The Dubai Mall is home to more than 150 restaurants and cafes, so how do you pick just one place to eat at?
That’s where we come in – here’s our guide to our favourite restaurants and coffee shops in Dubai Mall, and where to find them…
Levant street food, which translates as falafel, hummous and shawarma galore. The homegrown restaurant chain’s 10th store bring pocket-friendly eats to your shopping trip – 12 pieces of classic falafel with authentic tarator sauce are only AED 12.
Grab a platter if you’re super hungry – they’re still less than AED 40.
10am-1am daily. The Dubai Mall, Ground Level, Near Golf House. 600 530 006.
If you’re searching for a hearty authentic Italian meal, there’s no better option than Eataly. It has everything your tummy could want, and more.
At first glance, you may think it’s just a shop with aisles of Italian ingredients, but walk inside and you’ll realise it’s also a restaurant (with its own Nutella bar).
Our favourites? Try the deep-fried mozzarella balls, Margherita pizza, and the spaghetti carbonara with black truffles. And if there’s any space left, satisfy your sweet tooth cravings with a warm and crispy Nutella crepe. Pizzas start from AED 59 and pasta from AED 49.
Lower ground floor, opposite the fountain view restaurants. 9am-midnight weekdays, 1am Friday and Saturday. 04 330 8899. eatalyarabia.com
Cereal Killer Café
Fancy some all-day breakfast? This new café is cereal-ously good.
Originally from London, the Cereal Killer Cafe has just opened up near the waterfall in Dubai Mall, and it’s delicious.
It may sound ridiculous to pay AED 35 for a bowl of cereal, that you can easily make yourself at home for much much less, but it’s all about the experience.
With kids’ beds scattered around, bright and colourful printed tables, funky milkshakes and cereals that look too good to eat, this café makes eating cereal so much more fun.
Ground floor, behind the waterfall with the divers. 10am-11pm weekdays, midnight Thursday, Friday, Saturday. 04 362 7500. instagram.com/cerealkillercafe_dubaimall
You cannot leave Dubai Mall without eating at Parker’s, while previously you couldn’t eat at Parker’s without first finding the key, we’re hearing that it’s now unlocked.
While that isn’t quite as much fun (previously you needed to follow @byparkers on Snapchat, figure out where they’d put the key, and search the mall to find it), the long queues can be enough of a challenge.
However, everything from the quality of food to the presentation is worth the wait.
It’s slightly pricey and the portions are small, but if great food is all you want – this is your place. Try the pretzel chicken strips, toffee shrimps, and all the desserts! Sharing plates start from AED 29, loaded street fries topped with cheese and chilli lime sauce are filling for AED 29 and desserts average at AED 40.
Second floor, next to TGIF. 050 625 5563. 9am-midnight daily. 050 625 556.
Fancy a slightly healthier option?
We only tried out Markette because the wait for The Cheesecake Factory was way too long, and this was right next door. But we were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was.
From Indian butter chicken and Asian favourites to traditional Italian and Mexican dishes, they’ve got so much on offer. Try their savoury gallettes (similar to crepes), zafran karak chai and the salted caramel banana bread pudding. Most dishes are under AED 100, with breakfasts around the AED 60 mark, but portions are huge.
Ground floor, right opposite the Dubai Aquarium. 04 339 8173. 8am-midnight daily.
Walter’s Coffee Roastery
If you’re not too hungry, and wouldn’t mind snacking on some coffee and cakes, Walter’s Coffee Roastery is a super cool place to check out – especially if you’re a fan of the popular Breaking Bad TV show!
Staff are suited up in yellow firemen jumpsuits, and you can watch as your coffee is concocted in Walter’s mini chemistry lab, complete with beakers and lots of smoke.
Lower Ground floor, near the exit to the fountains. 9am-1am daily. Coffees start from AED 18. walterscoffeeroastery.com