See a slice of Japan at Dubai’s Akiba Dori d3’s new venue is inspired by one of Tokyo’s most popular areas By Darragh Murphy 22 April 2018 Who needs to venture all the way to Japan when you can experience the next best thing a short taxi ride away at Dubai's Design District?Today (Sunday April 22) marks the opening of Akiba Dori, a brand-new concept inspired by the neon-lit streets of Akihabara in Tokyo.Designed as a food hall-styled indoor alleyway, the venue at d3 will house seven shops serving a range of different Japanese-inspired treats. SIMILAR ARTICLES JLT to get brand-new ‘walk-in ramen bar’ Daikan Nutella Café opening at Dubai International Airport The QE2 to host one-off Dubai summer brunch Brand-new Café Bateel opens in Mall of the Emirates Among the outlets is Kashi Pan, which offers baked goods and coffeee, as well as late-night pizzeria Tokyopolitan.It uses Japanese dough, Italian toppings and a wood-fired oven that cooks pizza in under 60 seconds. Now that’s some fast cooking. There’s even a bar serving Japanese hops and Dhs99 bottles of grape, just to give you another reason to head on down.With Akihabara being the cultural hub of everything gaming and anime, the venue even has an arcade for those looking for a gaming session.The concept comes from Samer Hamadeh, founder of Dubai’s popular Stereo Arcade, who has been teasing the project on Instagram.Akiba Dori officially opens today, so go ahead and take a stroll down the electric streets of Tokyo.To continue your artsy streak, famous street artist Marwan Shakarchi has given a car park in d3 a graffiti-styled makeover for all to check out.Open daily, noon-3am. Building 8, d3, www.facebook.com/AkibaDori/ (04 770 7949).