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Food & Drink

Delicious desserts to try at Dubai's malls

Thu, January 25, 2024

Take a break to enjoy some of the city's sweetest indulgences with the family.

Take a break to enjoy some of the city's sweetest indulgences with the family.

Colourful cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia - The Best Cake in Dubai
There's an element of nostalgia associated with Magnolia Bakery, given its link to the fictional Carrie Bradshaw and her iconic television show, but it still delivers the goods. This New York City icon that is credited with starting the craze for pastel-coloured cupcakes still sells its signature buttercream frosting-topped desserts but is now equally famous for banana pudding and other American bakes like brownies and blondies. Shoppers at Bloomingdale’s at The Dubai Mall can stop for some fashion fuel at the in-house bakery.

Smoothies at Common Grounds

Smoothies at Common Grounds in Dubai
You can't go wrong with any freshly-baked delight at this Australian-style café – a favourite among Mall of the Emirates shoppers are the custard-filled pastries. Common Grounds' range of smoothies include fruit and vegetable blends, plus a few treats in the form of frothy, old-fashioned milkshakes. The Flinder's Lane smoothie is made from a chilled blend of 70% dark chocolate, almond milk, peanut butter, banana and cacao nibs, and it's absolutely delicious.

Mykonos scallops at HUQQA

Mykonos scallops at HUQQA in Dubai
HUQQA in Dubai Mall caters to those with great taste in style and dining alike. The highlight of the Anatolian restaurant’s decadent dessert menu is the Mykonos 'scallops' plate – a gargantuan offering of crisp dough cases filled with decadent princess cream and moist, dark chocolate brownie, topped off with ice cream, fruit and caramel sauce. It’s a feast for both the eyes and the taste buds. This super-sized dessert will easily feed three to four people, so resist the temptation to order one just for yourself.

Freakshakes at Black Tap

Black Tap's fully-loaded milkshakes are part art and part dessert. Stacked with layers of sweets, cakes and even more colourful toppings, you’ll have a hard time choosing from the vibrant menu. Inspired by the crazy shakes of New York City, the decadent creations can be slurped up at Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Festival City and The Dubai Mall. Favourites include the cotton candy, a strawberry shake topped with a pink lollipop and candy floss, and the sweet and salty with chocolate and peanut butter.

Hello Kitty Cakes at Yakitate

Japanese bakery and café Yakitate’s exceptional menu stretches across sushi burgers, ramen and teppanyaki, but it is the fresh bakery section that will have your tastebuds quivering. Choose from authentic Japanese souffle cheesecake, vibrantly-hued mille crepes and deliciously crusty melon buns baked fresh every day at both Ibn Battuta Mall and Al Ghurair Centre. The novelty Japanese roll cakes, meanwhile, are sure to be a favourite with little shoppers, with a tasty onslaught of edible Hello Kitty cakes begging to be devoured.

Daim cake at IKEA

Aside from being renowned for its flatpack furniture, IKEA is also famous for its take on homely meals. Both Dubai branches of the sprawling retailer in Festival Plaza and Dubai Festival City offer a restaurant, bistro and Swedish Food Market, complete with a variety of baked goods. The Daim cake reigns supreme, followed closely by the cinnamon bun.

Crispy waffles at The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Dubai
The Lighthouse is a stylish restaurant and concept store that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus an extensive range of desserts. The newest Dubai venue is located at Nakheel Mall on the Palm Jumeirah and features an expansive sprawling terrace, though hungry shoppers at Mall of the Emirates can also take a break from shopping to indulge in a sweet treat. Highlights include crispy waffles with pistachio ice cream, saffron milk cake and a luxuriously gooey chocolate brownie.

Choux à la crème at Yvonne

Yvonne Dubai Hills is the first international outpost for French patisserie Maison Yvonne. Expect French delicacies such as choux à la crème and delicate pastry puffs filled with creamy goodness, as well as afternoon tea and freshly brewed coffee. Guests are treated to a wide selection of homemade treats, offering as close a representation of the original maison in France as possible.

Fresh strawberry cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory Restaurant in Dubai
The Cheesecake Factory is famous for its creative menu, generous portions, relaxed interiors and extensive list of over 30 different cheesecakes. The cheesecakes include the highly-popular fresh strawberry, Adam’s peanut butter cup fudge ripple, white chocolate raspberry truffle, lemon meringue and ultimate red velvet. You might want to skip your main course and go straight to dessert, as these portions are not on the small side. 

Vanilla merengue cake at Cipriani Dolci

cipriani Dubai

The Cipriani Dolci menu includes an assortment of delicious sweet treats. The feather-light vanilla meringue cake – a signature dessert that originated from Harry's Bar in Venice – is an institution. Soft sponge, fluffy Chantilly cream and torched meringue combine to create a memorable finish to an Italian meal. Much emulated but never bettered, find it in Dubai Mall's soaring atrium at Fashion Avenue as well as in Mall of the Emirates.

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