Eating, shopping and more from Al Uromba Road down to 2nd December Street
Automatic Grill Jumeirah 1 is home to one of the oldest branches of this long-established Lebanese eatery, well known for its reliably good food, reasonable prices and slightly grumpy staff. Head to Beach Centre to grab a quick, affordable and tasty sandwich to take with you to the beach, or linger over a feast of mezze and grills. Beach Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 4888).
Dedicated to motorbikes and the bikers who ride them, this café serves as a meeting ground for the city’s two- (and three) wheel enthusiasts. Grab a bite to eat while you sign up for a group ride or plan an early morning outing with fellow motoring fiends. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has even paid a much publicised visit to the café in the past. Near Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 3585).
Attached to a quaint boutique store, this café offers raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free dining options on its ever-changing menu. Each day, the menu changes with a choice of two starters, two mains and two desserts based on what the chef has bought that day. Near Beach Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 4555).
Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa A part of Jumeirah for a few decades now, this serene, low-rise and low-key resort houses a number of great little eating and drinking spots, including Mexican hangout Loca, swanky al fresco Japanese eatery Sho Cho, quaint Asian poolside spot Thai Bistro, sea-facing Mediterranean restaurant Flooka and many more. Next to Palm Strip Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 346 1111).
Lime Tree Café
In the shadow of Dubai’s famous Jumeirah Mosque – the only mosque open to tourists in Dubai – this villa-style eatery has become famous for its decadent cakes, tasty toasted sandwiches, healthy super salads and ‘home-made’ style of cooking. It’s family friendly, and pooches are welcome in the front garden seating area too. Next to Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8498).
Russo’s New York Pizzeria This casual dining spot promises fresh-to-order New York-style pizzas, alongside classic Italian favourites such as arancini (rice balls stuffed with Bolognese), calamari, eggplant rollatini, flatbread sandwiches and slightly less Italian-sounding (though no less mouthwatering) ‘colossal’ desserts. Choose from 12-inch bases right up to 28-inch party pizza. Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (800 787 767).
Located just behind The One on Jumeirah Beach Road, this cool, chilled-out café serves an ever-changing menu of salads (surprise, surprise), plus pasta dishes, fish and meat mains, soups and a range of tempting desserts. Breakfast is also available. Al Hudaiba Road, off Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5822).
This enormous restaurant and café near Jumeirah Mosque is hard to miss if you’re in the area. Head inside to dine in chic, contemporary surroundings or pull up a chair on the gently lit outdoor terrace if the weather permits, and enjoy authentic Turkish breakfasts, grills, salads, breads and more. Near Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 9955).
Bambah This boutique sells vintage pieces ranging from 1930s to 1980s fashion, including items from the likes of Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Lanvin. Opposite Dubai Zoo, Jumeirah Beach Road (050 674 1754).
Creatures Oasis Specialising in marine animals, reptiles and accessories, this pet store offers a range of tanks along with the option to have one custom made. The store also sells cats, dogs, birds and rabbits, among others, plus garden plants. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 0555).
Hermione Boutique This deeply minimalist clothing boutique focuses on edgy French style and exclusive-to-Dubai brands including Jay Ahr. The boutique also has its own salon, Tigerlily, where you can enjoy a manicure to go with your new outfit. Magrudy Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 0320).
A Renaissance-themed shopping mall with a cinema and a good mix of boutique, luxury and high street stores, Mercato’s offering seems to constantly be changing. Right now, the mall is also home to kiosks selling homewares by Urban Yogi and a huge range of colourful cotton foot apparel by Happy Socks. There’s also an outlet by Papabubble caramel artisans coming soon. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 4161).
The Village Mall There’s much to find in this surprisingly well-stocked shopping spot, from clothing boutiques such as S*uce and Candella to jewellery stores, an Organic Foods and Café supermarket and health supplements boutique, kids’ attire and now delicious Swiss chocolate following the launch of Sprungli Boutique & Café at the complex. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 4444).
The Zoo Concept Located opposite the actual Dubai Zoo, this quirky boutique sells cutting-edge urban street wear, accessories and homewares, plus unique, one-off designer pieces. Shop brands including Junk Food, Disney Couture, Bow, Worn Free, Friend or Foe, Wasta Brand and many more. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 5585).
Grooming and wellbeing
Eco Yoga Sanctuary This ladies-only yoga studio offers body balance, hot yoga, vinyasa, kunalini, ashtanga, yin yoga, Zumba and more. Describing itself as the first sustainable yoga centre in the Middle East, Eco has LED lights throughout, eco-friendly towels made from bamboo and organic cotton, cork, bamboo and recycled content blocks and jute belts, and recycles as much waste as possible. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 385 6633).
SensAsia Urban Spa We love the treatments offered by this funky spa chain, which include muscle melting massages, fabulous facials and perfect pampering packages. There’s also a whole range of treatments designed exclusively for pregnancy-weary mums-to-be. The Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 349 8850).
Leisure and sport
Dubai International Art Centre
Try painting, pottery, sculpting, drawing, fashion design, interior design, knitting, crocheting, jewellery making and so much more at this haven of creativity. It’s also home to Gallery 76, where the work of students, staff and local artists is exhibited throughout the year. Villa 27, Street 75b, near Mercato Mall (04 344 4398).
Jumeirah Open Beach
This free public beach has long been a popular place to swim and catch some rays. In recent years, improvements have added to the strip’s appeal, with jogging and cycling tracks, showers, changing rooms and kiosks making the sandy stretch an easy place to while away a weekend. Next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, off Jumeirah Beach Road (no number).
Engine Health & Fitness
Looking like something plonked on Beach Road from the future, this glass-clad gym is perhaps one of the road’s most eye-catching structures. Inside, you’ll find state-of-the-art equipment, cool group exercise classes and a refreshment bar, plus the gym even offers ladies-only hours. Next to Jumeira Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 381 9999).