Top Five Artsy Cafes in Dubai You Will Fall In Love With

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
Top Five Artsy Cafes in Dubai You Will Fall In Love With

Dubai is blessed with quirky, artsy cafes suited to fit every mood. Here are some spots in the region that not only offer a sumptuous meal but are also a treat to the eyes.

1. BABU – Made in Dubai

Truly Art-sy and absolutely desi at heart, this offbeat place in Jumeirah is hard to miss. The ultra chic and colourful interiors, with an elegant touch of Indian Pop culture references, lets it the decor game on point!

The indoor/outdoor seated is well suited for all your Friday brunch needs serving Indian and Emirati cuisine.

BABU reinvents classic Indian and Emirati dishes to create masterpieces through their menu that is an absolute delight to the eyes and your tastebuds.

Curly Tales Recommends: Kito Fries – the cheesiest bowl filled with tandoori chicken, fries, potato sticks, penne pasta, dollops of Indian chutney, makhani gravy, Cheetos and a lot more. 

The indoor/outdoor seated is well suited for all your Friday brunch needs serving Indian & Emirati cuisine.

Address: Opposite Al Lamsa Day Surgical Centre, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai

Contact: 043212766

Cost for Two: 140

Credits: BABU Made in UAE Instagram
Credits: BABU Made in UAE Instagram

2.  Tania’s Tea House

This cafe is a Pinterest-themed romantic movie come to life (quite literally). It’s pink, it’s floral and 100% Instaworthy. 

Tania’s Tea House is uber cute and great if you want to kick back and enjoy a day out with your girl gang.

The dishes out here compliment the overall theme of the cafe quite well – rich in sugar, spice and everything nice. You would some great chia seed puddings, some avocado toast and a carefully crafted coffee that would make a great flatlay for your ‘gram!

Curly Tales Recommends: GOT MILK? CAKE – the very popular tres leches cake milk cake) with roses

Address: Villa 779A, Beside EPPCO Petrol Station, Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai

Contact: 04 3240021

Cost for Two: AED 140

Tania’s Teahouse Facebook

3. THAT Place

There’s a good chance you might have seen this spot in your feed. That Place is a hole in the wall spot in the heart of Karama where most dishes come in a bun! 

You’d find the walls filled with colour and a canvas of quotes you’d love.

The fusion concept works quite well around the theme of having everything in a bun, from starters to desserts. The portion size is good enough to serve 2 people. 

Curly Tales Recommends: Dynamite Fiery Cheese Bomb Stuffed Bun

Address: Behind Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Street 2 B, Al Karama, Dubai

Contact: 04 5260026

Cost for Two: AED 75 

Image Credits - thatplace/instagram
Image Credits – thatplace/instagram

4. Bol Gappa

If it ain’t desi enough, add in a pinch of Bollywood. If you are a true blue Bollywood fan at heart, you would fall in love with this place. You could spot some of the most iconic characters and their catchphrases etched on the decor with food complimenting the theme.

Address: Outside Bollywood Park, India Gate, Riverland, Dubai Park & Resorts

Contact: 04 8860921

Cost for Two: AED 100

Credits: Bol Gappa Facebook
Credits: Bol Gappa Facebook

5. Mumbai Hafta

A concept in Karama with graffiti you’d love, this ultra-cosy hangout place has been getting quite the buzz this year. A good mix of industrial interiors and a shack-like set up has given this place quite the pop of colour and quirk. The food is a unique mix of classic Indian street foods like Vada Pav, Keema Pav and some great delicacies like Baba Kebabs (skewers served in 2 different flavours)

Curly Tales Recommends: Baba Kebabs (AED 5 per skewer) and Masala Thumbs Up

Address: Sheikh Hamdan Colony, Beside Belhasa Building, Al Karama, Dubai

Contact: 04 5260058

Cost for Two: AED 75

Image credits - mumbaihafta/ instagram
Image credits – mumbaihafta/ instagram

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