As they always say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day - but here at Squaremeal, we believe it shouldn’t just be a chore, or something to tick off your to do list. Whether you’re a tourist in Dubai, a local looking for some new restaurant recommendations, or perhaps you’re just taking a peek at all the different cuisine options in a different city, finding the best breakfast in Dubai is easy when you know where to look. Yet we understand how that can be confusing, so don’t worry, we are here to help.
Because breakfast can make or break your day, it’s important to first figure out how you would like to start off. Perhaps you want to leave so full that you’ve got to be rolled out of the restaurant, or maybe you want something light and healthy for before your workout, or maybe you’re itching to satisfy a specific craving. Whatever you desire, breakfast restaurants in Dubai have surely got it. On this list, we’ve searched high and low for the best breakfast options in the city—no, really, we’ve got options physically located in deep-sea chambers AND at the top of the tallest building in the world.
Peruse this list if you’re looking for your new favourite croissant, an entire restaurant dedicated to the art of the breakfast egg, or a new spot to freshen up your Instagram feed (and your palate). We’ve also gone ahead and included our favorite affordable spots, as well as some fine dining experiences, because we believe you should be able to make your stomach AND your wallet happy. So, whether you want to stuff yourself at a buffet or just grab a pastry and a coffee, we’ve got you covered.
Rise and shine, Dubai, because below you’ll find a list (in no particular order) of the 21 best breakfasts in the city.
The best breakfast in Dubai
For the best of the best, we think these breakfasts in Dubai are impossible to beat. Whether you’re looking for avocado on toast or a stack of syrup covered pancakes, these top-notch spots in the heart of the UAE are sure to serve up something to your liking.
Baker & Spice
Why: Known for its sustainable and locally-sourced food, Baker & Spice has multiple locations across the Middle East that serve up completely homemade dishes. During the growing season (October - May) all the vegetables come from local organic farms, meaning that your breakfast is going to be delicious, healthy, and environmentally-friendly. It has an expansive breakfast menu, so we recommend checking out something that uses the fresh produce - perhaps the fresh fruit and granola or the Signature Shakshouka.
Where: Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai
Book now: Baker & Spice
Clinton St. Baking Co.
Why: Born in New York City, Clinton St. Baking Co. became famous for its pancakes - and luckily for those in the UAE, the Dubai location maintains the quality the company became famous for. Though Clinton St.'s Classic American 'comfort food' cuisine may not be the healthiest, it certainly is delicious. This spot is part bakery (so you could always snag something small on your way out the door to snack on later), and part family-style sit-down restaurant, so it's ready to satisfy all your breakfast cravings. And while the pancakes may be the most popular option on the menu, there are also loads of other fun options, such as the Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich with scrambled eggs, melted cheddar cheese, homemade tomato jam, and hash browns. Yum.
Where: City Walk, Building 10, North 5th Street
Book now: Clinton St. Baking Co.
Why: Dubai - how do you like your eggs in the morning? Whatever you answer that question with, you'll be sure to find it at Eggspectation. Though you probably already guessed it from the name, this spot serves up everything with eggs - and though it's famous for its eggs benedict, the menu is huge and provides much more than your standard breakfast fare. So whether you're here for an omlette, a burger, a salad, or a pizza, this joint will satisfy your greatest eggspecations (sorry).
Where: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Book now: Eggspectation
Why: The perennially-popular Jones Social is the sit-down sister to Jones the Grocer, sharing its ethos surrounding fresh ingredients and international tastes. Jones Social claims-to-fame is its open-fire grill, which imbues all its food with a distinctive taste and texture. There is a fun breakfast menu that deserves a shout on this list simply for the french toast, which is a crème anglaise brûlée brioche with maple, vanilla mascarpone, hazelnut crumble, and fresh berries.
Where: Millennium Hotel Dubai, Casablanca Street
Book now: Jones Social
Why: Myocum is where all the cool kids study, lounging out on the low orange sofas and sipping on smoothies. This Australian joint serves up breakfast from 8am to 4pm, so even late risers can enjoy the large breakfast menu, which is international and full of fun and healthy options. If you want something small, check out one of the signature drinks or sharing plates, or hungry diners can enjoy the full 'brekkie' menu, which includes options like the Green Crepe, with cashew pesto, pomegranates, sauteed asparagus, avocado, vegan goat cheese, and almond flakes.
Where: 2 D Street, Al Wasl
Book now: Myocum
Why: Sarabeth's is named after its owner Sarabeth, who first founded her original joint in New York City while selling her famous marmalade. This location in Dubai aims to bring all the success of the NYC spot out to the UAE via its sit-down restaurant and bakery. Though it is on the pricier side, the portions are large, plated prettily, and incorporate fresh ingredients. There is also a vegan and a kid's menu, so anyone can come and enjoy Sarabeth's take on American breakfast classics.
