabi

  • [Closed?] Al Raha Beach, Aldar headquarters building, basement 2. Tel +971-2-5563515.
  • [Closed?] Al Danah, World Trade Center Mall Abu Dhabi, tel +971-2-6340620.
  • Yas Island, Yas Mall Abu Dhabi, Lower Ground Floor, tel +971-2-5650464.

Jamaica Blue Cafe Al Ain

  • Wahat Hili Shopping Mall - open Sep 2013.

Jamaica Blue Cafes Dubai

  • Al Barsha, Flora Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd (next to Mall of the Emirates), tel +971-4-2309999 (supplied, but it looks incorrect for an Al Barsha location). Open July 2015. Opening times 24 hrs.
  • Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga, Al Muraqqabat, Deira, tel +971-4-2552467.
  • Al Riga Deira - Hyatt Place.
  • Al Wasl - Jumeirah, Medcare Hospital Jumeirah, opposite Safa Park Gate 1, behind Al Wasl Square, off Al Hadiqa Rd (Meydan Rd). Tel +971-4-4079153. Small shop.
  • [Closed?] Al Wasl - Jumeirah, Medcare Orthopedic and Spine Hospital, Matloob Building, Street 9B or 22A, other side of Sheikh Zayed Rd from Dubai Refreshments, near Interchange 2 (Safa Park Interchange). Tel +971-4-3768569.
  • [Closed] Downtown Dubai Burj Plaza area (next to the Palace Hotel), off Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (Emaar Boulevard) - walk down the steps towards the Burj Khalifa, same area as Gerard's and Loui's (Louie's) cafes. Open early 2013? Underground parking nearby, outdoor area, open 0800-2400 (Iftar to 2400 or 0100 during Ramadan). Tel +971-4-3608536.
  • Dubai Media City
  • [Closed?] Hor Al Anz East, Al Mamzar, Deira, Society of Engineers (SOE), 46th Street, off Al Wuheida Road, tel +971-4-2691383.
  • Ibn Battuta Mall, Tunisia Court, near Geant hypermarket. Tel +971-4-3685615. Opened in 2009?
  • Oud Metha, American Hospital Dubai. Open May 2015. Tel +971-4-3363609.
La Brioche French cafes (last update 21 Aug 2015)
  • Good food selection for a cafe, a bit more expensive than Starbucks. Good tables for working or reading at. Internet a bit slow and limited to 1 hr at a time, they can sometimes be a bit funny if you request extra time without buying another coffee.
  • Opening times vary from 0800 or 1000 to 2200-0100.
  • Abu Dhabi locations: Abu Dhabi Airport Sky Park, Abu Dhabi Mall, Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, ADNEC, Al Seef Mall, Dalma Mall (Delma Mall), Danet, Deerfields Town Square, Golf Gardens, Grand Mercure Hotel Apartments, Khalidiya Corniche, Khalifa City A, Khalifa Street, Liwa Village, Mazyad Mall, Reem Island Amaya, Reem Island Boutik Mall, Muneera, Najda Street, Sas Al Nakhl.
  • Al Ain locations: Al Khabisi, Bawadi Mall, Remal Mall, Souq Extra, Wahat Hili Mall.
  • Dubai locations: Bay Avenue Business Bay, Bay Square Business Bay (Downtown Dubai), Mirdif City Center, [closed 2017?] Jumeirah Beach Rd.
  • Contact information: tel +971-2-6419811, fax +971-2-6419822, postal PO Box 4033, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • Email addresses: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], Jumeirah branch email [email protected]
  • Jobs at La Brioche UAE: try sending CV and letter to [email protected] or [email protected] Or see careers page on website at www.labriocheuae.com/site/careers.
  • Website www.labriocheuae.com, FB page at facebook.com/labriocheuaeofficial.
  • First opened in UAE in 1984 in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi. Operated/owned by Al Ahlia Group.
La Gaufrette French Cafes
  • La Gaufrette Cafe - French coffee shops, or coffee shops with a French name, managed by Byblos Hospitality. First opened in 1991? Catering services, takeaway, home and office delivery available.
  • Good food selection with resonable prices. Decent breakfast menu, gaufre (waffles), crepes, salads, hamburgers, sandwiches, pasta, fish, steak, chicken, kid's menu, cakes, desserts. Several locations in Dubai including:
    • La Gaufrette Al Quoz - Al Quoz Industrial Area 4.
    • La Gaufrette Deira - in Deira City Center, 1st floor. Tel +971-4-2950073.
    • La Gaufrette Dubai Marina - in the Silverene Tower (open Feb 2013?). Tel +971-4-4421046.
    • La Gaufrette TECOM - in the Cayan Business Tower, open 24 hours daily. Also has shisha smoking (but not inside)? Tel +971-4-4572327.
  • Contact information:
    • La Gaufrette Dubai head office tel +971-4-3388820, email [email protected], office location Al Quoz.
    • Byblos Hospitality, Tel +971-4-3460111, fax +971-4-3460333, email [email protected], website www.lagaufrette.com.
Le Pain Quotidien (LPQ)
  • Le Pain Quotidien locations in Dubai - Mall of the Emirates Fashion Dome, Sheikh Zayed Road outside Dubai Metro Financial Station (outdoor seating but noisy), JBR The Walk Bahar (Plaza Level), JBR The Walk Rimal
Little More Cafes Dubai
  • Dubai Marina Mall, ground floor.
  • Little More and More Cafe are two different franchise operations, with the same overall owner? Which probably explains why they look the same and have similar names. Menus are different though.
Make Business Hub
  • Make Business Hub is more of a cafe based entrepreneurial office spot with workstations rather than sofas. Opened in January 2012 (official launch in February 2012).
  • Opening times 0800-2200 daily. Located in Al Fattan House, Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Email [email protected], website www.makebusinesshub.com.
  • Customers expected to purchase AED 25 worth of food or drink (or both) per hour.
Mikel Coffee Company
  • Greek coffee shop chain (first opened in Greece in 2008). First one opened in Dubai on Jumeirah Beach Road in 2016.
  • Good wifi (but changed from unlimited to 90 min sessions in May 2017), good coffee. Beach Rd branch has indoor smoking area but not shisha.
  • Al Ain locations: Al Ain Zoo (Nov 2016).
  • Dubai locations:
    • Beach Rd Jumeirah 2, with drive-thru counter. Opening times 0730-0200 daily. During Ramadan open 1900-0300 (2016, 2017).
