If you can pull yourself away from all the delights our hotel has to offer, our local Navigator can guide you on what to see and do in Dubai.
Unique dining experiences, contemporary meeting facilities, chic interiors, and a glamorous location. Renaissance’s latest hotel in downtown Dubai has something for every type of traveller. Situated just a stone’s throw from the iconic Burj Khalifa, we offer the best view in town of this city’s captivating skyline. But there’s so much more to do here than admire the scenery. With not one but two celebrity chefs in house and the luxurious Six Senses Spa Dubai, you might find it hard to leave us. But when you do, you’ll find the very best location for both business and shopping in the whole of Dubai. And if you are ever stuck for where to go, we’ll have a friendly Navigator on hand to give you the lowdown on what to do and see from a local point of view.
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Contemporary meets traditional Middle Eastern design in this one-of-a-kind boutique.
Located in the urban-chic district of Boxpark, The Urbanist offers a carefully curated collection of both foreign and local Arabic designers of fashion, jewelry, homeware, and art. This is the ideal place to find authentic jewelry indigenous to the UAE.
Address:Al Wasl Rd, Boxpark, Dubai
Stop by this stylish Arabic café known for its namesake chai-style tea and traditional breakfast offerings.
This stylish little café occupies a prime spot on the boulevard overlooking the Burj Khalifa. It is the ideal place to go for a traditional Emirati meal accompanied by none other than the signature Indian-fusion Karak Tea. Come in on a hot day and try it iced!
Address:Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Downtown Dubai, Dubai
phone:+971 4 551 6852
Art House Café
Enjoy mouthwatering Emirati cuisine with a hipster artsy twist.
Art House Café is an authentic little restaurant owned by a local Emirati woman and situated in the peaceful urban district of Box Park. You can enjoy authentic all-day breakfast offerings while admiring the hipster décor of the café, not to mention city views of the Burj Khalifa.
Address:442 Al Wasel Rd, Dubai
phone:+971 56 363 1001
Visit this ecology museum with the largest indoor, man-made, and life-sustaining tree in the world, found only in Dubai.
Green Planet is an ecology museum that houses a wide variety of endangered bird species, primarily from the Amazon. The birds are allowed to fly freely throughout the indoor greenhouse space and offer people the chance to have close encounters with the endangered wildlife, as well as learn more about the imperative role our rainforests play in our ecosystem.
Address:Green Planet City Walk - Al Wasl, Dubai
phone:+9714 317 3999
RAW Coffee Company
Check out this one-of-a-kind coffee boutique that specializes in premium, locally sourced, 100% organic coffee.
What started as a small sampling of the highest quality coffee beans tucked in the owner's suitcase has since become the award-winning RAW Coffee Company, which specializes in sourcing premium green beans from around the world. All of its coffees boasts a grade of 8.7 or higher. Stop by and taste the superb quality for yourself!
Address:Warehouse 10 on the corner of 7a & 4a Streets, Al Manara, Al Quoz, Dubai
phone:+971 4 3395474
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Indulge in the world of chocolate and learn about the true origins of real cocoa.
Tucked away in the industrial hipster area of Al Serkal Avenue, Mirzam offers chocolates that are made by hand from individually separated cocoa beans, showcasing real craftsmanship for superb quality. Mirzam also offers five single origin chocolates inspired by the spice route: Madagascar, India, Papa New Guinea, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
Address:73 6A Street, Dubai
phone:+9714 333 5888
Raju Omelette takes great pride in its rustic decor, brought in from the bizarre Chor Bazaar of Mumbai.
Raju Omelette is a quirky little restaurant with an extensive menu of signature omelette dishes. Its unique take on eggs includes a touch of Indian street food flair as its dishes are typically served with pavs or parathas. You'll also find chai teas imported straight from India, such as kadak, pudina, and elaichi. The restaurant caters to people of all nationalities.
Address:Exit 43 Sheikh Zayed Road, Real Estate International Building, Dubai
phone:+971 4 388 3355
Mozaiic Art Galery
Discover a very unique interpretation of Arabic culture in this gallery in the center of the city.
Mozaiic Art Gallery represents Arabic calligraphy in its most beautiful form: through the art of resident Syrian artists who want to show the world how calligraphy makes for beautiful art.
