It’s the most important meal of the day – so make it a great one at any of these top breakfast spots in town…
Whether you’re on a health kick or need to gorge on a morning feast, there’s never an excuse to skip breakfast. Here are some of our favourite spots to find the most important meal of the day.
Bistro des Arts
The Bistro des Arts breakfast is back after a summer sojourn – and we can’t wait to reacquaint ourselves with the pitch-perfect Parisian menu. Whether it’s the simple pleasure of the Riviera, which includes a hot drink, juice or iced tea, croissant and freshly baked baguette with butter and jam (Dhs69), or the Atlantic crab omelette glazed with hollandaise (Dhs58), the Bistro boys get it right every time.
Bistro des Arts, Address Dubai Marina, daily, 7.30am to midday. bistrodesarts.ae
Satisfy your soul at 21 Grams, where Stasha Toncev and her team share cherished family recipes from the Balkan Peninsula. Begin your day with a fresh-from-the-oven cheese burek (Dhs32), or savour the Komplet eggs – a delicious fried egg bap with beef jus.
21, Grams, Jumeira St & Al Thanya Rd, Umm Seqeim 3, Sun to Thur 7am to midday, Fri & Sat 7am to 1pm. 21grams.me
Perry & Blackwelder’s
Fancy a bacon-spiked Bloody Mary with your weekend breakfast? Hightail it to Perry & Blackwelder’s in Souk Madinat Jumeriah for the Freaky Mary (Dhs75) and decadent Souther dishes, such as the baked apple Texas toast (Dhs55) with crisp bacon.
Perry & Blackwelder’s, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Fri & Sat 10am to 1pm. jumierah.com
Clinton St. Baking Company
Can’t decide between savoury and sweet? New York transplant Clinton St has you covered with their fried chicken and waffles, served with honey-Tabasco sauce and warm maple butter (Dhs68). They offer a ‘breakfast for dinner’ menu too, you can tuck into American comfort food whenever the mood strikes.
Clinton St Baking Company, Building 10, Al Mustaqbal St, City Walk, daily 8am to midnight. clintonstreetbaking.ae
Nailing the perfect hollandaise sauce is not easy but the crew at The Scene have it down. A case in point: the eggs Florentine (Dhs49) with roasted mushrooms, spinach hollandaise and crispy onions, or the rich and rewarding braised beef Benedict (Dhs59) with silk-smooth hollandaise and red onion jam.
The Scene, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, daily from 8am. thescenedubai.com
For a lazy weekend brekkie, the Baker’s Breakfast includes dignature dishes such as Eggs Benedict, savoury crêpes and Croque Madame, accompanied by fresh fruit, tea and coffee.
La Farine, JW Mariott Marquis, Business Bay, Fri & Sat 8am to 1pm, Dhs195 per couple. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
What’s On 2018 Ched of the Year Izu Ani has just upped the ante by launching a weekend breakfast menu at Carine. Expect typical French flair in dishes such as scrambled eggs with black truffle (Dhs75) and the elegant strawberry tartine with homemade peach jam.
Carine, Emirates Golf Club, Fri & Sat 8.30am to 1pm. Tel: (04) 417 9885. carine.ae
The Irish Village
There’s probably nothing more indulgent than The Irish Village’s village fry (Dhs75) which comprises of a fried egg, English bacon and sausages, black pudding, hash browns, frilled tomatoes, beans, grilled mushroom and toast. Try it at The Irish Village’s new Studio One outpost this month.
The Irish Village, Studio One Hotel, daily from 11am. Tel: (04) 241 8444. theirishvillage.com
From the Insta-perfect Millennial pink décor to the feel-good menu of vegan and gluten-free dishes, bounty Beets outs the beauty into breakfast. Try the I Yam What I Yam sweet potato pancakes (Dhs65) or a raspberry and coconut bowl with blue spirulina (Dhs50), and watch the likes skyrocket on your feed.
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Tues to Sun 8am to 10pm, Mon 9am to 10pm. facebook.com/bountybeets
Tom & Serg
If there’s one man who’s shaped the breakfast scene in Dubai, it’s Australian chef Tom Arnel. Visit the industrial-chic eatery that started it all, Tom & Serg, for his innovative take on cafe fare, such as the Aussie Benedict (Dhs72) with braised wagyu beef and smoked onion relish, or a Middle Eastern twist on smashed avo (Dhs65), pepped up with marinated green tomato, Persian feta, dukkah, parsley and pomegranate dressing.
