Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


The Village Mall
Womenswear and delectable cupcakes to take away.
Another OTT Dubai institution but refreshingly quiet and offering everything.
Ritz-Carlton Finance Centre
After what's seemed like an eternity of waiting, the new Ritz-Carlton in Dubai has finally thrown open its doors in the UAE (the chain's second property in the city, and sixth in the region). So, was it worth the wait?
Bastakiah Nights
A truly traditional experience high on atmosphere and popular with the locals.
Dubai Mall
In true Dubai style this mall has an impossible number of shops as well as an ice rink and theme park.
The Noodle House
This pan-Asian chain will appeal to your senses with its flavoursome fare.
Popular and relaxed establishment serving wholesome Italian staples.
The trendiest way to see Dubai's fabulous coastline is in this seaplane tour.
XVA Art Hotel
Located in the heart of traditional Dubai away from the resorts XVA Gallery offers an original and cultural stay.
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ENJOY Yachting
Pick from a wide range of boating excursions including a sunset cruise or a powerboat taxi.
Kids or the kid in you will love this amphibious boat trip onland and along the Creek
Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Ideally your game will unfold perfectly through the sand dunes of this 18-hole grass course.
This local chain is a favourite in Dubai with lots of gifts and a great café.
Royal China
XVA Gallery Café
Incorporating a restaurant plant shop gallery and massage room 360º perfectly embodies the alternative bohemiam vibe of its Navigli location. Perfect for a spot of lunch in between boutiques...
The One Café
In this opulent chandeliered deli-style café the fusion menu is highly accoladed and the ambience glam.
More Café
For those of you who can't decide head here for an extensive menu and mega generous portions.
Lime Tree Café
This busy café offers choice and an unparalleled carrot cake.
Emporio Armani Caffé
Armani triumphs with this black and orange café serving praiseworthy Italian food.
Al Samadi Café and Sweet Shop
Part-Lebanese eatery and part-Belle Époque French-style patisserie, Al Samadi is a must-visit for brunchers or those with a serious sweet tooth.
Belgian Beer Café
A refreshing change from drinking ultra-hip cocktails or bad lager, the beer served here does not disappoint.
The Archive
The Archive provides a relaxing retreat and creative design hub, based right in the heart of Safa Park. 
Elegant and simple British seafood is on the menu at Marco Pierre White's Wheeler's.
Roberto's updates rustic Italian dishes with an elegant twist, while the option of three minimalist seating areas will have you spoilt for choice. 
Located at the end of a wooden pier, Pierchic offers an incredible waterfront panorama and fresh, delicately handled seafood dishes.
La Petite Maison
The must-visit UAE outpost of Nice's La Petite Maison is as famous for its foie gras-stuffed roast chicken as it is for its endless wait list.
Armani Hotel
Giorgio Armani's Dubai hotel offers the same world-famous design, luxury and attention to detail we're used to seeing in his clothes. 
H Hotel
A large and luxurious modern hotel with a subtle Arabian theme. 
Chillout is probably the coolest place in the UAE, literally, with a temperature hovering around -6. The bar and restaurant serves drinks and snacks but the focus certainly isn't on the food. 
Arabian Tea House
Linger in the shaded courtyard of this café over homemade specialities.
At.mosphere's The Grill is the highest restaurant in the world, and the food is certainly up there too. 
Big steaks and powerful wines are the choice of Dubai's business crowd...
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray is inspired by the grandeur of Ottoman palaces and is brimming with gold, luxury and a whole host of things to do. 
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
A symbol of Dubai's commercial success providing all round excellence.
Aerial Art Around the World: From Snow to Sea
Sometimes you see art in galleries, other times you see it in nature and from the sky, these are manmade pieces of aerial art that leave one breathless.
Ronda Locatelli
Serving classic Italian dishes with a Michelin star twist, Ronda Locatelli lends reality to the Atlantis resort.

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