    • Burjuman Center (Dec 2016)
    • CityWalk 2 (Feb 2017)
    • Dubai Media City, open 0730-2000 Sun-Sat, 0730-2100 during Ramadan (2017).
    • Ibn Battuta Mall, new expansion metro link, near India Court (Nov 2016).
    • Jumeirah Islands? Jobs advertised Nov 2016 for new locations (FB).
  • Website: www.mikelcc.gr. FB page for UAE: www.facebook.com/mikelUAE/.
  • List of Mikel stores: www.mikelcc.gr/katastimata/ (in Greek).
  • [Check, is same phone number for Miele in UAE?] Tel 800-64535 (toll-free in UAE).
Mocca Art Cafe
  • Locations - Madina Mall Al Ghusais? Al Manzil Souk Old Town Dubai. Comments apply to Souq Manzil location. Coffee nice but tiny servings, only one size available although online menu says three sizes?
More Cafes Dubai
  • Locations include - Al Murooj, DIFC (open during Ramadan), Gold and Diamond Park (open during Ramadan).
  • Good food selection, reasonable prices. More (haha) of a cafe-restaurant than a coffee shop like Starbucks etc.
Mugg and Bean Dubai, UAE
  • Free internet wifi but only for 30 mins, good food menu (breakfast, sandwiches, salads, dinner, etc) but some prices a bit high for a cafe, coffee about the same as Starbucks. Bottomless cups of house blend coffee. Comfortable tables and chairs for working at. UAE locations:
    • Abu Dhabi:
      • Abu Dhabi Mall, tel +971-2-6454232
      • Al Wahda Mall, tel +971-2-4439395, open October 2012.
      • Khalidiya Spinneys, tel +971-2-6812149
      • Mushrif Mall, +971-2-4914428
      • Mussafah Al Masaod Automobiles, tel +971-2-5550570
      • Khalifa City A - Etihad Plaza, tel +971-2-5568710
    • Sharjah: Sharjah Mega Mall, tel +971-6-5747470.
    • Dubai:
      • Al Thanya Shopping Center Mall on Al Thanya Road, Dubai (where Waitrose Jumeirah Umm Suqeim is), open August 2013. Opening times 0800-2230 or 2300 (both figures seen, probably 2300), tel +971-4-3382356.
      • Deira City Center Dubai, BinHendi Avenue (closed?).
      • Dubai Bowling Center, tel +971-4-3385527 (closed?).
      • Dubai Festival City, tel +971-4-2326360 (closed?).
      • Uptown Mirdif, Mirdiff, tel +971-4-2880612 (closed?).
    • RAK - Al Hamra Shopping Center Ras Al Khaimah (closed?).
  • Mugg & Bean is a South African based cafe chain (or sort of casual dining restaurant). UAE franchise or partner is Abdulla Al Masaood and Sons, tel +971-2-5563643. UAE website www.muggandbeanuae.com (no website available though when checked - Oct 2013). Email address [email protected] Facebook page at "mnbuae".
  • Mugg & Bean cafes in the UAE were under a different franchise - Bin Hendi? Or just in Dubai and Northern Emirates? Information not clear - Bin Hendi Muggs & Beans are or were at Deira City Center (Bin Hendi Fashion Avenue), Dubai Bowling Center, Dubai Festival City, Uptown Mirdiff ... until 2010 or 2011? Unclear information about Al Hamra RAK store.
Nestle Toll House cafes
  • [Closed] Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim.
  • [Closed?] Knowledge Village Dubai.
PappaRoti (Pappa Roti)
  • Get a Roti bread with your (small) cafe latte or other drink selection. The fresh bun is nice.
  • PappaRoti started in Malaysia in 2003, as of 2012 has coffee shops in China, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, UAE. UAE locations include:
    • Dubai - Sunset Mall (Jumeirah), The Dubai Mall, Union Co-op Al Ghusais (Al Twar).
    • Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi Mall, Al Wahda Mall, Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Khalidiya, Masdar City, Mushrif Mall, Qariyat Al Beri Resort
    • Ajman - Al Muroor Rd
    • Al Ain - Al Ain Mall, Al Bawadi Mall, Al Jimi Mall
    • Ras Al Khaimah - Al Manar Mall
    • Sharjah - Sharjah Corniche, Sharjah Mega Mall
  • UAE franchise holder PappaRoti General Trading LLC, email [email protected], website www.papparoti.ae.
[Closed?] Park Central Dubai, Park Central World Cafe
  • Cafe, workspace, restaurant, delicatessen, art gallery (small space to showcase artists). Good place, but difficult to find a car park during the day and evenings. Delivery and takeaway menu.
  • Open 24 hours every day. Website www.parkcentralworld.com, email [email protected], tel +971-4-358 9777.
  • Location is ground floor of Park Place Tower on Sheikh Zayed Rd, take the first SZR slip road after Trade Center roundabout, go past the Fairmont Hotel... Or cross SZR from the World Trade Center metro station on the Red Line.
Pastaga Cafe & Bread
  • Pastaga in the Business Central Towers (just off Sheikh Zayed Road), Dubai Media City. Open plan French food, separate a/c smoking section, wifi available (but no power sockets)? Tel +971-4-4390150 (delivery available). Opening times 0700-2000 (might be closed Fridays).
  • Swiss rather than French ownership or management? Is a member of the Swiss Business Council (SBC) in the UAE?
  • First one opened September 2010 in DMC, another 18 locations planned in the UAE by 2015 (We will open 18 coffee shop in 5 years in UAE. The first coffee shop will open in September 2010 in Media City. - CEO Serge Marx on SBC UAE website)?
Paul Cafe in Dubai
Shakespeares (Shakespeare and Co) Dubai and UAE
  • Funky Victorian (or Edwardian or something) themed cafes with lace curtains and frilly cushions in a variety of pastel shades and colors. Cool places to visit - very different from any other cafe you'll see in Dubai.
  • Shisha smoking (outside) at Souk Al Bahar, Umm Suqueim Park and Shop, Beach Road Jumeirah 1 locations.
  • Indoor smoking areas at several locations (not in shopping mall branches).
  • Good food but horrible coffee (cafe latte way too hot and tastes like milk not coffee - try Bateel, Caffe Nero or Starbucks for a decent latte). But the included cakes and biscuits are nice.
  • Shisha available in branches with outdoor seating or indoor smoking areas.