Tom & Serg, Al-Joud Center, Al Quoz, weekdays 8am to 4pm, Fri & Sat 8am to 6pm. tomandserg.com
Taking the concept of all-day breakfasts to the eggstreme, Eggspectation offers a tempting Breakfast for Dinner menu that includes the standout Old Bay benny (Dhs72), two poached eggs on a pair of juicy crab cakes, slathered in Old Bay hollandaise.
Eggspectation, City Walk, daily 7am to 11am or The Beach JBR, daily 7am to midnight. eggspectation.com
This boutique roaster case a wide net for culinary inspiration. Xero in on the Sri Lankan-style hopper with trout and fresh coconut sambal (Dhs38), a cup-like crepe made from rice flour and coconut with a just-set egg in the centre. And don’t miss their excellent nitro coffee on tap.
Nightjar Coffee, Alserkal Ave, Tue to Sat 8am to 9pm, Sun & Mon 8am to 6pm. nightjar.coffee
Another of Dubai’s most photogenic cafes is this dreamy confection of pale pink, rose gold and mother of pearl. Tanis’a sidhes are just as pretty as her decor, with the pastel-hued mermaid toast (Dhs35), rainbow-bright beetroot hummus (Dhs40), and Oreo pancake stack (Dhs45) all vying for attention.
Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779a, Jumeriah Beach Road. taniasteahouse.com
The Sum of Us
For a beefed up version of the Full English, Our Big Breakfast (Dhs86) is brimming with organic eggs, beef sausages, beef bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach. Or, create uour own dream breakfast plate by combining eggs your way (Dhs16) with a bunch of sides, such as house-smoked salmon (Dhs18) and yuzu hollandaise sauce (Dhs8).
The Sum of Us, Ground floor, Burj Al Salam, 6th Street, World Trade Centre, daily 8am to 5pm. thesumofusdubai.com
If you’ve sunk a few too many pints the night before, return to the scene of the crime for a restorative McGettigan’s Breakfast.Available in two sizes (smal,, Dhs63 and large Dhs94) this hearty repast includes sausage, bacon, black and white pudding, effs to your liking, slow-roasted tomato, mushroom, hash brown, baked beans and toast, all washed down with a tea or coffee.
McGettigan’s, Ground level, Souk Madinat, Fri & Sat 9am to midday. mcgettigans.com
Another drinking house turning our a cracking breakfast is Fibber Magee’s near the World Trade Centre. The Fibber Magee’s breakfast (Dhs61) boasts sausage, bacon, hash browns, baked beans, mushrooms, black and white pudding, your choice of eggs and toasted or fried bread. For breakfast on the run, order a bap crammed with bacon sausage and egg (Dhs35).
Fibber McGee’s, Saeed Tower One, World Trade Centre, daily 8am to 2am. fibbersdubai.com
London Dairy Bistro
If you’re craving a taste of the Ol’ Blighty, go for the Full English (Dhs65)at London Dairy. It’s a nostalgic combination of poached or fried eggs, veal bacon, beans, sausages, hash browns, mushrooms and toast.
London Dairy Bistro, Aspin Commercial Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily 7am to midday. londondairy.com/cafe
The team behind Bistro des Arts have brought their nouse to Damac Hills, creating a family-friendly eatery overlooking the golf course. Featuring eggs any style, mushrooms, beans, veal bacon, chicken sausage, hash browns and toast, the bountiful Full English breakfast (Dhs70) will prime you for a day on the greens.
Stoke House, Al Qudra Rd, Al Hebiah Third, Damac Hills, daily from 6am. stokehouse.ae
Jones the Grocer
Golden on the outsider and fluffy within, the homemade hash browns are the staers of the show in the Jones traditional English breakfast (Dhs68), which also includes beef bacon and sausages, eggs on sourdough, sautéed mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes.
Jones the Grocer, various locations including The Dubai Mall, Sun to Thur 7.30am to midday, Fri & Sat 7.30am to 4pm. jonesthegrocer.com
We love the bespoke approach at Projeto Acai, where you first choose the size of your acai bowl (pequeno Dhs32, grande Dhs39, or enorme Dhs44), then go to town on the additional toppings, perhaps vegan brownie chunks or homemade berry compote. If you cna’t decide between the 25 options, zero in on one of the ‘bowls favoritos’.
