Part 2 : The Little Black Book of Dubai- Shopping, Shisha & Food

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Past couple of months, I’ve easily had 20+ people message me to know about stuff to do in Dubai, U.A.E and now since I’m a permanent here, I thought why not collaborate a list of things you can do. Please know that I may not have experienced every single place on this list but be rest assured that everything mentioned below is something that will make you want to visit Dubai (U.A.E) over & over again. So without further ado, let’s crack on!

For the sake of better readability, I’ve categorized my recommendations in the following sections-

> Touristy Attractions to go gagas over

> Adventure

> Photographers Paradise

> Shopping

> Restaurants

> Lounge

> Clubbing

> Instagram-able Cafes


Please know this article is a continuation of the previous article where in you can read about the tourist attractions, adventure activities and photographer’s paradise recommendations by clicking HERE!

Shopping

Hey you shopaholics, I hope you are ready with big fat list of stuff you want to get your hands on ‘cos Dubai can overwhelm you with the swankiest of things known to mankind. This is the city where both fashionistas & not-so-fashion conscious people alike can burn a hole in their wallet! Depending on which time of the year you’re shopping, there are deals everywhere.

Here are the places you can hang out not just to shop but eat, chill & take jaw dropping photographs as well.

i)The Dubai Mall

This second largest shopping mall in the world has every single thing your heart can desire. From cafes to lounges & restaurants, this space has everything a human mind can fathom (an aquarium and an ice rink too).

The extravagance of Dubai Mall will blow your mind away (and your feet too if you don’t wear comfortable walking shoes)!

Jokes apart, this is the best mall you will ever EVER visit. It has 1200+ stores…  *wink*

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The Dubai Mall.
The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani
The Dubai Mall.

ii) Mall of the Emirates (MOE)

Not as big as The Dubai Mall, MOE is more preferred by the residents of Dubai ‘cos nobody can put up with that much walking. MOE has everything any shopaholic desires so if Dubai Mall doesn’t sound like a place you’d want to get lost in go, then MOE will make you happy.

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Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.
The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani
Mall of the Emirates, Dubai.

iii) La Mer

This is perhaps the coolest place one can chill at in Dubai. La Mer is an area developed by the beach which will give you pure L.A vibes! La Mer has something for everyone; it’s got shopping, sheeshah lounges, fast food chains for junk food lovers, swanky restaurants for food enthusiasts, cocktail bars for our chillers, shopping options for those shopaholics who want to pick something everywhere they go, a waterpark… so on and so forth. I urge you to definitely check out this hip & happening place in Dubai.

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La Mer, Dubai.
The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani
La Mer, Dubai.
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La Mer, Dubai.

iv) City Walk

One of the quirkiest hang out place of Dubai has to be City Walk. This space has got it all- movie theatre, wall graffiti for those hippe Instagram pictures, perfect date worthy cafes, awesome restaurants, high street shopping, so on & so forth.

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City Walk, Dubai.
The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani
City Walk, Dubai.



Clubbing

If you are a party animal ( unlike me, hence such an extensive list :-p ), these are the places that will blow your mind, senses, wallets & a lot more away! 😉

White, Dubai is probably the poshest club you’d ever visit, the bouncers here are known of not letting you in if they don’t like your “OOTN” (too posh to handle) and as far as Barasti is concerned, if you’re a beach bum whose favorite kinda party is Goa’s Sunburn Festival then you’d be a happy camper at here. Sensation, Dubai is for Hip Hop & RnB lovers and suckers for Bollywood dance numbers. If you really want to party in Dubai, these three should be your choice without a shadow of doubt!

i) White, Dubai

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White, Dubai.
The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani
White, Dubai.
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White, Dubai.

ii) Barasti

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Barasti, Dubai.
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Barasti, Dubai.

iii) Sensations

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Instagram-able Cafes

The pictures below will do all the talking! Oh and know for sure that the food & beverage quality at these places will make you want to settle down in Dubai, quite LITERALLY!!!

i) The Candy Bar

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ii) The Hamptons Cafe

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iii) Culinary Boutique

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Rich Chocolate Torte with figs & pure cocoa

iv) Society

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v) Cafe L’eto

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vi) Angelina

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vii) Tashas

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viii) Paul

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World’s finest hot chocolate!

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ix) The Acai Bowl at DIFC

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x) Projeto Acai at SZR

(my comfort food)

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xi) One Cafe by Life n’ One (for all the hippies Yogis out there)

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Restaurants

The food scene in Dubai is at an all time high.

I mean I can’t even begin to tell you how ahhhmazzzing most of the eateries here are; be it ambience, service, loaction, food quality, menu spread…gosh, we all are more than spoilt for choice!

If you’re in Dubai and you return without dining at any of these places then it would be absolute shame!

Some of these places are expensive indeed but totally worth it, I promise you. Exploring different types of food is an absolute passion of mine which is why I BELIEVE in spending a decent amount of money while dining at some of these eateries. I humbly request you to check these out on www.zomato.com , figure out the cost for two, cuisine preferences and THEN go for the kill.

However, if you consider yourself to be a foodie, then I would urge you to ignore the “Scrooge” in you and gives these fabulous places a go!

i) Masti at La Mer

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ii) Carnival by Tresind at DIFC

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iii) Zuma at DIFC

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A drink to remember…

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iv) LPM at DIFC

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v) La Serre

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vi) Carine at Emirates Golf Club

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vii) Katsuya

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Endamame Hummus, anyone?

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viii) Intersect by Lexus

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ix) Parker’s

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This is a famous dessert at Parker’s called “Back to School”.
Can you guess what’s edible and what’s not?


x) Cocoa Room by the day & Slider Station by the night

Yes, this place changes identity basis Earth’s rotation!

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xii) Thiptara at Palace Downtown

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This image was taken from The Moment Keepers



Lounges for Sheeshah /Drinks

Sometimes, all you want to do is dress to kill & step out for drinks & sheeshah with your favorite people in the world to have the deepest & most rambling conversation ever; so those are the moments you can block these fabulous places for .

Here’s where you’d find the cream of Dubai in their highest spirits.

i) The Sunken Garden at Ritz Carlton 

(for the finest sheeshah in Dubai)

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ii) Ramusake (for drinks)

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iii) Huqqa at the Dubai Mall 

(for sheeshah)

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iv) Poco Loco at Dubai Marina (for sheeshah)

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v) Masti at La Mer 

(for some really dope drinks)

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vi) Carnival by Tresind 

(for some really fancy drinks)

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vii) Tong Thai

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You can read about the tourist attractions, adventure activities and photographer’s paradise recommendations in my previous blog post by clicking HERE!

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Please comment below, which of these places is getting you super excited right now!

I’ll be waiting!

 

Love & Light,
Aakansha
P.S. YOU CAN READ PART ONE OF THIS BLOG POST HERE!
THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS touristy places to visit, adventure activities, best places in the city for photographers,  etc.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Sony gurnani says:

    I m speechless….beyond imagination !!

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