Address:Mozaiic Art Galery, Souk Al Bahar, Dubai
phone:+971 4 277 6122
The Bespoke Tailoring experience is all about luxurious convenience.
Located in the heart of the trendy DIFC, is a traditional tailoring business by the name of Bespoke. Established in 1956, this tailoring company has become a heritage that has been passed down from generations to generations of artisan tailors. Their specialty lies in their craft as they place immense emphasis on details and focus on artistic precision.
Address:Level B1, The Gate, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
phone:+971 4 3637237
Embrace your nostalgic side while dining at Al Fanar, whose unique ambience embraces the Dubai of the '60s.
Al Fanar offers classic Emirati food and unique decor, which takes patrons back in time to Dubai in the 1960s. Come enjoy a great meal and a nice stroll down memory lane in view of the idyllic Al Badia Oasis.
Address:Al Fanar 75B Street, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
phone:+971 4 3442141
Enjoy an intimate boutique cinema experience with classic films and cozy vintage decor.
This boutique cinema is located in the hip urban setting of Boxpark. At Roxy Cinema, you will be able to enjoy a uniquely intimate cinema experience. From the cozy leather reclining seats to the 1920s-themed decor in the charming film-inspired restaurant, there is no better place to watch your favorite movie, current or classic. This is the ideal place for a movie night!
Address:Box Park 485 Al Wasel Road, Dubai
Want to try something unique to Dubai? Local House offers a signature camel burger you won't find anywhere else.
Local House is a traditional restaurant that puts a strong emphasis on its diverse meat menu and the unique ambiance of its historic Al Fahidi district location. Offering a laid-back dining experience featuring traditional music chosen to complement the delicious food, Local House delights with more than just the must-try camel burger, a local Dubai delicacy!
Address:51, Al Bastakiya, Near Al Fahidi Roundabout, Opposite Al Mussalla Post Office، Meena Bazaar, Dubai
phone:+971 4 339 9323
Try an all-in-one healthy vegan café, wellness center, concept boutique, and relaxing garden oasis escape.
Life'n One is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and grab a healthy vegan meal in a relaxing garden oasis atmosphere. This center was founded in Dubai by Eda Gungor with the aim of bringing like-minded people together to promote health and happiness through healthy food and wellness. Peruse the vegan menu for your favorite fresh and organic treats.
Address:27B Street Villa 5/1B Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, 413752
phone:+971 4 343 6676
Try this one-of-a-kind seafood gem located across from the lighthouse where fishermen catch the restaurant's tasty fare.
The concept behind Bu Qtair is that there is no menu. You simply eat what the fishermen capture that day, and due to the eatery's excellent reputation, there is no need to hesitate when it comes to sampling the tasty seafood dishes. Try this spot on the Fishing Harbour and get the full experience: an easy-going ambiance alongside dishes bursting flavor.
Address:Old 32B Street, Fishing Harbour 2, Um Suqeim 2, Dubai
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Enjoy a historical market filled with spices indigenous to the Middle East and imported from other regions of the world.
The Old Spice Souk plays an important role in Dubai’s cultural history. Taking a walk through the spice souk is like venturing back in time and discovering Dubai’s history, during which the spice trade contributed to boosting Dubai’s economic growth. At this aromatic market, you will be able to find traditional products such as saffron, rose petals, and aromatic herbs from around the world.
Address:Spice Souk 26 34 St, Dubai
The Farm House
Specializing in local farm-to-table treats, The Farm House is the ideal place to buy 100% organic local produce.
Conveniently located in Souq Al Manzil, The Farm House works with artisanal suppliers who share the same commitment to quality and sustainability through sourcing real, organic food. The whole philosophy is based on supporting local UAE farmers and entrepreneurs in selling their local products to the public.
Address:Souk Al Manzil, Dubai
Enjoy a café where coffee is considered the highest art form and the baristas are filled with enthusiasm.
Located on the suburban side of Jumeirah, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city, Stomping Grounds is the ideal place to grab your morning coffee! Talk with the baristas and you will start to see coffee through new eyes. Learn about the various techniques used to prepare proper filtered coffee and savor some of the best beans in the world, notably the award-winning Panama Geish.