Projeto Acai, Al Hubob St, Dubai Marina or 87 Sheikh Zayed Road DIFC or First Avenue Mall Motor City, Sun to Thu 7.30am to 1am, Fri 8am to 2am, Sat 7.30am to 2am. projetoacai.com
Healthy, vibrant and bursting with vitality, Tom Arnel’s menu at Common Grounds makes you feel as good as it tastes, whether it’s the acai bowl topped with dragonfruit, dried raspberries and cacoa (Dhs55), a vegan chia pudding with saffron-mango lassi (Dhs52), or the virtuous breakfast bowl.
Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates or Almas Towers JLT, daily 8am to 4pm or Gate Building 5 DIFC, Sun to Thur 7.30am to 6pm. commongroundsdubai.com
This Bijou bolthole in The Courtyard is a go-to for bolognese-loaded toasties that taste like home (Dhs38), but when er’re feeling like something a little more virtous, it’s the acai berry bowl with almond milk, chia and cacao nibs (Dhs45) that draws us in. Pair it with a vegan beetroot latte (Dhs25) to really up the feel-good factor.
Boston Lane, The Courtyard, 6A Street, Al Quoz, daily, 8am to 7pm. bostonlane.com
Refuel after a morning on the sand at this laidback cafe, tucked inside Surf House Dubai. Light and bright highlights include the Mavericks organic acai bowl (Dhs42), topped with housemade granola and fans of fruit. Order it with a scoop of homemade peanut butter for an extra protein hit.
Single Fin, Surf House Dubai, Villa 110, Al Soon St, Umm Seqeim 2, daily 7am to 5.30pm. surfingdubai.com
This perennially popular JLT cafe offers a trio of acai bowls (Dhs40). There’s the classic combo with granola, berries and banana, the nutty professor with cacao nibs, roasted peanuts and chia, and the hello from Hawaii adorned with tropical fruits. For an acai fix straight to your door, order from sister project Acai and the Tribe on Deliveroo.
Friends Avenue, Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, JLT, daily 8am to 3pm. friendsavenue.ae
Named after the lush hinterland surrounding Byron Bay, this urban-chic eatery has a decidedly Aussie accent. Order the high on acai bowl (Dhs49) with banana, mango, berries, homemade granola, goji and coconut, or the wholesome Myocum porridge (Dhs57) made with quinoa and coconut milk – and feel smug for the rest of the day.
Myocum, Unit 43, Dar Wasl Mall, Al Safa, daily 8am to 3pm. myocumdubai.com
For a modern take on the traditional Arabic breakfast, visit this uber-cool cafe and concept store in Jumeirah 1. Available all day, the mezzeh platter (Dhs55) is a moreish assortment of meloui flatbread, olives, whipped ricotta, harissa-spiced tahini, honey and melon jam. And don’t forget a side of halloumi fries with truffle aoili.
Kulture House, 106 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, daily 9am to 10pm. @kulturehousedubai
When we need to recharge our batteries, The Farm at Al Barari beckons. Here, on the breezy terrace overlooking lush gardens and bubbling ponds, linger over an exceptional Arabic breakfast (Dhs98) of foul mefames, labneh, grilled halloumi, eggs to your liking and pillowy pita bread.
The Farm, Al Barari, daily 7.30am to 11.30am. thefarmdubai.ae
Arabian Tea House
This atmospheric gem in Old Dubai is the perfect spot to take friends and family when they’re in town. Order the local breakfast tray (Dhs75) loaded with cheese, date syrup, greens and balaleet, an Emirati specialty of spiced vermicelli with egg, all ready to be scooped up with swathes of khameer bread straight from the oven.
Arabian Tea House, Al Fahidi St, Bastakiya or The Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road, daily 8am to 11pm. arabianteahouse.net
Discover the rich influences of Emirati cuisineas you share the Sikka signature breakfast for two (Dhs124), including Arabic cheese, dates, dangaw (spiced chickpeas), falafel and traditional chebab pancakes with cream cheese and honey, followed by your choice of baith tamat (slow-cooked eggs with spiced tomato), shakshuka or eggs any style.
Sikka Cafe, City Walk or La Mer or Al Khawaneej, daily from 8am. sikkadubai.ae
For a protein-packed Arabic breakfast, order the foul jar (Ds22) from Zaroob. The boras beans and chickpea dish is served in a traditional steel jar, and is mixed with tahini, olive oil, parsley, onions and diced tomatoes. Or go big with a piping hot layered pastry that’s oozing with Kraft cheese and honey (Dhs34). It’s so perfect, so self-indulgent, and so outrageously calorific.
Zaroob, Jumeirah Tower Bld, Sheikh Zayed Rd, daily 8am to 5pm. zaroob.com