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Lunch in Dubai with a baby – outdoors and with a great view

April 7, 2013

It’s still just about cool enough to enjoy have my lunch outside as long as there’s some shade and whether you’re in Dubai on holiday or you live here you’ll probably agree it’s always nice to have a view too.

So for discerning babies, here’s some inspiration  before it gets too hot for great places to fling / eat your lunch outside and with that view…

Spikes at Al Badia golf club, Festival City

View from Spikes at Al Badia

View from Spikes at Al Badia

Elevated at first floor level for beautiful views of the driving range from the terrace, there’s plenty of umbrellas for shade and fantastic food very reasonably priced. It’s also licensed in case mum or dad fancy a cheeky glass of something. A light lunch for 2 adults (with me sharing their food and the delicious bread basket) costs around Aed 100-200. Naturally there’s valet parking too if it’s too much hassle to walk from the car park right next door. Use your Timeout City card for a discount.

Boardwalk at Dubai Creek Golf Club (next to the Park Hyatt)

Decked terraces over the water and a fantastic view over the Creek and Dubai skyline views, this is one of my favourite haunts. It’s abit of a pain lifting my pushchair up and down the steps but the staff are always on hand to help and it’s totally worth it. Wide variety of excellent food. Licensed. A light lunch for 2 adults (without alcohol)  is around Aed 150-250. They also provide a bread basket which keeps me occupied til the food arrives. You can also use your Timeout City card here.

Cafe Bateel, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina

This is an arabic inspired cafe but even if you’re not mad about arabic food you’ll still find something you’ll love on this menu. The date bread they bring out is amazing. Not licensed but Mum and Dad love the coffee here, not least because of the toffee-like date they serve with it. It’s located on the Marina so you can people and boat watch at the same time. You can even round off your lunch with a trip on Captain Jack (boat tour around the Marina) that departs just opposite. Light lunch around Aed 100-200.

Bunkers (Soon to be Montys), The Address Montgomerie golf course and hotel, Emirates Hills

If you’re after a lush green view come here! Situated on the ground floor in the clubhouse and close to the pool. Large range of food, great atmosphere but still always possible to get a table even on a weekend. Of course the food is top notch and you can even get a real (pork) bacon sandwich. A light lunch is around aed 150-250 for two without alcohol. Licensed.

Solis, Tiara Residences, Palm Jumeirah

The view from here is pretty incredible as you look over Dubai’s coastline from the Palm. This licensed restaurant is by the beach at Tiara Residences but is open to non- residents. It’s a bit tricky to find your way to the restaurant from  the basement car park but once you emerge into daylight and see the view, you won’t be disappointed. Food is good although not as great as some of the other places mentioned and Mum finds the chairs too low for the tables but she is a bit fussy. All worth it for that view. Use your Entertainer voucher for buy one get one free on main courses.

More Cafe, Dubai Mall, Downtown

Want to have lunch whilst gawping at the Burj Khalifa? This is your place! Very popular with families you’re in good company as you watch how far you can fling your bread roll. I’ve seen Mum’s eyes light up at the cakes here. Can get very busy and you might need to wait for an outside table. If the wait’s too much, head down to the other end where there’s another Cafe Bateel or The Social House is also nice and similar to More.

If you have any outdoor lunchtime favourites with a view let me know as I’m always keen to try somewhere new!

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6 Comments
  1. Sharah Joseph permalink

    This article is so great and helpful! Really loved it…If you could just suggest some place where I could spend my evenings with my kids… someplace like an activity center…
    Thank you! :)

    • Hello. I believe a lot of the soft play centres in the malls are open in the evenings, but I’ve never been to one at that time of day. A walk around the Dubai Fountain and dinner in Souk al Bahar is a fun thing to do and JBR is good for an evening stroll too. Plenty for your baby to look at :-)

  2. Hey! This post is really amazing! I’m new in Dubai and have been wanting to have a look around! Your post proved to be just what I needed! I have a little different question here does anyone here know about any place where I could enroll my 5 year old son for French class over his christmas vacations????
    Would be great if you could help…

    • Hello. I think you have the play centre at the Jewels in the Marina that I have heard about? We keep meaning to visit – it looks fun!
      I’m afraid I don’t know anywhere that will do French classes over the Christmas holidays. Maybe TimeOut Kids would have a listing?

  3. SJ Lascelles permalink

    Wow! We are just planning a stopover in Dubai for next year when we will be flying from Australia to the UK with our 8 month old (will be 17mths when we travel). This blog is brilliant!! Thank you :)

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