City Walk phase one has been open for a while now: it’s the strip mall and open air area where the small Spinneys, Physique 57 and Brandi Pizzeria are. But this week marks the opening of City Walk phase two. This means around 30 new shops and restaurants have opened their doors, and there are more to come.
By the end of 2016 City Walk phase two will boast 60 concepts. And that’s not all, City Walk is a huge project that runs multiple blocks. It’s basically will also be home to apartments, a wellness centre, hotels and more – here’s what some of the refreshingly low-rise apartments will look like:
The just-opened part of City Walk includes sidewalk cafes (that run along Safa Street). There’s also an enclosed mall that’s flooded with natural light and features a chorus of bird song on the stereo and living trees within its four walls. Further into it there’s a boulevard of shops and restaurants (that’s the bit pictured above that looks like London).
Ooh, and there’s basement parking for 1,800 cars (much of which is already open, just hang a right just after you’ve driven past the front of the buildings on Safa Street and you’ll go down a road that gives you access to the parking). When completed, the Meraas developed City Walk will cover 10 million square feet of land (that’s about 176 football fields).
Here’s just a slice of what’s new there…
Brass Coffee & Community – open
A homegrown cafe concept that serves sandwiches, flatbreads, pastries and salads, but mainly focuses on coffee. There’s a brew bar, plenty of fancy machinery and coffee paraphernalia everywhere (we just hope the baristas are up to scratch).
PS: It may also be one of Dubai’s most Instagrammable cafes:
Galvin Brothers concepts – opening TBD
There will be two concepts at City Walk from famous London chefs Jeff and Chris Galvin (who are brothers and own quite the restaurant empire in the UK). They are famous for their Demoiselle Café in Harrods, and word is we are getting one of those here – which will be unlicensed and have a bakery and patisserie. The second concept is likely to be inside one of the hotels at City Walk, and will be a licensed restaurant and lounge.
Here’s what one of their London concepts Bistrot de Lux looks like – ooh la la: