With Dubai eateries becoming more like galleries, Chanelle Tourish finds five spots worth the art and food
Art and food have always had a harmonious relationship – Picasso, Miro and Chagall all painted in exchange for meals at La Colombe d'Or, a 1920s café-turned-hotel in the south of France.
So it comes as no surprise that the latest trend in art has to do with eating. Dubai restaurants seem to be morphing into galleries, with many hosting monthly exhibitions by top international artists. One such restaurant is Mediterranean spot Boca, which regularly adapts its displays based on recommendations by local galleries.
“We want our guests to have a visual treat every time they walk into Boca,” says manager Omar Shihab.
So folks, book a table, order a meal and sip a glass of grape while you admire the elaborately hung walls of these stylish dining spots for an hour or two… maybe three.
La Cantine du Faubourg
View graffiti-style works by contemporary pop artist Richard Hambleton, including limited-edition acrylic on canvas pieces, which are all available to buy from Dhs50,000.
Open Sat-Wed noon-2am, Thu-Fri noon-3am. Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 352 710504 352 7105).
La Serre Bistro & Boulangerie
As part of the restaurant's Aspiring Artists Initiative, a collection of mirror installations by Johanna Abchee are on the walls of the boulangerie.
Open daily noon-11.30pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 696904 428 6969).
The venue takes recommendations from neighbouring art galleries in order to decorate its walls. Current works on display include paintings by Dutch artist Gerdine Duijsens.
Open Mon-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-midnight. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 183304 323 1833).
Opera Gallery provides the vibrant mix of works on display at this restaurant, and all are available to buy. Artists include graffiti experts Gully, SEEN and Mr. Brainwash.
Open daily 8pm-2am. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 503504 354 5035).