She has spent a lot of time in Dubai (a city I find intriguing, to say the least) and today she is going to share a few of the delicious sweet desserts you can find if you are visiting Dubai.
Hi! I’m miss b from bobochic which is my travel and lifestyle blog. I was delighted when Sandy asked me to be a guest blogger over here. Travel is one of my passions and ‘You May Be Wandering’ is one of my favourite reads! I immediately accepted Sandy’s invitation!
I thought it might be fun to write about the delicious treats I’ve discovered during my regular trips to Dubai …….so please follow along on my tour….’A Sweet Taste of Dubai.’
There’s a thriving, popular café culture in the vibrant city of Dubai. Of course all the well-known chains are well-represented ….Costa, Starbucks, Tim Horton’s, Gloria Jeans … but I’m always on the look-out for something a little different and special….
Shakespeare and Co is something of an institution in the city …..and the Dubai Marina branch is both quirky and colourful and they serve the most amazing cakes too!
Having lived in France, I just can’t resist French pastries and cakes and there’s certainly no shortage in this city….
Paul was first established in 1889 in Croix, Northern France and we first came across this wonderful café and bakery in nearby Lille but there are now branches all over the world and several in Dubai which are popular both with locals and tourists. Our favourite branch on The Walk waterfront promenade is always busy…..
For chocoholics like me, Le Plaisir du Chocolat (which first opened on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland) is now based in Mercato Mall and it’s an absolute must with various flavours of hot chocolate and scrumptious pastries ……
The chocolates are works of art!
Recently opened, La Brioche Dorée on The Promenade has stunning views of Dubai Marina Yacht Club. The company was founded by Louis Le Duff in Brest, France. They serve one of the most decorative mochaccinos in town with a mini Madeleine on the side!
The cupcake trend is huge here too…….. Hey Sugar, formerly Sugar Daddies has such a cute interior and the lightest cupcakes with witty names including Tanned and Toned (a chocolate cupcake with caramel frosting)and Beach Babe complete with a parasol.
Bloomsbury’s scores highly too for its wide range of cupcakes both familiar, well-known flavours and more unusual ones using popular local ingredients … saffron, rosewater, dates and pistachios, all so beautifully presented.
How could I not include Magnolia Bakery in Bloomingdales within the Dubai Mall (yes, Dubai has its own Blomingdales store and Galéries Lafayette too!)
The Magnolia red velvet with soft vanilla frosting will always be my choice here …..
Vogue Café situated in Level Shoe District, also in Dubai Mall, is as you would expect a stylish, fashionable venue ……
The chocolates and mini cookies served with tea and coffee are a nice touch……..
Carluccio’s Italian caffè and restaurant serve biscotti and a chocolate covered coffee bean with their cappuccino and even though I’m a fan of meringue, I haven’t yet managed to finish one of these giants on my own!
For a taste of tradition my choice is always ….. Arabian Tea House, formerly Basta Art Café (in the Al Fahidi Historic District which used to be known as Bastakiya.) The pretty courtyard setting is an oasis of calm …. a refreshing lime and mint juice or tea from a selection of more than a hundred varieties with date and walnut cake – perfect! Dubai Museum is nearby and certainly worth a visit too.
Finally, last but not least, the Lime Tree Café , probably the first café we ever visited in Dubai in the late 90s. Their carrot cake is legendary, the best in Dubai!
Lime Tree Carrot Cake
So there we have my special selection and I’m already looking forward to the next new opening………Angelina established in 1903 in the Rue de Rivoli opposite the Louvre in Paris….I know I won’t be disappointed! I was so impressed with their famous chocolat chaud (a thick, decadent hot chocolate)and pastries which we enjoyed in Paris earlier this year. Apparently Coco Chanel was regularly seated at table number 10. I’m sure this will be a huge success!
There’s much more to Dubai than coffee and cakes…….futuristic architecture, the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest tower) glitzy shopping malls and traditional souks, sandy beaches and world class hotels and restaurants ……
To read more about Dubai and our visits to this amazing desert city located on the south-east coast of the Arabian Gulf click here and here
I do hope you will pop over to my blog sometime!
Thank you SO much, Miss B…this post makes me hungry for any one of those scrumptious looking desserts! I find it so interesting that Dubai has outposts of all of our favorite places from New York, Paris and the rest of the world. What an interesting city! And, DO check out bobochic – Miss B always has delightful stories of her fascinating travels!
Castles Crowns and Cottages says
BONJOUR SANDY! OK, I know "Paul" very well, having met up with this fabulous establishment in Avignon, then again in Paris. I did not have the knowledge of Ladurée while I was in Paris, but I did discover Le Nôtre on the very last day of our stay there. Your photos today are scrumptuous my friend! Happy traveling, Anita
this post is making me drool!!!!
I love your blog.
Rosemary Nardone says
good god…I am really hungry now! what a great post as I set to attend The Taste of France in NYC tomorrow!
