Breakfast In Abu Dhabi? Try These Hidden Gems

Breakfast in Abu Dhabi

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast,” said American journalist and author John Gunter. That is such an eloquent way to describe the first meal of the day.

But you don’t have to be an early riser to enjoy a hearty breakfast here in the capital.

Whether you’re into heavy breakfast or prefer it light on the tummy, you won’t feel like hitting the snooze button with these fantastic options…

Jones the Grocer

There’s nothing like starting the day with a bunch of breakfast choices.

This Australian-based eatery dishes out the goods with a varied selection led by the Jones traditional English breakfast – a mouth-watering meal composed of eggs on sourdough toast, sausages, wrapped in beef bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes and hash brown.

If that sounds too much, then scale down by going for grilled sweet potato and smashed avocado, or banana peanut butter with organic acai smoothie bowl, or poached eggs with basil pesto, avocado and herb salad.

That’s actually mentioning only a few in the menu so better head down to the café to see (and try) it yourself.

What’s even more awesome is that there are many Jones the Grocer outlets around the capital for you to choose from.

Etihad Airways Centre, Al Muneera. Sun-Thu 7.30am-10.30pm, Fri-Sat 9am-10.30pm. 02 558 9808,

Egg Shack Café

What’s breakfast without eggs? Serving a wide selection of affordable egg-based treats is this cosy café.

From pesto egg Benedict to fiery omelette (omelette with chillies and cheese) to protein wrap (egg whites with spinach and halloumi cheese) to eggs shack burger – you won’t be running out of options to choose from.

Regulars recommend the crispy egg Benedict, de-villed eggs and the burrito (egg, hash browns and bacon), so you might want to take note of those.

The place can get quite busy and there are limited seats so feel free to order for takeaway.

Next to Wurood Flower Cordination, near Abu Dhabi Media, old Airport Road. Daily 7.30am – 5.30pm. 02 666 4141,

Shay Madhboot

Don’t let this humble café’s small space deceive you. Overtime, Shay Madhboot has developed a following among foodies and chai enthusiasts in the city.

For AED 25 you can feast on half fried eggs with sausage or bacon, or you can up the ante by paying AED 32 for avocado toast.

More affordable options for AED 8 are porotta with cheese or pair it with labnah or cheese and honey instead.

Add-ons like tomato, onions, capsicum, mushrooms and cheese are also available for only AED 3.

Don’t forget to order beverages too like the signature tea, saffron karak and karak iced tea, among many others.

21 Dihan Street, Muroor. Sun – Thu 7am – 10pm, Fri -Sat 8am – 10pm.

02 621 7323,

Café 302

How about a buffet for breakfast? Get exactly that all week long at Café 302.

Get your hands on a wide selection of early morning faves such as baked beans, oatmeal porridge, tofu Benedict, pancakes, omelette, sweet treats and many more.

Adding more to the experience is the relaxing ambiance and urban style interiors.

Al Maha Arjaan by Rotana, Hamdan Street, Al Markaziyah. Daily 6am-10.30pm. 02 610 6666,

Joud Café

If you happen to be around Al Bateen area, make sure to check out this comfy café serving classic and modern dishes.

The breakfast menu is extensive and you can choose from light and healthy bowls like avo toast and acai smoothie.

Still hungry? Try the toast and pancakes and egg-based delights such as twisted benedict, breakfast quesadilla, breakfast burrito and the appetizing steak and eggs.

Of course what’s breakfast without a good cup. Joud Café takes pride with its fine selection of specialty locally roasted coffee.

Aside from the usual joes like espresso, long black and cappuccino, guests can also try the manual brew options such as aeropress, French press and V60.

The café with its welcoming ambiance and interiors is perfect for breakfast hunters whether solo or in groups.

Al Bateen Park, Gate 1, Al Khaleej Al Arabi Road, Al Bateen. Daily 8am – 11pm

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