Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Dubai’s active café culture means the options for your morning meal are practically endless. Savoir Flair has whittled down the list to the best of the best, with a diverse array of options that include casual bistros, secret garden cafés, egg-centric eateries, and more. Keep reading to discover our top picks of the best breakfast spots in the city.
Tucked away in the rather corporate Dubai World Trade Centre area is this wonderfully girly hidden gem that serves everything worth waking up for – think: brioche French toast served with mixed berries and chantilly cream, avocado toast topped with roasted almonds and tomato-watermelon salsa, and ‘Parlour’s Benedict’ ingeniously encased in an éclair. The eatery is inspired by the French tradition of palur, or “gathering together in a place for speaking”.
The result? A chic and contemporary café and bistro that serves delicious food complemented by specialty coffee, a relaxed lounge area, a large communal table, and even a library. While patrons trust Parlour Boutique to serve some of the most Instagrammable food in the city, we have to emphasize the fact that every dish we sampled tastes even better than it looks. Our favorite thing about it? Breakfast is served all day.
One Central Building, DWTC
(+971) 4 386 5333
The name Izu Ani needs no introduction for foodies across Dubai and, this time around, the talented chef is destroying diets at IZU, a cozy little bakery and brasserie. Just think of this new concept as the definitive venue at which to transition from a late, lazy breakfast to a full-on brunch.
Calorific favorites such as pain au chocolat, blueberry muffins, almond croissants, and apple Danish pastries are all on offer at the artisanal bakery, as are healthier options like scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. Debating between sweet and savory? You can’t go wrong with the breakfast board, which features both a filling parfait and feta cheese-topped avocado toast with a slightly spicy kick – incidentally the best in Dubai.
City Walk, Al Safa
(+971) 4 403 3031
Popular London-born French restaurant and boulangerie Aubaine is best known for its handcrafted selection of fresh breads and pastries, and offers a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere for breakfast and brunch. Savoir Flair recommends starting off your morning with the ‘Formule Santé’, which features an egg-white omelette, slow-roasted tomato, kale, and a brown toast with a side of freshly squeezed orange juice.
City Walk II, Al Wasl Road
(+971) 4 510 8391
Baker & Spice
The menu at Baker & Spice is ruled by harvest cycles, meaning you can expect locally sourced ingredients and fresh dishes that are in season. Not only does this eatery take great pain in the sourcing and preparation of your food, but it also boasts a truly astonishing assortment of baked goods made from the finest ingredients.
Multiple locations across Dubai
The opening of Cocoa Room had foodies across the city excited, and its refined atmosphere and delicious menu proved to be worth the hype. Red-velvet pancakes and eggs Benedict are a guest favorite, and each meal is dished up on stylish dinnerware that makes every plate Insta-worthy.
The Galleria Mall, Al Safa
(+971) 600 544 005
Dubai’s health-conscious dwellers flock to Comptoir 102 for its nutritious meals and delicious smoothies, as well as for its relaxing atmosphere, impeccable customer service, and selection of home-décor items and accessories for sale. Guest favorites include the avocado crostini, green chia smoothie, and labneh organic panini.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
(+971) 4 448 9502
Follow the aroma of fresh coffee, date-and-pistachio loaf, breakfast tacos with fried eggs and pinto beans, and Egyptian baked eggs to this culinary gem created by the duo behind Tom & Serg.
Mall of the Emirates
(+971) 4 455 1663
From truffled scrambled eggs and gluten-free porridge with chia seeds to tropical mango smoothies, breakfast in Dubai Design District’s Craft Café guarantees plenty of healthy options in a laid-back environment. What’s more, breakfast fans will be happy to know that the homegrown eatery serves its breakfast menu all day.
Design District Road
(+971) 4 514 9032
Behind Dubai’s gleaming skyscrapers lies beautiful Old Dubai, which is filled with authentic souks and historical architecture. Creekside preserves the beauty of this part of town and celebrates the artistic side of life. Located on the harbor, it offers a small but perfect Emirati-inspired menu that visitors can enjoy in a relaxing environment while overlooking the passing abras.
(+971) 4 359 9220
Whether it’s french toast with peanut butter and jelly or poached eggs with basil hummus and balsamic-buttered mushrooms you’re craving, this adorable eatery in Dubai’s JLT neighborhood does it all.
