The coffee shop culture is widely documented in literature and film. Here we take a look at some places in Bahrain where you can get a good cup of coffee (or tea) and some light bites.
Chai Cafe Bahrain
Known for: traditional Arabic brunch food
As an alternative to coffee, you can try Chai Cafe’s saffron karak tea. You can also try a range of traditional Bahraini food for brunch like balalaeet (sweet noodles with egss on top), mixed khubuz (bread stuffed with cheese and/or zatar). You’ll find easy access to parking, great value for your money, as well as good service. If you’re craving for traditional Bahraini food, this is the place to go.
2. Med Cafe
Where: Adliya and other places
Known for: an extensive menu
The Adliya branch of Med Cafe is just opposite Albareh Art Gallery and other antique shops. You can say its a great hang-out for art connoiseurs. With Lebanese, Italian, and continental cuisine made fresh daily, there is something for everyone. The Cafe also features private rooms for different functions. Best if you want a laid-back atmosphere in a cozy restaurant.
3. Skywalk Cafe
Where: inside Mariott Executive Apartments in Juffair
Known for: their buffets
Known for its buffets, Skywalk Cafe is also a good place to have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate (which reviewers say is very good in this place). It also offers great breakfasts, lunch, and dinner with free Wi-Fi. And also on the Mariott Executive Apartments, there is the Gloss Salon, a good salon for ladies to get pampered.
Where: The Ritz Carlton Bahrain
Known for: specialty teas
Inspired by the Belle Epoque movement, The Ritz Gourmet Lounge is evocative and elegant. Signature dishes of this lounge are the Peach Melba, Belle Helen, and Strawberries Romanoff. Imported teas from all over the world are on offer from the tisane trolley. For coffee aficionados, there are also various coffees to be had. Guests can indulge in home-made breads, croissants, pates, tartines, richly decorated desserts, chocolates, ice cream, fine olive oils and caviar.
5. Darcha Teahouse
Where: Nakheel Centre
Known for: fresh food, simply prepared
With a simple decor and restrained palette featuring tea implements and objets d’art, Darcha gives off a cool and calm atmosphere. Ask for tea, and you will get countless options. Look at the menu and you’ll find that they offer vegan and vegetarian dishes in addition to the South Asian inspired menu. For a simple, calming tea break, go to Darcha.
6. Al Riwaq Cafe
Where: Block 338 Adliya
Known for: Al Riwaq Art Space
This cool, trendy cafe in the heart of Adliya has been the site of many an intellectual discussion among artistes. This cafe will make you feel uber posh and cultured. They have a selection of sandwiches and cakes plus good, strong coffee. Afterwards you can take a look at the exhibits on display and even take a walk along Block 338 where for sure there is a pop-up exhibit of some sort.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay
Known for: spectacular views and delicious food
Woven seamlessly into the Four Seasons Lobby, the Bay View lounge is a perfect place to meet friends for a relaxed afternoon or breakfast. International cuisine and private (majlis) or seating areas make this a place to be this season. Try their hot chocolate, a dark, strong brew with varied toppings on the side.
Where: Al Safir Hotel and Tower
Known for: Irish pub food
At Bennigan’s you can have your coffee, and you can have your full English breakfast too! Since it opened in 2001, Bennigan’s has been very popular with diners because of its upbeat, relaxed atmosphere. People rave about the food, which is great value for menu and good for sharing. Whatever mood you’re in, cocktails, lunch, or a family dinner; Bennigan’s can offer you what you need.
9. Casper & Gambini’s
Where: Seef Mall
Known for: Lebanese food
Casper & Gambini’s caters to all types of foodies. With a big menu and even a Low-Cal section for those counting their calories, there’s something for everyone at this place. There’s outdoor seating which is lovely on cool nights while the inside of the place is chic and well-appointed. Ask for their homemade ice cream with a little olive oil and rock salt on top and you’ve got yourself an artisanal gelato.
Known for: good coffee
The oldie but goodie on our list, Dome Cafe is a worldwide chain that serves coffee, breakfast, and desserts. There’s a reason why Dome is franchised all over the world: it’s coffee which provides a strong, aromatic brew. On chilly winter days, its nice to sit by the cafe and enjoy your coffee and work on your plans for world domination.
What is your favorite cafe in Bahrain?