Talk CityWalk to me. What’s this place all about?
It’s another one of those things that Dubai does so well – a family-friendly, pedestrianised eating and shopping district. Though it first opened back in 2013, the area is in the process of expanding, with more stores and eateries set to join the fold soon.
What restaurants are already open? Which should I try out?
There are dozens of (unlicensed) places to grab a bite to eat. Sapori di BiCE is the more informal dining offering from the Italian BiCE collective, and does great pastas, sandwiches and breakfasts. If you’ve had a big night, a trip to Mo’s will sort you out – after all, there’s nothing a meaty burger, banana split and mountain of gravy-smothered tater tots can’t fix. For a sweet treat, we recommend you stop in at the Rice Creamery – Dubai’s only shop serving only rice pudding, in flavour blends including s’mores, dates and banoffee. If retro desserts aren’t your vibe, go mad for Japanese cream- and ice-cream-stuffed mochis at Edo Sweets.
I feel full just reading those suggestions. What about a bit of shopping?
For on-trend, hard-to-find designer fashion head to S*uce in the Hood, while a peek inside Roberto Cavalli Decor will blow your mind and your imaginary budget. Looking for ladieswear? Head to Michèlle Belau, the first Dubai outpost of the stylish Peruvian brand, and try out the personal shopper experience.
Anywhere else worth having a poke around in?
There’s a Physique 57 studio in the area, so if you’re due a workout, give it a try. Each 57-minute session combines strength training and cardio, at a ballet barre, and promises you’ll see results in just eight classes.
I’ve just eaten a burger at Mo’s, I’m definitely not exercising.
Get pampered, then. Male grooming lounge 1847 and ladies’ salon N.Bar both have branches here. Women also have Poupa Salon & Nail Spa.
Al Safa Street, Al Wasl, www.citywalk.ae.
Only at CityWalk
Dubai has no shortage of coffee shops, but it’s not exactly flush with options for tea. CityWalk is one of the few places in town you’ll find a café dedicated to the leafy stuff. Try a hibiscus apple steamer, iced matcha vanilla latte, tea sparkle or a teapuccino. Of course, if a builder’s brew is more your bag, they’re
happy to oblige.
www.argotea.com (04 343 4122).