After visiting the infamous Dubai Museum (read more about it here) and Bastakiya Neighbourhood and you are in the mood to take in some fresh air and at the same time enjoy some tea or coffee then Arabian Tea House Cafe (formerly known as Basta Art cafe) is the place for you.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the modern city, Arabian Tea House Café is a place where serenity and calmness coincide, waiting for a romantic couple, group of friends or a happy family to spend unforgettable moments under the branches of old acacia or narra trees to relish delicious and mouthwatering food.
Located in the heart of Bur Dubai, this place is inside a bastakiya. Bastakiya neighborhood is named after the place where migrants from Iranian region, Bastak, resided. It was preserved, restored and maintained for every tourist, foreigner or otherwise.
I am telling you, the moment you enter this place, it is magical. Once you get in there, it will get into your mind and you’ll not forget it as long as you are alive. I was like, am I really in Dubai? I felt like I’m in a scene from the Secret Garden. The whole place is surrounded by greenery and blossoming pot plants like bougainvilleas. This leafy courtyard café makes you feel you’re a million miles away from the hustle of Bur Dubai. Arabian Tea House serves vast bowls of salad and tasty wraps, accompanied by freshly squeezed juices, a variety of teas and Arabian coffee. Books, craftwork and jewellery are also sold in their little shop.
This place will instantly remind you of the backyard of your house: serene calm and beautiful. The setting is very simple and comfortable under a huge tree with pretty flowers.
The stone walls house a cool and tranquil environment out of the sun or you can bask in the sun in the courtyard. Beautiful and rustic feel.
Arabian Tea house cafe delivers both atmosphere and tasty food. I couldn’t ask for more. They offer 150 different teas. It is served in a pot, which you pour into a pretty little glass to drink the steaming tea.
We asked the staff what’s their best seller and she instantly recommended 1001 Nights Tea from Sri Lanka. I’m not exaggerating but by far, it’s the best tasting tea I’ve ever tasted in my life.
Arabian Tea House Club House (not so bad but not so special as well)
The pastries are heavenly.
The food is served in large portions and is a good value for the money. The only downside is the service is so unfriendly. Probably because they lack staff? There is only one girl attending to all the customers. Anyway, you can just sit back and relax while waiting for the server.
The contemporary bill box
The bill was exceptionally reasonable. For only 55dhs the Afternoon Tea comes with a couple of Pastries.
It isn’t so bad to hang out there at night as well.
While the weather in Dubai is still bearable make sure to drop by to this picturesque cafe! As of writing, this restaurant / cafe is now one of my favourite places to visit here in Dubai. If I will go on a date or something like that I will definitely go here. It’s so relaxing.