NICHE MAR­KETS

Where to pick up lo­cal pro­duce, hard-to-find home com­forts, and other epi­curean goods at Dubai’s spe­cialised min­i­marts

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01. RIPE OR­GANIC FARM SHOP As well as or­ganic fruit and veg­eta­bles, lo­cal eggs, raw honey and su­per­food, you can also stock your pantry with healthy, hard to find in­gre­di­ents and eco-friendly brands from Ripe’s new store in Town Cen­tre Jumeirah. Some of the things on our wish­list: choco­late pa­leo gra­nola, or­ganic co­coa pow­der for smooth­ies, gluten-free crack­ers and ve­gan cheese. It’s a mustvisit if you have any di­etary re­quire­ments, food al­ler­gies or just want to make health­ier choices. The Ripe Or­ganic Farm Shop also offers a se­lec­tion of lo­cally made ar­ti­san prod­ucts in­clud­ing fresh bread and olives.

aTown Cen­tre Jumeirah, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily 10am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 2672123. Taxi: Town Cen­tre Jumeirah. ripeme.com 02. NEW SAFESTWAY The Sheikh Zayed Road clas­sic has been open for 22 years. In­side you’ll find a trea­sure trove of prod­ucts from the US of A. North Amer­i­can cus­tomers get par­tic­u­larly ex­cited when they see the Tide wash­ing liq­uid, Apple Jacks and Bounce dryer sheets.

aSheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, daily 7am to mid­night. Tel: (04) 3434590. Taxi: near Mazaya Cen­tre. gi­antuae.com 03. MILK AND HONEY This gourmet gro­cer has three out­lets in Dubai where you’ll find an ex­ten­sive se­lec­tion of fine foods from around the world, in­clud­ing Ital­ian olive oils, or­ganic cof­fee from By­ron Bay in Aus­tralia and a va­ri­ety of cheeses from around the world.

aTown Cen­tre, Emi­rates Hills, Dubai, daily 6am to mid­night. Tel: (04) 4356363. Taxi: Town Cen­tre. milka­nd­honey.ae 04. JONES THE GRO­CER Aus­tralia’s gourmet gro­cer is part café, part gourmet su­per­mar­ket, where you’ll find a ded­i­cated cheese fridge, niche ar­ti­sanal prod­ucts and fridges stocked with hard-tofind ice cream brands. Look out for the brand new out­let open­ing at Emi­rates Golf Club at the end of the year.

aAl Ma­nara, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, Sun to Thur 7.30am to 11pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 3466886. Taxi: op­po­site Times Square. jon­es­the­gro­cer.com 05. 1004 MART An­other Korean fo­cused su­per­mar­ket, 1004 Mart isn’t as easy to find (tucked away in Al Bar­sha), or as cute as QKO. But it does stock high-qual­ity, im­ported Korean cui­sine – in fact, it’s the go-to su­per­mar­ket for some of our favourite Korean restau­rants in the city, (and was rec­om­mended to us by the man­ager at HYU in Oud Metha). They stock loads of fresh prod­uct, pantry items, snacks and home­wear. Plus, if you don’t have time to make the trip to the store, you can also or­der on­line (pro­vided you have some­one who can help you trans­late some of the trick­ier parts of the site).

aCo­ral Ho­tel Apart­ments, Al Bar­sha, Dubai, daily Sat to Thur 9am to 9pm, Fri 11am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3234536. Metro: Mall Of The Emi­rates. face­book. com/1004mart

06. GREENHEART OR­GANIC

All the Net­flix doc­u­men­taries about the food in­dus­try ( What The Health, any­one?) have us putting a lot more thought into what we eat and where it comes from. Shop at Greenheart Or­ganic and you can trust that all the fruit and veg you buy are truly or­ganic. Most of the items are grown in the UAE, and what they need to im­port is sourced di­rectly from farm­ers they trust.

aThe Light Build­ing, Ar­jan, Al Bar­sha 2, Dubai, Sat to Thur 10am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3617010. Taxi: Al Bar­sha. green­heartuae.com

07. QKO ASIAN MAR­KET

Korean food might not have taken off in Dubai as much as it has in other cities, but the Asian na­tion is known for its healthy, dis­tinc­tive and de­li­cious cui­sine. Fans of the food are likely to be thrilled by the ar­rival of QKO Asian Mar­ket, a new store in Emaar Build­ing Park that’s well stocked with hard to find Korean sta­ples, from the na­tional dish kim­chi (spicy fer­mented cab­bage, in all its forms) to ra­men noo­dles and go­juchang (hot pep­per paste). There are frozen goods, such as veg­gies and dumplings, and the store is dot­ted with a few Ja­panese items too, in­clud­ing in­stant noo­dles and the ubiq­ui­tous Pokki candy. Ev­ery­thing is pretty rea­son­ably priced too, given how far it would have had to travel.

A big high­light is the home­ware and sta­tionery sec­tion – any­one who’s vis­ited Ja­pan or South Korea will know that one thing those coun­tries do ex­tremely well (aside from food) is cute and quirky sta­tionery, and QKO offers an au­then­tic col­lec­tion of note­books, pen­cil cases and more.

aE­maar Busi­ness Park Build­ing 1, The Greens, Dubai, Sat to Thur 8am to 8pm, Fri 10am to 8pm. Tel: (052) 4814897. Metro: Dubai In­ter­net City. face­book.com/ qkoasian­mar­ket

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