Design is a destination

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Design defines who you are - what you eat, what you wear, and the spaces and people that surround you. Design educates, disrupts and inspires the bold, the curious, the cutting-edge and the misunderstood. Design is at the very heart of d3’s DNA. Visit d3 to discover what design means to you.

Breakfast Society Breakfast Society

Start your day sunny side up and fill up on morning fuel at d3’s delightful, design-led restaurants with The Breakfast Society.

Brunch Bunch Brunch Bunch

Spend quality weekend time catching up with friends and family over a delicious d3 brunch before easing back into the working week with the Brunch Bunch.

Coffee Culture Coffee Culture

At d3, coffee is a way of life. It’s part of our community’s culture. Our baristas brew the finest coffee from around the world, bringing people together over conversation. Hand-picked beans, from as far away as Ethiopia and Colombia, inspire the next big idea.

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    The Lighthouse
    The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse is a restaurant-cum-design store that takes you by surprise with its avant-garde spirit. The restaurant, helmed by the famed Chef Izu Ani, gets its Ethiopian coffee from Dubai-based roaster Boon Coffee, whose blends the restaurant will soon start to sell.

    Breakfast is a moment to be remembered as the venue has an array of incredible pastries that go perfectly with its espressos and cappuccinos. Recently, it has seen numerous creatives stop by for its new variety of dry cakes, which are generally coupled with coffee.

    The venue serves hot beverages with a wide variety of milks including soy and almond milk, to cater to every taste. Its baristas come from around the world and leave their own indelible mark on every cup of coffee they serve.

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    Chez Charles
    Chez Charles

    Chez Charles

    If there’s anywhere upbeat for a coffee and conversation, it’s the lounge at Chez Charles.

    A favourite with the d3 community, the venue is popular with those taking a quick break from work or conducting meetings over coffee and cookies.

    Its premium quality Bellissima coffee from Bon Café hails from Italy and is a favourite with those in search of a quick, mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Very often it is couple with the restaurant’s famed desserts, especially its paid perdu.

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    Craft Café
    Craft Café

    Craft Café

    At Craft Café, the idea is to source products from local companies known for their high-quality produce.

    The coffee, sourced from RAW, is very much a reason to visit the café. Its single origin, called Little Black Dress, hails from North America and is used in the café’s black coffee, espresso and Americano.

    The café also has its own exotic blend, Black Tie, used in milk-based coffees. Most excitingly, however, it uses a special Guatemalan coffee in its cold-brews; the preparation process takes 18-20 hours and is a true labour of love.

    The signature cold brew coffee here is Orange Twist, a mixture of two shots of cold brew and a foam made from orange, which gives the drink a uniquely subtle flavour with a hint of sweetness.

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    1Life
    1Life

    1Life

    It’s not always easy to stand out, is it? Thanks to Naham Hamdan, the barista at 1Life, however, it’s love at first sip. Hamdan was a latte art semi-finalist in a Dubai-based competition in 2017.

    On a visit to 1Life, expect no less than excellent roasts by Dubai’s finest, as Seven Fortunes supplies the café a few unique coffee blends to suit every palate from Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil and Guatemala.

    Here, the baristas go the extra mile – all the coffee is organic and for every order a whopping 18 grams of it goes into the restaurant’s La Marzocco, a handmade espresso machine from Florence, that is able to maintain the water’s high temperature.

    Caffeine addicts will be thrilled to know that one type of blend is used solely for milk-based coffees, whilst another is used for those that are drunk undiluted. And no matter what you ask for, you can rest assured that your morning coffee will have a proper kick, as it’s always a double shot at 1Life!

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    Frame
    Frame

    Frame

    At Frame, the coffee is truly something else. That’s because it comes from Scandinavia, famed for its light roasting techniques that allow for the natural flavour of the bean to come through.

    Three different roasteries from Oslo and Copenhagen (Tim Wendelboe, La Cabra and Coffee Collective) ensure that the UAE has access to award-winning coffee from the other side of the world. Even more excitingly, this is only one of two places at d3 that offer hand-dripped coffee: a manual process, whereby the beans are ground and then put into a Kalita dripper. Each cup of coffee takes three minutes and thirty seconds to make, and the process is led by a leading barista from Tokyo, named Kohei Miyagawa.

    Owner Peter Ahn says that he created the concept because there’s a fundamental similarity in both Japanese and Scandinavia culture; when it comes to life (and coffee), both revere minimalism, quality and all that is natural.

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    Molecule
    Molecule

    Molecule

    The food has always been the star of the show at Molecule – and its pastries are no exception.

    The restaurant has introduced afternoons of unlimited coffee and pastries to lure those with a sweet tooth and a love of fine coffee. From 11.30am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm, patrons can enjoy unlimited coffee and sweet treats from the Molecule Pastry Lab, an entirely separate kitchen dedicated to desserts and pastries.

    The restaurant sources a type of Ethiopian coffee bean from the Waka region from supplier Seven Fortunes in Dubai that’s exclusive to Molecule.

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    Harper’s Bazaar Cafe
    Harper’s Bazaar Cafe

    Harper’s Bazaar Cafe

    There’s a new barista at d3 and he goes by the name of Charlie Tayag. The 40-year-old Filipino is hoping to give the coffee at Harper’s Bazaar a unique twist by offering patrons a healthy shot of coconut oil with their favourite morning cuppa. The idea is to give coffee-lovers an additional dose of vitality from the fats that make coconut oil all the rage today.