Address:98 12D Street & 51 St, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Enlighten your senses with a visit to this perfumery based in an Arab Villa in Jumeirah.
Immerse in the world of aromas and learn about the craftsmanship behind bespoke perfumery. The unconventionally styled Arab Villa 515 is a simple perfume store with a spotless reputation for offering authentic varieties of original perfume brands. It also serves as a salon for perfume consultation and a behind-the-scenes laboratory where the perfume is designed for customization.
Address:Jumeirah St, Dubai
phone:+9714 395 4054
Let knowledgeable mixologists lead you into the intriguing world of cocktails at this cozy bistro-pub.
Although not exactly what you would expect, Dusty's is a breath of fresh air in Dubai's bustling financial district. It offers a casual, intimate space where you can enjoy great music and excellent service with friends and family. Stop by and dig in!
Address:P Level Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai
phone:+971 4 354 5435
The Camel Soap Factory
Based in the UAE, The Camel Soap Factory offers soothing products made from all natural camel milk.
Taking inspiration from the way local Bedouins used camel milk for healing purposes, such as to treat damaged skin or protect themselves from the sun, the founder of The Camel Soap Factory has created a unique product made from 100% organic ingredients that benefit the skin. Try the products for yourself and see for yourself what makes them so special.
Address:14 29th St, Dubai
phone:+971 4 393 1312
The Collective by Ripe
See creative collections put together by a collaborative boutique of craftspeople, artisans, and tastemakers.
Situated in the hip-and-happening side of Al Quoz, the Collective by Ripe boasts a unique setup whereby a variety of business owners have come together in a collaborative space to showcase their works. Find vintage bicycles, handcrafted leather goods, woven rugs, flower boutiques, and the must-try grilled cheese sandwich shop. Come savor the macaroni & cheese melt and leave happy!
Address:The Courtyard, Al Quoz Industrial, Dubai
phone:+9714 315 7000
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Fall in love with an authentic, artisan shoe shop where each and every shoe is carefully hand-crafted from raw leather.
Behind every shoe is a backstory at The Cobbler. The shoemaker takes his talents and craftsmanship very seriously, which is evident in everything from the high quality of the leather materials used to the stitching of the fabrics. This is definitely the place to visit if you want to invest in a pair of quality leather shoes.
Address:2 Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
phone:+9714 325 5336
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Discover a lifestyle boutique offering one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, and home décor designs and enjoy the vegan café.
Originally founded by a Parisian woman with a taste for design, Comptoir 102 is the ideal boutique for sourcing unique pieces ranging from home décor to clothing and jewelry. Be sure to visit the shop's organic vegan café to try the “heaven on earth” dates and banana smoothie!
Address:102 Beach Rd Jumeirah 1, Dubai
phone:+9714 385 4555
Tub Of Butter
Enjoy this casual café with inventive baristas that take their foam art very seriously.
This chic café offers a delicious food menu just like any other. However, what makes this place unique is the artistic approach its baristas take when serving coffee with creative foam art. Imagine having your own face served to you on your coffee, or even sipping a cappuccino with the Mona Lisa on it. Now that’s coffee art.
Address:No.5 Sheikh Zayed Road,, Umm Al Sheif, Dubai
phone:+971 4 343 8884
Enjoy an artistic boutique that offers a fusion of local abaya dresses and traditional kimono gowns.
Tucked away in the industrial hipster setting of Al Serkal Avenue, Chi-ka is a chić and innovative clothing boutique that showcases a cross-cultural blend of designers, offering both traditional abayas and Japanese kimonos. This artistic art space is also used to display other artworks, ranging from craft and design to robotics and multimedia.
Address:Alserkal Avenue 69 & 17th Street, Al Quoz, Dubai
phone:+9714 345 0000
The Water Front Market
Be amazed by a wide selection of local produce such as fresh seafood, meat, spices, fruits, and vegetables.
Originally based in Deira, this waterfront market opened its doors to a new, state-of-the-art, multipurpose facility where you will be able to find fresh fish, meat and poultry, spices, honey and the best locally sourced dates around.
