Hipsters, hold onto your beard trimmers! Dubai may just be your new stopover food crush.
Cereal Killers, smashed avo in shipping containers and wagyu beef in retro Winnebagos… Dubai is in the full throes of a foodie revolution. And thank goodness, all that five-star dining was getting well tedious.
Turns out, Dubai has some of the best baristas and beards this side of Brick Lane, Brooklyn, Berlin and Brunswick Street (the four official coordinates of global hipsterdom). Don’t believe us, read on.
And grab a napkin. MAY CAUSE DOG DROOL.
CEREAL KILLER CAFÉ Brick Lane, Camden, Dubai… It’s happening!
As we live and eat, we DID NOT expect this. The two brothers behind East London’s Cereal Killer Café (aka, the UK’s most notorious hipsters) are coming to Dubai! And not on holiday. To the un-initiated, Cereal Killer serves over 120 cereals, from childhood faves to bizarre foreign finds. Kindly hipsters with nice beards who care about the most important meal of the day? What’s not to like.
THE BLACK LION The H Dubai, No.1 Sheikh Zayed Road
Billed as Dubai’s first ever East London inspired gastro pub, we were instantly dubious. But then we clocked the Brick Lane salt beef sandwich, jam jar cocktails, roast dinners, freakshakes, DJs and late night lock-ins (WITH KEBAB MENU) and noticed a trend. Yes, it was our weekend food diary.
TOM & SERG Al Joud Center, Al Quoz
Australia does lots of things well. Like cricket (sometimes) and coffee (all the time). Bringing Melbourne’s café culture to the grungy industrial landscape of the Al Quoz Art District, Tom & Serg is well worth the queue. Homemade granola, poached eggs, smashed avo, organic coffee… all served beneath exposed brickwork – as every good flat white should be.
FRIDAY BRUNCH Everywhere… things could get messy.
Something INCREDIBLE happens every Friday afternoon in Dubai that the rest of the world has to wait an extra day for, it’s called weekend brunch. For Emiratis and expats, Friday brunching (the UAE’s weekend runs Fri-Sat by the way) is a serious pastime. It’s generally an all-you-can-eat and bottomless affair, so pack a bib. Check out Time Out while you’re there for where to go.
BEACH CANTEEN Kite Beach, Dubai Food Festival (Feb-Mar)
Okay, this is a bit mean, as you may not be in Dubai for the 11 months of the year when this ISN’T going on. But as part of Dubai’s annual Food Festival, Beach Canteen on Kite Beach hosts over two weeks of pop-ups, street food, DJs and general beachside awesomeness. Find out more at HERE
BOXPARK Al Wasl Road
In contrast to the superlative glitz of Dubai’s highrise skyline, BOXPARK is quirky, urban and made of shipping containers. Amongst the eclectic fashion labels, you’ll find everything from traditional Emirati cuisine to Beirut street food and Canadian poutine. If you need us to translate the latter, it looks like this: fries + cheese + gravy = heaven.
A staple on the streets of any good hipster’s gaff, there’s now a convoy of aluminum caravans lining up to join Dubai’s food truck revolution.
Not all of the below have permanent homes, so check them out on social first to find out where they’re at.
Only in Dubai will you get wagyu beef… served from a caravan. SALT on Kite Beach serves up the best gourmet burgers, sliders and laid-back beachside beats in town. Just remember the 30 minute eating/swimming rule.
Bio Bean @coffeebiobean
Yes, pipe down, we realise that coffee isn’t food. But in addition to their 100% organic coffee, Bio Bean’s other offering to the world is Bean & Cream – brownie bits, salted caramel, espresso, nuts and ice cream. Thank you Bio Bean.
Starting a grilled cheese revolution on the streets of Dubai, and singlehandedly answering all our prayers, Toasted serves sandwiches, dogs and other cheese-based products likely to cause serious distress to lactose-intolerants.
Taking the flavours of Goa on a global culinary adventure and finally landing in a funky wooden truck in Dubai, the ethical food lovers at GoBai are the masters of home grown fusion street food.