Where to eat at City Walk
From healthy cafés to ice-cream parlours, burger joints and a whole lot of cake, Amy Mathieson picks 11 of the Al Safa Street haunt’s top eateries
An extensive shopping district by Meraas, the company behind BoxPark and The Beach at JBR, City Walk is home to many a luxury store and café. True, shopping isn’t (yet) classed as a sport, although anyone who has spent hours (and kilometres) walking round Dubai’s malls may be forgiven for wondering why not. It’s also hungry work, so when the time comes to replenish those calories you’ve burnt, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re spoilt for choice at City Walk.
If you find yourself around the City Walk area, perhaps it’s around lunchtime on the weekend, and you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, then Italian-slash-Mediterranean cafe and restaurant Sapori Di Bice should most certainly be on your lunch list.
It’s located in City Walk’s northernmost block, just around the corner from CycleBar. So if you’re done busting a lung on the spin, then a post-workout bit of pasta will do the trick.
With cosy, cute café vibes inside, you could do far worst than grabbing a table out in the sun and watch the world go by. We’d specifically recommend the parmigiana de melanzane (baked aubergine with tomato sauce and mozzarella), it’s a well-balanced yet indulgent dish that feels like it’s good for you.
Soul food, we’d call it. You’d also do well by getting the tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip) and the courgette, aubergine and pepper balsamic salad, all of which to share, because the portions here are sizeable.
For a gorgeous lunch sat out in the sun, this affordable, speedy and friendly Italian café is one that’s definitely worth trying.
A bright and friendly eatery serving family fodder that will certainly appeal to young diners. The light pink and white interior reminds us of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and sweet treats are piled high on the entrance table. The menu is extensive with all of the usual favourites including burgers, nuggets and the venue’s foot-long hot dog. The desserts are decadent, with cream and all sorts of gooey surprises hiding throughout.
Located near high-end designer shops including Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, this coffee house takes its blends seriously. Stick to your standard morning mocha paired with a range of tasty baked goods, or try something completely different in the form of one of The Brass’ signature blends including lavender honey or cinnamon lattes. There’s also an “East meets West” theme, which is reflected in the range of Arabic and Turkish coffees and sandwiches on offer. The breakfast menu features seven dishes, ranging from a decadent French toast covered with Nutella and pistachio, to a smoked salmon sandwich for the more savoury palate. We recommend the light egg-white omelette with a wilted spinach filling, if you want a healthy start to your morning. Pair it with a walnut sahleb (steamed milk, orchid flour, cinnamon and topped with fresh walnuts), and you have yourself a winning breakfast. The staff at the City Walk branch are good when it comes to recommending dishes, especially if you can’t decide between a Moroccan or a Californian salad.
Don’t be put off by the name if you have an aversion to lettuce, there are plenty of steaks, sandwiches and seafood dishes at Saladicious Grillz. Of course, salads are the speciality, so expect a bumper selection, from classics like Caesar and Greek to sashimi and Asian quinoa.
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