Branches (as of Jan 2016)

  • Opening soon: Bawabat Al Sharq Mall (Abu Dhabi), Dalma Mall (Abu Dhabi), Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT Dubai), Makani Zakher (Al Ain), Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) (where?).
  • Ajman: The Pavilion Al Zorah.
  • Al Ain: Al Ain Mall (inside smoking area), Al Foah Mall, Jimi Mall.
  • Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Marina Mall, Al Falah Village Center 3, Deerfields Town Square, Guardian Towers, Souk Central Market, The Collection St Regis Saadiyat Island, Yas Mall.
  • Dubai: Al Barsha Mall, Al Saqr Business Tower Sheikh Zayed Rd (inside smoking area), Al Wasl Rd Union Coop Umm Suqeim, Arabian Ranches Community Centre (smoking area inside), Dubai Mall, Etihad Mall (Ittihad Mall, Mirdiff), Ibn Battuta Mall China Court, Palm Jumeirah Golden Mile, Springs Town Centre (Emirates Hills), The Village Mall (Beach Rd) (inside smoking area), Safa Centre Wasl Rd (enclosed a/c gazebo smoking area), Silicon Oasis 7 Towers, Souq Al Bahar (Downtown Dubai).
  • Fujairah: Century Mall.
  • Ras Al Khaimah (RAK): Al Hamra Mall, Al Naeem Mall.
  • Ruwais: Ruwais Mall.
  • Sharjah: Al Majaz Waterfront Corniche, Nasseriya City Centre, Sharjah University City Matajer Al Juraina Mall.
  • Umm Al Quwain (UAQ): opening soon.

International branches in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, USA.

Website at www.shakespeare-and-co.com. Domain www.shakespeareandco.ae forwarded.

Opening times 0700-2400 (midnight) daily ... at all branches? SZR was open until 0100 or 0200 previously?

