Cafe Renard Abu Dhabi: Coffee, music and poetry in the UAE capital

Opened in March 2020 (just days before the world went into a tailspin thanks to Covid-19), Cafe Renard Abu Dhabi is a homegrown gem for coffee, music, and poetry in the UAE capital. Join your friends at The Huntr as we present a closer look…

The brainchild of Emirati Layla AlMulla (who is also behind Amaryllis Flowers and the Rose Poudre Salon), Cafe Renard is so-called after the French word for ‘Fox’ (‘Renard) – “The fox is poetic by nature and carries itself with stealth and a passion for the small things in life. The fox is kind of a metaphor for the Cafe Renard client – who feels sharper and stronger after a cup of coffee with us. The interiors were inspired by British lounges of the 18th Century and we tried to create a warm, welcoming, and rustic feel…” AlMulla told us.

The drinks menu is extensive and complete with specialty coffee (hot and cold, milk, and black), some soft drinks, and water, whilst the food menu is limited to pastries and sweet treats at present. You can order your favourites with a side of flowers, which are arranged in mini bouquets and come encased in boxes side-by-side with your favourite brew. The Huntr particularly loved the V60 (30AED), Magenta (a special dragonfruit lemonade) (25AED) and the worth-every-calorie Eden (40AED) dessert – San Sebastian cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache.

Small and cosy this homegrown, family-friendly gem is a great option next time you want to escape the 21st Century.

Insider tips: Open daily from 7 am until 11 pm except for Fridays and Saturdays when Cafe Renard stays open until midnight. The Baristas at Cafe Renard are currently using beans sourced from Sharjah-based Archers Coffee. There are a variety of non-dairy milk alternatives available.

Photography and reporting by Saleh Alanbari exclusively for The Huntr


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