While the Dubai International Airport is impressive and the city has many tourist locales, try these hidden gems on your next layover.

>Breakfast- Try Comptoir 102

“The space, which has been designed as a home, complete with a lounge, garden, and laid-back terrace, is the ideal spot to grab a macrobiotic meal of buckwheat pancakes while reclaiming your sense of zen post-flight. What’s more, the stylish French owners have imported a covetable mix of lifestyle items from around the globe to peruse at your leisure—all for sale if you find yourself lingering over your coffee, as most visitors do.”

>Visit Kite Beach

“Get your swimsuit out and enjoy some stand-up paddle boarding, surfing, or kayaking at Kite Beach. Head to Surf House Dubai, the epicenter of surf culture here, to arrange for equipment rental (paddle boarding is $20 for 1 hour).” OR “… set your sights on the Salt food truck. The concept… has become a casual culinary sensation in the city. It serves up simple but delicious wagyu sliders and chicken Cheeto burgers that continue to create a constant queue outside of its eye-catching vintage truck.”

>Dessert- Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

“… head nearby to the unassuming Al Reef Lebanese Bakery for an Arabic sweet—the baklava is a crowd favorite—or fresh Lebanese bread with a gooey sprinkling of fresh mozzarella.”

>Explore- Bastakiya

“The leafy XVA Hotel’s courtyard in the Al Fahidi neighborhood is the perfect place to soak in works by acclaimed Middle Eastern artists and enjoy a coffee with a side of cultural cultivation. Miles away from the high-rises of the city, this fascinating neighborhood features quintessential bedouin architecture and quaint streets sure to impress even the most jaded tourist.”

>Sunset- One&Only Mirage’s Jetty Lounge

“With dramatic views of the Dubai Palm and the opulent Atlantis Hotel, this stunning and stylish bar, located on a stretch of beachfront promenade, is the perfect place for toasting to a full day. Enjoy a mezze platter and some shisha as you watch a breathtakingly beautiful blaze of orange and pearly pinks paint the sky before the sun sets.”

>Dinner- Zuma

“… the Japanese fine-dining eatery in the city’s financial district. Despite being around since 2009, it continues to be an advanced-reservations-required institution. The ambiance is sultry and stylish, and the menu is refreshingly consistent, with the miso marinated black cod wrapped in a hobo leaf at the top of the must-try list.”

>Say Goodnight to the city- 122nd floor of the iconic Burj Khalifa at At.mosphere

“… upscale cocktail lounge, but the views of the city will undeniably leave you wide-eyed with wonder.”

 

Source: Travel & Leisure