A place true to its name, Society Café & Lounge has been attracting the city’s foodies, coffee conosieurs and mums having a meet up, for very good reason. After all, there’s not that many places in Dubai that serve up a great menu with a cosy and casual feel.
Offering a contemporary (and rather refined) take on modern European food, this gorgeous cafe in the heart of Jumeirah ticks all the boxes for a fun social scene, a HUGE open airy space, and a vibe that’s good for working, meet-up’s, and for kids too.
As you enter the tastefully restored 2-story villa, the speciality coffee aroma, (as well as attentive and friendly team of staff), signal a honest welcome that’s rather refreshing! With subtle homage to the classic conservatory look including glass windows that filter Dubai’s sunrays and heat, it’s neutral accents of white, sky blue and gold create a much-needed calm amongst the chaos (especially post the school-run!)
As well as lush, green foliage bringing the outdoors in, Society has been designed to provide Dubai’s residents with the perfect marriage of natural sunlight and an uplifting space and that’s really cool!
There’s the conservatory, the café, the lounge and terrace and whichever one you choose to hang out in, you’ll probably be pleased to hear that there’s plug points under every table to keep you totally connected.
Another gem about Society Café is that located in the area just before you go up the stairs to their beautiful event space is a little corner to “stay and play.” It’s filled with a range of different toys to keep the little ones busy while parents can enjoy their time at Society too. (They also have a giant teddy bear named Freddie in their play area – be sure to look out for him!)
Society’s lounge and terrace also serve as a private function space for events and activities such as Yoga, Fashion, Pop-up shops, and art events, and they’ve recently hosted the likes of Bottega Veneta, Dermalogica and British fave, Jo Malone.
Aside from the wonderful interiors and all that’s happening, there’s some seriously mouthwatering food and drink selections too. As well as health conscious dishes (such as Acai Bowl, Khachapuri Bread, Eggs Benedict and freshly made pastries), they also serve up a cracking British breakfast as well as all-day dishes like the classic Wagyu Burger. Top picks for breakfast include French toast, berry compote, caramel, peanut crumb and frozen yoghurt and avocado on brown rye bread with cream cheese, garden peas, poached eggs, mixed nuts and nori.
The café features lots of veggie and vegan options like their Veggie BLT sandwich and salads aplenty, as well as a playful drinks menu that includes a sparkling grape drink infused with blueberry served over ice (and sprinkled with gold flakes no less.) To top things off, you’d be hard-done-by if you didn’t try their Salted Caramel Float (a delicious Iced latte topped with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce).
We’ve been told that the menu was designed to reflect the cultural-culinary landscape of the time we’re living in right now and just like the café, it reflects the melting pot of cultures and flavour palettes in this society that we are living in.
A fitting tribute to gourmet cuisine, every ingredient seems to have it’s place and purpose to highlight its purest flavours. Beyond creating signature dishes and drinks, it’s good to hear that Society advocate using locally-sourced produce.
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