Well isn’t this just a treat for the eyes – the New York staple hotspot for all things breakfast-y has made its way to Dubai, nestled in the very trendy City Walk area, in a weirdly blink-and-you’ll-miss –it position next to a BMW dealership. Location aside, Sarabeth’s is an Instagrammer’s paradise – white marble tabletops, flooded with natural light, with cute little kitschy menus to boot. 

We ordered the Pancake French Toast and just in case that wasn’t enough syrup-laden carbs for us, the Pancakes as well – both were delicious but I’d say stick to the Pancakes – they’re famous for them for a reason. Mine were perfectly gooey and fluffy at the same time, crisp at the edges, my only complaint would be the pot of maple syrup – come on guys! I like my stack smothered in the stuff. The French Toast was tasty, but a little dry; to be honest, I think everything could’ve benefitted with a little more syrup or sauce, or something. My one big tip? Don’t order the Arnold Palmer. Whilst I expected to be greeted with the standard refreshing lemonade and iced tea combo, what arrived was more like simple sugar syrup, cream soda, and a little peach tea flavouring. REALLY disappointing, so much so that I had to send it back, something I rarely do. However, my breakfast date did say her latte was great – just the right strength, drinking temperature and a good foam. 

By how popular the restaurant was at 11am I would say the cat is out of the bag to local residents, but it’s definitely worth a stop by – the Eggs Benny looked incredible – I had major order envy of the ladies sitting next to us! 

TRY: Classic Buttermilk Pancakes and the coffee, apparently!

FOR SUNDOWNERS: Folly by Nick and Scott

There’s a reason that location is everything, and Folly is the personification of the truism – you’d be hard pressed to find a better view for sundowners in Dubai. Looking out over the beautiful Madinat and canals to one side, and the Burj Al Arab and sea to the other, the rooftop at this place is the ultimate tranquil perch to sip on cocktails and watch the sun slip away into dusk. Reasonably priced at 25dhs between 5 and 7, their sundowner deals include 4 house cocktails (shown above is the Prosecco Pop) and selected beer and wine. The menu is inventive, the staff are friendly and helpful, and did I mention that view? Okay. The sundowners drinks list changes day-to-day, but of the two cocktails I tried I'd recommend both! Sweet, spicy and unexpected.

CHECK OUT: The curtained 'secret table' for the best view of the Burj Al Arab and that golden hour light.

TO SHOP: S*uce, Dubai Mall, and S*uce by The Sea, The Walk (not pictured)

S*uce is something of a Dubai institution. Chances are if you follow Five Five Fabulous or Huda Beauty or any Dubai-based bloggers really, you’ve seen something from S*uce. From independent ateliers and designers, to hard-to-find labels, to local jewellery makers, what makes S*uce amazing is the curation. When I left Dubai ten years ago, this brand existed as one store on the Beach Road which was making some waves amongst residents, and now they’ve franchised, broadened their reach and offering, and have a cute little beach-themed offshoot, S*uce By The Sea, perfect for long sunny days spent at The Walk. Their kaftan range and straw bag selection? Hold me back. Just. Hold. Me. Back.

PICK UP: One of their beautiful locally-designed evil eye bracelets or Hamsa hand necklaces, the perfect, unique souvenir to remember your trip to the Emirates.

TO SHOP: & Other Stories Atelier, Dubai Mall

Yes, okay, this is *technically* a chain, but look how pretty. The Dubai Mall branch is by far the nicest & Other Stories I’ve ever been into – palm leaves, gold fixtures and marble abound, and because it has only just opened it has that beautiful, expansive ‘newness’ to it. This Scandi darling, cousin to H&M, is one of my favourite places to shop – I love their aesthetic and styling, and the quality of product is comparable to more expensive brands like Whistles and Reiss, easily. I could have quite happily spent hours (and thousands) in here, but the poor exchange rate between the GBP and AED meant that I had to tear myself away. Reluctantly. With only a T shirt and a tote bag. And some hand cream samples. THAT IS RESTRAINT.

PICK UP: Literally everything. There isn't a thing from this shop I wouldn't wear (or try to!). High on my list right now are these heels for work - don't they just look like the perfect mix of chic and comfy? Yes plz.

Hope you guys enjoyed this round-up - if you wanted a more comprehensive city guide to Dubai, here's my first post, and a little blurb about another favourite, Tom & Serg.

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