When we last spoke with Femke Speelman, the founder of Phemke, we learned about the Dubai-based resort wear brand, including her “tales of bliss”. Flash forward to now, and we wanted to find out what her must-visit list for Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, would be. This destination is on our list and what better way to learn some hot spots than by a local.
Over to Femke…
Social House in The Dubai Mall – we just love the food there. It’s a low-key and laid-back eatery with dishes from all over the world. They also have a great view of Burj Khalifa [a megatall skyscraper] and The Dubai Fountain [a choreographed fountain system on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake].
Hanoi in the Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) offers authentic Vietnamese food made by real Vietnamese chefs. It’s affordable and delicious. Be sure to try their Vietnamese coffee and Pho – yum!
So Spa at the Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa. For just 250 United Arab Emirates Dirham [roughly $68 USD at current exchange rate], you get four express treatments (e.g skin consultation, foot massage, facial, brows, etc.), mocktails and snacks. It’s the perfect way to start a girl’s night out!
Al Sufouh Beach (also known as Black Palace beach) – we love to go here in the early morning before the crowds. This is a beautiful beach with crystal clear and shallow water, which makes it perfect for kids. The only thing missing is a small coffee kiosk for your early morning coffee fix.
Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (also known as Al Bastakiya) is the old quarter, which is a must-visit. Here, you will find the Dubai Museum, XVE Café for the best mint lemonade and the Arabian Tea House Restaurant and Café for authentic Arabic food. Don’t forget to take an Arba (boat) to the other side of the creek where you’ll find the traditional souqs [marketplaces].