Starbucks in Dubai
  • Staff usually friendly and efficient. Their desire to know your name can be somewhat bothersome, although they are usually good-humored about it if you make up something like Captain Pluto.
  • Cafe Latte prices AED 15, AED 17, AED 19 for small, medium, large (increased by AED 1 in 2015). Large size is very large, get an extra shot or it will just taste like hot milk).
  • Starbucks on Jumeirah Beach Rd - Umm Suqeim area - has a drivethru (and dine-in) facility (open Jan 2013?), the first drive-through coffee shop in the UAE? Brings the total number of Starbucks cafes in the UAE to just over 100 (103 according to the press release 07 Jan 2013). Drive-thru open during Ramadan (2013) for takeaways only during the day, dine-in open after Iftar.
  • Starbucks in the UAE started offering free internet wifi with purchases from mid to late 2012, and most branches should have a Du or Etisalat wireless hotspot available. Time limit 1 hour per purchase, and they're often a bit fussy about that - ask for another wifi token but you might be told you're supposed to buy something else (most other coffee shops seem to happily hand out new tokens as often as you want them).
  • Starbucks in Dubai locations include - most shopping malls in Dubai, DIFC, Downtown Dubai (Old Town next to the Fitness Center behind Manzil Hotel, and The Residences Burj Plaza area - might be at the base of Tower 1 or 3), Dubai Motorcity, Emaar Square, JBR The Walk Rimal backside (outdoor seating, open 0600-0030), JBR The Walk Rimal frontside (outdoor seating), JBR The Walk Bahar (Plaza level), JBR The Walk Sadaf (outdoor seating), JBR The Walk Shams (outdoor seating), JBR The Walk (outdoor seating), Jumeirah 3 on Sinyar Rd opposite the Jumeirah Model Girls School (bit of an obscure location, open late 2012 or early 2013?), Jumeirah Beach Rd (opposite Jumeirah Mosque in the Palm Strip Mall, opposite Jumeirah Beach Park in the Beach Park Plaza, Umm Suqiem), Sheikh Zayed Road (3 or 4 between Trade Center and Defense interchanges), Umm Suqeim Spinneys Center.
  • Starbucks timings are usually from between 0600-0800 in the morning to between 2200-2400 in the evening. A few are open later (Sheikh Zayed Road until 0200 or 0300), and some close earlier (DIFC). Some might be closed on Fridays and/or Saturdays (DIFC, Dubai Media City?).
TCHETCHE (Tche Tche)
  • Most or all locations have indoor smoking area with shisha served.
  • Abu Dhabi locations: Al Raha Mall Boulevard Tche Tche Cafe (large, ground floor, back entrance), Corniche Tower Al Khalidiya.
  • Al Ain locations: Bawadi Mall.
  • Dubai locations: Dubai Marina JBR Sadaf 4 building, Business Bay Downtown Dubai - Emaar Boulevard, Ibn Battuta Mall (China Court), Jumeirah Beach Road opposite Jumeirah Beach Park (?).
    • Emaar Boulevard - outdoor area, parking underneath (but complicated to find), free internet not time limited, good food selection, inside smoking area. Coffee too hot, service too slow, English not very well understood.
    • [Check, not found] Jumeirah Beach Rd?
  • Website: www.tchetchecafe.com.
The Pavilion (The Pavillion) Downtown Dubai
  • A cafe, restaurant, art gallery, library (sort of) on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (Emaar Boulevard renamed). A popular location for work and study atmosphere in a coffee shop. Open 1000-2400 daily. Closed in Jul 2013 for Ramadan 2013 ... closure extended indefinitely for renovation ... reopened end of 2013. No longer an art gallery but still a cafe.
Tim Hortons UAE (Tim Hortons Cafe and Bakeshop)
  • Good value food and coffee. But almost always a shortage of Mac and Cheese when we ask. Cafe Latte small, medium, large is AED 13, AED 15, AED 17.
  • Food items include a good enough selection of bagels, muffins, donuts, sandwiches, wraps, crisps, cookies, cheesecake.
  • Many stores have a Cold Stone Creamery ice-cream shop attached or nearby for extra calorie supplies.
  • Store wifi is an hour at a time by giving your personal private information to the Club Apparel network. Wifi is somewhat unreliable (no connection, or connection code sent to SMS an hour later ... which of course means that it has expired).
  • Tim Hortons Cafe and Bake Shop store locations in the UAE (opening date in brackets if known).
    • Abu Dhabi Tim Hortons: Abu Dhabi Mall (March 2013?), Abu Dhabi Municipality (open late 2013?), ADNOC Abu Dhabi Dubai highway exit 38, Al Raha Mall (open late 2013?), Al Seef Village (open late 2013?), Al Wahda Mall, Al Yasat Tower (Al Najda St), Dalma Mall, Deerfields Town Square Mall (open late 2013?), Emirates Aluminium (Emal), Etisalat Head Office, Marina Mall Abu Dhabi (open late 2013?), Mushrif Mall.
    • Dubai Tim Hortons: Almas Tower JLT (Al Mas Tower, but not Al Mass Tower in Dubai Marina, Al Shindagha City Center mall, Al Wasl Square (open 0700-0300 daily, open Nov 2012), Amity University, Burjuman Center, Deira City Center, Dragon Mart 2 (Dragonmart Expansion/Extension), Dubai Airport Free Zone (DAFZA), Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI, open late 2013?), Dubai Garden Glow (Zabeel, 2 locations), Dubai Investments Park (DIP) SouqExtra, Dubai Marinascape (Avant Tower? Dubai Marina), Dubai Outlet Mall, Dubai Science Park My City Center Al Barsha, Etisalat Deira, Ibn Battuta Mall (open late 2013?), Inflight Dubai on Dubai Al Ain Road, J3 Mall Umm Suqeim (Al Wasl Rd), JBR The Walk (open 24 hrs, open Apr 2012?), Jumeirah Beach Rd EPPCO station (opposite Sunset Mall Jumeira, open 24 hrs, open Sep 2013, closed 2016?), Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) drive-thru, Jumeirah Center (Beach Road), Jumeirah Park Pavilion (Jumeirah Park Community Center) (Q3 2013?), Madina Mall, Meadows Town Center, One JLT, Palm Jumeirah Golden Mile Galleria shops, Sheikh Zayed Road No. 1 Tower Suites (2011? Open 24 hrs from Jun 2012?), Sheikh Zayed Road Latifa Tower (open 24 hrs - not confirmed?), The Dubai Mall (LG floor near fountains, and 2nd floor), The Outlet Village Jebel Ali.
      • JLT: Almas Tower, JLT One Tower (opposite Cluster G entrance, not near JLT metro station - Google Maps error), drive-thru and cafe at Cluster R (not Cluster A - error in some sources).
    • Al Ain Tim Hortons: Al Jimi Mall (open late 2013?), Shabat Plaza (open late 2013?).
    • Al Garbia (Western Region of Abu Dhabi) Tim Hortons: Ruwais Shopping Mall (open late 2013?).
    • Fujairah Tim Hortons (Fujeirah): Century Safeer Mall Fujairah, Fujairah City Center.
    • Ras Al Khaimah Tim Hortons:
    • Sharjah Tim Hortons: Al Majaz Waterfront Buhaira Corniche (Shurooq, 08 May 2012, open 24 hrs from Jun 2012?), Matajer Juraina, Matajer Mirgab Mall, Sahara Center Mall.
    • [Check] Unknown or unclear locations:
      • "Al Mas Tower", tel +971-55-5976130 and "Almas Tower JLT" tel +971-55-5976130, two entries in Dubai list.
      • "Choitrams - Marina" (Choithrams), tel +971-56-4041800, in Dubai list. Not found.
      • "Copthorne Hotel", +971-56-5090424, in Dubai list. In or near Copthorne Hotel Deira, Port Saeed area opposite Deira City Center?
      • "Etisalat Deira", tel +971-55-2136903. Presumably in or near Etisalat HQ building?
      • "Emirates Palace Hotel", tel +971-52-9093276, in Dubai list. Presumably Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi? Same number given for Fujairah Century Mall location.
      • "Etisalat WTC - Al Wasl", tel +971-52-6470886, in Dubai list. Etisalat building near Dubai World Trade Center roundabout, or Etisalat branch at Defense Roundabout (near Al Murooj Complex opposite Dubai Mall)? Tim Hortons Express?
  • Tim Hortons is a Canadian coffee shop chain with several thousand stores across North America. UAE management by Apparel Group in Dubai.
  • Tim Hortons on the web
    • No UAE website. Global website at www.timhortons.com but does not have UAE shops on its store locator page.
    • Website www.appareluae.com/tim-hortons/ (previous www.appareluae.com/timhortons.html) has a list of Tim Horton's stores in the UAE.
    • FB: www.facebook.com/TimHortonsGCC/
    • Pics: www.instagram.com/timhortonsgcc/
    • Tweets and Twits: twitter.com/timhortonsgcc

