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Looking to beat the summer heat while chilling out with family or friends over a delicious, revitalising refreshment? Why not check out our list of Ras Al Khaimah’s funkiest and freshest cafés
With its spacious, modern interior, comfy sofas and chilled out atmosphere, this high-end specialty coffee house is the perfect place to kick back with an iced latte this summer. Located on Corniche Al Qawasim adjacent to the city’s popular jogging trail, Space Café is also close to downtown Ras Al Khaimah’s key attractions and is particularly popular on weekends. In addition to a vast selection of specially brewed coffees and cold beverages, including frappes, juices, mocktails and iced teas, Space boasts an extensive all-day dining menu featuring Italian and Arabic-inspired pizzas, fresh salads, pasta and risotto, and delicious desserts.
Location: Corniche Al Qawasim Street; Opening times: 8am-midnight, weekdays; 8am-1am, weekends. Ph: +971 7 223 6360. www.instagram.com/spaceae/
With its brushed concrete walls, stainless steel counters and minimalist cues conceived by acclaimed design firm Bone Architects, Hoof has quickly earned a reputation as one of Ras Al Khaimah’s funkiest cafes and a place to be seen. Conveniently located in Grove Village, Dafan Al Khor, Hoof serves up a delectable selection of coffees and sweet treats, as well as tasty brunch and lunch menus. The café’s summer 2023 menu features eclectic and delicious delights with highlights including a Wagyu Sando, Burrata Salad and Truffle and Egg on Toast. For something different, try Hoof’s Spanish Latte, which includes a dash of condensed milk in your caffeine fix for some special added sweetness.
Location: Grove Village; Opening times: 7am-midnight, weekdays; 7am-1am, weekends. Ph: +971 7 235 9488. www.instagram.com/hoof.cafe
Located in Al-Dhait South, the Common Room brings forth the best of South African hospitality, cuisine and coffee culture to Ras Al Khaimah. The café, which also hosts a concept store, features one of the city’s most impressive beverage menus, with everything from home-made lemonades and special iced teas to manual brewed coffees, frappes, mocktails and matcha lattes, featuring on the list. Feeling hungry? Common Room’s impressive all-day dining menu features a raft of Antipodean favourites including gluten-free banana bread, malva pancake stack, and Avo Toast & Eggs.
Location: Al Dhait South; Opening times: 7am-11pm, daily. Ph: +971 7 208 0330.www.instagram.com/thecommonroom.ae
La Loca Café & Lounge
This family friendly café and lounge, located on Corniche Al Qawasim, close to the Old Market, serves up a raft of French-inspired and traditional Arabic classics in addition to one of the city’s widest selections of hot and cold beverages. Summer specialties include a chilled saffron latte, passionfruit frappe and La Loca’s signature latte with 3D coffee art design featuring happy cats! An all-day dining menu offers the perfect accompaniment, with delicious options including authentic stone-baked pizzas, pastas and risottos, and Arabic-inspired freshly made salads and bowls. Kids can even take part in cooking workshops on weekends and during school holidays.
Location: The Old Market, Corniche Al Qawasim Street; Opening times: 8am-midnight, daily. Ph: +971 7 222 2575. www.instagram.com/laalooca