PANINI Cafe: "Tropical Gardens in the middle of the desert!" Top 5 Page for this destination Dubai Restaurant Tip by JessH

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(Licensed - serves alcoholic beverages)

Panini is a real insider-secret amongst Dubai coffee sippers and people watchers.

Prices are slightly higher than in other coffee shops, but this is a 5-star hotel after all.
It's tucked away in the lush tropical gardens of the Grand Hyatt Hotel, with 4 gigantic "Dhows" (traditional Arabic boats) looming from the glass ceiling above you. (click picture to see them)

It's one of my favourite places in the city & perfect for the summer months when you are confined to the air-conditioned indoors, but yearn for greenery, trees & sunlight.

This Italian cafe and deli carries a selection of specialty coffees, panini sandwiches, cakes, fruit tarts, cookies, chocolates, truffles, pralines, pastries & homemade gelati. Gourmet gifts such as chocolate truffles, olive oils, pasta, biscotti & various other treats are available.... yummy!
Their bakery also offers its complete menu for takeaway, as well as a wide selection of items for retail including top quality olive oils, balsamic vinegars & Italian preserves. This is also the only place in Dubai where you can buy "Giotto" almond & cream chocolates.

Favorite Dish: My favourites are their various vegetable quiches, muffins & the strawberry cheesecake, and of course coffee, coffee, coffee...

Opening Hours:
Friday to Tuesday: 08:00am - 01:00am.
Wednesday & Thursday: 08:00am - 02:00am.

This is also a superb photo opportunity for some "unusual" holiday snaps in this desert country ;-)

Address: Grand Hyatt Hotel
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: 1 level beneath the hotel lobby; right side of the gardens
Phone: 00971-4-317 1234
Price: US$21-30
Rating: 5
Theme: Other

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2007
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