Dubai is a city for people who love living life to its fullest. Reason being, this metropolis has a visual and savoury treat for everyone.
In this blog post, I will list down a bunch of things you MUST try when in Dubai.
1. Lebanese @ Reem Al Bawadi
Reem Al Bawadi, popularly referred (by the Dubai kids) as ‘Reem’ , has been deemed as the ‘Best Middle Eastern Restaurant’ at the BBC Good Food ME Award (2014). Serving Lebanese food since 2001, this restaurant has expanded into a multi restaurant chain today. It gives a true flavour of Dubai and must be visited on the first or the last day of visit to leave room for some ‘reminiscence’! I personally wouldn’t rate this place a 3/5 as I had better expectations from the food to be honest. The ambience and the vibe of the place on the flip side, is why one must cover this place when in DXB. The set-up is one of its kind – rustic, contemporary and middle eastern.
Outdoor seating should be preferred over indoor seating during cooler months.
2. Ladies Night @ China Grill, Westin
The modern day woman (secretly perhaps) swears by what Kiera Cass had to say- “Cinderella never asked for a prince. She asked for a night off and a dress. ” China Grill hosts a fun filled ladies Night every Wednesday with a decent selection of drinks (Prosecco, White Wine and Red Wine) for all the gorgeous ladies! Events like these are every working woman’s favourite as she can catch up with her girls amidst the free flowing booze. 😉. I would give this place a 4/5 for its international crowd and super fun vibe.
PS… I have heard some really good things about the food served in here as well. Maybe another time.
3. Bookmunch Cafe for cool nerds like me 😀
Created for the love of books and babies, this Cafe should be visited for what the millennials say ‘super adorbs’ ambience. If you are a parent with a munchkin to look after or … baby sitting a little one, who is into books just as much as you are, then you must hop over to Bookmunch. I didn’t get chance to try out too many things but I can most definitely vouch for its uber fresh and oh-so-toothsome cookies. A 4/5 material.
4. One Cafe by Life n’ One for all the Yogis out there
This eatery is an urban retreat that has been put together to revitalise one’s mind, body and soul. One can apparently sample organic food, take up yoga, Pilates and meditation class guided by an expert. If only I knew this bit before … sigh!
One Cafe is an experience in itself. Serving almost all things healthy, this place is for the folks who believe in mindful eating and peaceful living.
And you know what is the most amazing thing about this place?
Their mindful colouring books and colour pencils.
I would give this a 4/5 for the peace and quiet it can bring in our ‘rat race driven’ heads!
5. Filli for tea whores
If tea is one of the many reasons you are alive, then Filli’s Zafran Tea has to be on your list of ‘Things to do before I die’. I am not kidding, really! Born out of Mr. Rafih’s inclination towards conversations with friends over tea (back from his school days), this brand’s dream is to unite people over their love for tea. If you are in Dubai and you miss this, then it’s time for you to think about going back just to sip this cup o’ heaven everyday!
Filli is a 6/5 for me. You read that right. 😍
6. Garrett Popcorn for all the ‘cinema snack’ lunatics
Serving popcorn since 1949, Garrett popcorn shops succeed as a result of their secret family recipe fraternised with the love of serving their signature blend of kernels. With every batch handmade throughout the day, these result in irresistible snacking even immediately after a meal. You will always be in a ‘guilty as charged’ state with Garrett Popcorn Shop around! 🤦🏼♀️
What I absolutely love about this place is their packaging and the fact that one can create his/her own tin right from the size to the design. After the size and design is selected, one can mix upto 3 flavours to
munch gorge on! Slurrrrrrp.
Disclaimer: Flavours of Garrett Popcorn are so rich and drool worthy that a manicure is a must post a pack of Garrett popcorn.
PS…Flavour I can vouch for?
Buffalo cheese corn without a shadow of doubt!!! 5/5 as per my standards. 😍