LUXE City Guides - Dubai - - Shopping Itineraries -

Start your retail fest by di­rect­ing your driver to O’ de Rose on Al Wasl Rd. / 348 7990 / o-derose.com / (op­po­site Choithrams, not to be con­fused with the Al Safa branch). Sip on rose wa­ter while brows­ing the har­lot-chic se­lec­tion of knick-knacks, dé­cor and fash­ion (w). Mo­tor on to Umm Al Sheif St., off Beach Rd. At the end of the street, on your right is fash­ion trove IF / 394 7260, with in­die de­signer good­ies + be­daz­zled abayas from the fash-for­ward DAS Col­lec­tion (see Adv. Shop­ping). Now drive back and right onto Beach Rd. and along for 5+ kms un­til you spy Town Cen­tre mall. Pile in and load up on juicy dates and chocs at Ba­teel / 342 2345 / ba­teel.com / di­rectly on your left. Zip out and head up the es­ca­la­tors to find dreamy Feet First / gals: 349 4334 / guys: 349 4553 / feet1st.com / a re­flex­ol­ogy and mas­sage haven (sep­a­rate m/w rooms). Zenyoga is also here (see Spa). Done? Exit back onto Beach Rd., and the next mall on the right is Mer­cato, a tragic faux-Ital­ian af­fair. En­ter via the main en­trance and on your right is Patchi / 349 1188 / patchi.com / for lush Le­banese chocs with gorgey glass­ware and cut­lery. Exit right and fol­low the al­ley around the bend, scoot up the es­ca­la­tor, carry on past the cinema and across the bridge of the alarm­ing ‘Grand Cen­tral meets Dis­ney’ pi­azza. Head straight on and into Ga­lerie Savoia ar­cade. An im­me­di­ate left (par­al­lel to es­ca­la­tors), and first right leads you to Zin Zin / 349 2962 / a min­i­mal­ist bou­tique bright­ened up with edgy un­der­ground int’l brands. Turn right out of the store and right along the gallery to fab Fleurt / 342 0906 / a trea­sure trove of saucy-glam, gal-flash. Re­trace your steps and turn left along Ga­lerie Savoia, at the end on the right is Porto Vec­chio ar­cade, swan round it to find heady fra­grances in elab­o­rate crys­tal fla­cons at Syed Ju­naid Alam / 344 6992 / syed­ju­naidalam.com. Now, cab it 400m and nip into Bam­bah on your left, op­po­site the zoo / 142 Jumeirah Beach Rd. / 050 674 1754 / bam­bah.com / for top vin­tage frocks,100m fur­ther for sty­ley French caff Comp­toir 102 (see Lunch), and fi­nally 400m more to faux Med The Vil­lage mall, on the left. Here be handy sprog drop spot Peek­a­Boo (see Very Use­ful), as well as Aye­sha Depala / 344 5378 / for cou­ture and off-the-peg In­dian girlie glam, and S*uce / 344 7270 / shopat­sauce.com / a di­vine stash of beady, wafty kaf­tans, span­gly bits n’ pieces, cult de­signer jeans and rain­bow­coloured drifty noth­ings. Want more? Make an ap­point­ment with one of their friendly per­sonal shop­pers. In need of re­fresh­ment or respite? Up­stairs is adorable Sen­sAsia Ur­ban Spa, down­stairs is Sis­ters Beauty Lounge (see Spa for both), in the court­yard on the right side of the mall is cutesy Shake­speare & Co. (see Coffee), and opp. Aye­sha Depala is Sugar Daddy’s Bak­ery / 344 8204 / for scrummy cup­cakes, but save room as it ain’t over yet.

Get back in the car and zoom an­other 100m up to­wards the Spin­ney’s carpark, and you’ll spy peren­ni­ally cool Lime Tree Café (see Lunch) and Etcetera Liv­ing / 344 8868 / etceter­aliv­ing.com / op­po­site with a peachy horde of gew­gaws for home from around the globe. In the next block is The One / 345 6687 / theone.com / a colour­ful home­ware store with hip Gourmet Theatre café and deli, and just around the cor­ner from The One, there’s funky com­mu­nal-tabled Sal­adi­cious / 345 5822 / sal­adi­cious.com. Now cab it back a cou­ple kms to Al Safa St. off Al Wasl Rd., where you’ll find the very wan­der-wor­thy al­fresco shop­ping con­cept City Walk. Dive into beauty spot Sephora / 395 2427 / and S*uce’s sassy lit­tle sis S*uce In The Hood / 344 1410 / shopat­sauce.com. Grab an­other cup­cake at Hum­ming­bird Bak­ery / 385 4506 / ae.hum­ming­bird­bak­ery.com, dump the tikes at easy drop n’ shop play cen­tre Ca­boo­dle / 344 4570 / ca­boo­dle.ae, and pull up a pew to tuck in at Sapori di Bice / 344 2550 / sapor­idibice.com. Phew, you’re done – good on you, black belt shop­per!

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