In 2021 we made it back into coffee shops – and in 2022, we are spending way more of our time there. Here are eight of our top picks in Dubai. And don’t forget to check out our list of favorites in Abu Dhabi, too.
Café Rider Custom
Café Rider’s motto is: “To truly be original in our art, we have to be free to create.” And having used the space over several years for creative writing, getting work done or whenever I wanted a cozy, unpretentious place to relax and read, Café Rider has always lived up to this statement.
There’s a bonus if you’re into motorsports: the cafe also has a motorcycle workshop, and there are quite a few sweet bikes lined up throughout the cafe.
Cafe Rider is far more industrial than numerous other spots on this list, and that’s because the space is in a warehouse at Al Quoz 3, which is great for those looking for somewhere spacious. The large, comfortable sofas are also a plus; just try not to fall asleep.
Cozy, chic, vegan, gluten-free and fashionable, Comptoir 102 is a healthy café and stylish concept store in Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road that ticks all the boxes. A quiet space with numerous power outlets, nutritious food, healthy and delicious smoothies as well as coffee — all this make Comptoir 102 a great place to work in.
Comptoir 102 is located opposite of Beach Centre and has paid public parking alongside the road.
Named after the co-founder’s hometown in Australia, Myocum is a homegrown cafe with Australian and vegan cuisine, located in Al Safa, Dubai, at the Dar Wasl Mall. According to the brand, “the essence of Myocum is fresh food, the feeling of community and a love of coffee”. This creates a vibrant atmosphere, as well as the small, lively events the owners hold throughout the winter months, including a cars and coffee meetup I attended in 2021.
And don’t worry about ever getting bored of the menu items. They have several vegan-friendly and gluten-free daily specials and change up the menu frequently, making the space even more dynamic. The açaí and samurai bowls are personal favorites.
Basement parking is available at the mall and there is public parking close by outside.
As the name implies, Paper is one of Dubai’s newest printing and branding studios. But it comes complete with a brew bar that also serves small bites, including an Acai bowl and buttered sourdough.
There are loads of power outlets throughout the cafe, comfy seating, while productive sounds emanating from the printing studio are infectious — and motivating.
The cafe, located at the Al Safa Park Complex behind Life Pharmacy, is open from 8am until 10.30pm on weekdays and 8am until 12am on weekends. Parking is abundant and free.
This is one of Dubai’s first and most popular specialty coffee shops. Tucked in a cozy Jumeirah neighborhood street corner and paired with a soft industrial-chic interior, vibrant atmosphere and great coffee, Stomping Grounds is an ideal choice to work from or simply to spend some time reading.
The coffee bar opens at 7.30am, with breakfast served from 8am. A variety of lunch and dinner choices are also available. Parking in the neighborhood is also free.
Aside from serving specialty coffee alongside a range of snacks and light breakfast food, Techarc is renowned for being one of Dubai’s busiest coworking spaces. And similar to Café Rider, it’s in a spacious warehouse with two levels. But the coolest thing about it are the long sheets of paper that roll out from the side of the tables, ideal for jotting down notes, sketching ideas or brainstorming with your work team.
Located in Alserkal Avenue, Techarc is also a dedicated event and workshop space. They are open daily from 9am until 11pm. Paid public parking is available outside of Alserkal’s industrial compound.
To The Moon and Back
With a name that lives up to its surreal feel and atmosphere, To The Moon and Back is a cozy coffee shop located in the La Plage Residence building in Al Athar Street in Jumeirah. What it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for through the vibrant, yet calm, atmosphere, and a variety of great food from breakfast to dinner. This cafe is most noteworthy for having one of the best Acai bowls in town, alongside a really good turkey and pastrami from The Mattar Farm.
Third Wave Café
The name refers to the third generation of coffee culture, which demands high-quality, single-origin beans that are roasted more lightly to emphasize their distinctive flavors. Third Wave Cafe is another Dubai hidden gem, as well as a little oasis on the ground floor of the award-winning Seventh Heaven complex at Al Barari.
And while the space stands out through its Japanese Kissaten (tea house) design philosophy — making it a great place to relax — its specialty items make it unique. They include Seventh Heaven, an oat-milk based coffee drink and Albarari Long, alongside designer teas and plenty of vegan food items.
Issa handles multimedia at livehealthy.ae and got involved in fitness and healthy living after graduating high school. The sedentary lifestyle and junk food diet of his teen years had taken a toll on his wellbeing. Now, he makes sure to put his health first. Issa earned his bachelor’s in marketing and has since found his passion in media and arts.