Three to try: Dubai’s hidden gem art cafés

Coffee corner - outside

Art Dubai is over but did you know you can get your culture fix along with your caffeine buzz at these tucked away coffee spots?


Mawaheb from Beautiful People, Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Coffee corner - Mawaheb from Beautiful PeopleA kind-hearted little café and art studio in Bur Dubai. Mawaheb uses art to bridge the gap between society and adults with special needs.

Bean queens can enjoy a premium RAW coffee and apple tart in a shaded, art-lined courtyard, then browse the students’ handiworks. We loved brightly-coloured little birds, funky phone covers and bold murals.

Coffee AED 15, apple tart AED 10. Weekdays 9am-3pm. Al Fahidi Historial District. 04 352 8328.


La Cantine du Faubourg, Emirates Towers Hotel

01 Zakirah 2DIFC’s arty Parisian import is home to a temporary exhibition by Lebanese artist Nadine Kanso that combines photography, jewellery and poetry to speak about her old neighbourhood in Beirut.

Originally part of Art Dubai, the showcase continues until 7th June, alongside the usual sophisticated French fare best enjoyed on its attractive outdoor terrace.

Emirates Towers Hotel, DIFC. 12pm-2am. 04 352 7105


Sketch Art Café, Satwa

Sketch CafeFrom passive viewers to active artists, Sketch encourages visitors to embrace art with pencils and paper on each table.

Situated inside the Marsam Matar gallery, the offerings are limited to freshly-baked pastries, shakes and coffees, but surrounded by fine art, there’s plenty of nourishment for the brain courtesy of gallery founder, Emirati artist Mattar Bin Lahej.

Villa 21, near Ramada Jumeirah Hotel, Satwa. 9am-9pm. 04 39 88331/

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