TOP 5s

Top 5 Places to Get the Best Coffee

Abu Dhabi has seen a boom in coffee culture since we last published our best coffee list in 2017. Great coffee can be subjective. Some prefer it strong, others like it bitter and some prefer it sweet. Countless cups of coffee were consumed in the making of this list and we found these to be the crème de la crème.

Rain Specialty Coffee

Rain popped up early last year just behind Al Wahda mall. This area is becoming quite the hot spot for trendy specialty coffee shops with Dose and Hanaya close by. The café is bright and beautifully decorated with Instagram moments around every corner. Be sure to look up and admire the fluffy cloud lights hanging from the ceilings while you wait for your coffee. They offer all of the classic coffee drinks you would expect plus some specialties including the piccolo latte. 

Rain Specialty Coffee, 02 677 7366

Blacksmith Coffee Company

Founded by two former students of NYUAD, this café has the cool factor with a minimalist and modern decor. They import their coffee beans from select farms around the world and roast the beans locally in their own roastery in Mina Zayed.  A long communal table with multiple charging stations and fast Wi-Fi make this the perfect work zone. Keeping on top of the latest trends they offer coffee “cocktails” like the Espresso Tonic.​​


Blacksmith Coffee Company, 02 642 2088


Walking in you wouldn’t guess this minimalist coffee concept has over 30 locations around the world. Originating in Japan in 2014, they use a mix of the best beans from around the world and from their farm in Hawaii. Grinding the beans fresh in store, you can choose from their %Arabica blend or their single origin beans.  They are pouring up some of the best coffee in Abu Dhabi using their secret weapon. The top of the line, built by hand,  ‘Slayer’ espresso machine. (Yes, that is the actual name!) They hope to let their customers ‘See the World Through Coffee”.


Hanaya Café

This cozy café opened quietly in mid 2017 and has been slowly creating a buzz. This has a lot to do with their choice to use award winning Gardelli Specialty coffee beans. Blends like the Nenesbo from Ethiopia features interesting tasting notes like strawberry, lime, mango and apricot. With a variety of comfortable and practical seating areas, if you are looking for a quiet place to work and chill, or a catch up with friends, this is your spot. Want something outside of your usual order? Try their saffron Spanish latte.

Hanaya Café for Specialty Coffee, 02 679 1814


Shot started as a coffee truck popping up at big events and landmark locations around Abu Dhabi. You may have seen their pop up in Yas Mall or recently caught them at the Morreb Dune event in Liwa. They are rapidly growing in size including a permanent truck at Hudayriat Island and a brand new brick and mortar location at Etihad Towers. Shot has fantastic branding and they make their coffee strong. They have quirky menu items aside from the usual. Try their nutlatte or get crazy and order the meringuccino, topped with toasted whipped meringue. 


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