Café Society: Chic Coffee Shops & Cafés in the UAE

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From artisan pastries to all-day breakfasts and lavender lattes, here’s our edit of luxury cafés and coffee shops in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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Society Café & Lounge, Jumeira 1

Founded in 2017,  Society Café & Lounge has grown into an established Dubai cafe — recognised for its locally sourced, organic produce and stylish decor. The setting’s new seasonal menu features a contemporary, yet refined take on European cuisine with Mango Tapioca Pudding, Beetroot Hummus and Banana Bread on the all-day breakfast menu, and dishes like Shrimp Tacos, Charred Broccolini, and a Cocoa Rubbed Picanhia Steak for mains. +971 4 222 2811

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Forever Rose Cafe, The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah, Abu Dhabi

Luxury florist, Forever Rose, has launched its first café concept at The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah in Abu Dhabi. Recreating its boutique into a chic café setting, the the dreamy decor is designed like an illustration from a storybook — with intricately drawn details and thoughtful motifs in every corner of the space. Romantic, fantastical and beautifully orchestrated, the new coffee spot has a menu to reflect its aesthetic; from orchid lattes to lavender lemonades and rose milk cakes, it’s straight from a fairytale.

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Cassette, The Courtyard, Al Quoz Industrial 1

Located in The Courtyard, a creative hub hidden in Dubai’s industrial area of Al Quoz, Cassette is alternative coffee shop in Dubai with an artistic space featuring retro tiling, shelves of records, and pops of colourful artwork. The bistro style café has a quirky, urban vibe that you’d often find in London or Paris, with a passion for great food, music, art and culture. The perfect spot to stop for a coffee pre gallery visit, or after craft shopping in one of The Courtyard’s artisan boutiques, the dining destination also offers a bi-weekly specials menu which features classic French fare with an international twist, made from local, seasonal produce.

Toplum, Mirdif City Centre

Joining Dubai’s sophisticated cafe scene, Toplum is a recently opened Mediterranean-inspired concept founded by Sheikha AlMheiri and located in Mirdif City Centre. The sleek, minimalist space — which showcases beige interiors highlighted by ubtle sunset shades, curved arches and soft, Instagram-ready lighting — is divided into three convenient zones: the grab and go section, a refined, yet relaxed restaurant and a lounge zone perfect for coffee and an artisan croissant. For breakfast, opt for the Spinach Flatbread and for mains, try the hard-to-resist Truffle Burger.

Lou’Loua by Nadia, Jumeirah Beach Road

Inspired by the beauty of Arabian pearls, Lou’Loua by Nadia on Jumeirah Beach Road, features a palette of dusty pinks offset by white marble and hints of pale yellow with baroque style chairs, sheer curtains and glass chandeliers. On the menu, traditional Algerian recipes have been reworked to create fresh, creative concepts. The all-day breakfast selection offers delectable dishes such as the Algerian Merguez, Menemen, French Toast or the signature Nadia’s Rose Crepe — which pairs perfectly with a sweet Arabic coffee blend. +971 433 313310

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  • Words by Jenna Calvert