Basta Art Cafe

Address: Bastakiya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: 04 353 5071

- Budget

3.9

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
4.1
90%
Service
2.8
90%
Food and drink
4.1
90%
Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.5
90%

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.  

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Relaxation

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