Cluster T, JLT
(+971) 4 554 5813
Breakfast at Hamptons Café is a homey and hearty experience, thanks to the eatery’s cozy interiors and menu. Dishes not to be missed include Montauk eggs with Scottish smoked salmon topped with Hollandaise sauce and the South Hamptons fresh breakfast with granola, yogurt, fresh orange juice, and croissant served with jam.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 1
(+971) 4 550 9156
Eggs Benedict, Nutella-infused French toast, and chocolate waffles are just a few of the highlights on Home Bakery’s breakfast menu. Alternatively, you can opt to make your own omelette with the variety of cheeses and healthy vegetables that are on offer at this cozy bakery.
The Galleria Mall, Al Wasl
(+971) 4 344 4462
Leopold’s of London
Serving simple breakfast fare and stellar coffee has made Leopold’s of London one of Dubai’s favorite breakfast spots. Nestled in JBR, it offers quiches, light omelettes, buttermilk pancakes, and a selection of pastries and toasts.
The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
(+971) 4 430 6841
Outfitted with bursts of color and fresh print designs, Marimekko Café is an extension of the Finnish boutique of the same name. Patrons can expect seasonal Scandinavian ingredients and dishes that include poached eggs and avocado, mango and chia-seed pudding, and Greek-yogurt parfait with granola.
Boxpark, Al Wasl Road
(+971) 4 343 8515
One Café at Life'n One
After a mood-lifting yoga or pilates class at Life’n One, refuel the body at One Café. With a variety of vegetarian, raw, and gluten-free meals on offer, breakfast here is holistic and plentiful. Try the vegetable pancakes or the Mediterranean-style scrambled eggs, then add a fresh smoothie for an extra rejuvenating boost.
(+971) 4 343 6676
At Raju Omlet’s two Dubai-based outposts (Deira and Al Quoz), you’ll not only find traditional breakfast favorites, such as a cheese-and-mushroom omelette, but also unique Indian-influenced dishes, such as scrambled eggs mixed with crushed onions, green chillies, garlic, ginger, chopped tomatoes, and the restaurant’s special spice mix. Plus the Bollywood-inspired décor will add a little something special to your first meal of the day.
(+971) 4 388 3355
Tom & Serg
Out of all of the eateries that comprise Dubai’s world-class café scene, Tom & Serg is one of the best. This stylish haunt offers super-healthy breakfast options with a traditional twist, and doesn’t joke around when it comes to coffee. Since Tom & Serg is a popular breakfast dining spot, regulars know to head to the second floor for a more relaxed atmosphere.
Al Joud Center, Al Quoz
(+971) 4 449 8579
What we really love about Tasha’s is how diverse the menu is, featuring everything from polenta porridge and toast with hummus to pain perdu and Mexican bowls with eggs, cumin, red beans, and coriander. No matter what your breakfast craving might be, it delivers.
The Açaí Spot
Derived from the Amazon, açaí berries are not only antioxidant rich, but also delicious. Head to Dubai’s The Açaí Spot to begin your day with its ‘The Loved One’ bowl, a mix of açaí with Greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and granola. Or make your own bowl, with healthy toppings such as kiwi, nuts, pomegranate, and Cerelac.
(+971) 50 644 9514
The Sum of Us
Where can you score breakfast ramen, caramel French toast, and a frosty specialty drink all in one place? At The Sum of Us. The loaded menu at this chic eatery has made it a popular favorite among the breakfast crowd in Dubai, and it is an ideal spot to relax before the rigors of the day begin.
Burj Al Salam, Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 4 275 3052
Tucked away inside the Dubai Garden Center, this quaint little eatery is one of Dubai’s hidden gems and offers a small but delicious menu of freshly prepared quiches, baked goods, sandwiches, and healthy salads. Relax in this cozy spot with a good book and a Raw coffee or T2 tea and enjoy your breakfast with a side of free WiFi.
Dubai Garden Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 4 449 8578
The Surf Café
This gem on Jumeirah Beach Road is filled with a fit, post-workout crowd seeking a healthy breakfast. On the menu are offerings such as fresh juices, gluten-free pancakes with mixed berries and organic maple syrup, and poached eggs on avocado. It’s connected to The Surf House, so expect a just-walked-off-the-beach ambiance.
Jumeirah Beach Road
(+971) 4 346 6292
The Cycle Bistro
If you’re looking for a health-conscious breakfast, head to The Cycle Bistro in Motor City where you can stock up on paleo pancakes, creamy quinoa-and-chia porridge, organic eggs, and sides like kale and sweet-potato hash.
The Cycle Hub, Dubai Autodrome
(+971) 4 425 6555
The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen
The Lime Tree has recently upped its breakfast game thanks to its new gluten-free bakery, which includes scrumptious fresh breads, muffins, and pastries. These delicious offerings plus dishes made with organic free-range eggs make this homegrown eatery one of Savoir Flair’s breakfast favorites.
