Without a doubt the coffee culture in the UAE is at an all-time high with a number of cafés popping up every week. Here, Emirates Man recognizes the best homegrown concept shops offering more than just a cup of espresso that are worth seeking out.


A first-of-its kind coffee lounge, Caliber is haven for coffee enthusiasts and watch aficionados—offering an exceptional new experience. Located in Marsa Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi, it is a one-stop hub that boasts a watch showroom, a library display of horology coffee table books, and organizes watchmaking masterclasses in collaboration with the finest brands such as Piaget, IWC and Panerai.


Nomad Day Bar is an all-day café set inside the trendy 25hours One Central. Operated by Nightjar Coffee, its rustic and nostalgic aesthetic provides the perfect setting to spend the day working on creative endeavours. More than just a café serving fresh breakfast and artisanal coffee, it is also a laidback fully-kitted co-working space offering a variety of seating options both indoor and outdoor.


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With 3 locations across Dubai and Abu Dhabi, DRVN is the ultimate destination for coffee and car enthusiasts. This café is more than just its specialty coffee – it also houses a pizzeria, a restaurant, a merch store, and a car museum with an impressive collection of vintage Porsches and more as your backdrop.


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For more information, visit https://drvncoffee.com/


Founded in 2018, Local is an all-in-one specialty cafe, barbershop, sneaker laundry and an exclusive streetwear consigment store with a hype-worthy selection of fashion, lifestyle and homeware items from Aries, Stussy, Carhartt and more. Born out of Abu Dhabi, the urban concept store later on branched out to its second location on Soul Beach at Mamsha Saadiyat.


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A design studio and coffee house in one, Ethr is an aesthetically pleasing showroom with a multifunctional layout and sleek interiors that offers more than just a tranquil spot to satisfy your caffeine cravings. It also functions as an experiential space for creative and educational workshops. The curated menu delivers regional authentic flavours like saffron, cardamom and dates.


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For more information, visit https://shop-ethr.ae/

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