Time Out explores the best things to do in Karama station
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1 Kamat: When it comes to vegetarian cuisine, the Indians have it nailed – witness the plate of steaming tofu tikka masala for conclusive evidence of this. There are close on a 100 dishes on the exhaustive menu, including a decent range of Jain options (vegan dishes, usually also excluding root vegetables), so you’re unlikely to go short of options. 04 359 5441 Five minutes walking distance from the station
2 Avenue: Alongside the mad hub of tiny hot and sweaty stores, Avenue department store is a refreshing – literally thanks to the air-con – experience and it sells everything from branded shoes and clothes to household goods. 04 397 9983 Six minutes walking distance from the station
3 Karama Shopping Complex: It’s nigh on impossible to walk round this place without someone shouting ‘DVD! Gucci watches! Prada handbags!’ in your face. But bear with them: whatever you’re after, you can ﬁnd it here – just take your time and choose carefully. Galaxy sports is a great example. It may be small, but it houses the best sporting goods to be found anywhere in Karama. It’s often crowded with sports enthusiasts, gazing longingly at professional cricket helmets, bats and pads or football gear. 04 336 5462 Eight minutes walking distance from the station
4 Paratha King: This hole-in-the-wall, hidden down a backstreet, serves 100 varieties of paratha (Indian stuffed bread). As every order is made from scratch, it’s likely you’ll have to wait a few minutes for them to cook yours up – but it’s worth the wait. Trust us. 04 397 9110 Nine minutes walking distance from the station
5 Karama Park: Karama Park is relatively tiny compared to other green spaces in Dubai. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got its own charm. Most evenings it’s crowded with parents taking their children to play while they relax and watch over them. Opposite LuLu Centre Ten minutes walking distance from the station