While there are plenty of activities to do and tours to schedule during your stay in Abu Dhabi, you can’t miss out on the city’s iconic cafes. Whether you want to start your day off right or take an afternoon or evening caffeine break in a luxurious or casual café, you’ll find the right café for you in this list of the best cafés in Abu Dhabi. These places where you can enjoy breakfast, brunch, dessert and coffee are worth checking out during your stay.
1. Rain Café
In a Scandinavian decoration with wooden furniture, lights and plants, the Rain Café is a nice place to take a break in your day. On the menu, we find the essentials of a delicious breakfast, healthy brunch with avocado toast, pudding, porridges, acai bowl and many other dishes to discover on site. A wide range of vegetarian and vegan options are offered on the menu.
In addition to offering homemade food, desserts and drinks made with healthy and rich products, Rain Café is also known for its caffeinated drinks. It is a good place to drink quality coffee. You can choose your coffee with the techniques offered by Rain Café: chemex, V60, aeropress, French press or syphon. The coffee used is high quality bean coffee, which is perfect for hot drinks like americano, latte, cappucino, as well as for cold drinks like ice latte, ice americano and other drinks.
Address: Mohammed Bin Khalifa St – Al Nahyan – Zone 1 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 11:30pm and on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) open from 8am to midnight
Telephone: +971 58 161 4461
All the necessary information: https://www.instagram.com/rainabudhabi/
2. Brunch & Cake
If you’re looking for a brunch spot in Abu Dhabi, you can’t miss Brunch & Cake. Located at Abu Dhabi Marina, the cafe is set up with an indoor space and an outdoor space with a beautiful terrace. Sofas, comfortable armchairs, large wooden tables and plants that bring freshness and light inside, make this place pleasant and very cosy to have brunch, lunch or a little sweet break. On the menu, avocado toast, French toast, eggs benedict, savory waffles, toast, etc. Desserts include classic pastries such as fondant, pies, cakes, pastries and other healthier desserts. To accompany your dishes, what could be better than fresh homemade drinks? You have a wide choice of fruit cocktails, mango, orange and other fruit juices, smoothies, milkshakes and many other cold drinks. It is also an address where you can have lunch or dinner. There is a wide selection of dishes suitable for adults, children and also for those looking for vegetarian and vegan options. Remember to make a reservation if you want to go on a weekend.
Address: Marsa Al Bateen Marina, shop G-9 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates Hours: open Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 23:30, Fridays and Saturdays from 09:00 to 00:00 and Sundays open from 0:00 to 23:00
Telephone: +971 2 575 4880
All the necessary information: https://www.brunchandcake.com
3. Art House Cafe
If you’re looking for a place that stands out from the rest of the city’s cafes, Art House Café is one of Abu Dhabi’s must-visit places. With a casual, artistic and colorful atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home in this café. In addition to being a place to eat, drink coffee, it is also a place to visit. The cafe has its own art galleries, karaoke rooms, workshops and a boutique area. You can buy tableware, art and other products to discover on site. One of the cool concepts of the Art House café is that you can buy a plate and paint it on the spot. An artistic activity that you can’t miss.
As for the menu, they offer a wide choice of Asian, Lebanese, Italian, street-food and other local specialties. On the sweet side, homemade desserts are offered every day.
As you can see, Art House Café, is a place you must visit for its artistic spaces and to take a break in its beautiful spaces. It is an experience not to be missed if you are visiting Abu Dhabi.
Address: Al Huwelat street, Bateen Area, Opp Al Bateen – Villa No 15 – 4 Al Falah St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Sunday from 09h to 23h30
Telephone: +971 2 666 0175
All the necessary information: https://arthousecafead.com
4. Joud Coffee
Located in Al Bateen Park, Joud Coffee is one of the most popular coffee shops in the city. The interior space is a kind of glass roof that lets the daylight in, which makes the space very bright and pleasant. The outside of the café is designed to be as cozy as the inside.
