Baker & Spice
Photo: Courtesy of Baker & Spice
A café with a conscience
Word to the wise: Baker & Spice launched the country’s first farmer’s market. Local producers peddle their wares Fridays at Souk Al Bahar and Saturdays at the Marina Promenade.
In the West, the local food trend is verging on tired. But in Dubai, where 85 percent of the land is desert, the concept is both fresh and formidable. Baker & Spice is dedicated to the seemingly impossible task of bringing the slow food movement to the Middle East.
The décor reflects the chain’s philosophy: baskets of produce decorate the room, which floor-to-ceiling windows ensure is always floodlit. The menu offers a nice array of soups and sandwiches, though true temptation comes in the form of the daily changing deli counter. Fresh baked breads and vegetable sides also make perfect picnic fodder.