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Dubai’s best outdoor malls and markets

Mon, August 24, 2020

Spend an afternoon exploring the city's al fresco shopping hotspots.

Spend an afternoon exploring the city's al fresco shopping hotspots.


The Beach

If you like strolling along the beach while you do your shopping, The Beach offers a plethora of cafes and shops, including minimalist Japanese lifestyle brand Muji, and beauty havens Sephora and MAC. Every day during winter, the venue also hosts the buzzing outdoor artisanal bazaar, The Market, with rows of stalls selling food, trinkets, accessories and one-of-a-kind pieces.


City Walk


Nestled between Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah, this outdoor retail hub contains a cinema, London-themed streets and plenty of great cafes. The indoor part of the precinct offers a great range of luxury designers including Calvin Klein and Karl Lagerfeld, alongside cool French finds at ba&sh and boutique finds from Polette Concept Store. Stroll the tree-lined esplanade for views of the Burj Khalifa and check out murals by international street artists at City Walk's art initiative, Dubai Walls.


La Mer

La Mer is the ultimate beachfront neighbourhood, where you'll find beautiful boutiques, charming cafés, beach lagoons and kid-friendly play areas. It’s truly a destination that will please any guest, young or old. Make sure to pick up some fashionable items at shops like LA Rags, Trina Turk and Beach Bunny. Afterwards, take a break and a bite at dining concepts like HQ’s 459 or Cupagahwa.




Discover Dubai’s homegrown street cred at this hip outdoor shopping and dining development. Stretching out along Al Wasl Road, this colourful urban strip features retailers and cafes housed within tricked-out cargo boxes. You'll find many cool boutiques including the Urbanist and Kartell, hip Arabian ateliers like Ghawani, and 30 casual dining spots.


Spice Souk

Alongside Dubai's glossy shopping precincts are the city's traditional souks. These offer a glance into Dubai’s past and a chance to do some good old-fashioned bargaining. The outdoor Spice Souk and former trading hub in Deira is deeply embedded in the city's history. Make your way through narrow alleyways and see bags overflowing with heady spices, such as cinnamon, saffron and frankincense. While you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t miss the equally famous Gold and Textile souks.


Ripe Market

Dubai Ripe Market

One of the first markets to set up in Dubai, Ripe Market is open twice a week in idyllic outdoor locations across the city during the cooler months. Head to Police Academy Park every Friday during winter to browse the stalls or food trucks. Here you'll find local vendors selling everything from fresh organic produce and baked treats to locally-made gourmet goodies and jewellery, all set to a soundtrack of live acoustic music. In the summer, Ripe moves indoors with pop-up locations across various neighbourhoods.


Al Seef

Located along one of Dubai’s most storied locations, right beside the Dubai Creek, Al Seef is the perfect place to unwind. The waterside destination reflects both the city’s futuristic style as well as its roots, with modern buildings on one end and heritage-inspired structures on the other. This district is home to crafts-focused boutiques such as homeware haven Dokkan Salla, souvenir shop Creekside Novelties, and many more inspiring finds.

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