I have covered where to show, stay and what to see but I have missed one of the most vital things, where to EAT! Dubai is full of amazing places to eat with family friendly restaurants and fine dining hot spots. With every big brand chain to some of the best restaurants in the world there is something for every occasion. These are my top recommendations for dining in Dubai.
JBR is a large stretch of restaurants and shops, the area is pedestrianised and there is a large central area which frequently host a mini fun fair creating a great family friendly area. The majority of the restaurants are big chain names, Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, PF Changs etc but there are some slightly more up market venues too. The Cavalli Caffe is a lovely alfresco venue serving Italian cuisine in true Cavalli style, even the pasta is animal print!
There is literally every type of food to chose from and the whole area has a lovely atmosphere but bare in mind that only soft drinks are served in this area so if you are looking to enjoy a glass of wine with your meal you will need to head to a hotel.
A full list of the restaurants in JBR can be found here.
If you are looking to have some traditional cuisine the best place to go is Reem Al Bawadi. This restaurant serves amazing local food family style and also has an amazing array of cakes on display in the deli style dessert counter. There are several of these in Dubai but i would recommend booking an outside table at the Down Town location as you get a perfect view of the Burj Khalifa. Although you cannot drink alcohol in this restaurant you can enjoy shisha with or after your meal while enjoying the view.
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If you are looking for a really memorable meal I would recommend two iconic locations, Shimmers in the Madinat Jumeirah and At.mosphere at the Burj Khalifa. Shimmers is located on the Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach and has the most spectacular views. Once you have finished your delicious greek meal you can head to the beach for cocktails and shisha while taking in the Burj Al Arab and the beautiful surroundings.
At.mosphere is fine dining at its best, from the second you walk out the lift the staff are amazing and once seated, the food is even better. I had the tasting menu which I would recommend, although it is a little pricey.
The best time to be seated is just before sunset so you see the views both at day and night, you can request a window seat which has a slightly higher minimum spend value than the other tables but is 100% worth it.
You will never forget your experience at At.mosphere, not only because it is fabulous but also because they will send you away with branded chocolates, a Polaroid capturing your visit and if you have the tasting menu your waiter will sign a copy with a cute message and place that in a branded sleeve as a keepsake. As the Burj Khalifa functions as a hotel you can also enjoy a glass or champagne to finish off your magical meal.
Leave a comment with your recommendations, happy eating!
Love Lottie xxx