Lunch at the quirky XVA Café in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district


The XVA Cafe

Hidden within the narrow streets of the historic Al Fahidi district is the wonderfully quirky XVA Gallery Art Hotel & Café.  We just happened upon this gem while wandering the alleyways – little did we know that Condé Nast Traveler had featured XVA as the no.1 place “not to miss in Dubai”! Neither did we know that this wonderfully restful space was the former home of the Seddiqi family (Dubai’s Rolex dealers) or that it was revamped a few years ago by the artistic and creative Mona Hauser and a few of her designer friends.

This inviting space is home to the XVA Gallery – specialising in contemporary art from the Middle Eastern region, a concept design store, the wonderful XVA Café restaurant and ten individually designed boutique rooms… no wonder it’s sometimes referred to as ‘the city’s sexiest retreat and best kept secret’.

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Lost in lace??


Contrasts – check out the dried rosebuds…


A quiet place to contemplate life


Thought provoking!

After wondering around the very cool gallery spaces and delighting at the funky (sometimes a little weird) décor and art we decided on a light lunch.  Loved the fun menu (which offers Middle Eastern inspired vegetarian options), the simplicity and the sustainability… and of course the fab food – topped off with their refreshing ‘signature’ mint lemonade!


XVA counter & menu – love the re-purposed packing cases!


Vegetarian wrap… tastes as yummy as it looks : )


Cheesecake with pistachios


Creative touches everywhere – the hand inviting you for a manicure, pedicure and massage


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