Whether you work from home or are simply looking for a place to sink in and read a good book, this is the list for you. We’ve chosen the the best coffee shops in Abu Dhabi to work in. You won’t find any franchises here, only independent cafes that you’ll want to go back to again and again.
1. Art House Cafe
Art House Cafe is a part of the Etihad Modern Art Gallery. With well-designed indoor and outdoor spaces, Art House Cafe is the kind of café that will inspire you out of any creative block. Every room of the extensive cafe is decorated with the art of past patrons. You can leave your mark as well: Decorate one of the bricks or plates that line the walls of the space, for instance. And if your work ever goes from day to night, Art House Cafe is also a restaurant. P.s.: if you arrive by bike, you get 25 percent off.
2. The Third Place Cafe
Right off the corniche, The Third Place Cafe calls itself “that neutral corner that is neither your work nor your home.” With an excess of wall plugs and two rooms upstairs designated as quiet zones, The Third Place is a great place to work or study. They have great coffee, and a fun and delicious selection of smoothies to keep you going. You can bring your entire team and book one of their rooms for private meetings. Studies say coffee breaks with your team boost performance.
Local is a multifaceted concept store in Al Zeina that includes a cafe, barbershop and consignment urban wear shop. The cafe part of the shop is intimate, with both comfortable couch spaces and tables for your work needs.
4. Boroughs Cafe
Next to Vogue Fitness on Yas Marina, Boroughs cafe has tons of healthy snacks like vegan power balls and bite-sized vegetable offerings, as well as all the alternate milks you could want. The warm tones and plush couches are great for sinking in and getting work done. Also, the quick access to the waterfront is great for when you need a break.
5. Blacksmith Coffee
Photo: Blacksmith Coffee
Part of New York Univeristy Abu Dhabi, Blacksmith Coffee is designed with work in mind. The cool cafe has counters, co-working space and couches to lounge in. Try their date and cardamom latte. In fact, any of their specialty coffees. You won’t regret it.
6. Food Shed
Food Shed is a restaurant and cafe that boasts delicious treats. Tucked behind the twofour54 campus, the cafe is full of sunlight. A modern rustic design is meant to make you feel comfortable. Grab a seat at one of the tables, order one of their arabica bean cappuccino and get to work.
7. Raw by Nolu’s
Raw by Nolu’s is an outlet of Nolu’s, the popular California-style restaurant. The cafe and juice bar is all about health — think cold-pressed juices and health bowls. The mix of industrial and organic design makes for a very cool space to work in. And if you get hungry, their menu is as cool as their design. Try the salmon tacos, they’re delicious.
8. Coffee Architecture
Owner Nooran Al Bannay created Coffee Architecture with an open spirit. She wanted “people from all walks of life to feel welcome to visit her space.” The Al Reem island based cafe is exactly that, a welcome space to work in with an emphasis on great coffee.
These are just some of the great work friendly cafes in Abu Dhabi. If you know of some other great cafes that should be on this list, feel free to share them with us.
Alexa Mena is a multidisciplinary artist and staff writer for livehealthy.ae. When she's not writing for livehealthy, she's thinking about design and how it shapes the human experience.