Dubai will leave you spoilt for choices when it comes to restaurants and cafes. Talking especially about cafes, the city has on offer a wide range of locally-owned ones that are perfect to satisfy the coffee lover in you.
Let's have a look at the best specialty coffee shops in Dubai that you will love irrespective of whether you are a coffee lover or not.
1. Alchemy Dubai
Located in a beautiful converted villa in Jumeirah, Alchemy Dubai features sleek interiors and minimalism. The home-grown cafe sources their coffee from ethical single farm coffees and which are then roasted to perfection. Watch out for the coffee menu that is displayed on the wall in an interesting way. The cafe also complements you with the choice where you can either enjoy your coffee by the villa's beautiful pool or inside the beautiful cafe.
Where: Jumeirah 2, Dubai
2. Boston Lane
One of the most instagrammable cafes in Dubai, Boston Lane is owned by Australian expats and is inspired by Melbourne's laneway coffee culture. Located in a secluded place, the cafe is indeed one of Dubai's hidden gems. Boston Lane has on feature an all-day breakfast menu and the items that are highly recommended include an Organic Vegan Latte and Avacado Toast. The cafe also hosts concept stores and flower shop.
Where: Al Quoz, Dubai
3. Mokha 1450
Serving their guests an exceptional quality of coffee, Mokha 1450 is a part coffee shop and part boutique. The menu on offer features a wide range of brewing techniques single-origin beans and clever blends, that are described in details. The hidden gem in Jumeirah is also an instagrammable one and mainly focusses on maintaining a sustainable trade between themselves and the farmers, the majority of whom are women.
Where: Al Wasl & Palm Jumeirah, Dubai
4. The Sum of Us
The Sum of Us is a gourmet cafe that is known to prepare their items from scratch, which includes making their own bread, roasting their own coffee and preparing their own fish fillets. They make use of wholesome ingredients so as to make flavourful dishes that are simple but not basic. The interiors of the restaurant are artistic and feature a lot of creativity and innovation. The cafe's diverse menu consists of dynamic and interesting dishes, prepared by their very talented chefs.
Where: Trade Centre Area, Dubai
5. Spill The Bean
Spill the Bean is a family-owned cafe and is renowned for offering organic, healthy and wholesome sugar, wheat and dairy-free dishes. Previously located in Sunset Mall in Jumeirah, the cafe is currently a part of The Sustainable City. If you happen to visit this cafe, we highly recommend you to try their Espresso Milkshake, Skinny Cappuccino, Wholewheat French Toast, Mama’s Egg Sandwich and Icy Cold Date and Banana Smoothies.
Where: The Sustainable City, Dubai
6. Tom & Serg
Founded by Tom Arnel, a chef and foodie from Melbourne and Sergio Lopez, a savvy F&B operations director from Madrid, Tom & Serg serves specialty coffee, besides nutritious gourmet food. The dishes are prepared using wholesome fresh ingredients and also have on feature a wide range of vegetarian and vegan items. Resembling a warehouse, featuring exposed vents and cement floors, the cafe gives out the vibe of an urban cafe. The items from their menu that re highly recommended are Banana and Hazelnut Bread with poached pears; spiced maple and fresh mascarpone; banh mi baguettes with beef brisket, kimchi, lime mayonnaise, jicama and fresh herbs; pumpkin risotto with grilled tiger prawns.
Where: Al Quoz, Dubai
7. 20 Grams
Founded in 2017, 20 Grams is an Emirati-owned cafe located in Ras Al Khor. They make use of a mixture of suppliers like Cypher and Clifton and serves various types of coffee that range from black to white, pour overs, iced drinks and also various types of teas. They also have on offer a selection of baked goods and sweet treats by Nadia Parekh.
Where: Ras Al Khor, Dubai
Typica is known for incorporating rare coffee bean varieties, innovative process and methods, besides ethical sources from around the world. Their coffee is grown by farmers who have a real passion for coffee. Typica currently has a branch in Umm Suqueim and will soon expand and open two more branches in Dubai Media City and Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), respectively.
Where: Umm Suqueim 2, Dubai
9. Möto Rauch & Staub
A coffee shop, a bike shop and a warehouse, combined in one, Möto Rauch & Staub is a two-floor cafe, that features a small stage for live rock bands and a fully functioning bike workshop at the back. The bike workshop is housed in a repurposed shipping container. The cafe is founded by a motor-cycle enthusiast German expat Marco Möller in Al Quoz. The interiors of Möto Rauch & Staub are not glossy and has bare brickwork and lots of natural wood finishes.
Where: Al Quoz, Dubai
10. Kaffe Bloom
Kaffe Bloom is a homegrown coffee shop that is tucked inside the Asian Grocery Store of 1004 Gourmet in The Greens. The cafe sources their coffee from the renowned Barn Roastery in Germany. Focussing on drip coffee, the other signature beverages on offer include Cortado, iced Vietnamese Coffee, iced Matcha Latte, besides a selection of teas and soft drinks. Kaffe Bloom also offers a small number of desserts that are lip-smacking. Featuring a peaceful ambience, the cafe is also an ideal venue for work or study.
Where: The Greens, Dubai