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PDL Coffee Co. & Barbershop Dubai review

Words by Nathan Irvine

Netflix and chill... quite literally.

First off, it’s pronounced, “pedal” rather than “Pee Dee Ell”. The coffee shop and barbers just off Sheikh Zayed Road is a community hub for a selection of Dubai cyclists hence the name. The bike theme continues with the interior as industrial concrete walls and metals have flourishes such as handlebars used to open doors.

PDL is best described as a gentleman’s retreat. It’s a secret hideaway for men where they can enjoy excellent coffee whilst indulging in a wide array of grooming treatments. Or simply somewhere to meet before and after a big ride.

In Pictures. Behind the scenes at PDL

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Attention to detail is the key at PDL

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Attention to detail is the key at PDL

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The light and airy café is full of cycling paraphernalia.

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Your very own entertainment and treatment booth.

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Your very own entertainment and treatment booth.

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You can purchase cycling accessories and actual bikes from Made By Kingdom x Rapha.

Price list

Super fade

AED 150

Beard trim

AED 50

Manicure and pedicure

AED 145

Express upper body massage

AED 100

Total price

AED 445

Fresh to death

I opted for a Super Fade and beard trim to help sharpen up my unkempt look. It was long overdue and had me looking increasingly like a man who lives in his car.

As the latest hip-hop rings out over the speakers, my barber went to work. There was a methodical approach to shaving in my new, sharper hairstyle. Often a hairdresser can run through a cut on autopilot to the next appointment and mess things up, but I felt in safe hands at PDL.

The same can be said about the beard trim too. A combination of clippers and laser-accurate razor work resulted in an overall look that EDGAR editor Rob Chilton said made me appear “much fresher than before”. Who knows what he thought of my appearance before the grooming session.

During I was able to enjoy a delicious Chemex coffee from the adjoined café. The beans are sourced from the always-excellent Seven Fortunes roastery. It certainly beats cup of instant that you get at most barbershops – if you’re offered anything at all.

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