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10 Girly Cafés to Consider for Valentine’s Day

Because location, location, location – right?

Valentine’s Day may be divisive – why do we have to be in love in the middle of February? – but everyone can agree on the appeal of Galentine’s Day. This unofficial holiday debuted in a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation, reminding us to celebrate our female friendships every year on February 13. And the good news here? We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to girly cafés, many of which are hidden gems in their own right. From Insta-worthy interiors to mouth-watering menus, here, we round-up our top 10 picks in Dubai. 

Bounty Beets 

‘Old but gold’ is the phrase that best describes this café. Super popular amongst health-conscious women, it features a botanical setting that perfectly reflects all the charming vibes you need for a girls’ day out. As for its menu? There’s plenty of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, so you’re sure to find something that’ll suit everyone’s palettes. 

Bounty Beets, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, 04 511 7373, www.bountybeets.com, open 8am-10pm daily

Boston Lane 

The super pretty Boston Lane is tucked away at The Courtyard in Al Quoz, making it a true hidden gem. While the café is quite small, its ambience embraces a concept store feel, complete with trinkets and books exuding just the right amount of coziness. Alternatively, you can grab a seat outside with your girlfriends to enjoy the gorgeous weather that comes with this time of year.

Boston Lane, 25 4B Street, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, 054 449 2131, www.instagram.com/bostonlane.dubai, open 8am-6pm daily

Brunch & Cake 

Originating in Barcelona and running three branches in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi, Brunch & Cake is easily one of the most Instagrammable cafés for a day out with the girls – its boho-chic aesthetic is what makes so many patrons returning to more. And then there’s the brightly coloured açai bowls and signature brekkie board, both hearty and downright delicious. SMiZE and Dream, Tyra Banks’ signature ice cream line, is also available at select locations.

Brunch & Cake, Ground Floor, Jumeirah Islands, The Pointe, and Wasl 51, 800 472 6362, brunchandcake.com, open 8am-22:30pm daily


Between its delicious dinner options, decadent cakes, and overdose of pink detailing (flowers, vases, and furniture included), Saya is not your ordinary café. But whether you and your friends are fans of the colour pink or not, it’s the food you’ll want to return to. We recommend the Saya Signature Benedict (with beetroot hollandaise) and Spanish lattes infused with lavender or caramel as the perfect combination. 

Saya, The Pointe, City Walk, Wasl 51, and other locations, 050 541 8373, sayacafe.ae, open 9am-1am daily

Lou’Loua by Nadia

With an ambience and accents adorned in pink, purple and rose gold, every corner of this café feels delicate and girly – but the picture-perfect aesthetic of this café is not limited to its interiors alone. Not only is the food here easy on the eye, but it also fuses Middle Eastern flavours with a modern twist, making it a must-visit for foodies across the city. 

Lou’Loua by Nadia, 225 Jumeirah Street, 04 331 3310, www.instagram.com/loulouabynadia, open 8am-11:30pm daily


Having received a shout-out from a popular celebrity (hint: Drake) before it even opened, Vibe Café practically belongs on your bucket list. With itssteady stream of hip-hop jams, kitsch accents, and just the right amount of pink, it has created the perfect ambience for a girls’ hangout. And if you and your girls are into clean eating? Well, your search ends here.

Vibe, Lamar Building – Unit #30 – Al Wasl Rd, 800 8423, www.vibeuae.com, open 8am-10pm daily

Parlour Boutique

The wonderfully elegant Parlour Boutique can be your go-to option for a hangout if you’re planning to catch up with friends after work on a Thursday night. Located in the Dubai World Trade Centre area, the café has an extensive collection of French delicacies on its menu, all of which translate perfectly to ‘cheat day’.

Parlour Boutique, One Central, World Trade Centre Dubai, 04 3865333, parlour.ae, open 8am-7pm daily

Sereni-Tea by Tania’s Teahouse

If you’re looking to indulge your inner child during a girls’ day out, then head straight to Sereni-Tea by Tania’s Teahouse. While the flagship location in Umm Suqeim is currently in the process of expanding and relocating to Dubai Hills Mall, Sereni-Tea in Al Wasl has expanded hours and a more extensive menu. From unicorn toasts and an al fresco patio to keep your pooch content to a selection of beautifully packaged handbag essentials to shop, this café is a one-stop shop. Incidentally, the wholesome range of Magic Mylks (nut milk lattes) is hands down our favourite. 

