Caya Dubai: A homegrown family-friendly mediterranean gem in Town Square

The latest concept from the Emirati-owned Alabbar Enterprises, Caya Dubai is a much-needed addition to the Dubai Land area. Join The Huntr as we present the scoop…

Located inside the new Town Square Park development by Nshama, this Mediterranean homegrown cafe and restaurant brings all the blissful vibes. Think white-washed walls, pretty mosaic-tile flooring, tons of natural light, and cosy little corners. There’s a dedicated kid’s play area complete with thoughtfully-curated wooden toys and books and there’s also an expansive outside seating terrace plus a beautiful light-filled courtyard, which we imagine would be the best place to sit for dinner when the weather permits.

The menu features a range of classic favourites inspired by Italian and Mediterranean cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are ample options for vegetarians but vegans will struggle to find many options (although some dishes can easily be customized to be made vegan). The Huntr sampled the fresh and tasty Greek by Caya (45AED) salad plus the Avocado Toast (35AED), which we opted to make vegan (removing the egg and ricotta cheese) and was one of the best avocado toasts we’ve tried lately. So good. We washed it all down with tea (green and English breakfast), which were beautifully presented in glass teapots, and couldn’t resist trying the orange loaf cake from the freshly-baked treats counter.

There is a (currently closed) impressive-looking kid’s park just a stone’s throw away plus a little train ride and a splash and play zone – not to mention a vast spread of green grass to run over. This coupled with the play area, family-friendly vibes, and Caya’s kid’s menu makes this the perfect spot to head with the little ones at any time of the day. However, Caya is sophisticated enough to enjoy an adult-only get-together also and the free WiFi and on-site bathrooms make it a great spot to study or get work done too.

Insider tips: Open daily from 8 am. Closes at 10 pm Sunday until Wednesday and 11 pm Thursday until Saturday. Caya Dubai is a little tricky to find at first (thanks to the changing roads at Town Square as the development completes). When The Huntr visited it was best to park outside Carrefour and then walk across to Caya. 

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