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Three cafés in Dubai that are perfect for reading in

When you’re done with Netflix and chill, here are three of our favourite cafes to curl up with a good book or spread out your study notes.


BookMunch Café, Al Wasl Square

BookMunchThe name says it all. Book Munch is a safe space for people who love to read. It’s a family-friendly too, with a large selection of books, including children’s titles, and there’s even a little quiet corner at the back to tuck in with a great read.

Fridays are given over to brunch, where there’s a spread of breakfast goodies and a la carte options from 11.30am-3.30pm for AED 95. It’s less tranquil, but lots of fun.

Sunday-Wednesday, 7.30am-10pm; 8.30am-10.30pm Thursday-Saturday. Also at Bay Square, details here:


The A4 Space, Al Quoz

The A4 Space, Al Quoz

Donated books line an informal library on the mezzanine level of this arts centre/workspace in Alserkal Avenue that’s ideal for lunch-break literati.

There are cushions and rugs to lounge on and enjoy the free Wifi in between devouring pages, although its long benches and tables fill up at peak times. If you get peckish, Appetite cafe serves healthy snacks, coffees and fresh juices.

Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz. Sunday to Thursday, 10am to 6pm.


The Rove, Downtown

The Daily Rove

OK, not quite a cafe, but the smart new hotel’s huge all-day diner The Daily is open to everyone, there’s tons of space and the staff are happy to leave engrossed readers to it. Bonus points for plenty of charging points and floor-to-ceiling views over the Burj Khalifa.

Hungry bookworms have a global menu to browse and when we visited there was a great lunchtime deal of soup, salad, soft drink, a cookie and a sandwich for AED 45.

6.30am-11.30pm daily. Happiness Street. 04 561 9000






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