Hip shops, cool galleries, trendy worksouts and more at edgy hub
Antiques Museum A hard-to-find haven for trinkets of all sorts and sizes including Moroccan lanterns, souvenirs, Arabic-style ornaments and life-size wooden carvings, plus Russian-style baboushka dolls dressed in local garb. Off Street 8, past Objects & Elements and right again, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 9935).
ReMade DXB Offers sewing classes for the retro obsessed as well as workshops on kilim-making, silver jewellery-making, quilting and applique. ReMade even sells its own range of upcycled vintage-style crafts. Inside Objects & Elements, Street 8, entrance on side street, Al Quoz 1 www.remadedxb.com.
Dance Fit This spacious ladies-only fitness venue offers dance-themed workouts, including hip-hop and belly dancing in a stylish environment. It also has a crèche area for mums to leave their little ones in. Unit 105, 1st floor, Al Sayyah Building, Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dancefitme.com (04 3884 157).
Tom & Serg The creation of expats Aussie Tom Arnel and Spanish Sergio Lopez, this loft-style café is taking over as the city’s hottest brekky spot. The vibe is distinctly Melbourne, the coffee is flawless and it even serves lamingtons (a kind of sponge cake) for homesick Aussies. Near Al Joud Center, near Ace Hardware, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Quoz 1 (04 338 8934).
Voluptu Arabic-speaking British designer Rachel Ohan crafts flirty silk maxi dresses, jersey jumpsuits and floral wrap dresses ideal for work. She also offers a bespoke fitting service. From Dhs180. Inside Objects & Elements, Street 8, entrance on side street, Al Quoz 1 (050 625 7577).
The Cartel Fusing art with fashion, this Alserkal Avenue boutique is a sanctuary for sartorial risk-takers: it stocks wearable art and accessories from contemporary cutting-edge designers including Szilas Rita and Manish Bansal. Unit 6, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 388 4341).
Adore Indoors Head here for edgy statement furniture featuring skull prints, suede and studding. The collection includes oak armchairs, dining chairs, rocking chairs, chaise lounges, studded stools, cushions and chalkboards. Inside Objects & Elements, Street 8, entrance on side street, Al Quoz 1 (055 580 2215).
Objects & Elements This two-level warehouse stocks cool urban-style paintings from Indonesian artists, quirky home décor ideas, unusual ornaments and Italian furniture and accessories. Opposite Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, entrance on side street, Al Quoz 1 (04 323 6182).
The Warehouse Gym Neon lights and graffiti give this distinctly urban workout hang the air of a nightspot rather than somewhere to pump iron, but it seems to work. It offers CrossFit as well as group classes and personal training. Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz 3 (04 323 2323).
Woof Pet Services The well-hidden doggy daycare facility features an outdoor dog park complete with faux lawn landscaping and play items, boarding and grooming services plus adoption opportunities for those looking to re-home cuddly canines. Street 8a opposite Dubai Driving Center, Street 8, Al Quoz (050 378 7486).