So it’s no secret that Magnet has been my favourite cafe since moving to Kuwait. It’s the place that I always keep going back to. It is a popular cafe where many Kuwaitis go to and less expats. Magnet has two locations in Kuwait, one in Salmiya and one in Kuwait City.
The photo you see above was taken at the one in Salmiya, probably the one I go most to just because it was nearer to me at the time. The staff here are so friendly, making you instantly feel welcome as soon as you walk through the doors. They are the type of staff that even if you have been there only a few times they will remember you, and that’s what I love about this place!
What makes this cafe different to the one in downtown is that they have a quiet zone area upstairs (though you have to pay a charge to use) where you are able to work/study without being distracted by background noise. It’s the kind of place you would find in a university building. This branch is also a lot bigger than the downtown one.
There is a large table area in the centre of the cafe that provides plenty of space for people to use their laptop at the same time as having breakfast/lunch. It creates a very social atmosphere that draws people in.
Both locations offer an outdoor area. This is the one in Salmiya. The wifi still works outside which is great. This cafe is opposite carrefour as you can see in the distance on the photo below. It is located on Amr Bin Al Aas street, just down the road from the popular street Salem Al Mubarak with a whole chain of restaurants, shisha cafes, and a hotel etc.
So how does this cafe compare to the one in Kuwait City?
As you can see the decor is very similar. Personally I love the feel of this one more. It has such a chic, city vibe that I love. They have the yummiest deserts on display.
As this isn’t as big, you might want to avoid certain times in the day where it may be busy, especially as there is only limited seating indoors. I still have yet to understand why not many expats go to Magnet. Maybe they haven’t heard about it yet? It’s not necessarily a place you would come across by accident. A very modern design and architecture that has an unusual lay out to other cafes I have experienced. I love the way the lights hang from the ceiling giving it that industrial feeling yet still cosy at the same time.
The outdoor space here has, in my opinion a nicer view, in the heart of the city.
With a very similar outdoor lay out, here I find the chairs more comfier and perhaps a more quieter atmosphere. With Kuwait being a lot of desert and in general a rather dusty look to it, Kuwait City can be a breathe of fresh air from the rest of the country. Your surroundings are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye, at least in my opinion anyway.
Breakfast at Magnet
So I bet now you’re wondering what kind of food do Magnet offer? You’re in for a treat here because the breakfast dishes are to die for! I’ve chosen three of my favourite below.
If that doesn’t make you hungry then I don’t know what will!
– Acai Bowl (Banana, Strawberry, Granola, Honey, Coconut Flakes, Chia seeds)
– French Toast with Nutella (mixed berries)
– Avocado Toast
One thing Kuwait is known for is having amazing choices for places to eat and this is one of them! I have yet to find a place that does a better breakfast than this so that is saying something! The presentation of the food is a 10/10. It is very clear to see that paying attention to every detail is really important to them and they have it spot on.
What are some other options for breakfast?
. Magnet Breakfast (Eggs, Hash Brown, Diced Avocado, Toast)
. Eggs Benedict (Poached eggs, Hollandaise sauce, English Muffin, Sautéed Spinach)
. Arabic Breakfast (Eggs, avocado, labna, Arabic Salad, Pita Bread)
. Indian Breakfast (Fried eggs, chapati, potato Curry)
. Mexican Breakfast (Scrambled eggs, tortilla chips, guacamole, tomato salsa)
. Shakshooka (Baked eggs, Feta cheese, Tomato, Zataar)
. Greek Yoghurt Granola Crunch (Strawberry, Raspberry, Blueberry, Banana, Agave)
. Tropical Fruit Salad (Grapefruit, Banana, Strawberry, Orange, Raspberry, Blueberry)
What about for lunch?
I clearly have a thing for potatoes, noodles and rice as you can tell lol. They have like a buffet style/mix and match option at the front where you can tell the staff what you would like to choose for your lunch which is great. In the Kuwait City location, you have the option of eating next to the window looking out to the skyscrapers. Though I can’t last here long as I struggle to sit on high chairs for a long period of time, it is great for an hour or so to socialise with friends and have a catch up.
Some other dishes available are as follows:
– Grilled Chicken Breast
– Green Veggie Curry
– Pasta Alfredo
– Veggie Lasagne
– Magnet Club Sandwich (chicken, egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, fries)
– Mozzarella Panini (tomato, Basil Pesto, Rocca)
– Tuna melt (Cheese, Avocado, Rocca)
– Chicken Salad (Pistachio, lettuce)
Drinks at Magnet
I can’t express how good these tasted! My favourite being the Acai Smoothie in the middle. My mum had the delicious Coconut and Mango on the right.
Magnet also do a range of freshly blends, cold drinks such as 7up as well as having coffee and tea.
And that comes to the end of my review for Magnet, a place that I will no doubt keep going back to when I am arrive back in the country. They also have a take out option as well. The final thing I want to mention here is how laid back this place is and genuine. They don’t say the same lines over and over to customers, they take an interest in remembering who visits and they understand how to be friendly without overdoing it when first arriving.
So if you are moving to Kuwait or returning back there like me then I’d highly recommend you check this place out!