Tim Hortons UAE and GCC history and timeline

  • 2014 Mar: First Tim Hortons store opened in Saudi Arabia, in Madinah.
  • 2011 Sep: First Tim Hortons in Dubai opened on Sheikh Zayed Road (ocean side) next to Starbucks, near the Financial Center metro station.
  • 2011 Feb: The first Tim Hortons store in the UAE and the Middle East is expected to open in the new Mushriff Mall in Abu Dhabi in April 2011 - Deputy Manager of Mushrif Mall, Siddharth Khanna, said "... we are looking forward to hosting Tim Hortons here," (The National 03 February 2011).

Tim Hortons in other GCC countries (updated May 2017)

  • Bahrain: Al Alawi, Bahrain City Center mall, Galleria Mall.
  • Kuwait: Avenues Mall, Gate Mall, Golds Gym, Promenade Mall.
  • Oman (all in Muscat): Barka Grand Central, Grand Central, Muscat City Centre mall, Muscat Grand Mall, Shati Al Qurum, Taimoor Mall.
  • Qatar (all in Doha): CNAQ (College of the North Atlantic - Qatar, CNA-Q), Doha City Centre mall, Ezdan Mall, Ezdan Wakra, Gulf Mall, Hyatt Plaza, Lagoona Mall, Mall of Qatar, Qatar University.
  • Saudi Arabia (KSA): Dammam (7x), Eastern Region (3x), Jeddah (8x), Madina (1x), Rabwa (1x), Riyadh (15x). Petromin stations (2x) Exit 8, Quma?
Vendome Paris (Vendome Boulangerie)

Looks a bit like Paul's Cafe inside.

  • Al Quoz main branch: Corner 4th St and 25A St, behind Gold and Diamond Park and Al Barsha RTA traffic department, near FGB metro station (short walk), Al Quoz Industrial Area 3. No outdoor seating. Open 0700-2000 (7am-8pm) daily. Tel +971-4-3415635.
  • Oud Metha branch: Next to Alliance Francaise. Open 0730-2000 (7:30am-8pm) Sat-Thu, closed Fri. Tel +971-4-3348068.
Vintage Chocolate Lounge
  • Largest cafe latte same as small size at Starbucks, cost AED 20. We didn't try their hot chocolate.
  • Upstairs area closed. Internet couldn't connect. Nice tables but some seats too low and uncomfortable (the solid brown ones, the patterned ones are much better). Service friendly and efficient.
  • Location Dubai Mall opposite Reel cinemas.
Vivel Patisserie
  • Vivel Patisserie is a chain of luxury confectionery shops - chocolate, sweets, biscuits, dates, Turkish Delight (good place to get some if you're looking for that - although not cheap).
  • Some locations serve coffee (Beach Road, Dubai Marina Mall, not Madinat Jumeirah). The Jumeirah Beach Road location (in La Plage Apartments) serves food (sandwiches, breakfast).
  • Abu Dhabi - Khalidiya Road (Khalidiyah Rd) tel +971-2-6667338.
  • Al Ain - Bawadi Mall tel +971-3-7840554, Hilton Road tel +971-3-7666012.
  • Dubai - Arabian Center Mirdiff tel +971-4-2845535, Dubai Marina Mall +971-4-4211862 (serves coffee?), Jumeirah Beach Rd tel +971-4-3443232 (serves drinks and food, open for takeaways only during Ramadan), Madinat Jumeirah +971-4-3686006 (serves coffee?), The Dubai Mall tel +971-4-3253163 (serves coffee?).

Best cafes for working at

Meetings, working on internet, study, doing homework, writing books. For us that means quiet, good seats and tables, good internet, power sockets available for laptops and smartphones, convenient parking or metro access. Cafes in shopping malls aren't usually the best option since they are often noisy and busy, and more chance of screaming children running around. The occasional ones we've found don't seem to stay open, presumably because not enough business, for example the Starbucks in BHS Mall of the Emirates, the Caribou in Borders Oasis Center (Borders closed too).

Unfortunately that often means finding cafes which are not so busy, as in unfortunate for them because less business means they struggle financially to stay open.

