Generous portions, good value, charismatic space and lots of healthy options. If you don’t know it yet, let us introduce you to Friends’ Avenue café!
A relative newcomer on Dubai’s café scene, Friends’ Avenue has quickly made its way on our, and many others’, list of top cafes when looking for a tasty, healthy, good-vibin’ food joint.
Located in Cluster T in JLT, it brings a much-needed neighbourly vibe and while the café itself is small, but makes up for it in character. We love the industrial decor with exposed brick walls and mason jars, and let’s not mention the bicycle hanging on one of the walls.
More than this, though, we love the good-value and delicious menu. It’s our go-to breakfast spot, and now – with their just-launched new menu – it’s quickly becoming a favourite lunch spot too.
From the new breakfast menu, the granola with chia pudding and fresh fruits is a stand out, as are the scrambled eggs with avocado spread and mushrooms and the breakfast board. Actually, it’s all pretty good – and you will certainly be satisfied at the end of your meal as you will appreciate the large portion sizes offered. A quick scan of the plates on tables around you and you’ll notice this place is generous with many of the menu items, when it comes to portion size. For lunch, if you’re feeling like something light there is a selection of nutritious salads on the menu, or for something a bit more substantial a chicken fajita or vegetable wrap will not disappoint, while a sandwich (served with baked potato wedges) will keep you full for a while.
For a chilled drink, the green booster smoothie (with avocado) and antioxidant-rich fruit blast are our personal faves, and let’s not forget the coffee – oooh, the coffee. They offer almond milk as a non-dairy alternative, which is always a plus for those staying away from dairy.
Friends Avenue is the right concept at the right place – you’ll find the place buzzing most days around lunch time, so come early if you want a seat. There is plenty of parking at Cluster T, although how easy you find a spot will depend on the time of day. Around lunch time, expect to be heading underground to scout a spot.
Check out their Instagram page for mouth-watering food inspiration and their specials of the day. If they don’t entice you to pop in and check out this humble and great value café, we don’t know what will!
What: Friends’ Avenue Cafe
Where: Cluster T, JLT< Dubai
When: 8am – 6pm daily
Check them out at friendsavenue.ae.