We’ve found them so you don’t have to!
Living in a city with so much choice, and so many insta-worthy spots can also sometimes come with over-hype and price tags painful on the pocket.
By now, it’s pretty clear we're not ones to gate keep - so we’ve pulled together our top ten hidden gems that are for sure worth the hype!!
So let’s March right into it! (see what we did there)
Al Quoz's latest addition, La Nena, is a charming Spanish café hidden within a concept store offering stunning homeware pieces, as well as delicious snacks and coffees.
The best part? La Nena is a pet-friendly spot, so you can bring your furry companions along for the trip!
If you’re looking for boho-chic vibes and earthy interiors, look no further than here for your retail and caffeine fix.
Nestled within the quirky district of Al Serkal Avenue, this hip and lofty spot features a unique wrap-around bar (though it's exclusively for coffee), where you can choose from an extensive range of coffees.
From classic brews to unique blends, Nightjar has got you covered with possibly every type of coffee you can imagine!
With a lofthouse-style vibe featuring exposed ceilings, dark woods and fairy lights - it’s no wonder it’s one of the city's most trendy spots to grab a brew.
Beach Road has fast become the place to go to for hidden cafes and special spots.
Hidden amidst lush greenery, you’ll find Seven Seeds. With a menu full of tasty sandwiches, smoothie bowls, and delicious coffees, it's the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in some much-needed R&R.
At night, enjoy the open-air conservatory and look up at the stars as you unwind after a busy day.
Tucked away within the serene neighbourhood of Al Barari lies The Farm - a botanical restaurant where you can relax, recharge and indulge.
With tranquil surroundings and a wholesome, hearty menu, The Farm is a must-visit while the cooler weather is still with us! It also hosts pop-up markets, cooking classes, and kid-friendly activities.
This charming mother-and-daughter-owned coffee shop and bakery is a must-visit! Serving sourdough, breakfast and lunch dishes, specialty coffee, desserts and more.
Described as an ‘all sourdough emirati bakery’ - if you’re looking to experience local flavours and culture. This is the place to be!
One for all you plant-based foodies.
This Japanese inspired cafe offers a full vegan menu that combines traditional ingredients and cooking techniques with western flavours.
If you’re looking to try something different, Moby Sushi, created by INKED executive chef, Hadrien Villedieu, is where it’s at. With unique combinations, and flavoursome dishes - it guarantees a one of a kind tasting experience.
It’s also a crowd favourite for remote working and out of office days!
If you have a sweet tooth, Mirzam is the spot for you!
This artisanal chocolate factory sits in a secluded warehouse in Al Quoz. The team here welcomes customers to take a behind-the-scenes look as the delicious treats are created in real time.
While their chocolates would cost you up a little more than your average chocolate bar, each is created with only three ingredients and they are all over 65% pure and rich cocoa.
A colourful concept store - in more ways than one!
Described as a melting pot of lifestyles, cultures, traditions and people - think coffee shop, retail store, art gallery and furniture pop-up all blended into one.
Bursting with vibrancy, its home-away-from-home aesthetic has been carefully created to step visitors out of the hustle and bustle of Dubai and into tranquillity.
Enjoy all day-breakfast, sharing platters, salads, organic juices and specialty coffee and teas.
XVA Art Gallery and Cafe
Dubai’s best kept secret? Travel back in time in this incredible spot hidden in the enchanting old quarter of Al Fahidi, XVA - where you can stay, eat, relax and enjoy.
Located in the heart of one of Dubai’s most historical neighbourhoods, XVA combines both art and heritage offering guests a special insight into its unique culture.
Stay in one of the 15 individually designed suites, or take a visit to the onsite cafe offering a range of Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian options served in three cosy courtyards.
This concept store and lifestyle space focuses on sustainable fashion, beauty and design, with brands like House of Sunny, Cala de la Cruz, and Acler featured in store.
The Edit has a café and a gallery space which also hosts pop-ups and events.
And if you need a little pick-me-up while you shop, their matcha bar is the perfect spot to grab an on-the-go drink.
If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious - don’t don’t forget to check out our recent blog on Michelin Star restaurants under AED 300!