2014 has so far been the year of discovering new places in Dubai! When you’re familiar with a city it’s easy to keep going back to old favourites but in a city that never stops, there are Always new places to explore.
Last weekend we finally made it down to CityWalk in Al Wasl. It was perfect weather for a wander around, nice and sunny (although the wind kicked in towards the end!) If you haven’t been, it’s worth a visit – but don’t do what I did and turn around too soon! I missed Sa*ce and lots of other goodies because I thought I’d got to the end, it was only as we drove away that I realised we’d missed some places out. Oh well, an excuse for a second visit!
It’s best to go when hungry or in need of a good coffee as it’s mostly restaurants and cafes in amongst some nice little boutiques. It feels quite different to other shopping areas of Dubai as it’s all outside so more similar to a European high street, not sure I’ll be going back in the high 40s of June but for now it’s perfect!
OTB Pop Up Market
A couple of weeks ago – during the last couple of days of the Dubai Shopping Festival, I went along to the OTB Market with a couple of friends.
Although it looked similar to Shoreditch’s Boxpark in the flyers I wasn’t expecting too much, but I was proved wrong – it wasn’t huge which makes a nice change for here and not too crowded either so easy to browse.
Set in Burj Park with amazing views of Downtown and the Burj Khalifa, the market stalls are housed in old shipping containers. There was everything from handmade crafts to maps of the region and fashion boutiques.
For foodies – a couple of my favourites Baker and Spice and The Magazine Shop.
The most interesting container though, had a row of brightly-coloured bicycles lined up outside. You can order your bike and customize in a range of different colours – my personal favourite was turquoise with lemon yellow wheel rims! Follow Fishtail Rides on facebook for updates on the cycle groups they run with Puma. They post meeting points and times for everyone to join and discover new cycle trails in Dubai.
We went down to Pantry Café at Al Wasl Square for the first time this month and I was really impressed. I was expecting just another run of the mill restaurant but loved the interior décor and huge choice on the menu – from small side dishes to full meals.
It’s a lovely, no fuss restaurant – we had a great dinner but the breakfast menu looks great so that’s our next trip sorted!