  • [Closed 2017 or 2016] Argos Tea Cafe Citywalk Bur Dubai, although funny furniture arrangement means it feels cramped if more than a couple of people in there.
  • Cafe Brioche - good coffee and menu selection, most (but not all - none in Mirdif City Centre branch) have plenty of power sockets. Good tables and chairs. They can be funny about internet use though (1 hour limit per order). Jumeirah Beach Rd branch closed in 2017.
  • Caffe Bene (City Walk) - some good tables, good internet, good coffee, some power sockets, usually quiet, free parking underground ... until CityWalk starts charging (ticket machines installed but still wrapped in plastic).
  • Caffe Nero - have good tables for working at, with (usually) an ample supply of power sockets.
  • [Closed?] Crumble Cafe Downtown Dubai.
  • Gerards Cafes - good tables and chairs, good internet, but yuk cafe latte when they use powdered milk.
  • Nestle Toll House cafes - good internet with no time limit but tables a bit small.
  • Shakespeare Cafes - now they have internet too. Good tables. Indoor smoking areas in some of their stores (Sheikh Zayed Rd, Jumeirah Beach Rd, Arabian Ranches). But coffee is poor, and too hot. Good food selection though.
  • Starbucks if not in shopping malls - but some have awkwardly small tables (perhaps intentional to reduce the number of customers sitting all day on one cup of coffee). Internet limit 1 hr but usually they're fine about giving repeat connections.
  • Tiramisu Cafe Downtown Dubai, but internet sometimes flaky. Good food selection especially when they have the nice bread for their baguettes.
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The 10 Best Coffee Houses In Dubai – Emirates Woman

Coffee is a pretty big deal in the Middle East, with the region enjoying somewhat of a love affair with the bean in the past few years which has lead to the rise of some seriously fantastic coffee houses.

Whether you just like to appreciate a good cup, or you’re a full-on connoisseur, there are some greats places dotted around Dubai for everyone to enjoy, and no, we are not talking about your usual high street coffee chains – we’re talking real, proper coffee people.

Here’s our run down of the top 10 best coffee houses in Dubai:

Roseleaf Cafe

Started by a bunch of ‘coffee-loving kiwis’, this cosy oasis in the Dubai Garden Centre offers up home-cooked food including soups, salads, sandwiches and all at affordable prices. Their coffee is seasonal, single-origin and batch roasted by a certified Roastmaster and then crafted by trained baristas.

Roseleaf Cafe, Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. Monday to Sunday, 8am to 7pm. Tel: (056) 6449886. facebook.com/theroseleafcafe.

 

Frioul

While not technically a coffee house, Frioul’s lounge is a perfect place to grab a coffee and chill out. The lounge comes kitted out with a bookshelf stocked with newspapers and magazines, and offers up great views of the Madinat Jumeirah’s canals. Grab yourselves a cafetiere for two, a snack, and kick back.

Frioul, Souk Madinat Jumeirah. frioul.ae. Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 1am, Friday and Saturday, 8am to 3am. Tel: (04) 5670011. frioul.ae.

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Lime Tree Cafe

The team behind Lime Tree have been around for a while now, maintaining the image of ‘that friendly neighbourhood store’. They’ve got great fresh food on offer, and their coffee is fair-trade, organic and locally roasted.

Lime Tree Cafe, Jumeirah Beach Road, next to Jumeirah Mosque. Daily, 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3498498;Lime Tree Cafe, next to the Courtyard Gallery, Al Quoz. Daily, 8am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3256325;Lime Tree Cafe, Al Safa, opposite Gold and Diamond Park, Sheikh Zayed Road. Daily, 7am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3387267. thelimetreecafe.com.

 

Spill the Bean

Located in Sunset Mall on Jumeirah Road, this independent specialty coffee shop is focused on single origin coffees and supreme quality blends as well as healthy bites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and all of their coffee is 100 per cent organic and 100 per cent fair trade.

Spill the Bean, 1st floor, Sunset Mall, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 3. Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3388559. spillthebean.ae.

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Tom & Serg

The duo behind this cafe are serious about their coffee. This Al Quoz warehouse comes equipped with an open kitchen and coffee bars, offering up fresh, nutritious food and great coffee to the masses. Their head barista has been perfecting the art of coffee-making for over 15 years, and they even make sure their coffee is served at a certain temperature – just don’t for any fancy milk other than normal or almond.

Tom & Serg, Al Joud Center, Al Quoz. Sunday to Thursday, 8am to 4pm, Friday and Saturday, 8am to 6pm. Tel: (056) 4746812. tomandserg.com. 

Sum of Us

From the minds behind Tom & Serg comes The Sum of Us. A sourdough bakery, gourmet cafe and coffee roastery rolled into one. Everything is made from scratch – their bread is baked fresh, and they roast their own coffee, with their baristas mixing it up with new techniques, exotic beans and using roasting equipment hand-built in Greece.

The Sum of Us, ground floor, Burj Al Salam Residence Tower, Trade Centre Area. Sunday to Thursday, 7am to 10pm, Friday and Saturday, 8am to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 2753052. thesumofusdubai.com. 

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Mokha 1450

Dubbing their cafe as ‘the heart of coffee’, Mokha 1450 are committed to serving rare and superior specialty coffees in an attempt to ‘echo the sincere traditions of early coffee culture’.

Mokha 1450, Al Wasl Road. Sunday to Wednesday, 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday, 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3216455. mokha1450.com.

RAW Coffee Company 

A brand new boutique roastery in Al Quoz, supplying other coffee shops with 100 per cent locally roasted, 100 per cent organic and 100 per cent ethically traded fresh Arabica coffee. They’ve got their own coffee shop set up as well, complete with espresso bar, brew bar, as well as comfy sofas, a great sound system and wifi.

