Start Your Day Right: A Selection of Dubai's Best Breakfast Spots

Written by Bethan Hurst-Haynes

Dubai’s food scene is well-known for diverse choices from pocket-friendly street eats right up to super luxury gourmet and fine dining. For those who like to start the day right, the good news is that it absolutely does justice to ‘the most important meal of the day’, AKA breakfast. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the city’s best breakfast spots - a hotly contended list that really is just a snapshot of what’s on offer! Honorable mentions must go to institutions such as The Farm (Al Barari), Eggspectation, and Fibber McGee’s - you can read more about them in some of our other blogs (see below).

Best Places for Breakfast in Dubai 2021

1. Circle Cafe 2. Bistro Des Arts 3. Lowe's Dubai
4. Leen’s Casual to Gourmet 5. Common Grounds 6. Revo - Anantara The Palm

1. Circle Cafe


Circle Cafe

Founded in 2003 by mums Mira and Rana, Circle Cafe was founded on a mutual love of proper New York bagels and is designed to feel like you’re “hanging out in a friend's living room”. Their menu has expanded over the years and so have their locations - 11 in Dubai, 3 in Abu Dhabi and 1 in Saudi - but the core philosophy remains the same. The menu is diverse, with ‘supper club’ family meals and a great range of vegan items but the main draw for a lot of customers is their all-day weekend breakfast - from 08:00 - 16:00 you can enjoy a selection of eggs, pancakes and bagels for just AED 65. A cup of tea or coffee is also included, and you can order extra beverages such as juices and smoothies if you want. Our favourite branch is in Business Bay, right on our doorstep!

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2. Bistro Des Arts

Bistro Des Arts

Nestled in the Marina, Bistro Des Arts (BDA) is billed as a “slice of Paris” and was developed by hospitality brand Gates who operate a hand-picked selection of food and beverage outlets across Dubai including Reform Social Grill and Folly by Nick & Scott. BDA has some eye-watering offers including unlimited steak-frites for AED 169 (every Sunday) and a daily happy hour. Of course, breakfast is what we’re interested in and their weekend brunch delivers a lot for a relatively small price of AED 119. Customers get unlimited visits to their buffet of juices, breads, salads, pastries and cold cuts as well as 1 main dish (such as eggs benedict or pancakes), plus 1 freshly-made crepe (flavours include Nutella or classic lemon & sugar) and a cup of tea or coffee. If this isn’t enough, then you can add 3 cocktails for AED 75! Enjoy your leisurely breakfast with gorgeous views over the marina and perhaps take a stroll along the promenade afterwards.

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3. Lowe's Dubai

Lowe's Dubai

Part of the Nasab creative community, Lowe’s is a “contemporary and experimental dining experience, showcasing seasonal produce”, the result of which is food that is “rustic but approachable”. The sleek menu offers crumpets, waffles and avocado on toast (amongst other things) and feels decadent but not heavy - the aesthetic of Lowe’s brings to mind a serene post-yoga fuel-up with wait staff who are knowledgeable but not overbearing. Breakfast is offered on weekends only and the restaurant is entirely cashless. You can find them in KOA Canvas.

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4. Leen’s Casual to Gourmet

Leen’s Casual to Gourmet

The brainchild of restaurateur Claudio Leenders, the concept of Leen’s is “exceptional food enjoyed without formalities” and is one he has been pioneering since 2014. There are several locations of Leen’s across Dubai, but our favourite is the original on Jumeirah Beach Road (you may know it from its previous iteration as The Surf House). The menu is stuffed with mouth-watering options and caters well to vegans, as well as those on gluten, dairy or yeast-free diets. Breakfast is served until 12 daily and includes omelettes, fried breakfast plates and steak & eggs made with Wagyu beef (we’ve tried it extensively and confirm it’s fantastic). Their fresh orange juice and latte’s are also well worth a try.

5. Common Grounds

Common Grounds

When it comes to casual dining in a relaxed, laidback atmosphere, few places to it better than Common Grounds. The brainchild of Bull & Roo Hospitality, the cafe is focused on healthy, delicious cuisine made using the freshest ingredients. Various tastes and dietary preferences are catered for with gluten-free, vegan and keto options. If you want to get a bit indulgent, there's always the classic French Toast or Scrambled Eggs on Toast. There is also an excellent selection of coffees to choose from - aside from the usual cappuccinos and lattes, there is an entire selection of specialty brews and unique roasts from around the world. Common Grounds has several locations in Dubai, including Mall of the Emirates, DIFC and JBR, giving you a few different choices to enjoy the most important meal of the day.

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6. Revo - Anantara The Palm

Revo - Anantara The Palm

Tucked away in Anantara The Palm, Revo is open from 08:00 and offers all-day dining with patrons encouraged to stop by throughout the day to refresh themselves with a coffee or juice. Breakfast is served until 11:30 and includes the prerequisite pastries and eggs benedict as well as acai bowls, croissant sandwiches and house specialties like shakshuka and Spanish eggs. The beverage menu is just as long as the food menu and includes an excellent range of detox juices. Of course, no reservation is necessary, just walk in, sit down and enjoy.

Whether you’re a full-fry-up, or coffee-and-croissant kind of person there is sure to be something on this list to tempt you. Just like Dubai has an excellent range of restaurants, it also has a great selection of properties (the best in the world if you ask us) so if you’re looking for a new place to call home please contact our Private Client Advisors today for the very best apartments, penthouses, townhouses, and villas.

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