Everything tastes better outside and morning temperatures are still just about bearable, so make a date with one of these breakfast spots.
The Hamptons, Umm Suqeim
The Hamptons brings a certain sophistication to its US-style breakfast offerings, served up from a stylish three-floored villa. Hit the open window rooftop, or the sea view terrace early for a great view over Jumeirah, and a dose of invigorating sea air. Don’t miss the near-legendary raspberry and rose croissant.
The Hamptonian breakfast – perfect for a post-weekend walk or workout feast – is served up with a duo of free-range eggs cooked as you like, on brioche toast, veal sausages and turkey bacon, vine tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Try the homemade bread, the Montauk eggs or the bang-on-trend avo-topped sourdough with poached eggs and smoked salmon.
AED 180 for two. Villa 12, Opposite Mashreq Bank, Street 9A, Umm Suqeim 1. 04 331 5118. Breakfast served 8am-noon, 12.45pm weekends.
Life N’ One, Jumeirah
Another hidden gem, this health and well-being centre offers an almost dream-like garden setting, with a parrot (Shanti), rescued cats, and low tables are dotted among the well-established trees and flowers. The food at Life N’ One is mostly vegan, mostly raw, and mostly delicious.
Enjoy breakfast all day, choosing from a chickpea omelette, (reminds us of dosa), acai bowl, giant chia pudding, chocolate porridge or gluten-free granola, with a slow pressed juice, and add in some superfoods to get yourself revved up for the weekend. While the menu is fairly compact, the salads are perfect for brunch, but beware the world’s most expensive sweet potato!
At weekends, you might find yourself stepping over people doing yoga or a gong meditation in the garden, but there’s an enormous marquee at the back with rustic tables, a record player, iced water and A/C to keep the chilled vibe going.
AED 200 for two to eat. 27B Street, Behind Magrudy’s and Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah 1. 04 343 6676. 8am-7pm daily.
The Irish Village, Garhoud
For those who rise late and feel the need to replenish themselves after a busy night, the original Irish Village hits the spot, with its enormous meaty fry-up, served daily from 11.30am and featuring traditional Irish twists.
Omelettes, homemade rolls and sandwiches – all good old-fashioned breakfast fodder for the less health-conscious – are also available. Sit close to the water and watch the world drift by. You can even feed the ducks with your leftover soda bread.
Two can dine for AED 160. 31 A Street, Al Garhoud, Dubai (next to the Tennis Stadium). 04 282 4750 / 04 282 4752. Saturday to Wednesday, 11am-1am; Thursday and Friday 11am-2am.
The Scene, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Join the bargain breakfast club at the British outpost of Marina Mall’s ‘gourmet tower.’ Grab a seat on the terrace to catch Dubai’s maritime rush hour over egg and veal bacon butties, crushed avocado on toast, croissant sandwiches, three-egg omelettes, or that childhood favourite, dippy egg and soldiers. All brekkie bestsellers are just AED 35, which includes a cup of tea or coffee. Bloomin’ heck, an imaginary Brit might say.
From 8am-12pm daily. 4th Floor, Pier 7, Behind Dubai Marina Mall. 04 457 3741.
Arabian Teahouse Restaurant, Al Fahidi
By the historical walls of Al Fahidi is the shaded courtyard of the Arabia Teahouse Restaurant. Huge platters of Egyptian, Emirati and Arabic breakfasts (from AED 60) are more than enough for two. Lighter options include pancakes, watermelons and freshly-baked chebab bread. Relax in your wicker chair and admire the nostalgic nick-nacks over a cup of Arabian Nights tea, for the full ‘tourist in your home city’ experience.
7am-10pm daily. Near Dubai Museum. 04 353 5071.
The Brass, Last Exit Al Qudra
A modern, trendy approach to coffee and snacks with an Emirati twist, The Brass has established a great reputation for great food with a local twist. Now it has added to its four permanent premises, with a food truck at Al Qudra’s new Last Exit food truck site.
Bring your picnic blanket, your walking boots and your camera, and be ready to be wowed by The Brass’s range of cool flavoured drinks – from Arabic coffee to sahleb (walnut drink), great flatbread and sandwich combinations (think Moroccan-spiced pulled lamb with mint-rosewater yogurt) and cakes that would make a walk around every lake at this site very worthwhile.
Average cost for two, AED 150. 10am to midnight daily. Head south from interchanges between D63 and E11, E311, E611, or E77.
Sadly Dubai Week favourite Inn The Park at Al Khazzan Cadillac Park is no more. The organic all-day breakfasts and Ethiopian cold brew coffee enjoyed under what was said to be the oldest tree in Dubai were absolute weekend perfection, but owners have promised they are cooking up new ventures.