Restaurants & Nightlife

The Best Breakfast in Dubai

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Going out for breakfast is one of my all time favourite things to do on the weekend. It’s such a nice way to start the day, and you don’t have to do any washing up after – double win!

Here are some of the best breakfasts in Dubai…

Mercato, DIFC

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-filling donut), the menu also offers more wholesome dishes, like the healthy breakfast, which comes with quinoa, two poached eggs, spinach, cherry tomatoes and avocado.

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Reform Social & Grill 

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!

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Tub of Butter

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.

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Tub of Butter

Tub of Butter

Tub of Butter

Tub of Butter

Clinton St. Baking Company

Nestled away in City Walk (and I really mean nestled; it took us about 25 minutes to find the cafe-cum-bakery), New York-based Clinton Street Baking Company has opened its doors in Dubai. The menu plays host to a bunch of signature American dishes, like the fried chicken and waffles – which apparently is one of the restaurant’s best dishes, but just the sound of it makes me want to vom -, but Ed and I, being the creatures of habit we are, stuck to our fave breakfast foods. I had some of the best eggs benedict I’ve ever had in Dubai (and that’s a big shout, because all I order is eggs bene!), Ed opted for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs – another dish which didn’t disappoint -, and we ordered an extra plate of blueberry panckaes for the table, which boast the fluffiest, light yet filling texture ever. The service was flawless and the waiters were well-versed in the menu, which is actually a bit of a rarity in Dubai. Would I go back? Hell yes! But next time I’ll be visiting the Kite Beach branch…

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Clinton St. Baking Company

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Clinton St. Baking Company

Fume, Pier 7 

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!

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The Surf Cafe

This is definitely one of my all time favourite faves! Situated on Beach Road, just off Kite Beach, The Surf Cafe has such a chilled out vibe with a completely mouth watering menu. The gluten-free pancakes, and ‘new style avo eggs’ are a must-try, as well as their choice of fresh juices and smoothies. The only downside to TFC is that the space isn’t that big, so on the weekend you may find yourself waiting around for a table, because it does get really busy.


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Forty Carrots

Visiting the biggest (and busiest) mall in the world on a Friday isn’t typically the top of my to-do list, but visiting Forty Carrots was certainly worth it. This healthy breakfast haunt (which also offers lunch and dinner) has a menu made up mainly of organic and natural ingredients. For brekkie I’d reccommend the Eggs Royale and Huevos Rancheros, which came with a side of signature carrot brioche which was AMAZING. Make sure to try our their froyo bar at the end of the meal – it has been the restaurants best-selling dish for over 32 years, and it’s gluten-free! And don’t let the fact it’s attached Bloomingdale’s scare you, the menu is completely affordable, with standard breakfast dishes hovering around the Dhs30 mark!

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you will have eaten at Eggspectation. Situated at The Beach Mall, JBR, the concept behind this restaurant is in the name. Eggs. In every single way you can imagine them, and more. Whilst this place is slightly more expensive than the rest (you’re looking at about Dhs70/80 a dish), the portion sizes are massive, and the choice is endless. Most plates come with a size order of potatoes, but you can pay an extra (I think) Dhs7 and switch them for fruit. The only thing I would say is  if you’re planning on heading down there on a weekend from 10am onwards, be prepared to wait at least half an hour for a table, because this is the best breakfast in the marina and everyone knows it.

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Right next to Jones the Grocer, this restaurant specialises in pastries and homemade desserts, but the breakfast was still fab! The portion sizes were probably the smallest out of all the places I have listed here, in fact everyone I was with (there were 5 of us) ended up ordering two main courses each to fill them up. I chose my trusty eggs royal and a super food smoothie, and, although they were absolutely delish, I was still kinda hungry after. So I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re in the mood to eat your body weight for breakfast, but I would recommend it if you’re watching the waist line or going for quality over quantity, but I loved every bite.

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So this place is called International House of Pancakes for a reason. I’ve been a few times now, and everything I have attempted that isn’t pancakes is rank. The cooked breakfast – if you can call it that – was pretty much inedible, even the tea tasted weird… The pancakes, however, are unrivalled. And they come on the side of pretty much every dish you can order. Just like in the movies, they’re stacked, covered in butter, light, fluffy and delicious. If for breakfast you need a pancake fix, this is where to go.
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Cove Beach

Calling all healthy eaters, dieters and fitness freaks, this one’s for you! I’m not sure if breakfast is always served like this at Cove Beach, but if it is, I would be there every weekend – and not just for the breakfast, but you’re sitting right on the beach under the Burj Al Arab, so the view is beaut. And if this is just a taster of what Cove can do, then I would recommend this place to everyone!

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Shakespere & Co

If you’ve lived in Dubai long enough, you will know this as being the ultimate Jumeirah Jane hangout (and if you’ve lived in Dubai long enough, you’ll know what a Jumeirah Jane is). Well they’ve just opened a brand new branch right by my house, so obviously I was first in the queue for breakfast. I am soooo impressed with this place. Everything from the food to the service and the price. I ordered my fool proof eggy benny, which was fab – great portion size, didn’t wait long, cooked to perfection – and Ed (my infamous breakfast buddy) got the smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, which he loveeeed. We washed it down with a glass of fresh orange juice, a pot of green tea and a large bottle of San Pellegrino sparkling water…all for Dhs135!!!!!!! We actually thought they had made a mistake with the bill because it was so cheap, but it turns out their prices really are that amazing. And if for no other reason, you should go for their Instagram-worthy interiors. LOVE.

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Sum of Us

Whilst it’s on the slightly pricier side of breakfasting, I lurrrrv the food here. The attention to detail in every dish is what makes this place – regular eggs come with truffle hollandaise, black garlic puree and chilli jam. And you’ve GOT to try the gluten free hotcake. It’s breakfast like you’ve never seen it before.

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Just when you thought Dubai were producing an endless amount of pointless malls, you find a new breakfast haunt which changes your mind. I discovered this place in Dubai’s cooler climes, so we sat on the glam outdoor terrace, flanked with potted trees and marble floors (honestly, this place is just as good for Instagram ops as it is to eat in!). The food is so beautifully presented, you might think that you’ll be paying an arm and a leg to eat here, but you’d be wrong! One of the favourite things about this place is the super affordable prices on the menu.

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Park House

Whilst the menu isn’t particularly inspiring, this place gets extra points for the fact the staff are lovely and extremely helpful, the decor is tres cute and it’s located on Kite Beach, so you can watch the waves over your morning smoothie.


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    Sally - My Custard Pie
    May 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

    That’s some serious research! Agree with Surf Cafe and Bystro. No Hamptons, Comptoir 102 or Baker and Spice (so many try and fail to imitate their amazing shakshuka)?! Still in search of the best eggs Benedict (I’m very fussy). Disliked the Clinton Street ones because of the biscuit they put them on (far too rich). I think Demoiselle Galvin may be in pole position (especially as eggs local, organic and free range). Excuse for more breakfast tasting?

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