Coffee is pretty much part of the Arabian culture. So much so that a hot brew is a common staple when receiving guests in majlis and local houses dating back to olden times.
Today, coffee culture is everywhere in the country – from established foreign brands to homegrown cafes serving strong to flavored joes.
Speaking of the latter, there’s an abundance of local cafes sprouting in every corner here in Abu Dhabi, giving the popular chains a run for their money.
Here are some worth checking out…
This cosy spot near Al Bateen is ideal for those looking for a quiet place alone or with friends.
Whether you’re out to read a book or hoping to catch up with loved ones, The Third Place Café – with areas designed for studying, dining and lounging – perfectly fits the bill. Villa T3, Corniche.
Stir your inner creativity while enjoying a drink. Standing beside Etihad Modern Art Gallery, this artsy café is adorned with colorful arts and pieces.
It’s also a favourite venue for open mics and poetry events hosted by different groups. Al Falah Street, opposite Al Bateen Mall, Al Bateen.
The name says it all. This local café features homey designs with touch of Arabic aesthetics.
Ideal for those who want to enjoy quiet time alone or get down to read or work away from the office. Mohamed Bin Khalifa Street, Al Mushrif.
Nestled beside the Ministry of Labour building and Khalifa Park area, Cupital impresses with its relaxing setting as well as its array of coffee and beverages like beetroot and charcoal latte, as well as pistachio milkshake – yum!
This three-concept venture features a barbershop, sneakers and street fashion boutique and (most of all) a coffee-shop.
Coffee lovers will love the industrial and urban designs of the café. As for the brew, feel free to order Spanish latte or flat white for a good caffeine jolt.
Having a haircut? Then you’re entitled to a complimentary coffee of choice. Al Zeina, near Al Raha Beach, Al Raha.