Basta Art Cafe

Price guide: Budget

Bastakiya, Dubai

Price guide: Budget

Basta Art Cafe

By Alex Ritman, your Dubai expert

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#33 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Dubai
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.1
4.1
Ambience:
4.5
4.5
Service:
2.8
2.8
Location:
4.5
4.5
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Travellers with pets, Relaxation

Expert review of Basta Art Cafe

Escape the bustle in this serene courtyard in the historic part of town.

Nestled beneath a mighty tree and hidden in a secluded courtyard, the Basta Art Cafe is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of Dubai. Unwind for an hour or two amid this rustic ambience before hitting the streets again. 

Food and drink: 

It's fairly basic stuff, with a sizeable selection of sandwiches, salads and baked potatoes. While the quality might not be up there with Dubai's more luxurious five-star eateries, the sizes are extremely generous.  

Recommended dishes: 

The salad bowls are absolutely enormous and well worth an investigation. Finish things off with a delicious Arabic coffee, perfect for the serene setting.  

Ambience: 

It's so relaxed here you'll sometime wonder whether it's actually open or not. Probably the most chilled cafe in Dubai and mainly popular with tourists.  

Service: 

Not its strong point, sadly. While the atmosphere is relaxed, this can also be said for the service, which can be somewhat slow. It'll probably take you several goes to get the bill. But this is no reason not to come down. 

Location: 

The cafe sits in a courtyard, just off the main road in the heart of the Bastakiya area of Dubai, next to the creek and a few seconds walk from the Dubai Museum.  

Price advice: 

A meal for two will cost between 50 and 200 dirhams.  

More information on Basta Art Cafe:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Café
Food:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Address:
Bastakiya, Dubai
Telephone:
04 353 5071
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner
Opening times:
Open daily 8am-10pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not necessary
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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