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Food & Drink

The best food halls in Dubai

Wed, September 15, 2021

Adding a new spin on the traditional food court, Dubai is seeing a boom in the food hall scene. Find out where you can mix and mingle over flavours from around the world. 

Adding a new spin on the traditional food court, Dubai is seeing a boom in the food hall scene. Find out where you can mix and mingle over flavours from around the world. 

1

Depachika

Inspired by Japanese food halls commonly found in department stores and train stations, Depachika Food Hall at Nakheel Mall aims to deliver an experience beyond just providing food. Instead the focus is on offering a complete foodie experience, including licensed options. This means that alongside homegrown outlets such as Lime Tree Café, Salmontini, Moishi Ice Cream, Sugarmoo and more, there is the Depachika Cooking Studio where visitors can book a range of cooking classes. Expect fun food-themed events as well, including chocolate tastings, bakery sessions and live entertainment.
2

South Market food hall

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The Dubai International Financial Centre is home not only to some of the biggest names in global finance, but also high-end and boutique retail outlets and upmarket dining establishments. Located at Gate Avenue, South Market aims to similarly elevate the centre’s casual dining options, featuring Spheerz Restaurant and Takoyaki’s Japanese flavours, Bahiya’s Egyptian street food, Asian desserts from MAD, upmarket cereal dispensary Cereal Killer Café, and more – with plans to rotate the dining options regularly. The setting is just as refreshing with exposed ceilings, steel beams, street art and concrete accents, making this modern-day marketplace the perfect pit stop.
3

Time Out Market

Best known for its local listings magazines in almost every major city in the world, Time Out also operates Time Out Markets in New York, Boston, Montreal and elsewhere – with Dubai now part of the esteemed fold. Curated by the Time Out Dubai team, who know a thing or three about the best places to eat in the city, Time Out Market Dubai at Souk Al Bahar features 17 different outlets from the city's best food providers, including award-winning MASTI, folly, BB Social, Vietnamese Foodies and Nightjar coffee roastery. It's also the launchpad for brand new concepts, so come here to see the best of Dubai's culinary talent shine.

4

Food Central

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City Centre Deira has continually reinvented itself over the years, and its latest innovation is Food Central, on the eastern side of the mall. Food options include film-inspired Kitchen 35, The Acai Spot, BKK Bistro, Balqees Honey, a dedicated Nutella outlet and more. Huge windows give the greenery-infused seating area great views to Downtown Dubai’s skyline, and TUBE Dubai – a series of climbable nets suspended from the walls and ceiling – can give diners a new perspective on things.
5

Downtown Kitchens

Taking the spotlight at the city's centre, Dubai’s Downtown Kitchens is an artisanal market hall in Fountain Views on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard that combines an eclectic mix of homegrown and international culinary talent. Check out Truffle House, Dubai’s first speciality truffle shop, enjoy classic pizzas at Pizz’art or go all out with creative desserts at Reyo. There’s plenty to savour, including speciality coffee brews. This is a great spot to refuel after a day of sightseeing in Downtown Dubai, with direct access to The Dubai Mall through the link bridge from Fountain Views.
6

The Guild

Local chef extraordinaire Tom Arnel is set to transform the city’s dining scene with the launch of The Guild later this year. Spanning an impressive 15,000sqft of space at ICD Brookfield Place in Dubai International Financial Centre, the new venue is quickly taking shape to serve up eight of the best homegrown brands, each with its own unique offering. Names are still are under wraps but we’re expecting an interesting, tasty showcase of the world’s most exciting food trends, executed by some of the city’s best.
7

Al Areesh Club

Al Areesh Club is a health and sports club in Dubai Festival City, so opening a food hall is something of a departure from its normal offerings – although it fits well with Al Areesh’s mission to promote wellbeing. The stylishly minimalist space is host to a few carefully created options, including B&B for top-quality meat, Earthy Blend offering the freshest possible deli selection, as well as a bakery, coffee outlet and Twisty Treats’ soft-serve ice cream and gelato. Al Areesh Club is just a short drive away from Dubai Festival City Mall, so you can combine a visit with an afternoon of shopping.
8

Streetery Food Hall

Stepping into Streetery in the neighbourhood of Jumeirah Lakes Towers is the closest it’s possible to get to an Asian-style hawker food market in Dubai. Every aspect of its food, theme and aesthetic is drawn from the food stops of Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, down to the plastic stools in the lakeside seating area. While the range of outlets is limited – Zen for Thai food, Hing Kee for barbecue and grills, and Fat Aunt’s for curries, dim sum and noodles – the range of dishes and flavours on offer is vast, and truly authentic. If you’re craving Asian cuisine but can’t pick just one, then Streetery is right up your alley.
9

The Daily DXB

One to keep an eye out for when you’re leaving Dubai, The Daily DXB at Dubai International airport is a small but perfectly formed food hall in Concourse B. It features fried chicken from The Roost, freshly-cooked Asian dishes from Walk the Wok, St Mia’s Italian cuisine, and healthy Hawaiian-style poke bowls from Wanna Poke, as well as fresh pastries to take away for onboard snacking. The Daily DXB is open 24 hours a day, so it’s a great way to get your last fix of Dubai’s vibrant food scene before your flight.

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