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Unique Cafés and Coffee Shops in Jeddah

Unique Cafés and Coffee Shops in Jeddah
By Mariam Fitaihi @esoteros_ & Haya Rifai @hayabakes
 
“Tgahweit?” (تقهويت)
A Saudi culture that holds coffee in such high significance, they made a verb for it.
Jeddah’s coffee shop scene is thriving. For the last few years coffee consumption has no doubt increased tremendously, as we can tell by the numerous coffee shops that have been opening.
 
            Our Saudi social life revolves greatly on hot drinks including Arabic coffee with even a certain way and etiquette to the steps and manner serving from city to city. Coffee holds high significance in our gatherings and sometimes are the essential reason to gather.
 
            Looking for something new? Here are our recommendations. Forget franchises, specialty coffee shops are the new thing. They have been popping up in every corner of every neighborhood. This month’s line-up is…
 

Local’s Café

: friendly, warm, welcoming, GREAT selection of DELICIOUS coffee beans including decaf options, comfortable seating indoors and outdoors, serves sandwiches and toasties, alternative milks available. Games and books also available.

My personal all-time favorite. From its Central Perk comfortable vibes to its welcoming employees who never fail to serve with a friendly smile on their faces. Their menu varies from coffee to their selection of desserts and the best FRESH homemade sandwiches and toasties in town! Best Americano I have yet to try and definitely my go to.

 My go to order: Americano and a turkey & swiss sandwich.

Location: EDEN, Al Andalus

Available to order delivery on: Lugmety

AL MOKHA

: fresh, minimal, great seating, good selection of coffee, dessert & feels like a trip to an arabesque Greece. Alternative milks available however no decaf options. 

My visit was during the day which I did not regret! I absolutely loved the fresh and quiet vibes which you already get a taste of from its façade. The style they went for with is transporting. Its white interiors provide a space for the mind to wander and serves a great spot to get out of a creative block. Cute seating nooks available which give its seating a sense of privacy. Two floors, with a creative indoor - outdoor smoking area overlooking the street.

All in all, definitely a spot to get work done on your laptop or iPad, or simply catching up on some reading during the day! I’d also recommend it for a quiet spot to meet for a catch up with a friend -  tête-à-tête.

My order:

for wake me up: An Ethiopian or Costa Rican v 60 and really any coffee of the day.

for something sweet: French coconut

Location: Al-Murjan

 

Rattan Café

: beautiful earthy bohemian interiors, great vibes, two floors for seating, cozy with a stand of locally made items being sold. Selection of dessert available but no alternative milks.

 With its light and consistent rattan interiors, wooden accents and cozy seating, Rattan Café stays true to its name, providing a great and refined space. This little hidden gem is Ideal for meeting up with friends for a cup of coffee or dessert. We visited at night but with its the high ceilings and top to bottom windows I would imagine a lot of natural light would come in, allowing a great and inspiring space to sip on a good cup of coffee and catch up on some work and to escape the bustle of the city. 

My order: A regular latte

Location: As Salamah

 

BROOTS

@brootscafe

: good coffee with decaf options available, sustainable cup options, wide selection of desserts, also specializes in cocoa! various hot cocoa drinks available!

            Down a line of shops, Broots definitely stands out with its inviting tribal interiors. The coffee shop’s inviting fragrance of cocoa in the atmosphere and wide selection of desserts would definitely open your sweet appetite and if you are a sweet tooth than you are in luck! Not only can you indulge in their desserts with a side of coffee, but you could also try out their hot cocoa drinks!

Interesting features:

- Real vanilla beans are used in the latte drinks!
- Take out glass bottles available called “Broots bottles”. The bottles are also refillable. This feature is also available to order from the comfort of your home on various delivery apps including Lugmety, Mrsool, Chefz and Jahez.
- Many computer sockets available, ideal for working. 

     My order: Americano

    Location: Al Naeem

    Available to order delivery on: Lugmety, Mrsool, Cefz and Jahez 

    Urban Roastery


    : Soft opening. Dark ambience, no dessert, alternative milk options available.

                With its consistent dark, modern interiors and dim lighting, we would definitely add this to our hang out spots to grab a coffee with friends. Its concrete walls, neon lights and mirrors compliment the sleek and modern gives it a city vibe reminiscent to that of New York City at night-time. Urban Roastery truly is “DIFFERENT” as advertised. 

    My order: Coconut latte – well balanced, smooth and creamy. Heated to a perfect temperature. And roasted in house.

    & Cortado.

    Location: Al Hamra, Arafat

    We’ll leave you with these for now until next time. We’d love to hear about your personal experiences and orders if you decide to visit any! Shoot us with any other coffee shops you’d like us to go try out for you and review on Instagram (@esoteros_  & @hayabakes). Stay tuned for more next month! Adios!

     

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