If you have a penchant for top-quality grub by the beach, a bit of beachside shopping, waterparks or lazing the day away on the sand in Dubai, read on. If you don’t, read on anyway and you’ll probably end up developing a love for all of the above.
October 2018 saw the launch of phase one and two of La Mer (literally translating to “the sea”), a sprawling 13.4 million sq ft development in Dubai’s Jumeirah 1 with more than 130 restaurants, cafés and shops, plus a cinema and the amazing Laguna Waterpark.
Fancy a bit of exploration? Without further ado, here are the restaurants and shops that you can visit today.
Amorino Gelato Café
This eatery is all about the sweet, icy, satisfying stuff that will cool you down and satiate your sugar cravings. If you haven’t clicked by now, we’re talking about gelato – in every flavour under the hot Dubai sun. They’re all made using organic and natural products, so you can indulge guilt-free.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.amorino.com (04 343 7096).
Aprons & Hammers
You don’t need to wear the apron, but you may want to wield a hammer once you clock the super-fresh shellfish at the new opening of this much-loved seafood restaurant. And once you get into all of that smashing and scoffing, covering up might not seem like a bad idea after.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight, Thu-Fri 10am-1am. www.apronsandhammers.com (056 685 7404).
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this exciting new Latin American spot uses traditional asado grill cooking methods to whip up a Spanish-Italian combination of steaks, seafood, salad and burgers. So, in other words, a whole lot of yum. It also turns from a chilled-out beach spot in the day to lively Latino spot by night. We like the sound of that.
Open daily 9am-3am. www.argentinagrill.rest (054 560 2626).
This restaurant helps you recreate a rustic barbecue feast without the burnt burgers, soggy bread buns and power trip of the designated “chef”. Here you can leave it to the professionals to serve up smashing meals from Josper grills to maintain the highest smoky standards.
Open Mon-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 8am-1am, Sun 10am-1am. www.thebackyardrestaurant.com (04 399 9128).
Completely bare of additives, preservatives and all that funny business you can’t even pronounce, this burger joint focuses on making really good, organic burgers, without any of the bad stuff. And for all of the absence in hormones/antibiotics/other stuff, it’s certainly not lacking in flavour.
Open Sun-Wed noon-11pm, Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. www.bareburger.com (04 343 7110).
Big Smoke Burger
The Canadian burger joint delivers on the juicy and messy burger front. What to dig into? Expect everything from smokey cheddar beef burgers to buffalo fried chicken, smokin’ cheese along with veggie burgers. Burgers, and its famed poutine menu, of course.
Open daily 10am-2am. www.bigsmokeburger.com (04 385 5400).
Bungalow is the brand-new bar hitting Dubai’s La Mer, and it’s the first licensed venue to open inside Laguna Waterpark https://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/features/83537-inside-dubais-lag... Filled with chilled-out beach vibes, with a bit of a party atmosphere, as well as live sports and entertainment and more throughout the week, you’ll want to head here after a bit of splashtastic-action. There’s plenty of grub to tuck into – we’re talking burgers, sliders, tacos, quesadillas, salads, desserts and loads more.
Open daily 5pm-3am. www.bungalowdubai.com (054 994 7970).
Perhaps already familiar to those who frequent Last Exit Khawaneej and the latest Mad (Last) Exit on Sheikh Zayed Road, this brand specialises in Arabica coffee, traditional Arabic coffee, and local drinks and snacks. In addition to karak, saffron milk and abood juice, you can also tuck into the Bedouin slider, shazinga slider, shawarma fries (oh yes, yes please) and musakhan spring roll.
Open Sun-Thu 8am-1am, Fri-Sat 8am-2am. www.cupagahwa.com (800 42492).
Hola Natural Fruits Delights
HOLA is perfectly located on the beachfront in La Mer, just a skip and a jump away over the hot sand. The fruit dishes are inspired and designed with a Latin American influence and are the perfect refreshment for a hot day.
Open Sat-Wed 10am-midnight; Thu-Fri 10am-1am. www.holadelights.com (04 388 7999).
The restaurant says it was “born with the belief that breakfast is a dish best served all day”, and when it comes to avocado Benedict and Belgian waffles, we’re happy to get stuck in at any hour. Breakfast certainly takes centre stage here, but it is the most important meal of the day, after all.
