I get contacted a lot on Facebook by friends and acquaintances that ask about Dubai, what to do, see, where to eat and so on. So I figured I’ll make a little guide/list here of my personal favorites.
This page is still under construction, but here’s a start:
Yoga Room This is where I practice ashtanga. Beautiful shala and lovely teachers.
Organic Foods & Café They have very yummy and healthy bread (try the quinoa, rye or spelt!), I get kale from here, ACV, coconut water, yogi tea etc. I usually go to the branch in the Greens. And every 3rd Saturday of the month they have -20% off on the whole store!
PLACES TO VISIT
Souk Madinat Jumeirah Also referred to as “Little Venice” because of the small canals and abra boats you can ride on, this is one of my favorite evening spots with beautiful views of the Burj al Arab. There’s a “souk” (bazaar) area for shopping, lots of restaurants, clubs (try Trilogy’s rooftop) , live music spots (try Koubba Bar in Al Qasr Hotel for my favorite duo in Dubai, more upbeat live music in Jambase, a live salsa band in Trader Vic’s (and don’t forget the Tiki Puka Puka’s!) and a lovely latin duo in Al Hambra restaurant in Al Qasr Hotel)
The Walk on JBR An always bustling strip lined with restaurants, coffee shops, 5 star hotels, expensive cars, tourists and expats strolling along the promenade. There’s construction at the moment but normally you can enjoy beautiful views of the beach and sea.
Burj Khalifa or rather the Ladies’ Night held on Wednesday’s in At.mosphere which is on the 123rd floor in Burj Khalifa. Instead of paying to go to the viewing deck on the same height go there, sip a couple of free glasses of sparkling (if you’re a lady) and enjoy the view.
The Fountain Show outside Dubai Mall. Every half hour from 6pm onward. It’s beautiful and it’s free, I recommend watching the show at 6.30pm. Read my post about it here: Magical Fountain Show
Mall of the Emirates This is where you’ll find Ski Dubai. A mall where it’s easy to get everything done, has most shops but not as enormous as Dubai Mall. A large Carrefour for grocery shopping and several great furniture stores (I love Crate&Barrell!) If you only have time for food court lunch there’s a great new addition called “Taqado” where they have delicious FRESH fajitas and guacamole. But I’d like to warn you – stay away from MOE on a Friday afternoon, it’s impossible to find parking, the queues in Carrefour are crazy and it’s all a bit claustrophobic.
Dubai Mall Has everything. I love it!!! Shops, restaurants, the Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, an ice rink, the Fountain Show, you name it!
Ibn Battuta Mall Has an okay selection of stores. Very nearby an good if you just quickly need to get something. A big Géant for groceries. Try Zest in the food court if you want a quick lunch or otherwise The Lime Tree Café – their cakes are HEAVENLY.
CAFÉS & LUNCH SPOTS
Paul’s has excellent salads, pastries, fresh baked bread, soups and so on. My favorite is Salade Fermière (chicken, green apple, grated carrots, emmental, walnuts, raisins and honey mustard dressing)
Location: JBR, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Mall
Saladicious has a huge varitety of tasty salads on the menu as well as sandwiches, pastas, fresh juices etc. My favorites are Temptation Salad (rocca leaves, grilled brie, strawberries, mandarin, crostini, caramelized walnuts, amaretto balsamic mandarin dressing) and the Salmon Sashimi Salad (salmon, avocado, sesame seeds, orange vinaigrette, sweet soy reduction and homemade mayo)
Location: JBR, I also think there’s one somewhere in Jumeirah but I haven’t been there yet
Jones the Grocer has lots of organic produce, great coffee and gorgeous looking filled breads, ciabattas and baguettes. The menu looked great as did the salads and the pastry counter. Yum. I definitely have to go back there and try something new soon.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road, opposite Times Square Center
Lime Tree Café has award winning carrot cake. It really is that good. And for my mom’s birthday we got her the “hummingbird cake” which was equally good. They have good breads, coffee, salads etc. “Organic”, “fresh”, “earthy” atmosphere.
Location: Ibn Battuta Mall, and somewhere in Jumeirah where I haven’t been
Baker & Spice is a really nice café/lunch spot with very fresh produce. I’ve tried a few different tasty salads and the stuffed capsicum was also very good. I think they have main courses also. Beautiful views of Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall when you choose to sit outside.
Location: Souk al Bahar (opposite Dubai Mall) and Dubai Marina
Make Business Hub in Dubai Marina