Nothing says weekend like breakfast away from home.
A normal working day always gets off to a rushed start meaning you don’t have time for an extensive first meal. It also means you don’t have time to enjoy whatever you do start your day with. And likely there are too many things on your mind to give it much attention. There are things you don’t take the time to prepare yourself and then there are things that just taste better when prepared in a restaurant. So a weekend breakfast is the way to go!
Just to be clear, we’re not talking brunch buffets. Those are also fun, but what I’m talking about is a little bit more intimate. You tend to go with a good friend or your better half. And it just has this lazy feeling to it when you take the time to go somewhere and are not watching the clock.
Top Breakfast Places in Dubai
Given I’m such a fan of breakfast, I did my research a long time ago and tried and tested almost every possible place in Dubai. Here are my top tips.
We don’t need to mention this to those of you that have been around for a while. But for the newbies – Lime Tree is an institution. A great selection of egg breakfast options, as well as different sandwiches, salads, quiches and then we haven’t even mentioned the cakes. Yes, the cakes. Lime Tree is famous for its Carrot Cake, but really everything they make is just delicious. The branch on Sheikh Zayed is always full with families, the one in Al Quoz tends to be a bit more quiet.
These guys have a nice mix of options on their breakfast menu, in addition to lovely pastries to choose from. The menu lists healthy options (those that include avocado, you know) and splurge options (think pancakes with caramelized banana).
Big Chef just has too much to choose from, which makes it a great place for a family breakfast, as everyone is sure to find something to their taste. They also have a few regional options – Turkish traditional breakfasts, shakshuka and then everything else you could want – eggs, pancakes, the works. They have a great venue in JBR with a terrace for when the weather is nice.
This is the place to go for all the health freaks out there. Sourcing from local organic farms, this is a great venue for those of you on a whatever-free diet. The menu changes regularly reflecting seasonal products, but think different breakfast concoctions, salads, smoothies (with almond milk of course) and juices. It’s in a beautiful villa in Jumeirah.
Think elegant, classy French bistro with a traditional bakery attached to it, in the heart of Downtown. Apart from the benedict, omelette, waffles and other staples, there are the more exclusive breakfast options like scrambled eggs with truffle and fried eggs with foie gras. Needless to say they come at a price, but the restaurant is stunning with high windows and displays that make your tummy grumble.
We’re a fan (you may have noticed). This place is just so versatile. For breakfast there are the usual eggs, the lovely croque monsieur and some other options. Nothing too fancy, just breakfast done well. Sit out on the lovely terrace overlooking the marina while the world passes by.
This Belgian Brasserie with branches in Arabian Ranches, Emirates Towers and one in Ras al Khaimah has a long, long list of choices. There are eggs, eggs, and eggs and then there are waffles, pancakes, sandwiches, toasts and healthy options for breakfast. The quality is consistent and staff know what they are doing.
Another place to head to if you want to be sure they will have some healthy choices available to make sure you can stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Fresh, natural and healthy is what Sophie’s is about and their breakfast menu has all the options you would want for a lovely weekend breakfast. Make sure to order a juice or smoothie as well, as they are fabulous!
Now this gives the word lazy a whole other meaning. Sip your coffee while looking out over the sea and feeling the breeze on your skin, and turn a little to the left and you have an amazing view of the Burj al Arab. The menu has all the breakfast staples you could want – eggs, fruit, pancakes and granola. And maybe breakfast is followed by a swim, and just maybe it turns into an all-day affair with a crisp glass of white wine?