Open daily 9am-1am. www.hqs459.com (04 345 9000).
No beach destination is complete without a scoop of the sweet, cold stuff. iScream serves up some of the coolest, soothing cones featuring the most refreshing fruit flavours (as well as more unusual tastes like curry) you can imagine. It’s well worth a visit for this reason alone, if not exactly for one of your five a day.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.iscream.ae (04 220 8648).
London Dairy Café
Waking up with a scoop of ice cream is a sweet way to kick off a day at the beach, or anytime for that matter. But it isn’t just the ice cream you’ll be screaming about at London Dairy Café, as you'll also find gourmet chocolates, sandwiches, pastries, specialty organic coffee roasted and brewed by world-champion baristas.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.londondairycafe.com (04 349 4584).
The restaurant https://www.timeoutdubai.com/restaurants/makan offers a range of modern renditions of classic dishes from the Middle East for an authentic and delicious way to replenish after a day dipping your toes in the still waters of the Arabian Gulf.
Open daily 9am-2am. www.makanarabia.com (04 385 5525).
Our Best Mixed Drinks Bar winner at the Time Out Dubai Music & Nightlife Awards 2019, by its very name you know that something exciting is about to happen. Masti translates to “fun and mischief” and this is a game-changing concept in a world of Indian restaurants that all tend to fall in very familiar boxes. Masti is a cool bar, lounge and restaurant aimed at the world’s metropolitan set.
Open Sat-Wed 1pm-1am, Thu-Fri 1pm-2am. www.mastidubai.com (800 62784).
Motomachi aims to bring the taste of Japan to the desert of Dubai. The restaurant has both an indoor dining room and an outdoor seating area where you can enjoy stunning views across the city while nibbling authentic Japanese fare.
Open daily noon-11pm. www.motomachirestaurant.com (04 323 9333).
Every day is a culinary celebration at MR. GREEK, but you’ll want to keep these plates firmly on the table. The delicious and authentic Mediterranean recipes are crafted with utmost care and authenticity for tasty and healthy Greek grub.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.saifbelhasagroup.com (04 341 5788).
The restaurant serves up hearty Uzbek cuisine and is named after the county’s signature dish, which consists of rice, meat, carrots and onions – and will probably give you an idea of what to expect here. The licensed eatery also has a comfy lounge area with shisha.
Open daily noon-3am. www.oshdubai.com (055 963 6756).
This is the all-day dining destination where you can get your fill of pasta, tacos, sliders and sharers while reclining in the comfort of the air-con, or soaking up the rays on the lovely terrace area outside.
Open Sun-Wed 9am-midnight, Thu-Sat 9am-1am (056 369 1388).
Everyone’s favourite American-Chinese eatery is all set to deliver that dynamite shrimp we all adore. Enjoy that or tasty sushi rolls with the sand between your toes, we say.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.pfchangs.com (04 419 0272).
When the SALT food truck was first spotted at Kite Beach and its hashtag campaign became one of the most talked-about, the big silver Airstreamer quickly became the city’s favourite. That truck now has permanent home at La Mer, easily helping you to satisfy your Cheetos cheeseburger cravings.
Open daily 10am-1am. www.find-salt.com (052 690 6601).
Stars ’N’ Bars
We love this American sports bar for it fun décor, with racing car chairs and signed sporting memorabilia sealed behind glass cases (and within your table). We also love its namesake burger, bursting with barbecue sauce and Camembert cheese, as well as the peanut butter chicken wings. The bar is famed for its live music, DJs and daily happy hour deals, too. Need we say more? Oh, and pull your own pints is always a fun time (if you can).
Open Sun-Wed 10am-2am, Thu-Sat 10am-3am. www.starsnbars.ae (04 349 9903).
This US brand currently satisfies Dubai’s sweet tooth in City Walk and Festival City, but if you’ve never experienced the joys of its “couture” candy, you’ll soon have a third opportunity to put a sugar rush-induced spring in your step. Pitbull, Taron Egerton and Backstreet Boys have all been photographed with their sweets in store. And if it’s good enough for them… Oh, and you can also eat pizzas, burgers, pastas, salads, seafood, sandwiches and more here, too.