Where: Al Safa Street 67
Book now: Sarabeth's
Tom & Serg
Why: Located in a warehouse and determined to keep the environment casual despite the glitz and glamour of Dubai, Tom & Serg made a name for itself via its simple, delicious, and sustainable food. Breakfast highlights include the likes of pancakes with macademia praline, blueberry cream, and honeycomb, while savoury choices include the Gado with keffir lime infused quinoa, peanut sauce, tofu, veggies, a fried egg, pickled chillis, and roasted nuts.
Where: 15A Street, Al-Joud Center, Al Qouz, Sheikh Zayed Road
Book now: Tom & Serg
The best luxury breakfasts in Dubai
Whether you’re on holiday or are lucky enough to call Dubai home, everyone knows that this gilded city is one of the best places in the world to indulge. Yes, even breakfasts are luxurious in Dubai. Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite places for luxury breakfasts in Dubai, for places that are sure to impress from first thing in the morning.
Why: Located a whopping 422 meters off the ground on level 122 of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, At.Mosphere's menu clearly matches its extravagent setting. Pick between the 'Decadence' or A La Carte menus, and peruse options like the Tagiasche Olives Charcuterie plate with Wagyu beef cold cuts, or the Lobster Eggs Benedict with brown butter hollandaise and truffle. Clearly this is a place to book far in advance and to save up for, but certainly the view of Dubai as it wakes up is worth the price.
Where: 122nd Floor, Burj Khalifa
Book now: At.Mosphere
Why: If you ever want to feel like you're in The Great Gatsby at 9 in the morning, Cafe Society is certainly the place to go. Decorated with a blend of art deco glamour and artistic expression, the restaurant is accented everywhere with gold, velvet, and pearls. The menu is less luxurious, but still delicious, featuring options like hummus-filled eggs, blueberry and banana pancakes, and triple-stacked brioche french toast.
Where: TAMANI Marina Hotel, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud Street, Dubai Marina
Book now: Cafe Society
Why: Contrarily to Cafe Society's old-school glamour, Lowe is a contemporary and experimental dining experience centered around the charcoal grill. The menu is seasonal, so it changes often according to what is fresh and inspirational to the chefs, but Lowe is a more affordable fine-dining spot whose quality is well worth the price. Some inventive dishes off past breakfast menus include the Parmasean truffle eggs with spiced chutney and potato hash sliders; the spicy tuna toast with gochujang, hazelnuts, broad beans, and a soft egg; or the cheesesteak bagel with bulgogi beef, provolone, rocket, and a red pepper ezme.
Where: KOA Canvas, Wadi Al Safa 3
Book now: Lowe
Why: 11 Woodfire is a wildly popular grill restaurant, yet the breakfast menu never gets quite the amount of attention that it deserves. Fans of the roasted meat and veggies at dinnertime will be pleased to know that the theme is continued in the morning hours, in the form of dishes like the salted cod and chorizo stew with piquillos peppers and egg confit, or the beef cheeks eggs Benedict with hollandaise. Though the breakfast menu is not nearly as long as some of the other restaurants on this list, it has a creative and distinctive style that certainly will provide a new taste for experienced breakfasters.
Where: Villa 11 75B Street, Jumeirah
Book now: 11 Woodfire
The best patisserie breakfasts in Dubai
Can you really beat a coffee and a croissant? The answer is of course no. For the best patisserie breakfasts in Dubai, do no more than scan our list below. It’s packed with the very best bakeries and boulangeries where fresh treats are wheeled out of the kitchen in a continuous stream.
Brothaus Bakery - Bistro
Why: Located in the Steigenberger Hotel, Brothaus (or 'bread house' in English) is aptly named - the team here really know their bread. For those who want a taste of some excellent pastries, Brothaus Bakery can provide visitors with a brilliant selection of German delicacies. Though we'd recommend going for your choice of strudel or cake, hungrier diners will be satisfied with their hearty German breakfast plates like the German Breakfast with three eggs, fried potato wedges, little sausages, tomatoes and mushrooms, cold cuts and cheese, and a Kaiser roll.
Where: Steigenberger Hotel, Marasi Drive, Business Bay
Book now: Brothaus Bakery - Bistro
Choix Patisserie and Restaurant
Why: When three Michelin-star French chef Pierre Gagnaire is preparing your patisserie collection, you know you're going to get the best selection of treats. Choix at the InterContinental offers diners a series of ways to enjoy these delicacies, but we'd go with the classic croissant and coffee on the terrace. They also have a full French breakfast menu if you're hungry - best eaten with a fresh pot of tea, the viennoiseries choices at Choix are a perfect way to satisfy your morning sweet tooth.
Where: Lobby Level, InterContinental, Festival City
Book now: Choix Patisserie and Restaurant
The best breakfast buffets in Dubai
Nothing proves the point that ‘more is more’ better than the buffet scene in Dubai. It’s a well and truly embraced dining format and we love that it even extends to breakfast. Enjoy some of the best breakfast buffets in Dubai at the many five-star hotels scattered across the city, where you can fill up on everything from pastries through to eggs, pancakes and more. Here are some of our favourites.