Joud Coffee’s strong point is the mastery of coffee preparation. They don’t just offer one kind of coffee, it’s an art. They offer several methods of coffee preparation, from Chemex to V60, aeropress, French press, espresso, cold drip, etc. You can also choose the coffee bean, either mild or strong, with fruity or chocolate notes. Don’t hesitate to ask the baristas for advice.
There are also pastries, including the very popular pistachio pastries, breakfast and other options for those who are hungry. It’s a place to relax during the day or in the evening with friends, family or by yourself.
Address: Albateen street – Near Mubarak Bin Mohammed St – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Sunday from 08h to 23h30
Telephone: +971 56 525 8235
All the necessary information: http://www.joudcafe.com
5. Bait Al Gahwa, the house of coffee
You can’t leave Abu Dhabi without tasting the traditional Arabic coffee called Gahwa. Listed as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity by Unesco since 2015, Arabian coffee has the particularity that the preparation and taste are totally different from the coffee we know. What better place to enjoy your coffee than this historic and authentic place? Qasr Al Hosn is one of the must-visit places, it is the oldest stone building in Abu Dhabi. You can take advantage of the tour to book this experience.
This place is different from a classic coffee shop where you only come to enjoy your drink. Here, one participates in a workshop, over several days, to learn how to make an Arabian coffee and to know the traditions and the history around it. Then, it’s time to taste the prepared coffee.
To know the modalities of the workshops and to have more information, you can go on this website: https://tcaabudhabi.ae/en
Address: Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum St (2nd St) – Al Hisn – W3 – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Sunday from 9am to 8pm (except on Fridays when it is open from 2.30pm).
Telephone: +971 2 697 6400
Located in front of the Marina, Tashas is the café where you literally feel like you are on vacation. Whether you are visiting for work or for the weekend, make a stop at Tashas.
A very popular address for locals and expatriates. Tashas is an address to have a brunch, to have a quick breakfast before going to work or to do an activity, to have a more copious brunch and enjoy the view and the setting or to take a break after a walk on the corniche for example.
On the menu, they offer a wide selection of specialties from around the world, including Lebanese specialties. It is also a great place to eat tapas and sip a delicious non-alcoholic cocktail while enjoying the Marina.
If you’re looking for a place near the Marina in Abu Dhabi, Tashas is a good place to go that is a majority of the best cafes in Abu Dhabi.
Address : Unit B02 Cafe – المرسى شارع – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates Hours : open Monday to Saturday from 08h to 00h and Sundays from 08h to 23h.
Phone: +971 2 445 0890
Sanderson’s is a café with an Australian vibe. With a clean, bohemian style, this café is a place to travel and disconnect. It is a must-visit address in Abu Dhabi. Mostly frequented by locals and expats, this is a café that will please you with its menu and high quality coffees. You’ll find classic brunch items such as avocado toast, eggs benedict, French toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit porridges, fruit juices, mueslis and many other choices on the menu.
Sanderson’s feels like home. This café is family friendly. There is an area where children can play while the order is being prepared.
Coffee lovers quickly notice the mastery of coffee by the baristas from Sanderson’s. Here you can choose your coffee maker: chemex, french press, V60, etc.
Address: andalus al seef resort salam street near khalifa park – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Sunday from 08h to 22h
Telephone: +971 2 222 1142
8. Arabica %
Located on the corniche of Abu Dhabi, % Arabica is the world famous coffee from Japan. Its particularity is the high quality of the freshly and delicately roasted coffee beans. Let yourself be tempted by an espresso, an americano, a latte or a cappuccino prepared by professional baristas. On the spot or to go, you can enjoy the cornice. Here, the coffees are prepared with custom-made machines that preserve all the notes of the coffee. It is possible to ask for it to be prepared in a chemex or with another method.
To accompany your coffee, Arabica % offers pastries and also savory snacks prepared on site. For those who wish to drink something other than coffee, you should know that they offer a wide choice of non-coffee cold drinks such as lemonades, fresh juices and also hot drinks such as tea.
Address: Al Jazeera Tower, Near Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Corniche Rd – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours: open from Monday to Friday from 07h to 00h and weekends (Saturday and Sunday) open from 07h to 01h.
