Little Malibu Cafe Abu Dhabi is a tiny little bolthole of a gem in the UAE capital. Inspired by, you guessed it, “sunny Malibu”, a cute sign on the door reads “Push for Malibu” (it also says “Push for Abu Dhabi” on the other side when you exit) setting the scene for what is to come.
The ‘Little’ in ‘Little Malibu’ is spot on. The space is tiny – with room for just 6 people to sit comfortably inside and no outdoor seating. The decor is laid back and also Malibu-inspired. Think pretty muted-pastel tiles, boho-esque hanging dreamcatchers, framed pictures of palm prints and a light, overall colour scheme.
Little Malibu serves up speciality coffee and mocktails alongside croissants (labneh, chocolate and PBJ) and waffles. The Huntr sampled the Piccolo (18AED), which was good but far too hot and the Pink Coco (28AED) a summery sweet mix of pineapple, coconut syrup and strawberry puree. The baristas were using beans sourced from the Emirati Coffee Co when The Huntr visited.
Emirati-owned and homegrown, it’s worth passing by to try some of the signature drinks and feel all of the Malibu feels.
Insider tip: Sadly there is currently no WiFi so this isn’t a good spot to study or get work done.