Le Pain Quotidien – Dubai Marina Mall

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.

 

Summary

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.

More info

  • Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/dubai/le-pain-quotidien-dubai-marina

Avec – Dubai Media City

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.

Summary

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.

More info

  • Zomato: https://www.zomato.com/dubai/avec-dubai-media-city
  • Timeout review: http://www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants/details/16974-avec

Photos

PS: the photos show a black curtain on the windows – That’s not usually the case, rather a Ramadan side-effect 🙂

Start with the why

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.