Open Fri-Tue 9am-midnight, Wed 9am-1.30am, Thu 9am-1am. www.sugarfactory.com (04 385 53120).
If you live in New Dubai, no longer will you need to venture to The Dubai Mall, Deira, Dubai Festival City or Mirdif for the tasty Tex Mex flavours of this US steakhouse. You’ll be able to take your cravings for tater skins, killer ribs, boneless Buffalo wings and Texas red chili to La Mer instead, and then enjoy a barbecue sauce-induced snooze under a parasol when you’re done.
Open daily 11am-midnight. www.texasroadhouse.com (04 419 0914).
Make sure you wear your floppiest hat and your biggest shades for a flounce around The Duchess. Sophisticated, elegant and modern, the swish venue and the contemporary menu feels very Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Here’s hoping it tastes as good as it looks.
Open Sat-Wed 8am-11.45pm, Thu-Fri 8am-midnight. www.theduchesscafe.com (04 341 6600).
If you just want a sarnie made with something healthy and organic, The Slab has you covered. Expect some inventive creations from this home-grown brand, as well as sandwiches made with lots of Middle Eastern spices and ingredients. If you like your bread to be filled with stacks of creativity this is probably the spot for you.
Open daily 10am-midnight. (04 298 8899).
Ya Meza might see ya getting carried away. Bite-sized servings of Lebanese food weave their way around table tops on a laden conveyor belt, from which you can help yourself to whatever takes your fancy. It’s unconventional in the best possible way.
Open daily 10am-midnight. www.yameza.me (04 351 1117).
This is the first fusion restaurant to open in Dubai, bringing the best of Turkish and Lebanese food to one perfectly stocked table. Think smoky meats straight off the grill, freshly baked soft bread and cheesy pizzas hot out the oven and you’ll get the gist – and the cravings.
Open Sat-Wed 9am-midnight; Thu-Fri 9am-1am (800 968968).
98 Coast Av.
Gents, La Mer makes sure you aren’t overlooked when it comes to fashionable beachwear – 98 Coast Av. will sort you right out. The brand was started in Mexico City in 2011, and will soon sell its wealth of on-trend underwater wear to the men and kids of Dubai – it does stock some ladieswear, too. The brand marries high quality with great design and accessible prices, so you can snap up some snazzy trunks even if you do only don them once a year.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. www.98coastav.com (050 918 4303).
Beach Bunny is a leading ladies swim- and resort-wear brand known for their daring, playful and completely unique clobber. The couture cozzies are stand out in design, suited to the sand-dwellers who like to make bold statements with their swimwear.
Open daily 8am-10pm (04 342 2747).
This is an exciting new inflatable playground for kids, big kids and even bigger kids – you and the brood could spend hours of together time on this. The dune-shaped park originates from Japan, where it has been installed in a number of public parks across the country. Hawa Hawa at La Mer will be a first-of-its-outside East Asia, with two unique dunes and seven peaks offering low-impact, high-intensity fun.
Open Sun-Thu 2pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. www.hawahawa.ae (04 317 3999).
I Sea has a mission to offer stylish sunnies that reflect “coolness and functuality”. The branded product range includes contemporary sunglasses, frames and contact lenses that are top quality and utilise the latest technology – it even offers specialised eye testing.
Open daily 10am-10pm. www.isea.ae (04 385 5545).
If you’re looking to update your surfer look, this California-inspired boutique could be just the ticket. It offers urban, yet luxurious streetwear from a multitude of brands and houses clothes and accessories for ladies and gents at affordable prices. A-listers have been spotted sporting the threads of LA Rags. And if that hasn’t piqued your interest, we don’t know what will.
Open daily 10am-10pm (04 221 3755).
Make Up Lab
A range of beauty and cosmetics from top brands are available to snap up at the Make Up Lab, suitable for dolling up or winding down. It’s your one stop shop for all things beauty, so stock up for some serious primping and pruning.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight (04 341 3992).
