Recommended spots for breakfast, lunch, or a coffee break
Time Out Bahrain staff
For many expat folk, Friday means just one thing – brunch. It’s a timeless tradition for those away from home, a chance to indulge in culinary excess, catch up with friends and let your hair down in equal measure.
To help you make sense of the island’s diverse dining scene, and give you a taste of what each venue looks like, we’ve compiled this slideshow of 30 of the best brunches in town. Happy dining!
Albareh Art Café At one of the island’s best art galleries offering an oasis of culture and calm. Open daily 9am-8pm. Off Sheikh Isa Avenue, behind the Carlton Hotel (17 713 535).
Al Bindaira Set in an atmospheric light-filled villa, this neighbourhood café serves up regional dishes like mezze and kebabs, along with salads, shisha, coffees and excellent juices. Average BD12. Unlicensed. Open Mon-Thu 10.30am-12.30am; Fri 1pm-1am. Adliya (17 744 066).
Al Riwaq Café Casual café with light bites and great salads in one of Bahrain's best art galleries. There are a couple of tables providing outdoor seating. Unlicensed. Open daily 10am-9pm. Adliya (17 717 441).
Café 22 Futuristic-looking sarnie bar in the island’s first outdoor shopping complex. Unlicensed. Open daily 9am-midnight. The Walk, Riffa (77 277 999).
Café Lilou Chic, popular French-style café serving up great salads and more. Average BD10. Unlicensed. Open Sat-Wed 8am-11pm; Thu-Fri 10am-11.30pm. Adliya (17 714 440).
Café T A pleasant café overlooking the Royal Golf Club's lush greens, this is a great place to relax with a book, take a break from play or meet with friends. Unlicensed. Open daily 6.30am-10pm. Royal Golf Club, Riffa, www.theroyalgolfclub.com (17 750 777).
Caramel Great cafe food, good juices and shisha. Unlicensed. Open daily 8.30am-midnight. Cyprus Garden, Budaiya (17 797 087).
Chai Café Good value Bahraini tea shop serving all manner of traditional brews and some new ones too plus cakes, sandwiches and desserts. Also has a tea delivery service. Open Sat-Thu 6.30am-11pm; Fri 4pm-midnight. Seef area opposite Bahrain Mall (17 001 727).
Dôme Café European ambience and charm combined with great coffee and a diverse food menu. 24 Hours. Awal Avenue, Al Fateh Masjid, Juffair (17 810 180). Other location: Al Moayyed Tower, Seef (17 581 824).
La Brasserie Lavish buffet and al la carte menu with an excellent range of beverages. 24 Hours. Elite Resort & Spa, Muharraq (17 313 333).
Le Chocolat Excellent Lebanese and pizzas plus sandwiches and sweet treats. Average BD10. Open daily 7.30am-midnight. Seef (17 582 259).
Med Café Aquatic haven with interesting décor and reasonable food. Average BD10. Open daily 11am-1am. Near Carlton Hotel, Adliya (17 713 088).
Motorox Café Formula One themed café, the best place, apart from the track, to catch all the racing action. Open daily noon-midnight. Budaiya (17 592 583).
Noor Lounge Cakes, pastries, coffees and teas and it also serves breakfast , lunch and dinner. The signature chocolate cake is a ‘must try’. Open daily 7am-11pm. InterContinental Regency Bahrain (17 227 777).
Skyw@lk Café Urban wood-panelled space offers good breakfasts, Mediterranean-flavoured lunch and dinner, with a bit of surfing on the side care of free Wi-Fi. Average BD12. Open daily 6.30am-11.30pm. Marriott Executive Apartments (17 363 999).
Tea Club Heaven for tea lovers this former Exhibition Road establishment serves some of the best tea in Bahrain and there’s a massive choice plus a limited food menu. Open daily 9am-midnight. The Lagoons, Amwaj Islands (38 887 107).
Tea Garden Irresistible teas and pastries, enjoy our afternoon tea from BD12.5. Open daily 7am-11pm. Ramee Grand Hotel & Spa. Seef (17 111 999).
The Deli A café-takeaway and the place to grab a quick bite, hot drink or creamy cake. Open daily. The Domain Hotel, Diplomatic Area (16 000 222).
The Ritz Gourmet Lounge Inspired by the Belle Epoque, this “Salon de The” serves teas from Sri Lanka, China and South America, home-made breads, croissants, pates, tartines, richly decorated desserts, chocolates, ice cream and much more. Average BD11. Open daily 7am-midnight. Ritz-Carlton Bahrain Hotel and Spa, Seef (17 580 000).
Vavin This could be the Amwaj cousin of Café Lilou (but it’s not). Similar décor and a super cake counter. Opening hours TBC. The Lagoon Amwaj
Veranda One of Bahrain’s most popular cafés with branches in Adliya, Amwaj and behind Adhari Park. Always chilled out with a garden theme. Opening times vary. Adhari ( 17 403 405), Adliya (17 715 868), Amwaj (16 010 099).