Quick guide to Souk Al Bahar

Time Out Dubai has a handy guide of things to do in Souk Al Bahar, including shops, restaurants and more at the popular Downtown Dubai venue

Back at the Burj Khalifa again, running out of ideas?
Not at all. We remember taking you up the Burj Khalifa, but this time, we’re on the other side of the water looking up from the stairs of Souk Al Bahar.

Pretty name, but what does it mean?
It means “Market of the Sailor”, but you can forget the sailor part, since there is no nautical theme here. It’s an Arabesque dining destination with a few shops thrown in for good measure.

Okay. Describe it to me. I want to be able to visualise it before I go…
It’s a shopping district designed to look old, with plenty of places to eat. In fact there are more than 20 restaurants, cafés and bars to choose from at the souk.

So it’s kind of like a big food court then?
Far from it. These are some of the best restaurants in Dubai with some unique outlets offering a variety of cuisines. Try Thai at Mango Tree, British at Rivington Grill, Cuban at Café Habana and there is also the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Award winner Baker & Spice. We could go on…

Go on then.
Okay. How about the new Loca for some Mexican or a scale of seafood that goes from crab shack Claw BBQ to the upmarket BiCE Mare? There are more, but we’re not going to just list restaurant names. You’ll have to take our word for it when we say this is the greatest concentration of visitor-impressing restaurants in the city. Head down there and see it for yourself.

That’s a bold statement. Can you back it up?
Get one of the many tables on the outdoor terrace and you won’t be disappointed. The evenings give you a perfect view of a musical fountain show that makes Las Vegas performances look like a leaky tap. The views are boosted by the towering spectre of the world’s tallest building just across the water. It is enough to bring a tear to your eyes.

Anything else?
After dinner go for a stroll along the water’s edge and take a selfie next to the bridge and enjoy the fresh air.
Downtown Dubai www.soukalbahar.ae.

Only at Souk Al Bahar

Try the Kopi Luwak coffee at Icons Coffee Couture. At Dhs180 a cup, it’s the city’s most expensive. It’s made from aromatic beans fairly traded from the Indonesian island of Sumatra and is considered one of the world’s most exclusive beans. We should also say that it’s made from coffee cherries that have been eaten by cats, which are then retrieved from their droppings. Honestly.
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