Neo Noir Beauty Care
If you’re heading to the beach, you’ll want to look your best. But don’t worry if you haven’t had time to get your tresses trimmed or your legs waxed, because a full ladies’ salon is right in La Mer. So you can go down and get groomed before you spend the rest of day lazing in a hammock and eating some seriously good food.
Open daily 10am-10pm. www.neonoir.ae (04 345 8888).
Pain De Sucre
Pain De Sucre are a high-end French brand of swimwear specialising for women and underwear. The brand is internationally renowned for its unpatrolled expertise, its French Riviera elegance and its vision of femininity, perfectly combining sophistication and creativity. Ooh la la…
Open Mon-Wed 10am-10pm; Thu-Sat 10pm-midnight. www.paindesucre.ae (04 385 5625).
Sephora is a haven for make-up fans, so news of the opening of another will certainly fill you with glee. Visitors to this branch can get stuck into trying out the products, enjoy tailored assistance or just discover what this world of beauty has to offer.
Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. www.sephora.ae (04 349 0865).
The quality watches not only look super-stylish, but they’ll also help you stay on schedule for your fun-packed day at La Mer. The team behind Seven Friday say the brand “unites those who seize every day”. We better get a move on then. Tick tock.
Open daily noon-10pm. www.sevenfriday.com (050 754 0923).
Out of this world is how we want you to feel about your swimwear, like it is the most phenomenal piece of art that was perfectly crafted for your body. ShayMartian is a regional swimwear and beachwear boutique, with a global online shopping platform.
Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. www.shaymartian.com (050 679 8108).
The perfect place to cast your squinting eyes when looking for some stylish protection from the scorching Dubai sun. Sun Eye offer sunglasses from the biggest fashion houses in the world, with a range of snazzy frames to make sure you look the part.
Open daily 10am-10pm (04 343 7738).
You can’t just rock up to La Mer in any old scratty swimwear. Luckily, there is a Swims store onsite, where you can spruce up on your Gulf-side glamour. It’s time to chuck the tatty trunks in the trash.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. www.swims.com (04 385 5567).
Trina Turk Los Angeles
The brand promise effortless style and carefree glamour – we’ll have a load of that, please. The womenswear collections boast bold signature prints and dynamic hues unique to each collection, perfect out for all that posing you’ll be doing around La Mer.
Open daily 8am-midnight (04 358 8999).
This brand is a rebel with an absolute cause for edgy and artistic fashion. Bringing a taste of the Los Angeles to La Mer, the original store writes its own rules about what a boutique should be. Check it out, if you think you can pull it off.
Open daily 10am-1pm. www.viarodeoboutiques.com (04 343 4040).
This is an exciting new inflatable playground for kids, big kids and even bigger kids – you and the brood could spend hours of together time on this. The dune-shaped park originates from Japan, where it has been installed in a number of public parks across the country. Hawa Hawa at La Mer is a first-of-its-outside East Asia, with two unique dunes and seven peaks offering low-impact, high-intensity fun.
Open Sun-Thu 2pm-10pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10pm. www.hawahawa.ae (04 317 3999).
From its thrilling Free Fall slide to its 180-degree surf machine for those continuous waves, Laguna Waterpark is a fun-filled day out for young’uns to splash around in and grown-ups to soak up the fun. There are loads of different rides and slides to try, and even a looped lazy river for those looking for minimal movement , an infinity pool and even a 180-degree surf machine so you can learn* to surf in style.
Open daily 10am-6pm. www.lagunawaterpark.com (800 637227).
Too much sun? Well, a dark, cosy room with a blockbuster screening will sort that out for you. With luxury seating (that means comfy armchairs to sink into) and even dine-in options serving up everything from wagyu beef burgers to, of course, popcorn, just pick a flick and spend a couple hours catching up on the latest movies.
Times vary. www.theroxycinemas.com (800 7699).
Whether you’re after a day soaking up the sun in a cabana, or up for some watersports action from jet skiing to fly boarding, Sea Breeze will set it right up for you. With prices starting at Dhs60 for a sun bed, sunseekers need only bring themselves (and a bit of sunscreen) as it provides towels, an umbrella and plenty more. Oh, and there’s even a day room available for those looking for a lush-style beach day.
Open daily 8am-7pm. www.lamerdubai.ae (800 637227).