I’ve been in Dubai for a couple days now and the first thing I did, while walking below the towering, futuristic skyscrapers, was find a cool coffee shop. I had one thing on my mind: iced coffee. Though I cannot deny my love for a scalding hot Turkish coffee, my body was aching for the specialty coffee that I usually pampered myself with. So I sped down the floors of the DAMAC Park Towers, where my Airbnb is, in a shiny elevator, took an uber through downtown Dubai and over the Dubai Creek, to my first destination: The Espresso Lab. As my favorite of all the cafes, this is where my list begins.
The Espresso Lab in the Dubai Design District
This place is a proper contemporary coffee shop if I ever saw one. It’s a refreshing step away from the smoke-filled Ahwaz in Egypt, where iced coffee and latte art is further from the menu than Mars. The atmosphere in the Lab is warm and friendly, with trendy locals getting their fix at all times of the day.
Alhamdulillah (thank God in Arabic) I found cold brew iced coffee here!! For 25 AED, about $7, my body rejoiced with the smooth and refreshing drink that has become so distant from my life. Though the cold brew is a must, I do also recommend a warm, rich cup of coffee brewed from a Chemex, a manual coffee brewing device.
Address: Unit 8, Building 7, Dubai Design District – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The Sum of Us in Trade Center
This place is a trendy-European style breakfast joint with specialty coffee to die for. They have all the best: cold brew and iced coffee, AeroPress, Chemex, and filter coffee. As for food, they have an insanely delicious selection of pastries, ranging from cronuts to eclairs.
I was most pleased to discover that they have ricotta avocado toast. It tasted as good as in San Diego, which is where I firmly believe it is made best. I’m definitely going back on Saturday to try their veal eggs Benedict, açaí bowl, or creamed mushroom quesadilla.
Address: Ground Floor, Burj Al Salam, 6th Street, Trade Center – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Wifi: no password
Arabian Tea House in Al Fahidi
The Arabian Tea House is a charming, mini village with the sound of music and knives scraping on a plate, dulled in the background.
I had an incredible hummus, that was topped with pomegranate seeds above all things, and a basket of Arabic toast.
For my drink, I had the Arabic coffee. It’s a traditional drink made from Arabian coffee beans and cardamom; softer than a Turkish coffee. It comes with a side of dates and tahini (you dip the dates in the tahini and it pairs with the coffee.) Aside from the amazing, traditional food and drinks, the ambiance is what ties it all together. No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Arabian Coffee and Tea House.
This is where you need to go if you’re looking for traditional Arabic coffee and hospitality.
Address: Al Fahidi Street, Bur Dubai, Bastakiya، Opposite Musalla Post Office – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Wifi: no wifi 😦
So there you have it! Those are my favorite places in Dubai to have great coffee. If you visit any of these places make sure to tag me on Instagram (@elenalovegood.) More Dubai articles to come 🙂
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