Beachside strip is home to smattering of mini-malls
Tired of schlepping through the same old mall? Jumeirah 1 boasts several smaller-style malls that offer a change of scenery, as well as plenty of niche stores. We suggest you jump in your car or put your walking shoes on and do a mall crawl to find the best of the beachside suburb. Here’s just a snippet of why you should get down there.
Bullets and Butterflies, Mercato Mall USP: Tucked away in Mercato Mall’s east wing, this luxe boutique caters for both men and women, and sells up-and-coming designers such as Emirati Naz Cannon, as well as hard-to-find brands such as Lara Bohinc. Why go? The well-edited clothes feature modern draping and embellishments, but it’s the shoes and accessories that will keep you coming back. You’ll find everything from hi-top sneakers in a wash of colours to Russian doll-style statement rings and geisha-inspired false eyelashes. Where? Ground floor, Mercato Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 2243). 1 Men’s plaid top, Dhs955 2 iPhone 4 cover, Dhs200 3 Leopard-print pumps, Dhs3,335 3 False eyelashes, Dhs225 per pair
Harvest Home, Jumeirah Centre USP: Although this shop is a bit of a headache to walk into (brilliant clutter covers every nook and cranny), the cosy homewares store sells quirky items that you won’t find anywhere else. Why go? Apart from the fact you could spend hours in here and still won’t have uncovered half of what it holds, you’re guaranteed to find something new every time. It’s great for kitsch gifts, such as the sneaker-style slippers for him or the high-heel spoon rest for her. Where? Ground floor, Jumeirah Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 342 0225). 1 Bunny bottle opener, Dhs82 2 Sneaker slippers, Dhs145 3 High-heel spoon rest, Dhs90
S*uce, Village Mall USP: It’s the prettiest store on the strip and your one-stop shop for the best selection of your favourite local and international designers. Why go? This sweet-smelling boutique is your go-to for unique threads, accessories and handbags. The locally-inspired collection may not appeal to everyone, but if you’re coveting overseas labels such as Sass and Bide, Hussy, Phillip Lim and Mawi, you’ll feel at home here. Where? Ground floor, Village Mall, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 344 7270). 1 Union Jack vest, Dhs2,170 2 Bow wallet, Dhs275 3 Scarfs, Dhs850 each 4 Evil eye bracelet, Dhs2,760
The Zoo Concept, Jumeirah Beach Road USP: This novelty shop is Bambah’s sister store (it occupies half of the same villa) and stocks a unique collection of T-shirts, gifts and accessories for guys. Why go? If you’re looking for a one-off gift or an item relating to pop culture, come here. The quirky store sells gumball machines, Bart Simpson collectables, one-dirham cufflinks and Edward Scissorhands-style miniature grass animals. Where? Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Dubai Zoo (04 349 5585) 1 Grass animal, Dhs80 2 Rubber watch, Dhs90 3 Delete key lamp, Dhs140 4 Men’s T-shirt, Dhs195
Bambah, Jumeirah Beach Road USP: Located in a private villa, Bambah is unique to Dubai as the city’s most affordable and well-edited collection of vintage clothes, hats, shoes and accessories. Why go? You could spend a while browsing among the vintage Vogue magazines, antique-style bird cages and well-cared-for pre-loved threads, as well as picking up a one-off find, such as a quirky scarf or a vintage fascinator for the races. Where? Jumeirah Beach Road, opposite Dubai Zoo (04 349 5585) 1 Blouse, Dhs410 2 Fascinator, Dhs260 3 Shorts, Dhs385 4 Dress, Dhs460