In honour of Pancake Day – falling this year on February 13th – we’ve compiled a list of the best pancakes in Dubai. Because hello: Any day that celebrates these fluffy little circles of joy is a day we will get on board with.
Join The Huntr as we guide you through our picks of the most delicious pancakes in the city. We’ve kept everyones preferences in mind when making this guide – because sometimes cravings call for Nutella-laden pancakes, while other times, we feel like buckwheat and flax seeds… and that’s perfectly fine, after all, variety is the spice of life and all that jazz. Also, as delicious as pancakes are, there’s nothing like a peaceful setting to enjoy them. We’ve got you covered from pancakes in the park to pancakes in a Parisian-inspired bistro… and everything in between. Pancake Day just got so much better. Dig in…
First and foremost, we want to introduce you to a breakfast spot that does pancakes unlike any other. With its creatively delicious ingredients (we’re talking toffee sauce and caramelized banana chunks), Cocoa Room has the perfect cheat-day-worthy pancakes.
These pancakes are worth every calorie. We’ve tried the fluffy red velvet with cheese frosting and almond crumble – wow. Still, the menu offers even more mouth-watering options, such as Lotus Dreams, which is on our must-try list: fluffy buttermilk pancakes with Biscoff sauce, fresh berries, vanilla ice cream, and coconut shavings… all with some lotus crumble. Mouth watering? Ours is too.
If you’re in the mood for even more, the Cocoa Room also has two French toast options and a plethora of homemade cakes, cookies and pastries proudly displayed in cafe’s cabinet. Plus a variety of eggs and breakfast dishes.
Good for: Decadent, cheat-day-worthy pancakes
Price for pancakes: 52-84 AED
Location: Galleria Mall, Al Wasl Road, Dubai, UAE
A trip to Life’n One Dubai is unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in the UAE. In the very best way possible – we’ve never quite felt so “Un-Dubai” as we have inside the walls of Life’n One. This spot has a huge focus on vegan food and healthy options, so you can definitely come here to treat yourself to their version of pancakes and leave without an ounce of guilt.
The Life ’n One Dubai space is tranquility to a tee. A beautiful, borderline-unkept garden serves as the dining area, and there is also an enclosed tent-type structure to provide shelter and AC for the hotter months. Inside, the villa itself is built up of the kitchen and serves as a yoga/pilates studio. Beautiful log tables, and cosy little corners await guests in the Life’n One garden, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that you have somehow wound up in Bali or Goa.
In terms of the pancakes, Life’n One used to have legit vegan pancakes on their menu but these have since been replaced by ‘Chickpea Omelettes’. Purists look away – strictly not pancakes, these creations do offer a high-protein alternative for the health conscious. Created using chickpea flour and water, they are stuffed with two options. Option 1 is mushrooms, spring onions, bell pepper & salsa topped with sour cream, and option 2 is filled with spring onion, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado topped with vegan cream cheese. Which will you choose?
Good for: High protein, faux vegan pancakes
Price for pancakes: 49 AED
There’s something about the rich, creamy taste of chocolate that makes it irreplaceable. Chocolate can be roasted, fruity, or even woody – and it’s almost always delicious. So it’s no wonder that at Cocoville Dubai – chocolate is a lifestyle. Here, you’ll find handcrafted truffles, chocolate sticks, chocolate in a jar, brownies, hot chocolate… and of course, delicious chocolate-filled pancakes.
Walking into Cocoville is like stepping inside your favourite Pinterest decor board. It’s virtually impossible to not pick up your phone and start snapping all of the pretty corners. Everything is so chic and the cute ‘melting’ chocolate drips present on the facade of the villa and on elements inside, add a sense of fun to this Jumeirah gem. We also loved that there are buzzers on each table, with buttons to request the ‘waiter’ and the ‘bill’. Such a cool touch – and anything that helps you get those chocolate pancakes faster is a bonus. Trust us.
Ps. Cocoville recently opened a pop-up at The Dubai Mall too.
Good for: Pancakes for the chocoholic
Price for pancakes: 50 AED
Location: 51st Street, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, UAE
Menagerie Dubai has a menu bursting with organic, nutritious produce lovingly shaped into tempting-sounding dishes – including waistline-friendly, mouth-watering pancakes.
The Huntr first visited Menagerie for a weekend breakfast. We were immediately impressed by the interiors at Menagerie. Sleek tables and chairs, pretty lamps and a huge stained-glass plant box housing grass and a cactus lend a stylish and contemporary feel to this homegrown eatery. There’s also an outdoor seating area available – perfect for Dubai Pancake Day weather.
Here’s the scoop on the pancakes: We ordered the ‘Matcha and Vanilla Pancakes’ and we weren’t disappointed – they had just the right amount of sweetness, and came served with a delicious and nutritious mix of matcha sauce and honey. There’s also ‘Buckwheat Pancakes’ on the menu, which are crafted from flax seeds, candied pecans, almond butter, caramelised banana, topped with maple syrup. Mouth-watering and healthy.
Good for: Vegan, healthy pancakes
Price for pancakes: 52-54 AED
The Lonely Planet calls it “New York’s number 1 breakfast spot,” and New York Magazine declares that it has “the best pancakes” – and lucky for us, we have our very own Clinton Street Baking Company right in the heart of Dubai.
The Huntr ventured out to City Walk to sample the pancakes at this impressive location. We were wowed by breakfast for dinner in the form of pancakes with warm maple butter, wild Maine blueberries, and banana walnuts (that you can substitute for chocolate chunks if you wish). These pancakes were classic but absolutely satisfying, especially since we enjoyed them for dinner at 8pm.
Plus – Clinton Street Baking Company are taking Pancake Day to a whole other level. These guys have declared February as Pancake Month and will be debuting a whole host of exclusive dishes throughout the month. Keep tabs on the official Instagram page to see what is available and when.