Multiple locations across Dubai
Wild & The Moon
If you’re looking for the best cold-pressed juice in town, head to Wild & The Moon in Al Quoz for creative juices created with ingredients such as activated charcoal, turmeric, cardamom, and even black pepper. There’s also a healthy menu that includes plenty of gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free options including matcha bowls, sprouted buckwheat granola, and soba-noodle dishes.
(+971) 055 183 5405
Yamanote Atelier is a first-of-its-kind bakery in the UAE that serves a variety of European delicacies with a Japanese touch, from pastries filled with custard and Kiri cheese to matcha croissants with a red-bean filling. Yamanote’s sweet-dough doughnuts (the orange cream bun with custard cream and orange peel is particularly exotic) and cinnamon rolls are just what you need to accompany your morning brew.
Wasl Square, Al Wasl Road
(+971) 4 388 1811
We imagine many of your midnight cravings have been satisfied by Salt in the past — there’s a reason it got our vote for the best casual burger spot in town. But what few realize is that this gem also serves breakfast from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. daily. The breakfast menu is similar to the rest of it in the sense that the options are limited, but absolute crowd favorites. We recommend the decadent ‘Scrambled Slider’, which features scrambled eggs garnished with parsley alongside cheese sauce, honey-mustard dressing, and turkey bacon in a whole-wheat butter bun. You’re also less likely to queue in the mornings — win-win.
Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim
This two-story bistro and boulangerie combines Parisian sophistication with Dubai’s modernity for a one-of-a-kind dining experience. It also happens to be the ideal spot for those who love all thing eggs, with options such as fried eggs with foie gras, omelets customized to your liking, and eggs Benedict with asparagus and cured Wagyu on offer. And if melt-in-your-mouth scrambled eggs are what you’re after, choose from a side of truffle or smoked salmon – you can’t go wrong either way. Not indulgent enough yet? You can wrap things up with La Serre’s signature French toast and some of the flakiest croissants you’ve ever had.
Vida Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 428 6969
Tub of Butter
While the highly Instagrammable cappuccinos are reason enough to head here for breakfast, Tub of Butter delivers a lot more to those who need the promise of a great meal to get out of bed. Part restaurant, part gourmet food store, this whimsically decorated space starts the day by serving a whole host of morning favorites – French toast (served with salted caramel and raspberries), granola (topped with pears, vanilla crème fraiche, and pistachios), and eggs Florentine (accompanied by smoked salmon, baby spinach, bread, and hollandaise sauce). You can’t go wrong with the hearty ‘Breakfast Burger’ – filled to the brim with smoked veal bacon, fried egg, avocado, and tomato relish – either.
744 Sheikh Zayed Road
(+971) 4 343 888
Clinton Street Bakery
This one’s still a firm favorite if pancakes are all you can think about, but Clinton Street Bakery boasts so much more as far as breakfast is concerned. The all-day menu features items you’re unlikely to find at most option places – think: buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and huevos rancheros. Our pick for a dish indulgent enough for a weekend cheat meal? The Southern-style breakfast pairs two eggs (cooked to your liking) with sugar-cured beef bacon, cheese grits, and fried green tomatoes.
Burj Views, Downtown Dubai
(+971) 4 428 1331
This relaxed café in Media City has been on the Savoir Flair radar for a while now, and for good reason. Developed around a philosophy of sustainable eating, Urban Bistro strives to use organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. There are plenty of menu options if you’re on the lookout for a healthy breakfast – quinoa porridge, chia seed and banana pudding, avocado on toast, and almond-milk fruit smoothies to name a few. Between its chalkboard-style ceiling, shelves lined with books and knick-knacks, and brightly colored patio, you’ll want to linger – and if you do, be sure to order the beetroot brownie. You’ll thank us.
CNN Building, Dubai Media City
(+971) 4 362 4330
The pun in the name says it all, but we’ll tell you more anyway. Drawing on the fact that breakfast and egg-based dishes are practically synonymous, this Canadian import pays tribute to the humble egg through cheeky-sounding dishes such as ‘Benedict with Benefits’, ‘Eggsuberant’, and ‘Yolk Around the Clock’ – all of which are made using eggs that are enriched with omega-3.
Hate eggs? There’s also a surprisingly extensive range of crowd-pleasers like waffles, pancakes, and French toast. If you love having breakfast at all hours of the day, this one’s for you.
The Beach, JBR
(+971) 4 430 7252