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.
For the always-hungry, the Long Island big breakfast serves four a feast of sausages, mushrooms, eggs in an omelette, poached and fried, and strawberry fondant pancakes (AED 378). Lighter bites include Eggs Benedict with salmon or turkey ham (AED 61.95) and healthy homemade granola (AED 47.25).
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 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 (AED 52), (reminds us of dosa), acai bowl (AED 54), or homemade granola (AED 39), with a slow pressed juice, and add in some superfoods to get yourself revved up for the weekend.
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-6.30pm daily (7pm weekends).
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 (AED 75), served daily from 7am-11am and featuring traditional Irish twists.
Omelettes (AED 49) and porridge (AED 27) – 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.
31A 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. The Scene By Simon Rimmer serves a Breakfast Special daily, of two organic eggs, any way you want them, on sourdough toast WITH a cheeky coffee or a cup of tea, for just AED 29. Bloomin’ heck, an imaginary Brit might say. On the regular breakfast menu are bestsellers such as banana bread (AED 35) and short ribs Eggs Benedict (AED 59).
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 knick-knacks 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
With its modern approach to coffee, The Brass has established a great reputation for good food with a local twist. Now it has added to its permanent base in Al Seef with a food truck at Al Qudra’s Last Exit food truck site.
Bring your picnic blanket, your walking boots and your camera, and be wowed by The Brass’s range of cool flavoured drinks – from Arabic coffee to lavender chai – and cakes that would make a walk around every lake at this site very worthwhile.
Drinks from AED 10. Open noon-midnight weekdays, 6.30am-5.30am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Head south from interchanges between D63 and E11, E311, E611, or E77.