From globally famous fine dining concepts to relaxed Italian market-style eateries, Top Spots Dubai rounds up the best international restaurants and cafes in the Dubai Mall.
1. La Maison Ani
Situated at the heart of the luxurious Fashion Avenue La Maison Ani is a concept by celebrated Chef Izu Ani. Dine on an internationally-influenced menu inspired by the chef’s love of travelling in an elegant setting – the Pappardelle à la Bolognaise is excellent! There’s also a patisserie where you can stock up on baked goods. The decor feels Parisian chic – classic white tablecloths, crystal-cut glassware and overhanging chandeliers. There’s also a terrace to soak up the al fresco atmosphere in the summer months.
2. Cipriani Dolci
Italian fine dining favourite, Cipriani, opened its own interpretation of the Italian Pasticceria in Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall. Dine on Italian sweet dishes invested with the restaurant’s signature finesse from torta di cioccolato to vanilla meringue cake and tiramisu. There’s also an excellent breakfast offering that spans baked goods, eggs, and crepes.
3. Novikov Café
Celebrated restaurant Novikov relaunched in Dubai with its café and brasserie concept. The Fashion Avenue eatery offers guests an all-day dining experience. The menu combines Mediterranean fare with French cooking techniques. Favourites include the Wagyu steak sandwich and the escargots as well as the Dover sole. Take in Burj Khalifa views from the cafe’s balcony.
Chic French tearoom and patisserie, Ladurée, has outposts across the globe and there’s two in Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue. This spot is celebrated for its macaroons which make ideal gifts yet they also offer up a menu that spans breakfast favourites and poke bowls. Opt for the afternoon tea for an indulgent experience or try the lentil salad for something more refreshing. Pastel-hued interiors and soft velvet furnishings make Ladurée an Instagram hotspot.
5. L’ Eto
L’ Eto has several locations across Dubai. L’ Eto is known for its coffee but its all-day dining menu spans cakes and pastries to healthy salads and filling main dishes. The Dulce De Leche remains a favourite among locals. The venue will also cater to dietary restrictions. The cafe’s Fashion Avenue location features decor that offers a taste of French living with wooden flooring and marble tabletops. There’s an outdoor terrace for the cooler months that overlooks the Dubai Fountains.
Trove aims to merge art and gastronomy in one vibrant setting. Here, diners can enjoy an international menu and the surrounding environment filled with specially selected graffiti, sculptures and art installations. Quirky menus include their own map so that guests can easily select their favourite dishes from around the world – the seafood risotto is a favourite of ours. There’s also the chance to indulge in shisha at Trove.
Open for lunch and dinner, Eataly is a casual spot with a menu that brings together favourites from across Italy. The venue offers an authentic Italian marketplace-like experience where guests can dine on pizza, pasta, meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes and stock up on Italian pantry treats. We recommend the classic Neapolitan pizza.
Relaxed African-themed steakhouse Tribes serves dishes influenced by the African continent including specialities from Uganda and Madagascar as well as traditional steaks from South Africa, New Zealand and the US. Artwork and wooden sculptures also pay homage to various African cultures. Staff entertain guests at regular intervals with drum recitals.
9. Entrecôte Café de Paris
Entrecôte Café de Paris has its roots in 1930s Geneva where Café de Paris originated. The eatery is famous for its Café de Paris sauce which covers the restaurant’s steaks, a recipe which remains secret generations later. Set next to the Dubai Mall waterfall, the cafe sticks to a single menu formula of green salad, a choice of grass-fed Angus or wagyu beef and the Café de Paris sauce along with unlimited homemade French fries.
Chic French favourite Angelina is said to have been Coco Chanel’s favourite cafe. Guests can dine on breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner here. Angelina first opened in Paris in 1903, its Dubai Mall Fashion Avenue counterpart features opulent interiors with a French flair; tables are overhung by chandeliers. The menu features French-Italian favourites – we recommend the truffle burger – but Angelina is best known for its pastries.