Why: For AED 130 per person, Raffles' breakfast buffet Azur is a beautiful international spread in a gorgeous location overlooking a garden. The environment is large and clean, with endless miles of dishes prepared fresh by the team of chefs. The menu is locally-inspired, with options for the vegans and vegetarians of the group, and is a tasty options for those who wake up ravenous. Better yet? It's open every day of the week, so you can head over whenever you want to eat your fill.
Where: Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi
Book now: Azur
Why: This international buffet offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and feels like the perfect place to spend 24-hours in a food coma. Located on the ground floor of the Mirdif Hills Hotel in Dubai, the restaurant offers an al fresco seating terrace that overlooks the Mirdif Avenue Water Fountain. For those uninterested in stuffing their face, there is also an A La Carte menu, which features some of the dishes available at the buffet, just in the normal limited amount.
Where: Mirdif Hills Avenue, 78th Street
Book now: B Social
The best breakfast deals in Dubai
Looking for a breakfast deal in Dubai? Aren’t we all. When you want something good value but still delicious, these restaurants answer the call. Expect to fill your boots and still come away with change at these top picks across the city.
Bistro des Arts
Why: If there's anything better than good French food, it would be having a lot of good French food. That's why we like the Bistro des Arts brunch deal, which is on Saturdays from 10am-3pm and offers your pick of the bistro spread, one main course, one crepe, and unlimited hot beverages for only 119 AED per person. Take this opportunity to chow down on one of the fresh pastries or quiches, and make sure to save room for your crepe. You can also make it boozy for an additional 85 AED per person, which provides you with three servings of cocktails.
Where: Dubai Marina Promenade, Marina Mall Area
Book now: Bistro des Arts
Friends Avenue Cafe
Why: Friends Avenue Cafe is an affordable and delicious place to get breakfast, with most mains costing less than 50 AED. All of the food, however, is incredibly fresh and healthy, with clear labeling for all those with dietary restrictions. Check out options like the avocado toast with labneh yoghurt, lemon infused feta crumbles, poached eggs, tomatoes, and pomegranate for 44 AED, and add on some sweet potato fries for an extra 15 AED.
Where: Fortune Executive Tower, Cluster T, JLT
Book now: Friends Avenue Cafe
The best Instagrammable breakfasts in Dubai
Okay, we know it’s shallow, but sometimes you just need a good Instagrammable breakfast restaurant in Dubai. Yes, it should be about the food but these places happily combine both style and substance and we’re here to back them as great places to eat as well as snap.
Brunch & Cake
Why: As beautiful as the interiors of Brunch & Cake are, with its white walls and high windows, there is no contest that the food remains the star of the show. All of the breakfast dishes are beautifully plated, including an avocado toast artfully arranged into the shape of a flower or an acai bowl that is so colorful it looks fake, featuring a mango cut out into a shape that says 'smile'. The food at Brunch & Cake may be beautiful, but it is also healthy and delicious, making it a wonderful addition to your Instagram feed (and your stomach).
Where: Ground Floor, Wasl, 51 Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah 1
Book now: Brunch & Cake
Why: In sharp contrast with At.Mosphere, Equalize intends to take you on a deep culinary experience - through either deep sea diving or sky diving. Equalize Cafe is located on the 1st floor alongside SkyDive Dubai, serving up coffee and cafe specialties as you watch the parachutists, while Equalize Restaurant is located underground alongside DeepDive Dubai, and serves up meals looking on to the show of people dipping and diving. Though you don't have to sky dive or deep sea dive to enjoy the food, the restaurant and cafe surely offer up an enviable experience for your Instagram feed and an absolutely wild way to start your day.
Where: Deep Dive Dubai Level B2, Nad Al Sheba
Book now: Equalize
Why: For those desperate to escape the hustle and bustle of downtown Dubai, and/or perhaps who want to start off their day with a more peaceful environment, The Farm promises an 'Oasis of calm' amidst a botanical and waterside backdrop. Located in Al Barari, it is a bit out of the way of the city, but promises a reprieve from more stressful contemporary dining experiences, with a natural and delicious menu to match. Take a bite of the delightfully green pistachio waffles, then take some pics amongst the matching flora and fauna.
Where: The Farm Restaurant, Al Barari
Book now: The Farm
Why: For those who want a fun, quirky, and unnatural (in the best way!) environment, check out Tania's Treehouse. The restaurant is absolutely decked out in all shades of pink, alongside distinctly Millennial deco (see: the giant cursive wall sign that says 'Hey there Habib-tea'). The menu even matches the restaurant, and serves up everything from pink lattes to burgers on pink buns. Voted the 7th most Instagrammable restaurant in Dubai, we would be remiss to not include this spot on our list of most Instagrammable breakfasts.
Where: Villa 779a, Jumeirah Beach Road
Book now: Tania's Teehouse
Not interested in waking up early on the weekends just to get some good grub? Check out our list of the best Saturday brunches in Dubai.