Bur Dubai Specialty
The Ripe Market at Zabeel Park
Zabeel Park, Bur Dubai
Zabeel Park is one of Dubai’s largest—there’s a jogging path, a skateboard park, picnic areas, a boating lake, a mini-cricket pitch, children's playgrounds, wi-fi, and more than 3,000 palm trees. But the real draw is the Friday market, where you can shop for local, organic fruits and vegetables as well as goods from more than 100 local businesses selling specialty foods, clothes, and jewelry. There’s even a petting zoo for littles.
The Sum of Us
Burj al Salam Trade Centre, Bur Dubai
From chef Tom Arnel and restaurateur Sergio Lopez, the same guys beind the eponymous Tom & Serg, this sleek-yet-charming venture offers the same gold standard service (and coffee). Tucked inside the ground floor of the Burj al Salam Trade Center, the gourmet café pretty much does it all: They bake our own bread (try their yeast-free sourdough), roast their own coffee, and prepare everything from scratch. It's both a great place to grab coffee and work, and casual dining destination in its own right—their extensive menu offers everything from chilled quinoa pudding to pistachio falafels with beetroot tahini to spiced corn and cod risotto. You'll also find a lot of vegan and dairy- and -gluten-free options.