RAW Coffee Company, Warehouse 10, Al Quoz 1. Sunday to Thursday 8am to 4pm. Tel: (04) 3395474. rawcoffeecompany.com. 

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Stomping Grounds

A brand new haunt for coffee-lovers situated in a villa in Jumeirah 1. Stomping Grounds offers up fresh food and treats, with an elaborate selections of coffees to choose from, all of which are fair trade and organic.

Stomping Grounds, Villa 98, 12D Street, Jumeirah 1. Daily, 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3444451. facebook.com/stmpggrounds.

Leopold’s of London

With a great view of JBR Walk and beach, Leopold’s of London is a cafe dedicated to the use of fresh ingredients as well as advanced coffee brewing methods. They’ve got cold brew machines that take ages to make a single cup of coffee (but it’s worth the wait), manual espresso extractors with the same mechanics as those inside the most expensive coffee machines, lab-level syphon machines that use emersion and high temperature to create interesting coffees, and chemex – a brewing method that will see single origin coffee served bubbling in some kind of glass contraption. It’s a little bit more expensive, with coffees costing between Dhs30 and Dhs50, but the techniques behind the coffee are a little bit more elaborate.

Leopold’s of London, The Beach, JBR. Sunday to Wednesday, 8am to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday, 8am to 12.30am. Tel: (04) 4306841. leopoldsoflondon.com. 

 

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The best coffee in Dubai: Five specialist coffee shops

By What's On

Fanatical about flat whites? Lover of the latte? Get your morning fuel from one of these dedicated Dubai coffee roasteries.

01. Seven Fortunes

Karim Hassan is a stickler for details. From bean sourcing, to the exquisitely handsome packaging, everything in his Seven Fortunes coffee emporium has to be done to his, very precise, standards. No surprise, then, to discover that Dubai’s coffee aficionados – not short of an exacting standard or two themselves when it comes to coffee – are flocking to Seven Fortunes for their java fix.

Finance-major alum turned coffee king Karim operates from a renovated warehouse in Al Quoz. There’s no café (although there is a ‘special area’ where invited guests can sample the coffee) – instead, he sells directly to cafés, with individual purchases made online. Offering a selection of six roasted, exclusive beans – from as far as Guatemala and Costa Rica – from his huge roaster, which occupies a large chunk of the warehouse floor, Karim is a man obsessed with coffee, painstakingly spending hours switching up variables – temperature, speed and ratios of beans – to create unique flavours. It’s not just about selling beans to make a profit either. Seven Fortunes are working with The Sameness Project to help raise funds for initiatives across the city, including the Water For Workers campaign.

Where to drink Seven Fortunes: Culinary Boutique, Toil & Tinker, Dum Dum Donutterie.

Al Quoz, sevenfortunes.coffee

02. Specialty Batch Coffee

For Specialty Batch Coffee, coffee isn’t just a drink – it’s a work of art. Working exclusively with traceable, speciality-graded coffee from farms across South America, Central America and Africa, the team roasts to order in small batches, allowing time to focus on the finer details of each order. The outcome is magnificent coffee that, while not quite ready for a spot at the Louvre just yet, certainly would satisfy even the most stringent of coffee connoisseurs.

Where to drink Specialty Batch Coffee: Stomping Grounds, The Espresso Lab, Café Rider.

Various locations, specialtybatch.com

03. Brass Coffee & Community

Installed as part of the latest phase of City Walk, Brass Coffee & Community has four house blends, which are roasted in-house and named after the UAE, including the spiced Creek blend and the smoky – and very strong – City blend. The Eastern and speciality coffees are not to be missed – infusing such intricate flavours as rosewater, cardamom and cloves – while the coconut latte is great for those who are lactose-intolerant. 

City Walk, thebrass.ae

04. Raw Coffee Company

Spearheaded by Kim Thompson and Matt Toogood, Raw has grown from a home-based operation to a major player on the Middle Eastern coffee scene. Since its official launch, in 2007, Raw has been selling their beans to cafés and restaurants across the region, supplying single origin, 100 per cent Arabica coffees, which it sources directly from farmers in Ethiopia, Colombia, Kenya, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua. Kim and Matt recently launched a huge coffee food truck, as well as adding a range of new courses to their Raw education barista training programme. Next up, is their own brand of limited-edition speciality coffees, which they plan to launch this month.

Where to drink Raw: Tom & Serg, Friends Avenue, Taqado, The Pantry and many more.

Main shop in Al Quoz, rawcoffeecompany.com

05. The Sum Of Us

Boasting two super roasters – specially flown in from Greece – which stand proudly on the ground floor, The Sum Of Us takes its coffee roasting very seriously. Using only organic coffee beans, they create their own unique, soul-satisfying blends, with three different beans – from Ethiopian Sidamo, Guatamalan beans and Colombian – to incredible effect. The results are reason enough to visit the cool café, although with great food on offer too (don’t miss the almond croissants), it’s a no brainer. 

