Café Arabia

Top choice middle eastern in Al Bateen & Al Mushrif

Image by Lindsey Parry Lonely Planet

This homey cafe, housed in a three-floor villa, is run by a Lebanese arts enthusiast, Aida Mansour. Tasty pastries, fantastic breakfasts (shakshuka to die for) and Turkish coffee shine, but many come for the Arabian ambience, photographs, hanging lanterns, eclectic furniture and book-swap service. It's something of a community meeting place, and arts exhibitions and literary groups are hosted here.