Hidden Gems for Dubai

Find great things to do in Dubai


This city is so worth visiting! The United Arab Emirates’ largest city is a distinct fusion of its Bedouin heritage and an ultramodern style. Explore the glitz and glam and uncover the ancient traditions of this multifaceted city. Dubai offers the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest shopping centre and the world’s largest indoor theme park.
In our travel guide you will find great things to do in Dubai.

1. Hidden Gem Dubai: Ripe Market

This market is a MUST when you visit Dubai. Ripe Market is a community alfresco event which takes place across a number of locations in Dubai. The market features not only fruit and veggies but also a large selection of organic skincare, leather handbags, rustic homeware, handmade jewellery and unique fashion. The Ripe Market supports local businesses, so that farmers are able to sell local, organic fruit and veggies to residents and visitors. With workshops, live music, fitness classes (like yoga), educational activities and horseback riding, this market truly offers something for everyone. . In summer, the Ripe Market moves indoors to Times Square Centre in order to avoid the heat.

Ripe Market

Ripe Market / © Instagram: ripemarket

2. Hidden Gem Dubai: Tom and Serge

If you fancy a little coffee break while exploring the city, stop by “Tom and Serge” – an industrial Melbourne-style café in the Middle East. Make sure to try the aussie coffee specialty, the “Flat White,” and enjoy its great flavor. If you are a bit hungry, you will also find some delicious dishes at Tom and Serges. How about an “aussie benedict” with braised wagyu beef, poached organic eggs, gribiche hollandaise and smoked onion relish? Or maybe something sweet, like the juicy and super tasty banana bread? Tom & Serg is located in Dubai’s Al Quoz industrial district, an area filled with warehouses, which is gradually being converted into art galleries, studios and cafes.

Tom and Serg

Tom and Serge / © Instagram: tomandserge

3. Hidden Gem Dubai: The Penthouse

There is nothing better than finishing the day with a good cocktail while watching the sunset. The Penthouse Dubai on the 16th floor is a lively rooftop and evening lounge offering spectacular views of the stunning Dubai skyline. The rooftop additionally features two glass-lined swimming pools where you can also spend a few hours. This place is indeed a bit posh and pricey but the views are simply the best you can get. In case you get hungry, the lounge also offers also an eclectic menu, including hot and cold mezze, flatbreads, grilled delicacies and an assortment of sushi. The penthouse is located on top of the FIVE Palm Jumeirah Hotel.

The Penhouse

The Penthouse / © Instagram: thepenthousedubai

4. Hidden Gem Dubai: Brunch and Cake

If you are a brunch lover then you will be in heaven in this place! Barcelona’s much-loved cafe, Brunch & Cake, has just opened its doors in a new branch in Dubai. The interior of the cafe is Insta-worthy in its own right: with a botanic-chic vibe inside and a beautiful outdoor terrace, this is the perfect place to start the day or spend some time for lunch. With its promise of ‘Grandma’s Goodness,’ Brunch and Cake offers wholesome dishes that contain healthy and simple ingredients. Using traditional recipes from ‘Grandma’, fresh bread is baked every day, as is a fantastic array of homemade cupcakes, cookies, muffins and cakes.

Brunch and Cake

Brunch and Cake / © Instagram: brunchandcakedubai

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