Arabian Tea House

Cafe in Bur Dubai

A grand old tree, white wicker chairs, turquoise benches and crimson bougainvillea create a sun-dappled refuge in the courtyard of an old pearl merchant's house. The menu includes Emirati specialities, including raqaq (traditional bread), chicken machboos (spicy casserole with rice) and saloona chicken (in a tomato-based stew). Its traditional breakfast also comes highly recommended, but only if you are truly hungry.

A lovely pit stop on a tour of the Al Fahidi Historic District, although you won't be alone; the only downside to this place is that it is on the hit list for coach tours.