Cafes play as important a part in the culinary landscape of Dubai as the restaurants. While the food on offer may not vary as greatly as in their fine dining siblings, what they do offer is hugely popular for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and even afternoon tea. You’ll see many Emirati families enjoying meals in cafes, especially in the evenings when the lack of an alcohol licence is no deterrent, and fellow expats you meet will happily tell you about their favourite spot. The best bet is to try plenty of different ones yourself to find your own selection of go-to cafes.

Game On!
There's a growing selection of cafes serving up a cappuccino with helping of board games and books. You can play chess and Trival Pursuit on the comfy leather couches of Bert's Cafe in the Greens Village, or test your wits and patience in a game of Scrabble or Jenga at Tea Junction in Oud Metha. Teens will love the video gaming rooms at The Living Room Cafe at Festival City, where UNO and billiards are also on the menu. If you'd prefer to leaf through the pages of a book then head to reading cafes such as Book Munch in Wasl Square, The Archive in Safa Park or The Magazine Shop in DIFC - where there's a great selection of books and journals to peruse at your leisure.


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