Address:Waterfront Market Deira, Dubai
phone:+971 4 707 1415
Cobra Kai offers the ultimate Thai street bar experience with tuk-tuk décor and cocktails served from takeaway boxes.
Having just opened in Dubai, Cobra Kai has quickly garnered a reputation for being one of the funkiest places to grab a cocktail all while capturing the feeling of spending a night in Bangkok. The entire bar has a Thai street bar theme, featuring eclectic decor, noodle boxes for cocktail glasses, metallic chairs, beer pong tables, and of course yummy dim sum nibbles!
Address:Cobra Kai - Al Sufouh - Dubai Media City, Dubai
Little Black Door
Cozy up to this classic cocktail bar with the ambience of a New York prohibition-era speakeasy.
Every cocktail on the menu at the Little Black Door has a story behind. The drinks also demonstrate serious concern for craftsmanship, making this swanky bar a mixologist’s dream. The ambience and décor make the Little Black Door feel like a secret bar from the prohibition area with its gorgeous bar top made entirely from copper and black leather details on the door. Come grab a drink!
Address:Sheikh Zayed Road, The Conrad Hotel, Dubai
Get authentic Palestinian street food like the signature fatayer flatbreads served hot from a wood-fired oven.
Mama'esh is a friendly neighborhood restaurant that offers a variety of traditional Palestinian delicacies. It specializes in homemade flatbreads, which are served hot straight out of the original wood-fired oven. Be sure to try the signature dish, the zaatar & melted cheese fatayer, as well as the classic hummus!
Address:Bayswater Tower, Business Bay, Dubai
phone:+9714 453 8166
Mattar Bin Lahej Gallery
Visit a modern art gallery displaying unique sculptures and paintings by an Emirati artist based in the UAE.
The Mattar Bin Lahej Gallery is considered the first of its kind in the UAE as it is a modern art space featuring the works of artist Mattar Bin Lahej. His artworks include sculptures, paintings, and other projects that showcase a deep connection to the artist’s Emirati heritage with a modern twist.
Address:487 Al Wasel Rd, Boxpark, Dubai
phone:+971 4 88 463 50
Dubai Coffee Museum
Located in a historic Emirati home, this coffee museum offers an aromatic foray into the world of coffee!
Mr. Khalid Al Mulla, the original founder of the Dubai Coffee Museum, began this project because of his pure passion for all things coffee. Come see a onetime Emirati home that has been converted into a museum for a better understanding of the origins of coffee, an impressive antique collection, and tastings in the must-visit café upstairs.
Address:Villa 44 Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bastakiya, Dubai
phone:+9714 353 8777
Enjoy this hidden gem of a theatre dedicated to staging live improvisational performances in the heart of Al Quoz.
Hidden up a staircase in the creative hub of Al Quoz, the Courtyard Playhouse is the first theatre in Dubai dedicated to bringing together raw talent through improvisational acting, stand-up comedy, and other live performances. Looking to laugh? Be sure to check out the upcoming events schedule for tickets to the hilarious free and exclusive comedy nights.
Address:4b Street, Al Quoz, Dubai
phone:+97150 986 1761
Nostalgia Classic Car Collection
Tour a showroom and memorable venue designed for all the car enthusiasts not born when their favorite cars were made.
When people talk about their passions, others often make nostalgic connections to their own passions and the feeling of experiencing something for the first time. This is just the place such sentimental experiences for car enthusiasts who want to discover more about the Ford Model T, Jaguar E Type, and more in this incredible showroom.
Address:4 17 Street & Al Serkal Avenue, Dubai
phone:+9714 321 1757
Zoga Yoga Cafe
Check out this charming little yoga studio & healthy café located in downtown Business Bay.
If you want a quick relaxation escape from the busy routine of everyday life, then come meditate at Zoga Yoga Cafe, where a variety of classes including Hatha flow, candlelight Vinyasa, hot yoga, and pilates classes await. Right after your class be sure to visit the healthy juice bar for a revitalizing cleansing juice!
Address:Zoga Yoga Cafe G Floor, Southridge 6, Downtown Burj Khalifa,, Dubai
phone:+ 971 4 276 7657
See an impressive collection of classic records at Dubai's first independent vinyl store.
