Going out for breakfast is the new going ‘out out’. Want to know where the best breakfast in Dubai is? Here’s my guide to my favourite morning menus. Wakey wakey!
A serene (well, as serene as Dubai can get!) breakfast escape, totally away from the hustle-and-bustle of your usual morning haunts, lies this delightful and slightly lesser-known spot. The al-fresco deck is fringed by stunning Beverly Hills-like mansions, and Downtown Dubai’s signature skyline in the distance with the Burj Khalifa rising up in proud contrast against the rolling greens of the course. Start your day with a breakfast of croissants, coffee and eggs whilst drinking in the views of the 18th hole. Hillhouse Brasserie also plays host to a Friday brunch and Satruday afternoon tea, which are absolutely top of my list of menus-to-try.
Contact: 800 666353
Box Park’s charming little cafe Gossip is the breakfast spot you didn’t know you needed to visit. The recently-launched menu boasts breakfast favourites with a fun twist, smashed avo on charcoal bread done to perfection with a drizzle of balsamic, an extremely generously-sized portion of Shakshuka eggs and açaí bowls almost too pretty to eat. Of course, no breakfast would be complete without fresh juice and coffee, of which there are plenty. Service can be a bit shoddy, but there’s free valet right outside, so it’s a total thumbs up from me!
Contact: +9714 343 0181
Aubaine, City Walk
As far as the best breakfast deals in Dubai go, this is 100-percent up there. For just Dhs120, Aubaine’s Le Petit Brunch offers discerning diners a coffee, an item off the menu (think all your usual breakfast suspects, from eggs bene to avo toast), plus unlimited helpings of dishes from their brunch buffet. You’re welcome, epicurean eaters of Dubai. Oh, and bonus points for the lavender walls drenched in the restaurant’s signature Wisteria.
Contact: +9714 510 8391
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi
If, like me, you were a big Gourmet by Kcal fan, you’ll be pretty gutted to hear that it’s closed down. But don’t fear, replacing it in the most fresh, inventive and tasty way, is the brand new Bounty Beets. Full of vegan flare, my sister and I chowed down on vegan waffles and pancakes that were full of fruit and coconut cream, plus generous-sized portions of smoked salmon and scrambled eggs topped with vegan cheese, all washed down with a big steaming cup of coffee. I think the hunt for the best breakfast in Dubai for vegans and veggies ends here.
Contact: +9714 511 7333
Urth Caffé, City Walk
This LA-based eatery has hopped across the pond and opened it’s doors in City Walk. Boasting a very local clientele, ‘Urth’ does exactly what it says on the tin: healthy, wholesome (minus the buttermilk pancakes) and ‘body-friendly’ food. My highlights? The breakfast staples with a twist – think eggs royale with a side of melon and a basket of warm croissants served with bacon and cheese. The service was a tiny bit fumbly at times, but ’tis to be expected from a newly-opened joint.
Contact: +9714 2767287
21 Grams Bistro, Jumeirah Beach Road
I had my first taste of eastern European food at Balkan eatery 21 Grams, and it did not disappoint! The breakfast food of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Northern Greece and Romania (a little history less you there as well) boasts all your favourite morning dishes with a traditional twist. We kicked off the meal with a cheese burek (a warm phyllo pastry stuffed with oozing cheese – our waiter’s go-to dish on a hangover, apparently!) and a freshly-ground coffee. I then moved on an eastern European take on shakshouka eggs (poached eggs in a spicy pindjur sauce), whilst Ed had eggs on homemade bread (everything is cooked fresh in the bakery downstairs) with kajmak and beef jus. We finished with a naughty helping of homemade walnut strudel.
The restaurant itself is tucked away in one of Dubai’s first boutique hotels, the Park Regis Boutique at the end of Al Thanya street on Jumeirah Beach Road, a stone’s throw away from the beach. It’s a teeny weeny restaurant with friendly staff who know their menu inside-out and gorgeous interiors – an Instagrammer’s paradise, really.
Contact: 04 3490744
Tom & Serg
A hallmark of a great restaurant is its affordability, quality of food and if you’re willing to go back. Tom & Serg ticks all these boxes and beyond. Already a favourite of many foodies and Instagrammers alike (just look how pretty the dishes are!), the cafe has launched a new morning menu that reads like a checklist of breakfast favourites designed to please the palette.
Dishes to shout about? The sourdough crumpets topped with smoked salmon, organic poached eggs, black pepper, crème fraiche, lettuce, avocado and cucumber salsa – *drool* – the avocado matcha pancakes topped with avocado butter, blueberry, blackberry and maple syrup – not the most picturesque but absolutely heavenly to eat – and the smashed avocado topped with an extra order of poached eggs.
Snagging a table can be tough on weekends, but whether you want a filling meal before a busy day out, or simply a beautiful spread to post to your Instagram, Tom & Serg is your place.
Contact: 056 4746812
If you’re looking for a good healthy, vegan eatery in Dubai, then I can’t recommend this enough (just to clarify: I’m not vegan, but my plus one was!). This is the kind of place where you feel healthy just stepping foot inside bamboo-lined conservatory; the table water comes with sticks of charcoal in the bottom, the retail space offers all the superfoods and organic supplements you could think of, and the menu is a fresh and healthy mix of all your favourite dishes.
For brekkie, I had a protein shake (blended with homemade almond milk) and scrambled eggs with a rocket salad. Jessi (the aforementioned vegan) had a generous portion of avo on toast, which boasted smattering of seeds and nuts. We shared the vegan cheese plater, which isn’t something I would typically order myself, but it was deeeelicious!
A little out the way compared to my usual morning haunts, but well worth the trip for a a stunning venue with lots of light, Pinterest-worthy interiors, rose croissants, creamy cappuccinos and the most delicious scrambled eggs on toast with a generous topping of truffles and mushroom. A firm frontrunner for the best breakfast in Dubai.
Not to be confused with Mercato Mall, this cute little cafe has just opened its doors in DIFC (next to Roberto’s) and offers all your favourite breakfast dishes with an Italian flair. The whole decor and design of the restaurant makes you feel like you’ve been transported to a market in the heart of Italy. Whilst they do have plenty of naughty options on the menu (I’m talking to you, Nutella croissants and custard-filled donut), the menu also offers more wholesome dishes, like the healthy breakfast, which comes with quinoa, two poached eggs, spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
This place wins at breakfasts purely because they have a pork license. I don’t even feel like I need to say anymore because bacon. But the rest of their breakfast menu homes all the options you could want, from healthy (eggs, porridge, muesli/fruit compote) to heavy (full English with all the trimmings). Oh and the pancakes are to die for!
This newly opened eatery has popped up in a super accessible location on Sheikh Ziad Road, just off Al Thanya Street, right next to the new Metropolitan Hotel. It’s a home grown concept that offers breakfast, lunch, dinners and snacks of cold cuts, pastries, jams and desserts from the counters. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11.30am on weekdays, and until 2.30pm on weekends, and boasts generous portions (helloooo avocado volcano!), and chilled atmosphere and friendly staff. And even if you’re not interested in the food, don’t walk out the door without ordering one of their novelty coffees, which comes in an array of fabulously recreated celebrity faces.
Due to popular demand, Dubai Marina’s stylish Pier 7 eatery, Fume, has finally launched their breakfast menu. So how do the dishes fare? Well, when I heard the theme of the restaurant was southern US smoked soul food, I wasn’t expecting the array of fresh, healthy options we were faced it. Delicious yet refreshingly affordable food with generous portion sizes is exactly what you’ll find at Fume. I’m obsessed!
Where have you found the best breakfast in Dubai? Drop a comment below and let me know!