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XVA Cafe

#364 of 8,884 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
The Creek
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XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Bur Dubai | Nearby Dubai Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
+971 4 353 5383
07:00 - 19:00
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New York City, New York
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618 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 239 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very cool cafe to have drinks or food during your visit of the Bastakiya neighborhood in Dubai. The cafe is located in the 2 beautiful courtyards of a hotel/ art gallery and has great vibes. Very friendly service.

Thank Laurent G
Fakenham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Art Hotel for three nights and were very happy with the service we received. The Manager, Moses, Joy and all the staff were very kind and helpful. Excellent breakfasts and great Thalis! Will definitely stay there again next time we are in Dubai. Thank you for a memorable stay.

Thank Sarah H
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely place to wander around and the courtyard cafe is bliss. Delicious lemon and mint iced drink and lovely art exhibition thrown in!

Thank PennyL2811
Kiev, Ukraine
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cosy place to enjoy your old drink after walking around old city. Dont hesitate and check gallery as well. Apple ice tea is something to loose your heart for!

Thank AnnAvuziak
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place and food. Very nice staff! Surely will come back there soon! Far away from the crowd to rest and eat very good.

Thank JaRzYnKa123
Melbourne, Australia
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846 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 879 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet and cool setting in a traditional house, a perfect place to stop while exploring the historic Bastakia quarter for a refreshment or meal. Friendly staff serving good coffee and wide range of appealing food options. Easy to find with map on the Main Street and close to Dubai museum bus stop. Thanks for the vote if you found this... More 

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A place to relax when wandering through Bastaquia district, an old part of town. A quite courtyard with ample shade, great coffee and drinks, very nice personell. And BEST FEATURE: an old gentleman artfully doing personalized kalligraphies, a great gift to take. Looking forward to going there again, to staying at the XVA hotel and to visit the gallery.

Thank UrsulaHans
Perth, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We went for breakfast and arrived after breakfast service had finished. The staff kindly agreed to give us breakfast anyway as they were not that busy. The food was of a Very high standard me my breakfast crepe,was one of the best I have ever had. The service was very good, and the location in the middle of old Dubai... More 

Thank Lorraine554
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

The chefs did a good job and the food was good in comparison to the price. The service on the other hand was pretty awful. We asked for advice between two dishes and the waiter understood it as we ordered both even though we clearly said we selected one of them. When we remarked this he suggested that we should... More 

Thank Tobias E
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Located inside fascinating Al Fahidi (oldest part of Dubai, near Creekside) restored home, XVA is a treasure of tranquility, with really yummy food & beverages (non-alcohol only). Savvy internationals appreciate the unique setting and contrast to bustling malls & their crowds. Her tuna salad & my burgul salad w/tuna were artistry on a plate...and fairly priced. Their 'Famous Mint Lemonade'... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Cafe, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
07:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Neighborhood, Bur Dubai | Nearby Dubai Museum, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Location: Middle East  >  United Arab Emirates  >  Emirate of Dubai  >  Dubai>  > The Creek
  • Neighbourhood: The Creek
  • Phone Number: +971 4 353 5383
In the short time since XVA Cafe has been open it has already been hailed as ‘Dubai’s best kept secret’. Many return to XVA Cafe for the food along – among the restaurant’s biggest fans Gordan Ramsay, who names XVA as his favourite café in Dubai. The café serves freshly-prepared vegetarian food including delicious salads, soups and sandwiches. For those with a sweet tooth there is an array of cooling ice creams, plus the legendary refreshing mint lemonade. This Cafe has been highly commended by Time Out Dubai for several years.

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Staying in The Creek

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The Creek
The smell of frankincense hangs thick and heavy in the air, waves lap gently at jetties, and market traders call to passing tourists. The creek, originally the place where pearl boats docked and left on missions to uncover jewels from the deep, is where the city really began. The Al Fahidi District on the Creekside is one of the oldest heritage sites in Dubai, easily recognizable with its iconic wind towers, the original air conditioning. Home to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding and the Dubai Museum, the old buildings also house a range of cafes, shops and art galleries. Often called “the real Dubai,” this is a wonderful place to lose yourself before catching an abra across the creek to the spice souk, where your senses will be overwhelmed with tastes, smells, and sounds.
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