They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and when you live in Dubai, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning. Breakfasting here is an entity all on its own, with so many beautiful restaurants and cafes to choose from. Even better, when the sunshine is pretty much guaranteed, there’s no place like this city for outdoor breakfasts.
Here’s your guide to the best outdoor breakfast spots in Dubai…
Popular Barcelona-born Brunch & Cake has opened a number of successful venues in Dubai – including Brunch & Cake by the Lake. Found at Jumeirah Islands Pavilion, you can tuck into dishes that are as Instagrammable as they are tasty. From eggs Benedict served on a garden shovel (it’s way cooler than it sounds) to the famous avocado toast, açaí bowls adorned with fruit, beautifully decorated cakes and cool drinks, there’s something for everyone.
Brunch & Cake by the Lake, Jumeirah Islands Pavilion, open daily 8am to 10.30pm. @brunchandcakeuae
For late risers, the weekend breakfast at The Boardwalk is a winner. Overlooking the shores of the Dubai Creek Marina, the breakfast menu offers a main dish with a glass of fresh orange juice, plus a dessert and a coffee for Dhs98 It’s only served on weekends, from 11.30am to 1pm. You can add free-flowing mimosas for Dhs98.
Boardwalk, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek Marina, 11.30am to 1pm, Saturday and Sunday. Tel: (04) 205 4647. dubaigolf.com
From the Insta-perfect Millennial pink decor to the feel-good menu of vegan and gluten-free dishes, Bounty Beets puts the beauty into breakfast. Try the coconut crepes or charcoal and almond pancakes and watch your likes skyrocket.
Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (0)4 511 7373, instagram.com/bountybeets
JBR’s all encompassing bar, restaurant and beach club has a brilliant daily breakfast deal. For Dhs65, you’ll get a breakfast dish with a juice and tea or coffee. Perch up on the alfresco terrace and enjoy the beachside views.
Bla Bla, The Beach opposite JBR, breakfast runs 8am to 11.30am on weekdays, 8am to midday weekends. Tel: (0)58 606 3535. @blabladubai
A new-ish concept from the can-do-no-wrong Eat X group is The Byron Bathers Spot, which replaced Bidi Bondi on The Palm earlier this year. On the expansive terrace of this Aussie-inspired spot, you can enjoy glorious sea and beach views, with breakfast served daily from 8am to midday.
The Byron Bathers Club, Al Manhal Building, Shoreline, Palm Jumeirah 8am to 12am daily. Tel: (0)4 323 7378. @byronbathersclub
Enjoy stunning views of the Burj Khalifa from Café Beirut’s enchanting garden. What to eat? The breakfast tray includes labneh, foul, balila, cheese, ham and butter, thyme with oil, shanklish, halawah, and vegetables for only Dhs68, or the Café Beirut breakfast tray, which also includes mini manakeesh and eggs for just Dhs110.
Café Beirut, Al Murooj Complex, Downtown Dubai. 10am to 2am on weekdays, 10am to 5am on weekends. Tel:(0)4 422 5211. @cafebeirutdxb
This blissful beachfront setting at Cafe Nikki looks over an aquamarine pool and out onto the ocean. On the breakfast menu, you’ll find pancakes, granola, oats, eggs your way and more. This place is guaranteed to give you all of those holiday feels, even if you’re just visiting for breakfast. Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am.
Enjoy a delightful weekend breakfast at Carine. Expect typical French flair in dishes such as scrambled eggs with black truffle, and the elegant strawberry tartine with homemade peach jam. The relaxing outdoor terrace overlooks the golf course, and makes for a serene outdoor breakfast spot.
Carine, Emirates Golf Club, weekend breakfast 9am to 12.30pm. Tel: (0)4 417 9885. carine.ae
Drift Beach Dubai is well-known for its gorgeous pool days, but it’s also a fabulous spot to enjoy breakfast too. Head to Drift Restaurant to enjoy freshly baked bread and viennoiserie basket, powerfood açai bowl, banoffee waffles, DRIFT pancakes and more. Moreover, diners can enjoy a 50 per cent discount on pool and beach entrance after their breakfast experience.
Drift Beach Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai, breakfast served 9am to 11.30am daily. Tel: (0)4 315 2200. @driftbeachdubai
It might’ve been round a while but Eggspectation is still as popular as ever. You’ll find it perched at JBR with amazing sea views and a relaxed atmosphere. Of course, the star of the day here is eggs and you can have yours in every way you could imagine. There are no less than eleven eggs Benedict options, seven omelette varieties, plus pancakes, waffles and more.