Sheikh Zayed Road (Trade Centre Area), thesumofusdubai.com 

Laura says… The Roseleaf Café

Order: Flat whiteWhy? It’s got a thick, velvety texture that’s almost creamy. I’ll drive out of my way for this cup of Joe.Price: Dhs17Where: Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 7pm. Tel: (056) 6449886. Taxi: Garden Centre. facebook.com/TheRoseleafCafe

Stacey says… Spill The Bean

Order: AmericanoWhy? The coffee here is so good you don’t even need milk or sugar.Price: Dhs15Where: Sunset Mall, Jumeirah, Dubai, Sun to Thur 8am to 10pm, Fri and Sat 9am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3388559. Taxi: Sunset Mall. spillthebean.ae

Nyree says… The Sum Of Us

Order: A magicWhy? All the strength of a flat white, but with slightly less milk.Price: Dhs17Where: Street 6 (behind the Sheraton), Trade Centre 1, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (056) 4457526. Metro: Trade Centre. thesumofus.com

Sara says… The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen

Order: Skinny latteWhy? Medium bodied smooth coffee, it’s never bitter or burnt and has a nutty sweet flavour.Price: Dhs18Where: Al Quoz industrial zone 3, near Times Square Centre, Dubai, daily 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3256325. Taxi: Near Times Square. thelimetreecafe.com

Louise says… Frioul

Order: Cafetière for twoWhy? It’s strong, delicious and a perfect way to start a lazy weekend morning.Price: Dhs16Where: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, Sat to Wed 8am to 1am, Thur and Fri 8am to 3am. Tel: (04) 5670011. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah.facebook.com/friouldubai

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Best coffee shops in dubai

By Kerry McDermott

What’s On has details of Dubai’s independent cafe scene in Dubai including Make Business Hub, Urban Bistro and Cafe Rider. Check out where to find cafes with wifi in Dubai and what coffee is on offer.

 More…– Best bakeries– Best breakfasts– Cafes with Wifi– The Sum of Us

Not so long ago, stumbling across a quirky café in Dubai would have been almost as unlikely as snowfall. Today, it’s a different story. The independent café scene has exploded in Dubai recently, with exciting venues popping up all over town. This emerging café culture raises some important questions. Who serves your favourite coffee? Which ones have Wi-Fi? And where would Ross, Rachel and Co hang out if they lived in Dubai?

Make Business HubA freelancer’s dream, Make Business Hub has communal workspaces, numerous charging stations to plug in your laptop, and expansive windows with views of Dubai Marina – perfect for gazing into the distance while plotting your next career move. It also has private pods for meetings and offers packages like the Start-Up, which gives you five hours of Wi-Fi, two hot drinks and any meal for Dhs99.Coffee: Lavazza.Wi-Fi: Yes.Lingering potential: Excellent. The whole idea is to treat Make as your own office.Best for: Freelancers and creatives.

Al Fattan Office Tower, Al Sufouh, Dubai Marina, Sat to Thur 8am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3929216. Metro: Dubai Marina. makebusinesshub.com

Urban BistroUsually abuzz with media types, Urban Bistro does a nice line in breakfasts, with a selection of healthy options alongside the challah French toast and huevos rancheros. The emphasis is on fresh produce and the café also does salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes and burgers for lunch or dinner. It’s largely table seating, but there are a few squishy leather sofas you can set up camp in. If you’re killing time, the shelves are lined with books and magazines.Coffee: Boon Coffee.Wi-Fi: Yes.Lingering potential: Varies. At lunchtime during the week the turnaround is fast, but in the morning and at weekends you’ll see customers there for the long haul with their laptops.Best for: A working lunch.

CNN Building, Dubai Media City, Dubai, Sun to Thur 7am to 6pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 5pm. Tel: (04) 3624330. Metro: Nakheel. urbanbistro.ae

Café RiderAnd now for something completely different. At Café Rider, you can sip your macchiato while admiring the custom-made motorcycles displayed like works of art in the vast warehouse. It’s also home to a workshop where the team assembles custom Bobbers, Café Racers and Choppers – all of which are unique, and for sale. The draw for biking enthusiasts is clear, but Café Rider has plenty to offer the average Volvo driver too, namely excellent coffee, served up by the in-house barista. If daydreaming about hitting the open road on your hog makes you peckish, the café has a small selection of crepes and sandwiches.Coffee: Raw Coffee Company, Coffee Planet, Caravan (UK), and Sight Glass (US) to name a few.Wi-Fi: Yes.Lingering potential: Ample. The bikes on display beg to be looked at.Best for: Coffee with something quirky to talk about.

Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz, Dubai, Sun to Thur 8am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 3214411. Metro: First Gulf Bank. café-rider.com  

CreeksideNestled in the heart of old Dubai, this new café aims to offer its visitors food for thought as well as for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Billed as a contemporary cultural space, Creekside offers exhibitions, bookbinding workshops, film screenings and more, as well as coffee and a menu of Emirati-inspired dishes. It opened in June, but Creekside has already hosted pottery classes and fashion and costume design workshops, so it looks set to become a hub of activity in the most historic part of the city.Coffee: Raw Coffee Company.Wi-Fi: Yes.Lingering potential: Lots. You could easily while away an afternoon exploring everything this venue has to offer.Best for: Learning something new about your city.

Next to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai Creek, Dubai, daily 8am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 3599220. Taxi: Grand Mosque. creeksidedubai.me

The Hamptons CaféThis three-storey villa on Jumeirah Beach Road takes inspiration from the Hamptons – the summer playground of off-duty A-listers and their mega-rich neighbours outside New York. Its hardwood floors and cream furniture conjure up a breezy, beachside vibe, and the Montauk eggs – like Benedict without the carbs – would no doubt appeal to America’s image conscious elite. While this café doesn’t quite live up to its namesake in the style stakes, the menu is extensive, the staff super friendly, and the little touches – like the dainty macaroon served alongside your coffee on a woven tray – make it feel like a treat.Coffee: Bon Café.Wi-Fi: Yes.Lingering potential: Minimal. The café is busy, and the restaurant-style seating means you’re likely to move on once you’ve eaten.Best for: A girls’ catch-up over breakfast.

Villa 12, Umm Suqeim 1, Jumeirah, Dubai, daily 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 3315118. Taxi: The Hamptons Café. facebook.com/thehamptonscafe

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