Good for: World-famous pancakes for dinner. A whole month dedicated to pancakes.
Price for pancakes: 58 AED
The Huntr visited this spot for a “French food without attitude” dining experience. We’re talking chic pendant lights, sleek Parisian bistro chairs, and gold and pink details – with no stuffiness whatsoever. The boutique is extremely Instagrammable. It’s basically a Millenial pink dreamland with some delicious pancakes as a bonus…
We ordered the ‘Parlour Fluffy Pancakes’ (35 AED), which come with pecans and Canadian maple butter. They weren’t the best pancakes we’ve ever had, but they were definitely good and come served in a beautiful copper frying pan. Plus, Parlour serves a cracking cup of coffee to go with them.
Good for: Pancakes in a millennial pink dreamland
Price for pancakes: 35 AED
There aren’t many places in the UAE that you can enjoy pancakes under a huge tree, surrounded by a wall of coral and stone and simultaneously peer out at the wonderful Dubai city skyline featuring Sheikh Zayed Road, City Walk, the iconic water tank building and yet be completely surrounded by grass – are there? How’s that for the perfect atmosphere.
The pancakes here are dubbed hotcakes – the American term for the wondrous, fluffy delicacies that this guide is dedicated to. The ricotta hotcakes include fresh blueberries, cinnamon maple, and icing sugar – absolutely classic, and reminiscent of a diner in the States. Hotcakes in the serene atmosphere of Al Khazzan park? Count us in.
Good for: Pancakes in the park
Price for pancakes: 44 AED
The Dubai Mall can get hectic, and there’s nothing like escaping the rush of shopping to sit down and enjoy a delicious breakfast. And you’ll be hard-pushed to find a better place for that than Parker’s. At this cheat-day haven, the service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is lovely. You do not feel like you are sat in a mall restaurant at all.
Better still, Parker’s has a wide range for us pancake-enthusiasts to choose from. We’re talking berries (with oven-baked puffed Dutch pancakes, strawberries, blueberries, and cream cheese for 45 AED)… and Nutella (with American-style pancakes, Nutella sauce, and crushed Toblerone, for 55 AED). Head on over to Parker’s after a busy morning at The Dubai Mall for treat. Trust us: You won’t regret it.
Good for: A treat at The Dubai Mall
Price for pancakes: 45-57 AED
Named after its address at 102 Beach Road, this cosy cafe and boutique concept serves up some of the best tasting healthy dishes we have ever eaten, in a charming little white villa – a stone’s throw from the beach in Jumeirah, Dubai.
Like any great restaurant filed under the ‘healthy’ genre, the menu changes often according to seasonal produce. Delicious pancakes pop up on the menu in the form of buckwheat pancakes with fresh berries (52.50 AED) and buckwheat pancakes with ‘green’ eggs (63AED) – gluten-free pancakes with 3 organic eggs, fresh herbs and homemade guacamole.
Good for: Even more vegan, healthy pancakes
Price for pancakes: 52-63 AED
Location: 102 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, UAE
Pocket-friendly Regag bread is actually more of a crepe or a cracker than a pancake, but here at The Huntr, we love trying new dishes. This Emirati delicacy is crafted using unleavened dough and water – which is spread out thin onto a super-hot griddle and cooked until crispy. It can then be topped with all manner of concoctions, before being folded and handed to the lucky person who gets to wolf it down. And one of the best spots to find this tasty nostalgic treat is at the Regag bread stand at Al Labeeb Grocery store in Jumeirah. Give it a try after a Friday spent at the beach…
Good for: Emirati pancakes that aren’t technically pancakes
Price for pancakes: 5-6 AED
This Emirati-owned gem is located along the bustling Boulevard in Downtown Dubai – between the Manzil and Vida hotels. It features a lovely outdoor seating area with a Burj Khalifa view for the cooler months, and a cosy indoor dining space – complete with indoor tree and AC for the hotter climes. The Huntr visited for a midweek brunch and quickly realised that this is a popular spot – the tables were almost all full despite it not being a set “meal time”. A good sign indeed…
Here you can sample the traditional Emirati pancake – Chebab Pancakes. Karak House’s version will cost you 52 shiny dirhams and are made with fresh berries and ricotta, plus the region’s favourite flavours of cardamom, rose (cream) and saffron (syrup). We couldn’t get enough of this Arabic/Emirati-inspired take on pancakes and highly recommend you sample them for yourself. Plus: You simply must wash them down with a cup of Karak. When in Rome…
Good for: Emirati pancakes washed down with Karak
Price for pancakes: 52 AED
Sarabeth’s Dubai has an impressive start-up story and some pretty famous fans… The brainchild of Sarabeth Levine and first opened in NYC, what started out as small business making a family recipe for apricot-orange marmalade became a foodie enterprise with the likes of Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Brad Pitt as customers. “It wasn’t planned, one thing led to another,” Levine told The National on her visit to open her first outpost in Dubai, “You couldn’t have just a jam shop, you needed something to put the jam on. The next thing you know, people wanted eggs, and that’s how it all started.”
The Huntr haven’t actually tried Sarabeth’s pancakes – so we do want to be transparent about that. Nonetheless, a few readers have voted for their inclusion in this list and if they are any thing like the other dishes we sampled at Sarabeth’s, we are certain they will be sublime. There are two options on the menu: Classic Buttermilk Pancakes (55 AED) and Lemon and Ricotta Pancakes (55 AED).
Good for: Brad Pitt certified pancakes
Price for pancakes: 55 AED
Psst. Let us know if we’re missing any of your favourite pancake spots—we’d love to add even more gems to our guide. Drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org – we would love to hear from you!
Compiled by Saman Nargund exclusively for The Huntr