    The venue is already known for its healthy dining options and Tayag hopes to supplement these with healthy morning drinks. For him, making coffee is an art form, a way of expressing himself and an avenue for sharing his ideas with the rest of the emirate.

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    Vicolo
    Vicolo

    Vicolo

    At Vicolo, coffee is a straight-forward affair. This season, however, the outlet wants to foster a stronger culture of coffee-drinking through its unique sustainability initiative aimed at reducing the consumption of plastic cups.

    Over a launch period of a week, those who visit the outlet before 10 am will receive a coffee mug for free. What’s more, they can get their coffee at half price should they return with the same mug before 10 am.

    The outlet already has loyalists who swing by for its coffee, this should only make their following even stronger.

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    The Espresso Lab
    The Espresso Lab

    The Espresso Lab

    If coffee is your thing, The Espresso Lab is where you need to be. Preparation methods include the use of the Synesso machine, four manual brewing techniques and a special cold-drip, making the café a virtual atelier for coffee craftsmen aiming to perfect their art. A range of high-quality coffees from Ethiopia to Brazil and Indonesia to Costa Rica, in customisable sizes, ensures that there’s something for every palate.

    The Espresso Lab is run by a host of award-winning baristas from around the world, including the first Emirati barista, Ibrahim Al Mallouhi. The ‘fika’ is the signature beverage here, and features a tray of three different coffees and sparkling water.

    Note: The Espresso Lab wants to encourage an interest in coffee. Sugar-lovers won’t find any processed, saccharine stuff here; the owners believe that a real lover of coffee will appreciate it in its most primal form.

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    Tossed
    Tossed

    Tossed

    Tossed is known for its healthy, fresh produce and is the go-to place for those on the run. It uses organic coffee made from 100% Arabica beans; these come from various parts of South America.

    When it comes to ingredients, the restaurant’s philosophy is based on a sourcing process that is both environmentally and ethically conscious, and this extends to its coffee too. Every bean at Tossed stands for fair-trade and is associated with the Rainforest Alliance, making it that much more appealing to lovers of coffee, and those familiar with the notion of food justice.

    At Tossed, health-conscious food and drink using sustainably sourced products is everything.

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    Coffeöl
    Coffeol

    Coffeöl

    If you’re in search of a plethora of options when it comes to your coffee, then Coffeöl may be the answer. With its wide variety of hot and cold coffee-based drinks from around the world, the café is popular amongst the local and expat population.

    Morning deliveries at d3 are a big part of Coffeöl’s business and few know that it offers 14 different varieties of brew, many of which help to beat the Dubai summer. If you’re looking for Arabic or Turkish coffee, then make your way over to the café, which uses a host of spices to serve a popular Middle Eastern variety of the drink.

    The signature beverage here is the Coffeöl Frappeol, a type of frappe made with vanilla and a secret ingredient, to be found here exclusively. Coffeöl’s peaberry coffee is 100% Arabica - whist flavourful, it is meant to be gentle on the palate.

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    Amorino
    Amorino

    Amorino

    At Amorino, coffee isn’t just a beverage. What makes the place truly special is that it uses coffee as a base ingredient for a variety of drinks and desserts, many of which centre around gelato!

    On a hot Dubai day, people flock to the venue for its famous affogato al caffe which is the perfect blend of vanilla gelato and a double shot of espresso. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you can even try it with their coffee gelato for double the kick. Many members of the d3 community have also grown to love Amorino’s coffee macarons.

    Amorino prides itself on using Hausbrandt, a typical Italian coffee that is easy on the palate. Its 100% Arabica and decaffeinated varieties can be used in their array of hot and cold drinks, and keep people coming back from more.

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    General
    General

    General

    For the perfect mix of retail therapy and caffeine, look no further than General. This uber-cool concept store featuring clothing and accessories, centres around an active lifestyle. Bicycles, street-wear and sneakers generally make one work up a sweat, right? So where better to unwind than its in-house café.

    General is currently developing a range of coffee-based ice creams to cool you down in the desert, as part of its range of coffee-based products. Today, however, you can walk in and enjoy its healthy food and premium coffee from Seven Fortunes. Stay tuned: the brand is turning things up, a little more than a notch!

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    LARTE
    LARTE

    LARTE

    Dario Imparato, the Restaurant Manager at Italian restaurant LARTE, has been drinking coffee since the tender age of six.

    “It’s a way of life in Italy, especially espresso, which people swig down several times a day,” he says about the prevalent coffee culture back home.

    LARTE continues that tradition here with illy coffee made from 100% Arabica beans. The restaurant’s bright and airy setting, too, offers a welcoming space, which will likely transport you to the chic cafes of Milan.

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    Mum's Table
    Mum's Table

    Mum's Table

    Mum’s Table seeks to preserve the good ‘ol days and the nostalgia associated with it by serving classic, rustic recipes of traditional middle eastern food & beverage.

    Drinking coffee at Mum’s Table is an experience that goes hand-in-hand with traditional music. The eatery serves a special recipe of Turkish coffee flavoured with cardamom. It’s best consumed with famous Lebanese singer Fairuz’s songs playing in the background to complete the full ritual of drinking coffee in the Middle East.

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