A Local’s Guide to the Best Cafes in Kuwait

Fresh salads and sandwiches are the order of the day at Kuwait’s finest cafes
Fresh salads and sandwiches are the order of the day at Kuwait’s finest cafes | © Violeta Stoimenova / Getty Images

When it comes to cafes, Kuwait knows a thing or two about flavourful coffee roasts, freshly baked pastries and sandwiches. Whether you’re after a latte, a double espresso or a lunchtime snack, there is no shortage of cafes in Kuwait to satisfy your cravings. Walk around any neighbourhood and you will find endless choices for coffee aficionados. If you are planning a visit to Kuwait, treat yourself with a trip to one of these hotspots.

Urban Cafe

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee, $$$
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Located in Ahmed Al Jaber Street in Sharq, this chic, home-style cafe prides itself on bringing “the comfort of home-cooked meals to the urban sophistication of the city”. Everything at Urban is prepared in-house – all their sauces, dressings and condiments are made from scratch; meats are marinated and sliced in-house using their very own process-free methods. You can pop in for some coffee or tea, a light meal or even enjoy a three-course meal. Their menu specialises in deli-style favourites such as sandwiches, salads, pastas and more. Not sure what to order? Try the incredible chicken pesto sandwich. If you are in the mood for some coffee, try their iced latte or flat white, or if you prefer tea, ceylon or earl grey are great choices.

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EAST Cafe

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee
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Founded in 2017 by a group of inspired Kuwaiti associates, EAST Cafe provides customers with their daily cup of great-tasting coffee in a relaxing atmosphere. Here, you will find delectable coffee beverages, prepared with high-quality ingredients by well-trained staff. Some of their best-selling hot coffee includes the Casper Latte, the East Latte and the Panda Latte. If you are in the mood for some iced coffee, then the same variations are available served cold. Do try their breakfast specials while you’re here, which include the egg and bacon sandwich and the avocado egg sandwich. If you are looking for some healthy salad options, then try the protein bowl salad or the couscous salad.

GIA

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee, $$$
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With vibrant floor tiles, colourful flower pots, an appetising display of salads and fantastic sandwiches and sides, GIA is the perfect cafe. Here, you will find a rotation of salads and a dessert bar of home-made sweets that are impossible to resist. From quinoa and pasta salads to sandwiches prepared upon request, small dishes of roasted eggplants and meat, and home-made desserts, anything you choose to eat at GIA is made with love. GIA is the perfect place to meet up for a flavourful cup of coffee or a light lunch.

20 Grams Specialty Coffee Bar

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee, $$$
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Spray-painted artwork is the perfect backdrop to some of the funkiest coffees in Kuwait. 20 Grams is a spectacularly decorated space that is shabby-chic without the pretentiousness. This cafe is not just a pretty face however, it also has some fantastic specialty coffees on offer. With both indoor as well as outdoor seating options, 20 Grams provides comfort and cosiness to all its customers. Don’t leave without trying their famous Coconut Latte, which is iced and served inside half a fresh coconut.

Napket

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee
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Located in Kuwait City’s Al Sanabil Tower, Napket offers endless mounds of fresh loaves of bread, assorted sandwiches, vibrant salads, pasta and desserts. For a quick bite, try out one of their Holly Molly sandwiches. Healthy options from the fresh salads include the Design Republic, Tabbouleh Spectacle or Salad Trio. The main menu is where the restaurant comes into its own with signature dishes such as the poulet aux champignons, shrimp medley and chicken stroganoff. Round off your meal with some delightful pumpkin pecan pie.

Cafe Supreme

Cafe, Middle Eastern, Coffee, $$$
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A combination of cafe and restaurant, Cafe Supreme focuses on delivering home-style, light and delectable gourmet foods, which include a selection of salads, sandwiches and hot dishes, in addition to hot and cold coffee drinks. Some of their best-selling hot coffee includes macchiato, Americano, flat white and Spanish latte. While you are here sipping a piping-hot brew, take your pick from their famous sandwiches, which include halloumi cheese, supreme chicken cheese or chicken Caesar wrap sandwich. If you are in the mood for some healthy yet delicious options, the Caesar salad with crispy bacon is an excellent choice. Complete your meal with the fabulous cheesecake, served with the sauce of your choice.

These recommendations were updated on May 26, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.