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Six of the UAE’s best bakeries
In Downtown’s lovely VIDA hotel, La Serre is a glass-fronted two-storey space with a bistro upstairs and boulangerie on the ground oor.
Stick with downstairs for breakfasts and baguettes, where the imported oven and ne French our conspire to create breads and pastries that wow. Particularly recommended is the campaillette, which is Chef Izu’s favourite because “it’s all about the aroma in the our .
Super handy for Downtown and Old
Town residents seeking a dine-in breakfast (including boiled egg with soldiers and pain perdu) or picking up a loaf or two, La Serre’s chic but casual
feel is a little slice of Paris. Ooh la la. VIDA Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai. Tel: (04) 044286966. laserre.ae
Bang in the middle of Media City, this colourful café is bustling at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Named for its eponymous chef, it’s the rst branch outside France, with more
on the way across the region.
There’s a glass cabinet groaning with desserts and macaroons, bread baked thrice daily using Pascal-approved ingredients from Paris, and a vast selection of sandwiches and salads, from the traditional Ni oise to more exotic combos like quinoa and apricot.
Busy media types pop in for a pre-work espresso, have meetings over tartines and order paninis to their desks. There’s also a Friday brunch (Dhs and Dhs6 for children) where you can start your weekend o with a fun feeding frenzy. er Building, Media City, Dubai. Tel: (04) 4542408. pascaltepper renchbakery.com
Just o Sheikh ayed Road in Al Manara, this Provence-style bakery is owned by the same folks as Reem
Al Bawadi. It’s all rustic wooden furniture and trompe l’oeil ceilings, with a counter full of calori c treats and a wall lined with baguettes, pain
au chocolat and giant croissants.
Well-priced and fast, the menu covers breakfast essentials (including crêpes
and wa es), through to pizza and seafood. The Friday breakfast brunch (Dhs 5 and Dhs45 for children) has an eggs station, a la carte options,
pastry bu et and desserts.
This family-friendly café is the very de nition of a neighbourhood spot, with regulars stopping by on bicycles to pick up baguettes and large groups
lazing over big breakfasts inside. O Sheikh ayed Road, between Al
Manara and Al Thanya, Dubai. Tel: (04) 3468899. crumbselysee.com