Top spots running from Madinat Jumeirah up the beach to Al Athar Street
Al Farwaniya Cafeteria It’s easy to miss this tiny red café, wedged between a couple of small shops (you’ll find it on your right, when driving in the direction of Satwa from the Marina). Head here for delicious daily curries and filling, rolled parathas stuffed with everything from potatoes to cream cheese. Jumeirah Beach Road (no number).
Barracuda Restaurant There are few better places to get your chops around fresh seafood served Egyptian-style in Dubai. Expect liberal use of garlic and herbs plus enormous salads. As the menu depends on what the chefs have been able to get from the market on the day, clams can be hard to come by but the grilled cuttlefish is almost always available – and highly recommended. Can’t find the restaurant? Look for the giant upturned fishtail on top. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 0408).
Biryani Pot Biryani is nothing Dubai hasn’t seen a thousand times before, but this relatively new spot is doing things a little differently. Alongside classics such as chicken and lamb, you can also try healthier takes suck as quinoa biryani and prawn biryani, plus masala quinoa salad, all served in appealingly contemporary surroundings. Opposite Saga World, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 2277).
Bosporus A popular Turkish eatery on the corner of Beach Road and 9a Street, Bosporus is buzzing on weekends when the crowds begin turning out for classic breakfasts of cheese, olives, tomatoes, breads and honey, Turkish sausages and eggs, and refreshing tea. Corner of 9a Street and Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 8090).
Burj Al Arab
One of the city’s most instantly recognisable landmarks, don’t expect to get across the bridge to this island hotel unless you’ve got a reservation. Fortunately you can make one of those for the vertiginous Al Muntaha or Skyview Bar, Asian eatery Junsui, seafood restaurant Al Mahara, or Sahn Eddar for the hotel’s famous afternoon tea. Between Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 301 7600).
Heat Café A favourite among the city’s gym-loving and bodybuilding community, this no-frills cafeteria specialises in lean cuisine, from low-carb to low-fat, sugar-free to high-protein. Check out the protein pancakes, grilled chicken skewers, lettuce wraps, burgers and more. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 8831).
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This iconic family-friendly resort houses a multitude of impressive eating and drinking options, from the fabulous views in Uptown Bar and Latin eatery La Parilla to the relaxed gastro-pub vibes of D&A, the celebrity dining offerings of Jamie’s Italian to brunching favourite Beachcomber’s. The hotel is also home to much-loved sea-surrounded nightspot 360°. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 348 0000).
An enormous complex recognisable for its Arabesque wind towers, Madinat Jumeirah spans stunning five-star hotels including Al Qasr and Mina A’Salam, Souk Madinat and its art, clothing and homewares shops, and dozens upon dozens of restaurants and bars. From casual dining in The Noodle House to award-winning romantic eatery Pierchic, which is set for a hotly anticipated reopening at the beginning of October (with the addition of a bar), visitors here are thoroughly spoilt for choice. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 366 8888).
Maple Leaf A cute Canadian café serving Montreal-style eats. Head here for smoked meat sandwiches, poutine (French fries piled high with cheese curd and gravy) and wings, all washed down with a root beer or cherry cola float. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 3001).
The Cake Bar Treat yourself to posh cakes and pastries, from elaborate cupcakes to cheesecake cups, fruit tarts to whoopee pies at this twee dessert café. Next to Arz Lebanon, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 395 6655).
Sunset Mall Head to this swanky, glass-clad mall next to the beach for cutting-edge fashion buys and unique pieces from the likes of West LA Boutique, Socialista Boutique and Valleydez, plus much more. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 330 7333).
D.Tales A design orientated store with a Scandinavian leaning, selling homeware accessories such as lighting and storage, rugs, and furniture, plus funky watches, cufflinks, bags and more. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 6395).
Al Boom Marine Devoted watersports enthusiasts mustn’t miss this store, which specialises in equipment for wakeboarding, kayaking, snorkelling and more. Opposite Sunset Mall, inside Eppco Petrol Station, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 1258).
Grooming and wellbeing
Counselling & Development Clinic Run by clinical psychologist Dr McCarthy, this centre deals with anxiety, substance abuse, anger management, depression, family breakdown, autism, jealousy and much more. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 394 6122).
De La Mer Day Spa This calming ladies-only spa offers a wide range of treatments and packages, perfect for a spot of weekend pampering. Have a massage, manicure or facial, relax by the pool and take a break from your busy routine. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 432 2775).
The LightHouse Arabia
A well-known and reliable counselling and psychotherapy centre offering discreet support and therapy sessions. There are also regular free grief support meetings, held once a fortnight, with separate groups for adults, teens and children. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 9298).
Hombre Men’s Bar A cool-looking Spanish-inspired grooming salon for gents, decked out in retro chairs, wooden floors and walls. In addition to a trim and a shave, men can also get manicures, head and shoulder massages and facials here. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 338 3173).
Leisure and sport
Dubai Offshore Sailing Club Learn to sail at this long-standing club, or if you’re already a pro, become a member and take advantage of a raft of benefits, and if you’re lucky enough to own one, you can apply for a place to berth your vessel. There’s also a clubhouse with a fantastic view overlooking the sea, but sadly it is only open to members. Off Jumeirah Beach Road, behind KFC (04 394 1669).
Join or watch Dubai’s impressive clan of kitesurfers, or relax under the shade of a parasol. It’s a go-to for those keen on sports, with regular bouts of beach football, volleyball, and swimming events taking place. Off 2D Street, near Jumeirah 3 Park 2 (no number).
Surf House Dubai The relaunch of long-standing favourite Surf Dubai, this hangout near the beach now not only offers paddle and surfboards to rent, but also sells Quiksilver and Roxy products and houses a dedicated yoga studio. Al Soon Street, near Sunset Beach (050 504 3020).
Throw yourself down the Jumeirah Sceirah, whirl around Tantrum Alley or relax with a drift around the lazy river at Dubai’s original waterpark, themed around the adventures of Arabian folklore character Juha. Next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 348 4444).