Baker & Spice
Town Centre, Jumeirah
Baker & Spice's casual menu is a balance of Western and Middle Eastern dishes, and changes based on what's in season (they source most of their produce from UAE farmers). The breakfast menu is full of healthy-ish classics like Turkish eggs, avocado toast with dukkah, and a famously good shakshouka, and lunch is a mix of fresh salads and hearty comfort food, like burrata salad with beetroot carpaccio, pumpkin and goat cheese tortellini, and roast chicken and potatoes. If you don't have time to order off the menu, you can also pick up fresh-baked bread, tarts, pastries, and pies to go. Now in its seventh season, their Friday farmer’s market at Business Bay is an amazing resource for locally grown, organic fruits and vegetables. There are locations in Al Barsha, Jumeirah, Souk Al Bahar, Souk Al Manzil, and the marina (oh, and they cater).
102 Beach Rd., Jumeirah
Amidst a sea of skyscrapers and grand malls, this Parisian concept shop—which is both a healthy café, organic market, home goods, clothes, and jewelry store—is a welcome boho-chic respite right by Jumeirah beach. The café uses ingredients from local organic farms, and the entire menu is sugar- and dairy-free, changing daily to reflect the day’s harvest; they have a robust juice and smoothie menu, great salads, and standbys like buckwheat pancakes and chia seed pudding. Definitely wander over to their curated shops, where you'll find some unique jewelry, Jérôme Dreyfuss handbags, and craft furniture (plus great hostess gifts) sourced from around the globe.
The Lime Tree
Jumeirah Beach Rd., Jumeirah
The Dubai OG of concept cafes with a healthy bent, The Lime Tree is a New-Zealand-style eatery that is now three locations strong. The original, opened in 2001, is near the beach, next to Jumeirah Mosque; meant to feel like a villa, with an upstairs balcony and courtyard garden, it's a popular mom-spot post dropping kids off at school. There's a location on Sheik Zayed Road in Al Quoz, and another in Al Quoz, in walking distance from the shops and galleries of Alserkal Avenue, where you're likely to find people posted up on laptops in one of Lime Tree's nooks or at the long picnic-style tables. Lime Tree serves organic coffee and teas, organic free-range egg scrambles, quiches, and salads, plenty of gluten-free bakery items. Everything is made in house, and they cater, too.
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