7 Coffee Shops to visit in Abu Dhabi
While sightseeing can be tons of fun, you need to make sure to start your morning right or even catch an afternoon caffeine break. From luxury to laidback, here are some of the best coffee shops in Abu Dhabi to check out.
1. Le Cafe
Would you like some gold in your coffee? A statement that is only possible at the opulent Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi. Order a superior blend of the Palace Cappuccino with a sprinkle of 24-karat gold flakes on top. This royal cup of caffeine at Le Cafe will have you savouring every sip, till the last drop.
2. Bait Al Gahwa
How about an authentic cup of Arabian coffee at one of Abu Dhabi's oldest stone buildings? At Qasr Al Hosn, you can participate in the Bait Al Gahwa workshop which involves the traditional preparation of gahwa—or Arabic coffee—including roasting, grinding, brewing, presentation, etiquette, and, of course, tasting.
The edgy W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island takes coffee drinking up a notch at the cool and casual lobby lounge, Roastery. Stop by for a quick pick-me-up or chill out while they brew you a cup. Want a cake to go with your caffeine? No problem! There is plenty of freshly prepared and baked items to suit your mood.
To get a sense of Abu Dhabi's youthful vibe, head down to LOCAL, either at Mamsha Al Saadiyat or the Al Zeina location. This minimalistic, urban cafe also transforms into a barbershop and fashion boutique, where you can get your hands on curated trainers! Enjoy the locally sourced, addictive coffee with sandwiches including vegetarian and vegan options. With an open industrial concept, LOCAL is a definite addition to the growing number of most Instagrammable cafes in Abu Dhabi.
5. Coffee Architecture
Created by a coffee connoisseur, Nooran Albannay, Coffee Architecture on Saadiyat Island is a space for people to relax, unwind, catch up or simply be in the moment. Indulge in the most incredible coffee beans with a side of pastry, cake or cookies. The cafe also supports local artists by displaying their work, which if you love enough, you can even buy!
6. Salt & Caramel
This all-day breakfast cafe is a sure way to satisfy your appetite and kickstart your morning. From cappuccino to cortado and vegan coffees, making a stop at Salt & Caramel is a really good idea. Sit back with a book or catch up with friends at this no-frills destination nestled within the Al Bandar community of Al Raha Beach.
7. Ten 11 Beach
Obsessed with coffee? Check out Ten 11 Beach in the Mamsha Al Saadiyat district which is the perfect addition to the list of outdoor coffee shops in Abu Dhabi. Situated on the promenade, dive into a range of coffee beans ranging from Ethiopia to Brazil while soaking in the fresh coastal air. You can even buy a pre-packaged blend of lattes such as Rose or Saffron.