Sunday, January 26


This weekend I fell in love with Comptoir 102, a concept cafe and boutique located along the Jumeirah Beach Road.  The converted villa has only been open for six months and is something that I have never
experience in Dubai before.  It is immodest, cool and chic, without any pretension.  The French owned boutique has various products from jewelry to furniture, cool little nick-nacks to abstract art, but my favourite part was the organic cafe.

Each room of the cafe has a completely controversial interior design yet still seemed to complement each other with a seamless flow.   The front terrace has a warm Moroccan vibe, with warm flees throws and a beautiful material draped ceiling that covers the open roof, the tops of the DIFC skyscrapers poke through the gaps making a wonderful juxtaposition in the relaxing setting.  The terrace is linked to an indoor area, styled a little like a reading room with a book themed wall paper with quirky and eclectic furnishings.  My favourite area was the courtyard at the back of the building, which took you out of Dubai into a dreamy world of friendship and laughter.

The food is all organic and potentially vegan as I could not see any meat or dairy on the menu.  I opted for a mushroom bruschetta on a bed of compressed quinoa, which was devine.  A lot of the other customers were ordering what looked like a blueberry cheesecake so I am looking forward to returning this weekend to try some!  For something different to do on a saturday afternoon in Dubai, Comptoir 102 comes highly recommended.