Basta Art Café
On our very first day in Dubai, we discovered Basta Art Café across the street from our hotel and loved it instantly. There was even a cafe cat. In a courtyard of an old wind tower, Basta is located in the Old Bastakiya quarter, close to Dubai Creek.
It seemed to be an expat hangout, so not that local, but very child-friendly. We popped by almost every day, trying new things most of the time (‘cept Alex who kept ordering pancakes with strawberries). Their Arabic breakfast is great, with tea, white cheese, greens, tomatoes, Arabic bread, honey and a delicious, slightly salty yogurt. In fact, I want some right now!
Just as delicious any time of day, is their drinks selection, with Moroccan mint tea and fabulous juices. Here’s our favourite:
Funny-looking, but delicious lime and mint juice; tastes like a non-alcoholic mojito
Shakespeare & Co
On our last day, we happened to pass Shakespeare & Co in The Village on Jumeirah Road. Thinking it was a branch of the great Parisian book shop, I decided to stop by for a quick look. Instead, it turned out to be a restaurant/patisserie/flower shop, fabulously decorated in a turn-of-the-century, very opulent style. We only had time for ice creams on the large airy terrace.
Around us, by the potted trees and the fountain, others were lounging in the comfortable cushioned wicker sofas, smoking sheesha. Ahh, next time. Sans kids.
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