National Espresso Day

Today is a most important day for Italy as they celebrate the National Espresso Day. Perhaps one of the most important pillars of an Italian’s diet, espresso is often referred to as the purest and most honest expression of the coffee bean.

Dubai has become home to countless coffee connoisseurs over the years and has in turn been blessed with a bountiful line-up of speciality cafés popping up every now and then to tantalize the taste buds of the aficionados.

So in honour of Italian Espresso Day, CitiSpi has done a round-up of some of the best coffee spots in Dubai, all in the name of the coffee bean! It was no easy job, it caused us several sleepless nights – literally – from too much caffeine. But we’re glad we did it so that you can have your pick from the top lattes, macchiatos and espressos out there.

Tom & Serg, Al Quoz

After breaking free from a well-known café chain in Dubai a few years back, Tom and Sergio decided to set up shop in the industrial area of Al Quoz where they would dedicate their passion for coffee to building what is probably now Dubai’s most famous home-grown café. This is a place for serious coffee drinkers, but also prides itself on offering almond milk as a non-dairy option for your cappuccino. For those who prefer a non-caffeinated beverage there are plenty of fun and unique drinks to try, such as the milky yet fresh ‘horchata verde’.

The Sum of Us, Sheraton Grand

As if one hipster café wasn’t enough, the geniuses behind Tom & Serg went on to open the ultra-trendy ‘The Sum of Us’ last year in the newly opened Sheraton Grand at the top of Sheikh Zayed Road. This café oozes coffee geekiness, it even has a roastery set behind a glass wall for customers to gaze at while sipping their speciality Chemex brew (don’t worry, we also had to google what that is). In addition to top quality beans, this café also offers a fresh and healthy selection of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Jones The Grocer, Various Locations

Our favourite Aussie export now has three branches in Dubai: opposite Times Square, Etihad Mall and Dusit Thani. In addition to their excellent barista skills, Jones The Grocer also spoil us with choices for delicate pastries and artisan bread. There is also a retail section at each café where you can pick up both speciality and home-made goodies. A great spot for a mums and toddler’s catch up, CitiSpi recently made the Etihad Mall branch the new meet-up location for our weekly Bumps & Beyond breakfast!

Eat Greek, JBR

For all the health freaks out there who start their day with a jog on the beach, we can’t think of a better place to refuel with a hearty breakfast that has a Greek twist, served with a cooling ‘cappuccino freddo’ or a ‘Greek frappé’. What’s more, the service at this café and restaurant is always friendly and the attention to the little details throughout the venue design truly adds a smile to our face! If you prefer to hold back a little on the caffeine, Eat Greek also offers refreshing home-made iced teas, perfect in time for the hot summer months.

The Pavilion, Downtown

Adding to the vitality and freshness that has become synonymous with Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai, The Pavilion is a trendy urban café in the Emaar Pavilion. The venue, which comprises well-thought out design elements throughout, offers a delicious breakfast menu with all the classics, such as bircher müsli and pancakes, to go with your perfectly frothed morning cappuccino. Ample outside seating also gives customers the chance to enjoy a tad of people-watching along with views of the Burj Khalifa.

We’ll be back again next week with more fun tips and ideas for what to get up to around Dubai!


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