Möto Rauch & Staub
Founded by a German expat, this hybrid cafe-motorbike workshop (no, really) is all bare brickwork and natural wood, and it serves a great range of coffee (try the cold brew) and homemade cakes. On some nights, Möto hosts unplugged musical performances, too.
Moto Rauch & Staub, Street 4B, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE
This breakfast spot wouldn’t look out of place in Los Angeles, with a menu chock-full of Instagrammable dishes, from the “no carb” benedict and super green omelet to the acai power bowl. While you’re here, explore the rest of the building complex, including the Courtyard Playhouse (performing arts).
Cassette, The Courtyard, Street 4B, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE
Mirzam Chocolate forges its creations, from bean to bar, right in this venue. The milk chocolate, dark chocolate and bars fused with traditional Emirati flavors (e.g., cardamom, date, halva) all make for nice souvenirs or gifts. Complimentary tours around the factory take place a few days a week (check the website for latest dates), and you can sign up for workshops, too.
Mirzam Chocolate, Warehouse 70, Alserkal Avenue, 6th Street, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE
Nightjar Coffee Roasters
Cafe and boutique coffee supplier Nightjar is known for having some of the friendliest staff in town, so don’t hesitate to ask them for tips on the city. But the coffee is undoubtedly the star of the show: If you’re a fan of chocolate-orange combos, order the Jaffa Shake, a concoction of cold brew with cacao nib syrup and orange juice.
Nightjar Coffee Roasters, Unit G62, Alserkal Avenue, 6th Street, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE
This intimate venue, a forerunner of art-house cinemas in the Gulf region, screens independent films from around the world and hosts talks and special presentations to increase awareness of the indie industry and foster local filmmaking talent. It’s the antithesis of the UAE’s usual, blockbuster-centric theaters.
Cinema Akil, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE
Nostalgia Classic Cars gallery
UAE residents, you’ll quickly notice, have a penchant for luxury vehicles, and that extends to classic cars as well. This showroom regularly cycles out the beautiful vintage automobiles on display and even has a restoration workshop.
Nostalgia Classic Cars Gallery, Units J88 & J89, Alserkal Avenue, 17th Street, Al Quoz Industrial 1, Dubai, UAE