Where to stop while you shop: the best cafés

Shopping ‘til you drop? Take a break at these on-trend cafés

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Navigating the vast array of boutiques, department stores and emporiums during Dubai Shopping Festival can work up an appetite. Take the weight off your feet and re-fuel at any one of our stylish cafés, restaurants and tearooms – from chic cafés in The Dubai Mall to waterfront dining of Marina Mall.

Common Grounds

Part of Dubai’s wave of hipster-style café eateries, Common Grounds is a slice of cool calm amongst the exciting shopping frenzy that is Mall of the Emirates. A great place to grab an antioxidant packed, energising breakfast, artisan coffee or any of the super healthy dishes available for both lunch and dinner, Common Grounds offers welcome respite after a hard day on your feet.

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Angelina

Conveniently located at the entrance to The Dubai Mall’s luxurious Fashion Avenue, Parisian tearoom Angelina is a slice of the City of Love brought to the Middle East. Originating in Paris in 1903, it was a favourite of Coco Chanel and is now beloved by fashionable Dubai locals who appreciate the traditional French pastries, fresh tarts, and a French-Italian lunch menu that includes everything from traditional Croque Madame to fresh pasta dishes – the perfect place to enjoy a stylish lunch when shopping in Dubai Mall.

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Aubaine

French dining, born in London, and now in Dubai, Aubaine is the brainchild of Lebanese businessman Hani Nakkash. Famous for its perfect pastries, Continental-style lunches and delightful dinners, set in an elegant and relaxed surrounding, Aubaine is the ideal spot in which to start, pause or end a long day of shopping in The Dubai Mall.

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Logma

Arabic for “mouthful”, Logma is an on-trend restaurant in Dubai’s hip BoxPark that is dedicated to the art of Emirati cuisine. Popular in the evenings with the locals, stop by between browsing the unique boutiques to sample traditional dishes of Chebab, Muhalla and Regag, or modern twists on Emirati flavours such as fries with Khaleeji herbs and spices.

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VOGUE café

It’s the place to be seen for Dubai’s most fashionable set. Located in the heart of Dubai Mall’s shoe paradise Level Shoe District, this chic café lives up to its high-end namesake. Delight in scones and miniature pastries in the Quintessential Afternoon Tea or tuck into a warm coffee (we recommend the layered rose latte) after a hard day of shoe shopping.

Pier 7

Adjoining Dubai Marina Mall, Pier 7 is a unique seven-storey dining destination that covers all your food fantasies. From chic Asia Asia that serves up exquisite sushi and Asian fusion, to the British-European cuisine of The Scene by Simon Rimmer, and the uncomplicated menus of Cargo and Fume, not to mention delicious Lebanese bites from Abd el Wahab, and Mexican at O Cacti. All with spectacular views over Dubai Marina, you really are spoilt for choice when in need of a late night food stop.

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Leopold’s of London

Situated at the outside shopping destination of Jumeirah Beach Residences’ The Beach, Leopold’s is a very European way to dine. With more than 70 types of tea, freshly baked cakes, salads and quiches on offer in a reassuringly busy atmosphere, it’s a lovely place to sit and watch the world go by while reenergising – come the evening it is also a top spot to watch the sunset.

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