Eggspectation, JBR, Dubai, open 7am to 10pm daily. Tel: (0)4 430 7252. @eggspectationuae
Gaze out across endless yachts as you tuck in to all-you-can-eat breakfast at Ella’s Eatery. Choose no less than six dishes from the menu, with a hot drink or a fresh juice for Dhs85. Breakfast favorites on the extensive menu include avocado toast, organic eggs, shakshoukas, pancakes and breakfast bowls. Your four-legged friends are welcome to join you too.
Ella’s Eatery, Palm View East, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, all-day breakfast available daily 8am to 12pm, from Dhs85. Tel: (04) 557 0984. facebook.com/ellaseateryDXB
Jones the Grocer has long been popular for its artisan menu and cheese and wine offerings, and the West Beach branch is the perfect place to start your day with beautiful sea and Dubai Marina skyline views. On the menu you’ll find a traditional English breakfast, farmer’s breakfast, ‘classic benny’ and perfectly brewed coffees.
Jones The Grocer, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, open 8am to 12am daily. Tel: (0)54 998 6162. facebook.com/jonesthegrocerthepalm
Popular West Beach hotspot Koko Bay is usually synonymous with sundowners but it also has a great beachside breakfast offering. Enjoy Koko Bay-inspired breakfast dishes such as Asian omelette with kai pad krawpow served with custard baos, the Koko Bay full English, brioche French toast, Koko nut pancakes infused with lemongrass infused maple syrup and the Amazonica acai bowl. Bag a seat outside for those epic Dubai Marina skyline views.
Koko Bay, West Beach, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, Mon to Fri 10am to midnight, Sat and Sun 8am to midnight. Tel: (04) 5723444. @kokobayuae
Have you ever wanted to eat breakfast while enjoying the view of Museum of The Future? Well, now you can. Leen’s in the Emirates Towers is the perfect location to enjoy all the classic breakfast items as well as some decadent pancake or French toast options, too.
Leen’s Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road, weekdays 11.30am to 11pm, weekends 8am to 11pm. Tel: (0)4 388 0558 leens.com @leens_dubai
If you’ve sunk a few too many drinks the night before, McGettigan’s is a brilliant spot for a recovery breakfast. There’s McGettigan’s branches all over the city, but arguably the best outdoor breakfast spot is at Madinat Jumeirah, where you can sit by the waterways. Of course, most come here for the full Irish breakfast, but there’s also avo eggs, pancakes and pulled pork benedicts to enjoy.
McGettigans, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, breakfast served from 10am on weekends. Tel: (0)4 447 0219, mcgettigans.com
Mezzanine Bar & Kitchen has a prime spot by the twinkling waterways at the Souk Madinat Jumeirah. As well as the usual suspects such as a hearty breakfast, avocado toast, butties and eggs royal, make sure to try ‘the royal crumpet’, which is two toasted crumpets with lashings of butter, loaded up with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Running a little late? The full English is available all day.
Mezzanine Barr & Kitchen. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, breakfast served 10am to 12pm daily. Tel: (0)58 599 4659. mezzaninedubai.com
Perfect for a weekend catch up, Mitts & Trays has high-tech menus on iPads, and you can choose from a range of plates that are healthy and wholesome. The real stars of the show are their iced lattes, which are almost too pretty to drink.
Mitts & Trays, Bluewaters, off JBR, 9am to midnight. Tel: (04) 388 3999. mittsandtrays.com
Dubai Creek Harbour is a gorgeous spot for a bit of breakfast and Mondoux is the ultimate place to go. Dishes include croque madame made with homemade bread, a colourful acai bowl, French brioche toast with salted caramel, and a mascarpone and blueberry crepe. Wash it all down with a freshly-prepared coffee or juice. Breakfast is served from 8am until 12pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
Mondoux, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, Sat to Wed 8am to 11pm, Thurs & Fri, 8am to 12am. Tel: (0)50 118 9401. mondoux.ae
Phileas Fogg’s is the now much-loved bar, restaurant and amphitheatre with golf course views that welcomes everyone and anyone. Alongside live music, sports, a brilliant happy hour and delicious roast dinner, Phileas Fogg’s also serves up breakfast, with dishes including everything from a vegan granola bowl to Aussie avocado toast, to eggs Royale and even a breakfast pizza.
