Give your oven some time off this Christmas with the best bakeries in town.
Whether you’re after some stunning stollen, generous quantities of gingerbread or plenty of festive pudding – the cake shops in our round-up are sure to satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re prepared to blow your budget in the name of Christmas cake, look over this Santa Down the Chimney number from Broadway Bakery. At a whisker under AED 680, it will create a seasonable centrepiece for your home, before you give in to its moist, chocolatey-ness and creamy chocolate ganache frosting. The wizards at Broadway can also fulfil all your needs for vegan, dairy free and no sugar cakes.
Must be ordered 48 hours in advance from www.broadwaybakery.com
The pretty pink Jumeirah café goes Christmas colours for the holidays. Snack on snowmen, gingerbread houses and trees, sip a pretty cup of seasonal brew (Holiday Hot Chocolate and Peppermint Matcha start from AED 26) and admire the ever-so Instagrammable interior of the villa, because Christmas comes just once a year. Cookies are AED 15, or feast on three for AED 35. Get them wrapped up to go too.
8am-10pm (Sunday-Wednesday), 8am-midnight (Thursday), 9am-midnight (Friday & Saturday). Villa 779A, Jumeirah Beach Road. 04 3240021
OK, so you don’t want the hassle of baking your own festive treats, but how about decorating them? Visit the French Bakery’s gingerbread houses and dish out the sprinkles on a gingerbread cookie for AED 35, or free when you spend AED 60.
Branches near the Ibis hotel in Al Barsha; The Green at Onyx Tower 2 and in Jumble Al Barsha are taking part.
7am-11pm. Branches across Dubai. 04 3436744.
The Magnolia Bakery
Get into the festive spirit at the famous New York bakery, where you’ll find some all-American treats for the holiday season. Candy cane inspired peppermint or classic vanilla cupcakes fare AED 17 each and the larger cakes, which serve six to eight people, start from AED 154. Crinkle cookies in chocolate or red velvet are also on sale till the end of the month and are only AED 12, so you might as well have more than one.
Dubai Festival City Mall, 8am-12am, 04 343 6744. Inside Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall, Sunday to Wednesday, 10am-12am, Thursday to Saturday 10am-1am. 04 350 5440.
Bakemart Gourmet’s Christmas collection encompasses a host of international flavours. From French gateaux au fruit, a traditional English Christmas pudding, to German stollen and and Italian panettone. To give you an example of prices, a 1kg dried fruit cake costs AED 180.
Everything is baked fresh and sold in seven branches around Dubai, so call the one nearest you and see what they’ve got on offer.
7am-12am. Al Karama. 04 334 3893. Al Qusais. 04 288 0292.