Local Abu Dhabi: Cafe, barbershop and streetwear boutique

Local Abu Dhabi is the brainchild of three Emirati and British creatives who share a passion for style, and its culture and origins. They channeled this passion into creating Local – the first concept of its kind in the capital offering specialty coffee and a cafe, men’s grooming through its barbershop and exclusive sneakers and streetwear via its boutique. Join The Huntr as we present the scoop…

Offering a complete head-to-toe service, Local Abu Dhabi is as slick as they come. Think minimal, urban vibes, neon lights and cool furnishings. Spread into three distinct offerings – a cafe, a barbershop and a curated streetwear boutique, Local is a unique one-stop destination that coffee and style enthusiasts alike will love.

As the name suggests, Local are passionate about supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs and choose local suppliers and artists where possible.

In terms of coffee, this Al Raha gem pride themselves on alternating regional and international roasters to provide their customers with the freshest, best coffee that is in season. There are alternative milks available for those who prefer them too (when The Huntr visited almond, macadamia and coconut mylks were on offer). Food-wise there is a limited offering of desserts, sweet treats and baked goods alongside ready-prepared sandwiches and wraps. The Huntr tried and loved the v60 (25AED) and the chocolate brownie (20AED). Complimentary wifi and on-site bathrooms make this a great place to study or get work done and there is outside seating for the cooler months.

The men’s grooming on offer at the barbershop includes haircuts, beard cuts and shaves, plus kid’s haircuts. A complimentary coffee is offered with every service. The Huntr opted for the Hair Tidy and Beard Trim (165AED). The experience was thorough and relaxing, we loved the attention-to-detail our stylist Chrissy showered on us and we left the chair feeling fresh and confident.

Just don’t leave without checking out the boutique, which carries a rotating array of exclusive and hard-to-find products (including footwear, ready-to-wear and accessories) from the likes of Yeezy, adidas, Nike, Supreme and more.

Insider tips: Book at least 48 hours in advance for the barbershop experience(s). Open daily from 7am until 10pm. 

Photography and reporting by Saleh Alanbari exclusively for The Huntr


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