Home-grown enterprises with unique concepts are always a joy to discover.
This is how it feels when you step inside Local – a three-concept venture that houses a speciality coffee shop, barbershop and consignment store selling urban street wear and limited edition sneakers.
The café is bright and cosy, with wooden tables, including a large communal table, and touches of industrial design that give the place a trendy edge.
The focus seems to be on coffee here. The beans are sourced from a roastery in neighbouring Dubai, adding a more local touch. You can enjoy the usual favourites like Americano, espresso, cappuccino and flat white, as well as more unique beverages like the special Spanish and matcha lattes.
The café also features a small selection of wraps, paninis and baked goods for those who want a bite to eat.
If you have time, we recommend browsing the consignment shop. Hidden from plain view, it sells a variety of cool items from T-shirts to accessories, and rare, collectible shoes from brands like Nike and Jordan.
The in-house barbershop offers haircuts as well as beard trimming services and products available to purchase. As a bonus, barbershop customers can also enjoy a complimentary coffee.
Block C, Al Zeina, Al Raha Beach. Coffee shop daily 7am-10pm, barbershop Sun-Thu noon-9pm, Fri and Sat 10am-7pm. Contact: 02 555 3339, localco.ae