Dubai for foodies: A suggested one-day itinerary
Unlike many cities in the world, people in Dubai aren’t in a rush in the morning and leisurely breakfasts are encouraged. Tom & Serg is one of the most popular spots for a morning feast. The industrial-style eatery in the artistic Al Quoz district presents an ever-changing menu of wholesome breakfast dishes with a quirky twist. If in need of a caffeinated pick-me-up following breakfast, pop into The Sum of Us, a trendy café that roasts its own coffee using exotic beans from Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Kenya. Its house blend, Tsunami, packs a powerful punch.
If you’re visiting on a Friday, make sure to experience a Friday ‘brunch’; a weekly tradition that’s become a steadfast Dubai institution. Differing from brunch as you might imagine it, brunch in Dubai entails a whole afternoon – often around four hours – of all-you- can-eat dining and drinking. The experience is offered by many of the city’s best restaurants and hotels, but we love the Friday Brunch at Al Qasr, which sees restaurants from across the hotel come together to host 35 live cooking stations and several beverage stands. If it isn’t a Friday, spend your afternoon discovering the city’s multicultural cuisines. From cheap and cheerful Pakistani fare at local favourite Ravi’s to fine Turkish cuisine at Lalezar and authentic Emirati flavours at Al Fanar, there’s plenty to discover across the city.
With so many restaurants to try in Dubai, picking one for dinner can seem daunting. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Madinat Jumeirah, a modern souk-style complex with myriad canal-side or ocean-facing restaurants. Feast on fresh seafood at Pierchic, a fine dining restaurant on a pier out to sea, flavoursome Thai cuisine at Pai Thai, accessible via wooden abra boat, or tapas at Al Hambra, a lively Spanish restaurant where cuisine is served with a side of entertainment. If you still have the energy, end the day with a scenic digestif with at Souk al Bahar. Many of the complex’s bars and restaurants feature terraces overlooking Burj Khalifa and the dancing Dubai Fountain, which performs dramatic displays to music every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Enjoy fine wine at BiCE Mare, Japanese sake at Karma Kafé or Arabic shisha at Abdel Wahab. Alternatively, book into the lounge at At.mosphere, on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, for unbeatable views of the city.