A round-up of the must-sees in this neighbourhood.
Along the famous Sheikh Mohammed Bin Road Zayed Road in Dubai, is Jumeirah Village. The area, contrary to popular belief, is reasonably priced – and best of all, enormously friendly and well-equipped with local amenities. The village is actually made up of two neighbourhoods, Jumeirah Village Triangle and Jumeirah Village Circle. Today, we’ll focus on the latter – more commonly known as “JVC”.
This a must-read for first-timers who enjoy their food, especially if you’re unsure of what to expect from this sunlit slice of the UAE.
The Coffee Mug
Coffee is always the best place to start, isn’t it? This hidden gem in JVC might fool you by its name; as it’s no ordinary cafe serving only boring lattes and Americanos.
The Coffee Mug actually acts as your neighbourhood Korean, with bulgogi, bibimbap, and kimchi all on the menu! The cafe also doubles up as a Korean fusion restaurant, (with even more dishes to choose from) – for those looking to indulge further in Asian flavours, in the heart of the Middle East (what could feel more adventurous?).
The cafe and restaurant are family-friendly and serve well for those on a smaller budget, but still looking for a high-quality eating experience.
FIVE Jumeirah Village
Often claimed as one of the coolest hotels in Dubai, Five is a 59-storey rotunda that towers over all the other buildings in the neighbourhood – and with such charisma, too.
You’ll want to pack pool party attire for this fancy spot, as well as plenty of time to enjoy its world-class spa and fitness spa.
On the foodie front, Five is home to some of the most exquisite spots, including Turn Up (surrounded by glass walls, and also serves pork-free English), One for the Road – for Instagrammable cakes, and snacks at the Pool Bar, which will often have a live DJ spinning tracks.
Another family-friendly restaurant, and also known as one of Dubai’s best thai restaurants. Sticky Rice is a cosy, family-run; and a sure favourite among locals of the neighbourhood.
Each of the kitchen staff are of Thai heritage, promising real authentic flavours and “bona fide” cuisine, made with as many local ingredients as possible. The menu allows you to choose your spice levels, so you can customise your meal – and ensure the little ones are taken care of, as well. Desserts include classics like sticky mango rice and sweet potato balls boiled in coconut milk.
Although small and with limited seating, Sticky Rice is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking for a laid-back and comfortable dining experience.
A morning meal here and you’re fixed for the day. Bakericious is a firm favourite among the locals of JVC, serving up an assortment of artisan breads, international mains (pastas, meaty platters, and thick sandwiches – yum!), and even shakshuka.
The star of the show for many, is Bakericious’ full English breakfast (pork free), washed down with a glass of blood orange juice. This spot is great value for money if you’re looking to get fuelled for the day, or maybe catch up with some emails while enjoying your breakfast.
Trattoria by Cinque
Award-winning Italian restaurant, Trattoria by Cinque is a firm choice for diners who enjoy authentic pasta, complemented by a cocktail or five.
The restaurant pays homage to “Mama’s best-kept secrets” with handmade pasta, flavourful sauces (using the sweetest tomatoes from Italy) and freshly baked focaccia bread. Trattoria prides itself on taking inspiration from female leaders, as well as an interior that could break records on Instagram.
Put on your best shoes for this place – it’s an “out-out” spot, for sure.