Lonely Planet Writer

The most Dubai drink ever is a cappuccino made with real gold at the Burj Al Arab

Dubai has become near-synonymous with opulence and there are few places where that’s as apparent as at the Burj Al Arab hotel, which is known as the most luxurious in the world. Now, the hotel is taking another element of your daily routine and turning into something far more extravagant: a cappuccino made with real 24-carat gold.

Sip a cappuccino made with real gold. Image by Burj Al Arab

The Ultimate Gold Cappuccino is on offer at the Sahn Eddar lounge, which is located in the hotel’s atrium. The coffee is made using 100% Arabica beans, which is then combined with foamed milk that’s blended “with a generous quantity of luxurious 24-carat gold”. The (safe for consumption) drink is then sprinkled with gold flakes and the Burj Al Arab design.

Sip a cappuccino made with real gold. Image by Burj Al Arab

If that doesn’t sound indulgent enough, the cappuccino is made with fresh, local organic milk, topped with gold sprinkles and Italian gold flakes. It also comes with a Grand Cru Guanaja: or a chocolate marshmallow that is sprinkled with mill-grinded gold. The whole experience is served up on a set of fine-bone china, finished with gold. If you’re wondering whether this will set you back more than your usual morning cup of coffee, then the answer is likely yes – it costs 95AED, or about US$26 (£20).

A girl runs on the beach as the sun sets over Dubai, with the Burj Al Arab beyond. Image by ©Melinda Nagy/Shutterstock

This isn’t the first consumable treat that comes decked out in gold – a hotel in the US has recently offered up 24-carat gold covered chicken wings. But, if the idea of a gold coffee is too luxe for you, there are plenty of amazing places that are using a more humble approach in elevating a cup of coffee into a work of art. From complicated adorable cartoons, glitter art and even a picture of your own face, there are some next level cappuccinos out there.

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