Dubai's foodie districts

Updated: Mar 21, 2019


The latest foodie destination on everyone's lips, this Dhs800 million dining and leisure destination on the Palm Jumeirah waterfront brings over 70 restaurants to the scene – a selection of which you can't find anywhere else.

Head to the licensed Ena (+971 4 243 6668) for authentic Greek flavors served with a modern twist; Amira's Deli (800 264727) for an inviting helping of European café culture; Rue Royale (04 241 2828), where two Michelin star chef Mathieu Viannay has created a menu of French classics with a nod to the local culture (meaning no alcohol has been used in the cooking); or Fitzroy (04 568 4229), a romantic bistro style meal on the terrace.

Even the Reel Cinemas here has has a foodie spin - three of the screens serve signature dishes by US TV chef Guy Fieri direct to your seat.

Wherever you choose to eat at The Pointe, its location five kilometres out to sea, means you can lap up the cool breeze as you dine al fresco. Afterwards, take a stroll along the promenade and snap a photo for your Instagram feed against the stunning backdrop of Atlantis, The Palm.

Amira's Deli


The stunning Dubai Design District (d3) is home to some of the city’s most cutting edge design and creative firms, as well as The Design Quarter, where visitors will find homegrown restaurant concepts, innovative boutiques and unique art installations. Concept store meets casual restaurant, The Lighthouse (+971 4 422 6024) is headed up by one of Dubai’s best chefs, Izu Ani. The licensed venue has a superb mezze menu – order the marinated salmon with cranberries and baked feta with oregano.

Also licensed here is the quirky (in a good way) Molecule (+971 4 245 4700), which offers a ‘bistronomy’ (‘bistro’ meets ‘gastronomy’) concept for better-than-bistro-standard food, including a rich risotto with truffle.

Elsewhere here, Chez Charles Restaurant (+971 512 2444),a modern brasserie, does staples like fish and chips, and carbonara very well indeed.



A brilliant pedestrianised area mere metres from the sand and sea, The Beach at JBR is the perfect place to head for a good-value feed for your family. Your best bet is to simply stroll the length of it, stopping to peruse the menus at places that catch your eye

– there are myriad cuisines to choose from.

The brainchild of Michelin- starred chef Thomas Keller, Bouchon Bakery at The Beach at JBR (+971 4 419 0772) is perfect for a morning pick-me-up. Indulge in sticky sweet pastries and a cup of custom-blended TK by Equator coffee.

If the ocean air puts you in the mood for seafood,crack open a crab at Aprons & Hammers (+971 4 456 7888). Or, for good licensed options down this way, head to DoubleTree by Hilton. It houses both The Maine (+971 4 457 67190 – part American brasserie and part European bistro – serving great seafood, and the always buzzing Ramusake (+971 4 5595 300), for modern Japanese dishes and great cocktails.

Bouchon Bakery


A vibrant mix of cafés, restaurants and unique boutiques, City Walk is at its best at night, when twinkling lights and neon illuminate the streets and purposely graffitied walls – by some

of the world’s best known street artists – below. Along with DIFC and d3, it’s also an area that has a few licensed venues independent of hotels, in The Square.

Galvin Dubai (+971 4 590 5444) is the first venture outside the UK for Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin. They describe their menu as the “best of British, with a Mediterranean Basin flair” and it’s excellent.

Lima Dubai (800 5462 5462) is a Peruvian hotspot from Virgilio Martinez, the chef behind Central in Lima, Peru, the sixth best restaurant on the planet according to the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Headed by his Central protégé, Diego Sanchez, the top dishes here include an incredibly good octopus and corn brûlée.

Also of note is Toro + Ko (+971 4 590 5433),a Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant and bar by award- winning chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette.

Galvin Dubai


Within Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is Gate Village, where amid the high-end galleries and auction houses are some of Dubai’s best restaurants. At Zuma (+971 4 425 5560), the ever outstanding Japanese food is best ordered to share. As it is at the always buzzing La Petite Maison (+971 4 439 0505), which uses produce from local UAE farms in

a number of its fabulous creations, all of which have their roots in French- Mediterranean cooking.

Greek-Mediterranean restaurant GAIA (+9714 241 4242) has racked up the plaudits since it opened at the back end of last year, with the chef's passion for flavour evident in every dish. How about crumbly feta cheese baked and draped in honey to start you off?

For something more casual BOCA (+971 4 323 1833) is a bar/restaurant concept that does Mediterranean dishes to share, preferably with a bottle drawn from its well-stocked cellar.


This trendy beachfront destination in Jumeirah has a contemporary mixture of restaurants and cafés, shops and attractions set against a scenic backdrop of sand, sea and sun. There are new eateries cropping up all the time but our favourites include Masti (800 62784), which has a bold new India vibe, with flavourful sharing plates by award-winning chef Hari Nayak.

For authentic French Mediterranean cuisine, head to all-day dining concept LEVEE Cafe & Lounge (+971 4 380 2000) to try the La Mer risotto, which features scallops, tiger prawns, baby squid and bouillabaisse. The venue has a New York loft style vibe, but you can move to the terrace for beachy views.

SMK – that's Smoked Meat Kitchen to you and I – (+971 50 703 2915) serves meat smoked over English oak, and topped off with homemade rubs, created by smoke master Luke Tully. Try the signature brisket bun, which comes with pickled red chilli, adding a fruity quality.


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