Milk and Honey This premium grocer’s first store opened in 2009 on the Palm Jumeirah, with another store launched in Emirates Hills last month. The new branch offers a luxury shopping experience, with sleek design features such as an onyx table and 24-carat gold dome. Offering an interesting range of ice cream and gelato (including one made from goat’s milk), many of the products on offer are exclusive to Dubai, and include biodynamic yoghurt, organic coffee from Australia’s Byron Bay, lavender flower honey, and the ‘grapple’: an apple with the flavour of a grape, retailing at Dhs27 per kg. Cheese connoisseurs are particularly well catered for with a dedicated room of Provençal cheeses. Meadows Town Centre, Emirates Hills, www.milkandhoney.ae (04 435 6363). Other location: Palm Jumeirah, Shoreline Building 10 (04 432 8686).
Jones the Grocer Australian gourmet grocer Jones has been sitting pretty in Dubai for nearly a year now, selling high-quality Aussie and Kiwi goods, as well as wonderful cheese. We were particularly excited by the selection of teas that were introduced earlier in the year, such as ‘Darjeeling First Flush Makaibari’, peppermint rooibos and white peach blossom. Al Manara, next to Reem Al Bawadi, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 6886).
Prime Gourmet This excellent independent butcher on Sheikh Zayed Road offers high-quality beef and lamb sausages, poultry, veal and a huge range of prime beef steaks, as well as hard-to-find groceries such as Ferron Italian risotto rice and Fattorie Giacobazzi aged Italian balsamic vinegar. See the website for home delivery options. Next to First Gulf Bank Metro Station, Emaar Gold & Diamond Park, Building 4, Sheik Zayed Road, www.primegourmet.ae (04 341 5445).
Baker & Spice The heat may soon force Baker & Spice’s farmers’ markets at Souk Al Bahar and Dubai Marina indoors (as we go to press they’re still going strong), but there’s plenty of fresh, locally sourced produce to be had at the stores – from divine pickles and preserves (try the quince jam) to fresh croissants to take home. Dukkan Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai (04 427 9856). Other locations: Souk Al Bahar (04 425 2240); Dubai Marina (04 362 4686).
The Farm This breathtakingly beautiful location not only offers a serene setting in which to grab a spot of breakfast or lunch, but also a gourmet food shop. That said, when we visited it looked as though the shop was still awaiting much of its premium produce (admittedly it had only been open a week or so). Produce now available includes local smoked salmon from Salmontini, plus a custom-made charcuterie selection and The Farm’s own-label snacks. Al Barari Estate, in the royal enclave of Nad Al Sheba, opposite The Villa development on Emirates Road (exit 44), www.thefarmdubai.com (04 392 5660).