How to Eat Like a Hippie in Dubai

Açai bowl from One Cafe
Açai bowl from One Cafe | © Thais Kelly
Thais Kelly

Dubai is always on the edge of what’s trendy and new. Hippie-style restaurants and cafes have started popping up everywhere, pairing stylish decor and appetizing food.

Sip Coffee Like a Hippie

Cafes have been becoming increasing popular in Dubai, and now there is one for every taste. The most hippie of cafes in town has to be One Cafe by Life ‘N One. This unique venue is a must-try for anyone looking for the ultimate hippie experience. With inspirational quotes on all of its walls, yoga classes, and even a sign reading “If you’re not barefoot, you’re overdressed.” One Cafe by Life ‘N One is located in the yoga studio’s beautiful garden, and its Zen ambiance is captivating. Visitors even sit on the floor to eat their meals! The cafe’s menu offers “Food as Medicine” with a fully gluten and lactose free menu, and delicious smoothie options.
One Cafe by Life ‘N One, 27b Street, Villa 5/1b, Jumeirah 1, +971 4 343 6676
For those who prefer the beach over gardens, The Surf Cafe is ideal. Located on Beach Road, this cafe is perfect of hippies and surfers alike. The Surf Cafe is the perfect place to grab a bite after a morning at Sunset Beach. One of the its main attractions is the variety of coffee options. Marketed as a “Lab Experience,” the cafe offers all forms of coffee preparation, including chemex, syphon, coldpress, and aeropress. The hip decor with surfboards and bright colors is only topped by the delicious food, with everything from sushi to açai bowls.

The Surf Cafe, Jumeirah Beach Road ,Umm Suqeim 2, +971 4 346 6292

Grab a Bite Like a Hippie

Dubai has no shortage of delicious places to have lunch, but for those looking to really eat like a hippie, Arrows & Sparrows is the perfect destination. It is hidden inside of the Greens and is a favorite for the community’s residents and visitors. Arrows & Sparrows feels homey and welcoming. In addition to the delicious food, the cafe has a sense of humor, with menu items like “Naughty French Toast,” “HUUUUGE BURGER” and “I Love This Chicken Wrap.” They also welcome dogs in their outdoor area, which is rare in Dubai.
Arrows & Sparrows, 4 4a Street, The Greens, +971 4 558 8141
One of the best-known hippie destinations in Dubai is Alserkal Avenue. This arts hub gathers galleries, theaters, and holds several hippie culture events, like the Good Vibes Market. This trendy spot in the heart of Al Quoz, an area previously known as solely industrial, is home to some of the hippest places to eat in the city. However, HAPI sets itself apart form the rest. This cafe has been making waves in Dubai with its popular Bone Broth and delicious healthy menu options. The space has an open kitchen, so visitors can see their food being prepared in front of them, and meals are served on metal trays, giving them a rustic vibe. This is the perfect place to grab lunch after checking out the galleries or the local music scene at The Fridge.
HAPI, Alserkal Avenue, +971 4 225 1807

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