Le Pain Quotidien is a (Belgian?) chain of bakeries/restaurants available in different countries. In Dubai there are multiple branches, but this post refers to the specific branch available on the ground floor of the Dubai Marina Mall.
Timings: Daily 8 AM to 11 PM (12PM on Thu/Fri)
Wifi: 4/5 – You can use the “Dubai Marina Mall” wifi. It is unlimited and free, but in certain location of the restaurant the signal is weak. Geek note: some ports are filtered.
Plugs: 4/5 – Available on the floor/wall in different areas of the restaurant. Some of them are not always working, better to ask the personnel.
Seating: 3/5 – Wooden chairs + some sofas. The chairs are ok, nothing incredibly comfortable.
Food & drinks: 4/5 – Food and drinks are pretty good. They have some daily dishes and the service is quite fast.
Cappuccino: 18 AED – Tea: 16 AED
Noise: 3/5 – The place is quite noisy, especially in lunch or evening time when the mall gets crowded. Bring a pair of headphones if you need to concentrate.
- Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/dubai/le-pain-quotidien-dubai-marina
Avec is a pretty big restaurant/cafe located in Dubai Media City, 10 minutes walking from the Nakheel Metro station.
Probably one of the best places where to work from in Dubai.
Timings: Daily 8 AM to 1:30 AM
Wifi: 5/5 – unlimited free – Ask the password to the waiter
Plugs: 4/5 – Available on the wall in different areas of the restaurant + there is an area where plugs are available on the tables too (enter the restaurant, turn left, at the very end).
Seating: 4/5 – Spacious area with plenty of chairs available, just some chairs are not that comfortable.
Food & drinks: 4/5 – Plenty of choice in the menu both for drinks and food. Service could be improved, it usually takes a while before getting anything.
Cappuccino: 17 AED – Tea: 16 AED
Noise: 4/5 – Noise is usually pretty low. If you like quiet places just avoid lunch/dinner time when the restaurant gets busier and noisier.
- Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/dubai/avec-dubai-media-city
- Timeout review: http://www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants/details/16974-avec
PS: the photos show a black curtain on the windows – That’s not usually the case, rather a Ramadan side-effect 🙂
So why this blog?
Because I realized that many times finding a nice public space to work in Dubai is not that easy.
In the past months I tried working from a few public spaces (mainly, cafes) and I thought about sharing my reviews of these places with you, my fellow reader.
I’ll try to add more reviews as I try discover new places.