Having spent much longer than anticipated at the Grand Mosque, we were more than ready for lunch. We headed back into the city to Café Arabia. I had read great things about this café in a converted villa and it actually exceeded our expectations.
Café Arabia is a real find, an absolute gem of a place. As soon as you enter, there's a feeling of calm.
One of those charming places where there is so much to admire with photographs of well-known people of Arabia and local art adorning the walls.
Colourful Arabic lanterns dangle from the ceiling...
It's very much a community café which regularly hosts various events including book clubs and there's an Arts and Crafts Souq in December. Such an attractive venue with a relaxed ambiance and I loved this colourful wall .....
Our dishes were delicious and so fresh....shish taouk, traditional marinated chicken skewers and grilled lamb arayes, crispy pita bread filled with spicy minced lamb ....so popular all over the Middle East....
|One of the best mint lemonades .....ever!|
A tempting display of cakes caught my eye with a huge selection from muffins and red velvet ... to coffee and walnut but we needed to move on to our final destination. (I actually refused cake!)
Time Out Abu Dhabi sums up Café Arabia perfectly.
"It's a safe bet that every person who visits Café Arabia spends a few private moments musing over how they could make their own home a little bit more like this one. The boutique 'concept café' looks like an elegant Arabian house, with expensive sofas, interesting artwork and tasteful bookshelves ......."
|Café Arabia, Villa No 37, 15th Street|
(opposite Al Mushruf Children's Park)
Finally, before heading back to Dubai, we went in search of a very special cappuccino served in the Emirates Palace Hotel. Sprinkled with 24 carat gold flakes!
An even more exotic drink for mr b...a camelccino .... with frothy camel milk topped with date syrup! A little chocolate camel on the side!
A beautiful setting too with the stunning dome above us.
Abu Dhabi impressed us so much. .....not only the breathtakingly beautiful, serene Grand Mosque and the friendly, helpful people but the stunning modern architecture. Two buildings in particular stand out.....but I was disappointed with the quality of my photos taken from a distance. I came across these images which capture the magnificence of these architectural works of art.
|Hyatt Capital Gate |
|HQ 'The Coin'|
There are more ambitious plans too......Saadiyat Cutural District is set to become an important arts hub with The Louvre, Abu Dhabi due to open in 2015 and the Guggenheim, Abu Dhabi will follow in 2017.
I know we shall return!
If you missed my post about the Grand Mosque you can read it here