Sereni-Tea by Tania’s Teahouse, 9 Street 29B – Al Manara – Dubai, 0585982642, www.taniasteahouse.com , open 7am-8pm daily 

Forever Rose Café 

Opened recently at Boxpark, this café is a 2D wonderland that we’ll never tire of. From the tables to chairs and even plates, everything at this café is concepted in 2D monochrome, with red roses adding only the slightest contrast – you’ll feel like you’re in a whimsical children’s book from the moment you step in. Menu-wise, everything from breakfast and light lunch to high tea options are on offer.

Forever Rose Cafe, Al Wasl Road, Boxpark, 04 548 4210 @foreverrosecafe, open 9am-12pm daily

Secret Garden by L’ETO 

A floral wonderland isSecret Garden By L’ETO in a nutshell. With one branch in Dubai Mall and another in City Walk, the café is all about flowers adorning every inch of its walls and ceilings. The menu, meanwhile, focuses on soulful cuisine, so expect colourful healthy bowls alongside gorgeous desserts that taste as good as they look. 

Secret Garden by L’ETO, City Walk & Dubai Mall, 04 388 2080 @secretgarden.global, open CityWalk 10am-10pm, Dubai Mall 10am-1pm daily


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Applelicious Delights: Top 3 Irresistible Desserts

Sweet Apple Bliss

When it comes to desserts, apples are a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used in various ways. From classic apple pies to unique and creative treats, there’s no shortage of apple desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. These top 3 irresistible apple desserts are sure to become your new favourites.

Classic Apple Pie

This timeless dessert is a staple in many households around Dubai. The flaky crust, warm apple filling, and aromatic spices make this a winner.

Serving Size:
4 – 6
1 Hour

To make a classic apple pie, you’ll need:


  • 6-7 medium-sized apples (Granny Smith or Honeycrisp work well)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 9-inch pie crust (homemade or store-bought)


  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Peel, core, and slice the apples into thin wedges.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the sugar, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. Add the sliced apples to the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the sugar mixture.
  5. Roll out the pie crust and place it in a 9-inch pie dish.
  6. Pour the apple mixture into the pie crust and dot the top with small pieces of butter.
  7. Roll out the second pie crust and place it on top of the apples. Crimp the edges to seal the pie.
  8. Cut a few slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.
  9. Brush the top of the pie with the beaten egg.
  10. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling.
  11. Let the pie cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.


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Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars

We urge you to try these caramel apple cheesecake bars. The combination of creamy cheesecake, tart apples, and gooey caramel is a match made in dessert heaven. Perfect for a party, a celebration or just for a picnic, and they’re sure to pull on the heart strings of your loved ones.

Serving Size:
50 Min

To make caramel apple cheesecake bars, you’ll need:


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 medium-sized apples, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup caramel sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup sugar, and melted butter.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar until smooth.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, and beat until well combined.
  6. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the graham cracker crust.
  7. Sprinkle the diced apples over the top of the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the apples.
  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the centre is set.
  10. Let the bars cool before slicing and serving.

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts

If you love to experiment I’m the kitchen, it’s time you tried these baked apple cider doughnuts. These doughnuts are moist, flavourful, and have a subtle apple cider taste that will leave you wanting more. Plus, they’re baked instead of fried, making them a healthier option for your kids, coworkers or friends!

Serving Size:
30 Min

To make baked apple cider doughnuts, you’ll need:


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the apple cider, melted butter, Greek yoghurt, egg, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. Spoon the batter into a greased doughnut pan, filling each mould about 3/4 full.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Let the doughnuts cool before removing them from the pan.
  8. Optional: Dip the top of the doughnuts in a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for added flavour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes Classic Apple Pie a timeless favourite, and are there any variations to enhance its flavour profile?

Classic Apple Pie is beloved for its comforting blend of sweet and tart apples encased in a flaky crust. The timeless recipe provides insights into creative variations, ensuring your apple pie experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

How do Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars combine the richness of cheesecake with the sweet crunch of caramelized apples, and can they be customized for dietary preferences?

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars offer a decadent fusion of creamy cheesecake and luscious caramelized apples. The delightful marriage of flavours can be achieved by substituting sugar with Our Allulose Sweetener to accommodate your dietary preference, ensuring everyone can indulge in this heavenly treat. Our Allulose Sweetener is a non-GMO corn-based natural sweetener. It tastes just like sugar, with a clean and moderate sweetness and no aftertaste. Because Allulose is not digested by the body, it has extremely few calories and has no effect on blood sugar levels. Allulose offers roughly 70% of the sweetness and intensity of sugar without any of the health hazards. As a result, it is becoming more common as a sweetener in food and beverages. Allulose has the remarkable feature of browning like sugar, making it the preferred sugar alternative for baking. Allulose has been demonstrated in studies to lower blood sugar and insulin levels, as well as aid in weight loss.


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