Love love Laduree and Angelina And would love a Vogue Cafe in NYC sometime soon. thanx for this delish post Miss B !!
Such an amazing post I liove following her great adventures. Of course I am starving now. Have a fun weekend
Congrats to Miss B for this amazing and super gourmet post..she just made me super hungry!:)
Dubai is on my list of "must visit" cities. I love reading about the city from a different angle – a very sweet angle! I'm heading over to bobochic now! Thanks, Sandy for the introduction!
FASHION TALES says
Great guest post. Thanks for sharing Miss b, always enjoy the info and reccommendations from your ventures.
Thank goodness those shops are all the way over in Dubai!! I just started a diet and I am dying over those pastries!!
Great blog and I love Miss B
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Kim Alston says
I love Miss B! I read her blog faithfully because she travels to the best places. Miss B, these sweets are amazing. I will have to look at some of your back posts. Awesome post doll!
Colleen Campbell says
Hi Sandy, found out about you from Miss B's blog. Miss B, You've taken some really amazing mouth watering shots.
I know you say there's more to Dubai than tasty food, but at the moment I'm drawn to all the coffee and cakes.
Menthe Blanche says
Nice to see the good tips of Miss B here 😉
The enchanted home says
Fascinating and now I am hungry:) I could easily eat my way through Dubai, really want to go.My husband has and was so impressed with everything! One day I know I will and now I know just who to get my travel tips from…thanks!
My oh my,
that is certainly such a sweet and delish post, now I want to go out and look for a cafe with lovely sweets as those in your pics… but the rain is holding me inside my home. Oh maybe tomorrow.
Heather Lindstrom says
Hello Sandy and Miss B-
What a delightful and delicious tour of Dubai today Miss B. I'm starting to think I need to eat more dessert-these are exquisite. Dubai seems to have captured the best of the best from all around the world. I enjoy both of your blogs so it's fun to see this guest post.
Happy trails loves,
xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic
It's 8 a.m and I'm craving one of those red velvet cupcakes… and a few other sugary treats featured here:) miss B has been instrumental in giving me a taste and feel of what it would be like if I were to visit Dubai. It's on my bucket list! Beautiful post and we'll done ladies! xxleslie
Great guest post, Miss B has the most wonderful blog! I can't get over these amazing sweet treats and coffee shops in Dubai. I Love Shakespeare & Co, its one of my favorite places there and the design is so unique and beautiful. Sugar & Co is also a delight!
High Heeled Life says
Miss B – thank you for directing us over here for your guest post! As always you have me dreaming of travel and sweets. I can't wait to return to Paris … for Angelina, Laduree and of course Magnolia in NYC is a fav too! Imagine having access to all these fabulous places in Dubai!!! Sandy beautiful blog … so happy that you are sharing your passion for traveling. Hugs and blessings, C. (HHL)
The enchanted home says
Thought I commented but apparently not. I could happily eat my way through Dubai, this is on our list of places to go, my son really wants to go, my husband was there and was so impressed and wowed by this Disneyland for adults! Great post..thanks to you both, hope you are having fun Sandy!!
Loved Dubai when we visited and the food was amazing! Great post by Miss B:)
CLAUDIA PERSI says
What a lovely blog, I am coming from BoBochic' blog,she is such a nice lady. Love her blog too. This was a really great post!;)
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Nice to meet you Sandy! I'm a regular reader of Miss B and I enjoyed this delicious post too! I'm fascinated by these special places and I'm dying to visit them. I would definitely love to visit Dubai sooner or later! Sandy you are welcome to visit my fashion blog if you're interested and hope we can keep in touch! Love
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miss b says
I'm absolutely delighted to read all these wonderful comments and the ones left over at my blog too. Thank you all very much!
Thanks again, Sandy for inviting me over here. Hope you're having fun on your travels!
Stacy Curran says
Great guest post – I'm so glad I saw it!
Miss Top Ten Image says
I've been following Miss B for quite a while and must say that I adore her travel posts and recommendations!!!
Arun Panchariya says
Your blog was absolutely fantastic! Great deal of great information and this can be useful some or maybe the other way. Keep updating your blog, anticipating to get more detailed contents.
kim at northerncalstyle. says
Miss b, Fab post! I am just so amazed at all the selections available in Dubai. Seriously we are so lacking here for bakeries and tea rooms. I love a good bakery! You are seriously making me want to get to Dubai. Your photos were wonderful too!
Thanks for taking us along!
kim at northerncalstyle. says
Hi to Sandy too. Love her blog! xKim
Elle Sees says
looks great and i'd love to visit there one day
Brenda Murphy says
Love Miss B, happy to find your blog:)
Brenda Murphy says
Well as you know Miss B, I love food too, but you take the cake;) on this one! I soooo need to travel in your neck of the woods.xob
Andrea Crowther says
Those chocolates look toooo beautiful to eat. I want to put them in the freezer, so I can take them out and look at them.
I have never been much interested in Dubai to be honest. However i must say that the food offering seems to be very very varied and yummy.