Abu Dhabi is roughly an hour away from Dubai. Even as a child the one-off trips to Abu Dhabi were to meet my aunt (Mom’s tenth sister – no boys. 10 girls!) and her family. Even now the only trips I do are to meet my cousin sister. Nothing has changed. She’s a bubbly, chirpy person who never fails to add cheer whenever we meet.
There are so many great tea options in this city. Check out where we started here.
Before heading back we stopped by a cafe on a quiet street opposite Mushrif Children’s Park. We walked to this cafe set up in a converted villa after dark not sure what to expect. Bright pink bougainvillea hung from the high walls. The thick black gates opened to an entryway lined with potted plants and the flicker of lanterns.
Welcome to my walk-through of Cafe Arabia.
We walked into a small reception with some cute items like keychains for sale. Walk past that and you see walls dedicated to celebrating iconic Arabic people who created history through music, politics, literature, and art. The decor of the cafe is so thoughtfully done.
We picked a corner flanked by a collection of books. This was something I loved about the cafe. Most people relate cozy cafes with their favorite coffee or tea and a great book. The cafe doesn’t mind you taking a book along with you. But they encourage replacing it with a new book. Basically with an eye to having books that different people enjoy and sharing that with other customers.
Dining & tea drinking
We visited the cafe post dinner so we opted for some light drinks. Our picks included a fruit juice and some iced tea. We did come back for lunch another day. We had opted for a pot of tea and some pasta. The presentation was really nice. The tea came in a teal colored teapot with small tea glasses. What I didn’t like was the sight of a tea bag dangling from the teapot. I don’t appreciate paying money to drink teabag tea. I mean I could purchase any brand of teabag from a supermarket. On the other hand being served infused tea leaves gives a much better impression.
We took ourselves on a tour of the cafe. Walk in past the wall of fame (as I call it) to another section dedicated to books and items like plates with Arabic calligraphy and tea light holders for sale. This particular area was dimly lit and we had to rely on the light from our mobile phone flashlights to browse through the books.
The top floor of the cafe had a small majlis area with a collection of books there as well. The space at the top was in the process of being renovated.
There is much attention to detail and a focus on showcasing pieces of Art and other items that are symbolic of Arabic culture. The color tones used and the lighting of the place brought in elements of warmth and cozy cafe vibes. Like I could chill here with a book or my work for hours. I would go back to this cafe for reasons that are a lot connected to the beautiful way this cafe is done up.
Disclaimer: I was not asked to review the cafe. This is my honest opinion.