Telephone: +971 2 222 1142
Website : https://www.arabicacoffee.ae
Located in the mall, it’s a good place to take a break after a shopping session or in hot weather, to cool down without this café.
The cafe has two spaces, one inside in the middle of the mall in a space like a tea room and outside in a hyper casual atmosphere and offers a view of palm trees, buildings and the fountain of the mall.
At Eto’s, you can enjoy sweet treats such as strawberry, raspberry, apple pie and chocolate pies, as well as dishes such as salmon and quinoa, pasta, burgers, avocado sandwiches and many others. It is a recommended address for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack breaks.
Eto is an address that appeals to both young people and families with children. If you are in Abu Dhabi and have a shopping spree planned, be sure to check out this place.
Address: Mall – Abu Dhabi Global Market Street First 8 The Galleria – Al Maryah Island – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours: open from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 11 pm and from Friday to Sunday from 9 am to midnight.
Telephone: +971 2 679 4222
10. Aldecha coffee
Aldecha is a coffee shop with a Scandinavian spirit with wooden furniture that blends with the rest of the decoration in beige and white tones. The decorative elements are objects with Emirati inspiration with paintings with calligraphy, Arabic books, newspapers and other objects. This mixture is a fusion between two cultures that merge perfectly.
In this very bright space with its large windows and very cosy with its armchairs and sofas, you can enjoy a good coffee with a home-made pastry. You can also sit on the terrace (pleasant from October to April). If you’re in Abu Dhabi, don’t miss this must-visit address. For a local 100% experience, have an Arabian coffee with a pastry or try a zaatar (thyme) croissant.
Address : العامرة برج – Channel St – Al Raha Beach – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates Hours : open Monday to Thursday from 07:30 to 22:00, Fridays from 07:30 to 12:30 and then from 14:30 to 22:00 and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) open from 08:30 to 22:00.
Telephone: +971 56 884 6920
For more information: https://www.instagram.com/aldecha.ae
11. Coffee Architecture
Located on Saadiyat Island, Coffee Architecture stands out from the rest in terms of the world it offers. Its strong point is the quality of the coffee it offers – coffee beans from all over the world. There are also pastries, pies, cookies and croissants. There are other options for healthy breakfasts and snacks. Coffee Architecture also offers other non-caffeinated hot and cold drinks. It’s a place that’s great for young and old alike.
Whether you move in or out, you’ll appreciate the sleek decor and comfortable furnishings. The outdoor terrace offers a view of the sea and palm trees. You can enjoy your coffee while sunbathing in front of the sea. Saadiyat Island is a must-see when in Abu Dhabi. Whether it’s for breakfast before starting your day or a break at the end of the day, Coffee Architecture is a great place to relax.
Address: Mamsha Alsadyiat – Jacques Chirac St – Al Sa’DiyatCulturalCultural District – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
Opening hours : open from Monday to Thursday from 09h to 22h, Fridays and Saturdays open from 09h to 00h and Sundays 14h30 to 22h
Telephone: +971 55 446 3433
For more information: https://www.thecoffeearchitecture.com
12. The Cafe at the iconic Emirates Palace
Did you know that you can drink coffee made of 24-carat gold in Abu Dhabi? The prestigious 7-star Emirates Palace is one of the must-visit places in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. You will enjoy this palace-inspired place with its oriental-style interior.
In this Palace is Le Cafe, a pleasant place for a coffee break and to enjoy an artisanal pastry. It is also the ideal place for a tea time where fresh herbal teas are served and accompanied by an assortment of pastries and appetizers. Don’t miss this luxury coffee experience. The Café is also a restaurant. On the menu, you can choose from several international cuisine appetizers, entrees and desserts. There are also vegetarian and vegan options.
When planning your visit to the Palace, be sure to book Le Cafe in advance. It is a very popular place and reservations are highly recommended, especially on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Address: West Corniche Road – Al Ras Al Akhdar – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates Hours: open from Monday to Sunday from 09h to 23h
Telephone: +971 2 690 7999
Reservation : by phone or by mail
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