Phileas Fogg’s, Montgomerie Golf Academy, Dubai, breakfast served 8am to 12pm daily. Tel: (0)4 572 4477. foggs.xyz
For a hearty British breakfast in a casual garden setting, Reform Social & Grill always ticks the boxes. It’s one of the few restaurants in Dubai that serves up real sausages and bacon, so head on down for a full English breakfast or bap loaded up with your favourite meat and fried eggs.
Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Dubai, breakfast served 8am to 12pm daily. Tel: (0)4 454 2638. reformsocialgrill.ae
Revo Cafe is a great weekend breakfast spot, with a view that captures the Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Downtown Dubai skyline. Whether you’re keeping healthy with their health-focused super bowls or a light granola, or treating yourself to a slab of caramelised bread covered in mascarpone, Revo Cafe at Anantara The Palm has you covered. There’s an outdoor seating area for leisurely breakfasting.
Anantara, The Palm, Dubai, open daily 8am to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 5678304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
This longtime beach club is super popular with families and those who enjoy the more relaxing side of life. Breakfast is served up daily from 10am to 1pm, with dishes such as açaí and granola, poached eggs with avocado toast, truffle scrambled eggs and a croissant sandwich on the menu. Stick around for a pool day and there’s paddle boarding on the beach.
Riva Beach Club, Shoreline Building 8, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, open 7.30am to 12am. Tel: (0)4 430 9466. riva-beach.com
Seva Table is the name of beautiful Jumeirah Beach cafe and wellness centre formally known as ‘Life ‘n’ One’. Enjoy Seva’s plant-based dishes in the mantra-infused secret garden, where you’ll be able to connect with others, enjoy (or even write) a book, brainstorm or just day-dream. This is a wifi-free zone, so keep those phones away.You’ll also find workshops here such as yoga, meditation, bodywork, sound healing, energy medicine and more.
Seva Table, Jumeirah Beach Road, 27B Street, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 8am to 10pm. Tel: (056) 534 2899. sevaexperience.com
With it’s whimsical interiors and fashion-themed teas, it’s not hard to see why Tania’s Teahouse has become one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable spots. Housed in a two-storey villa in Jumeirah, on the breakfast menu, you’ll find earl-grey flavored scones and clotted cream and fluffy Eggs Benedict dubbed “the cloud”. There’s a cute outdoor garden to enjoy your breakfast alfresco, and you can bring dogs too.
Tania’s Teahouse, Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai. daily, 9am to 8pm. Tel: (04) 324 0021. taniasteahouse.com.
When we need to recharge our batteries, The Farm at Al Barari beckons. Here, on the breezy patio overlooking lush gardens and bubbling ponds, linger over an exceptional Arabic breakfast of foul mefames, labneh, grilled halloumi, eggs to your liking and pillowy pita bread.
The Farm, Al Barari, daily 8am to 10pm. thefarmdubai.ae
Popular British eatery The Scene by Simon Rimmer not only serves up some top Marina views, it’s also home to a great daily breakfast menu. You’ll find lighter dishes such as classic pancakes or smashed avo, or opt for something heartier, such as eggs florentine or the breakfast burrito. Grab a seat out on the terrace which overlooks the water and yachts around Dubai Marina.
The Scene by Simon Rimmer, 4th Floor, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, breakfast served 10am to 12pm weekends. Tel: (04) 222 2328. thescenedubai.com
Located on the golden sands of the Palm Jumeirah, Ula serves up breakfast from 10am through the week and 9am on weekends. This pretty spot’s weekend bottomless breakfast is as good as it gets and the perfect spot to catch up with loved ones. For Dhs200 per person, guests can choose from a range of dishes including smoked salmon pita, lobster benedict, and shakshuka, alongside unlimited mimosas and prosecco.
Ula, Dukes The Palm, a Royal Hideaway Hotel Palm Jumeirah, Dubai. 10am to 1am Mon to Thurs, 9am to 1am Fri to Sun. Tel:(0)45663041. @uladxb
This South African cafe at The Dubai Mall will never be a wasted trip, even if you’re visiting from near the Marina just for breakfast. Their dishes are healthy, extensive and oh-so-pretty, and we bet you’ll have to go back again and again for lunch and dinner too because of the brilliant fountain-facing terrace.
Walnut Grove, The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 344 4441. walnutgrove.ae
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