Welcome to Dubai's first independent vinyl store. If you are a collector of classic vinyl records or simply enjoy the sound, this is the ideal place for you. At Flipside DXB, you will be able to find century-old vinyls, as well as new editions from modern artists. Apart from buying your favorite record, you can also enjoy listening to one on a classic record player while perusing store!
Address:Unit 71 Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
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Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)
Delve into a cultural immersion program focusing on Islamic and Emirati customs and traditions, accompanied by a feast.
The inspiration behind the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is to provide a cultural immersion platform for those who want to learn more about Emirati and Muslim customs and traditions, as well as experience a traditional Emirati feast. Located in the Al Fahidi Historic District, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bur Dubai, this place is a must visit.
Address:26 Al Mussallah Rd, Al Fahidi District, Dubai
phone:+9714 353 6666
Ras Al Khor Sanctuary
Experience an indigenous wetland reserve known for attracting migratory birds and hosting a flamingo migration.
At Ras Al Khor Sanctuary, you'll discover various types of migratory birds, as well as over 500 flamingos whose annual migration to the region has become a symbol for Dubai's Wild Life protection program. This is the ideal place for passionate photographers who want to capture avian photography in the birds' natural habitat, which boasts the unique Dubai skyline as a backdrop.
Address:Ras Al Khor Road, Dubai
phone:+9714 606 6822
Falcon Heritage Center
Come see a falcon center where you can learn about the majestic creature and its impact on Arabic culture.
At the Falcon Heritage Center, you get the chance to learn about how falconry played a vital role in Arabic culture and desert life. Seize the opportunity to get up-close and personal with falcons, take in fun facts from the historical falcon museum, and visit the unconventional falcon souk.
Address:Muscat Street, Dubai
phone:+9714 327 2854
Folly - By Nick & Scott
In view of the Souk Madinat in Jumeirah, Folly offers a delightful cocktail menu with a serious dose of craftsmanship.
Chefs Nick and Scott share a history tracing back to days spent working together under Gordon Ramsay in London. Deciding to start their own venture in Dubai, the two created Folly, which aims to provide an impeccable experience. Between personally inspecting every plate that leaves the kitchen and hiring top-tier bartenders to craft the cocktails, Nick and Scott are onto something truly special.
Address:Shop 27, Level 1, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai
phone:+971 4 4308535
M.A.D. Gallery explores the world of moving art by showcasing clockwork machinery and mechanical art devices.
A complete mechanical robot with a clock instead of a brain and a fully metallic great white shark are just two of the extraordinary sculptures showcased in this gallery's M.A.D exhibit, which can be seen only in Dubai. The best part is that some of these rare items are even for sale in this retro-futuristic, one-of-a-kind gallery.
Address:Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai
phone:+971 4 3307366
BHAR, the Arabic word for 'spice,' is designed to awaken the senses.
Welcome to an open-plan kitchen where the team’s dedicated live cooking stations and expertise form an integral part of the dining experience. Chef de Cuisine Mohanad Alshamali, originally from Syria, brings years of extensive culinary experience in the UAE to this brand new signature restaurant.
Address:Marasi Drive, Renaissance Downtown Dubai, Dubai
phone:+971 4 512 5555
Poppy is a mixology bar offering timeless cocktails, perfectly paired with an eclectic vinyl playlist.
Tucked away behind an ordinary door marked “Private”, Poppy invites guests into an intimate space of eclectic tunes and uniquely crafted cocktails, curated by bar guru Sam Ross. Open till late, Poppy is perfect for Dubai’s late night revelers and cocktail aficionados alike.
Address:Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai, Marasi Drive, Dubai
phone:+971 4 512 5555
Savor refined French farmhouse flair and culinary delights by chef David Myers
If Chef David Myers were to have a house in Southern France, this is what it would look like. From the rustic wooden spoons, to the vintage-inspired cutlery and crockery, David has hand-picked every piece of decor throughout Bleu Blanc. The focal point of the restaurant and its menu is the wood-fired grill, representing the heart of a French farmhouse as well as the sommelier island.
Address:Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai, Marasi Drive, Dubai
phone:+971 4 512 5555
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