Best Places to Eat, Shop, and Sip in Dubai
Dubai is the city of glitz, gold and skyscrapers. Home to the largest mall in the world, world-class restaurants and white sandy beaches, you can take your pick for high-end and designer shopping, fine dining, and trendy bars.
Check out my pick for the nest places to eat, shop, and sip in Dubai:
BoxPark is a funky retail district along Dubai’s Al Wasl Road. The urban offering has quirky dining options and an eclectic mix of high-street fashion labels and entertainment brands, as well as some pretty interesting sustainable art. It’s an unpretentious space, with streets and alleyways and shops modeled on repurposed shipping containers.
City Walk is reminiscent of European-style streets. Take a stroll down the walk lined with designer stores and restaurants – and make sure you look up to appreciate the striking vista of city skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa. Water features, play areas for children, and plenty of al fresco seating add to the appeal. City Walk is a self-contained shopping and dining area that is more of a community rather than a mall.
The Walk At JBR
If you’re looking for stylish boutiques, al fresco dining or simply a leisurely promenade along the waterfront, head to The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences. Along this buzzing boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques. Don’t miss the beach-side shopping area called The Beach and the open-air cinema. I highly recommend having breakfast at Eggspectation.
Pier 7 and Marina Mall
Pier 7 ups the ante for the Dubai fine dining scene. A signature building with seven different restaurants & bars on each of its floors, Pier 7 is a dining destination that celebrates diversity in the art of fine dining. Each floor offers a new adventure in culinary art, with a contrast in tastes, presentation, ambiance and style from each establishment.
The building’s circular design provides stunning views of the city skyline and the Arabian Gulf via wraparound views from each of its seven floors. For lunch, brunch, dinner or after hours, Pier 7 is the place to see and be-seen every day of the week. Pier 7 is attached to the Marina Mall by a bridge for all your shopping needs.
If you’re looking for an experience that combines tradition and luxury, check out Madinat Jumeirah. Inspired by an ancient Arab citadel, this resort is a tribute to Dubai’s Arabian heritage. Madinat Jumeirah, which means City of Jumeirah, houses two luxury hotels, private enclaves built in the traditional style, the world-class Talise Spa, the Madinat Souk, a 1000-seat theater and 44 restaurants and bars.
You can also explore this “Arabian city” on traditional wooden abras (wooden water taxis), giving you the chance to appreciate the serene waterways and architecture of the wind towers and forts.
Souk Al Bahar
Souk Al Bahar (‘market of the sailor’) is an Arabesque shopping, entertainment and dining destination located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. Easily accessible through a stunning walkway from modern Dubai Mall, Souk Al-Bahar transports the visitor into ancient Arabic heritage and community. Its over 100 shops include 22 restaurants, cafés and lounges, mostly located along the souk’s extensive waterfront promenade overlooking the majestic Dubai Fountain and the world’s tallest building –the Burj Khalifa
This combination of tradition and heritage, convenience, superb location, and exquisite dining experience makes Souk Al Bahar a vibrant waterside must-see destination.
Marsa Al Seef
Set to open at the Dubai Creek, the destination will provide bustling waterfront spaces , where cafes and restaurants will open up on to the interconnected promenades fronting the creek. Marsa Al Seef will realize new memories of Dubai, embracing the past through experiences deeply rooted in Emirati culture and heritage, while also revitalizing the tourism experience around Dubai Creek, one of the UAE’s most famous and best-loved locations.
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