Sand and see is the expected view around here, but it is possible to surround yourself with trees and flowers too. Time to time, I feel overwhelmed by the sand, heat and the concrete jungle. I look for a change of scene. Here are some cafes I like to hang out when I’m desperate to see some green and can’t get out of the city.
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Inn The Park
This one is one of my favorite cafes in Dubai. Inn the park gets its name from its location. It is a cute, little, solar run cafe in Khazzaan Park, across the City Walk. It used to have a curated library; now I’ve been told it is turning into a flower shop. What to do? Bring a book sit under a huge tree and read while enjoying a cup of coffee.
Address : Al Khazzan Solar Park, Safa Street, Jumeirah 2, Dubai
It is a glass room hidden in Dubai Garden Centre looking at their backyard full of flowers and trees. It is one of my favorite spots for lunch and breakfast. I love their healthy delicious dishes and guilt-free desserts. If you are enjoying a hot beverage there don’t forget to ask for a punch card. With the purchase of 8 cups coffee or any other hot drink 9th one is on them. I’m a sucker for loyalty cards and promotions 🙂
Address: Al Quoz, Dubai Garden Centre, Exit 42, Sheikh Zayed Road, Next to Commercial Bank of Dubai www.roseleafcafe.com
Lime Tree Cafe
They have many outlets but I am talking about the one in JBR. Their porch has the view of the perfect combination of grass, trees, and sea. They have only a few tables on the porch. So if you can’t find a seat check upstairs there are more tables there.
Address: The Walk, JBR – Dubai thelimetreecafe.com
Panini and The Collective by Market Cafes
I found this cafe in an unexpected place. Grand Hyatt has a mini tropical garden and a pond hidden inside. Who could have guessed? Panini Cafe and The Collective by Market Café are two cafes looking directly at this secret garden. The vast space and super high ceiling give these cafes an outdoorsy feeling.
Address: Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha Road, Oud Metha, Umm Hurair 2 – Dubai dubaigrandhyatt.com/Panini
It is a vegan cafe/wellness center. The cafe is in the backyard feel free to walk directly there without entering the villa. Find yourself a comfortable spot (sofa or swing?) and relax. Let the greenery and the very instagrammable decor uplift your mood. I must say that their prices are a little bit higher than an average cafe in Dubai. But it is not an average cafe, is it?
Address: Street 27B, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah Beach Road (behind Magrudy’s Bookstore & Jumeirah Centre) Dubai www.lifenone.com
The second you take the Al Barari exit of off 311 and you begin to feel the change. Huge trees next to the road set the tone very well. On arrival, you are greeted by a mini river with mini waterfalls by the seating deck. As you might guess this beauty comes with a price reflected on the menu. Be sure to make a reservation before you go. Especially if you are planning to go on a weekend or alone. I went there alone and without a reservation on a holiday, and it didn’t turn out well. They didn’t like that I was alone and had no reservation. They changed my table three times before I could order. What a lovely way to make someone unwelcomed! I don’t think I’ll go back there anytime soon but it doesn’t change the fact that it is a good breakfast spot.
Address: Al Barari – Dubai thefarmdubai.ae
It is a tiny coffee shop inside the furniture store Home and Soul, the exclusive vendor for Blanc D’ivoire in Dubai. Their menu is written on the wall and limited to coffee only. However, there are cake slices on the counter if you want something sweet with your coffee. The super cute cafe is worth a visit.
Adress: Blanc D’ivoire, Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim – Dubai