International Coffee Day Is A Good Excuse To Highlight Five Great Coffee Spots In Dubai

01 October 2019
Coffee, DUBAI
Because Coffee Isn’t Just For International Coffee Day, It’s For Life

It’s International Coffee Day and it’s time you started taking your brew game seriously. As a result we sipped, slurped and jittered our way to five roasteries and coffee shops that offer some of the finest beans in Dubai.

Nightjar Coffee

Nightjar coffee roasters

The brainchild of Leon Surynt, Nightjar was launched in 2017 as counter to commercial coffee franchises.

Tapping into the popularity of the artisanal craft coffee, it quickly became one of the city’s favourite haunts thanks to its location at the heart of Al Serkal Avenue in Al Quoz, where it doubles as a roastery and restaurant.

Nightjar also acts as a supplier to hotels and cafes, and it was voted by Dubai Loves Coffee as Best Overall Coffee Concept for 2019.


Alchemy coffee dubai

You’ll struggle to find a more beautiful setting for a coffee shop than Alchemy on Al Wasl Road, Jumeirah.

Located at a villa with a swimming pool, Alchemy sources coffee from ethical farms and has a menu that offers all-size cups from espresso to large lattes, with everything from Chemex to Macchaitos in between.

Mokha 1450


One for lovers of Arabic coffee. Mokha 1450 is inspired by the beans of Ethiopia and Yemen, and the traditions of brewing passed on from one generation to another over hundreds of years.

With locations in Al Wasl Road and Palm Jumeirah, Mokha, which styles itself as the “Heart of Coffee”, serves some of the purest cups in town.

% Arabica


Despite what the name might suggest, % Arabica is the first Japanese coffee chain to open in the UAE.

Sourcing coffee beans from around the world, as well as its own farm, % Arabica has five locations dotted around Dubai, and offers some of freshest roasted coffee in a setting that is, unsurprisingly, loyal to minimalist Japanese design.


Cypher Dubai

Less a cafe and more a distributer to some of Dubai’s most popular cafes and restaurants, Cypher is what Mohamed Merhi, co-owner with Sami Sehweil, calls “a centre of excellence for coffee”.

Though not technically a coffee shop, Cypher still welcomes anyone keen on tasting some of the best imported green coffee beans from around the globe, with a view to buy and brew at home. You also can sign up for courses at their state of the art Al Quoz roastery, where you can learn the journey of the beans from inception to doorstep.