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.
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
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 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
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
Follow the aroma of fresh coffee, date-and-pistachio loaf, breakfast tacos with fried eggs and pinto beans, and Egyptian baked eggs at this culinary gem created by the duo behind Tom & Serg.
Mall of the Emirates
(+971) 4 455 1663
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 organic labneh panini.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
(+971) 4 448 9502
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
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
The joy of eating breakfast on a lazy weekend morning — complete with a cozy private beach setting — isn’t lost on us. An early laid-back breakfast is a welcome and much-needed respite from our often-busy schedules. It’s fun, leisurely, and highly energizing! With that in mind, we made our way (bright and early) to Koko Bay, a Bali-inspired restaurant at Palm West Beach in Palm Jumeirah. Since its opening in September, the property has been a cult favorite of the hip, bohemian crowd due to its incredible unobstructed views of the ocean, its lush greenery, and the unmistakable appeal of its giant beanbags, cabanas, and parasols. With its recently launched weekend breakfast offerings (available from 8am to 11am), there’s even more reason for us to pay this restaurant a visit.
Taking advantage of the pleasant Dubai weather, we opted for a lovely terrace seating and ordered the classic eggs benedict with bacon and hollandaise sauce and just like that, we were hooked. What you’ll love most is that they have a dish on the menu that will work for everyone in your Breakfast Crew. The smashed avocado toast and Koko chia seed pudding for the healthy vegetarian, the French toast with berries for the sweet tooth, and pancakes with chocolate syrup for the kids. For the really hungry ones, there’s always the trusty Full English. Finish the meal off with any of their healthy smoothies (we recommend Jump Start) or for those looking for an early-morning kick — no judgment here — definitely try the house signature Espresso Our Way. Don’t forget to take a few Instagram snaps of the beautiful and delicious food, a boomerang in one of the cute hammocks, and you have yourself a weekend morning done right.
This is how we do breakfast. We visited the gorgeous location in City Walk and entered a floral garden reminiscent of a cafe in the South of France. Spacious wooden tables, a pastry display that made our heart skip a beat, and little nooks and crannies to get comfortable for the food to come. We ordered the avocado toast, which came seasoned and separate for us to spread as much – or as little – as we saw fit. The basil-infused olive oil was the perfection we craved in our avo, and the fact that we were in charge of our portions sealed the deal. Then came the holy grail of French Toast with a crunchy, carmel coat on the outside, and a soft, mushy center on the inside which sent us spiraling into breakfast Heaven. A beautiful ambience, a long, enjoyable meal over delicious food, and even a final slice of cheesecake to go started off our day on Cloud 9. Definitely a breakfast we want to repeat.
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
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
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. Not to mention the warm, melted camembert which will make you feel like you’re starting to have feelings for your food. 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 spacious and relaxed lounge area, and a new addiction you won’t be able to quit anytime soon. 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
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
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
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 9am to 12pm 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
Probably one of the most beautiful cafes in Dubai, with the dusty rose palette and rose upon rose upon rose upon rose, it’s always fun to head to Saya Caffe with friends or just for the selfie and Boba. The fact that the the all-day breakfast menu is out-of-this-world delicious doesn’t hurt either. We highly recommend the Saya Signature Benedict followed by literally anything on the dessert menu. You also can’t beat their signature coffees like the Spanish lattes infused with lavender or caramel, and a Bubble Tea that is joy in and of itself.
+971 50 541 8373
After a mood-lifting yoga or pilates class at Seva Experience, refuel the body at Seva Table. 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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