As you may have guessed from the event and blog theme over the past few days, Friday was World Photo Day! CitiSpi honoured the day with a specially dedicated Mobile Food Photography breakfast yesterday in collaboration with the talented food and travel blogger Aneesha Rai of Om Nom Nirvana, at our favourite hipster cafe Tom & Serg in Al Quoz. It was a huge success with attendees ranging from professional photographers and bloggers through to jewellery designers, cooking instructors and PR professionals.
Furthermore, Aneesha pulled together her list of top “grammable” places in Dubai over the weekend. If you missed it, have a read through here. But we still haven’t had enough of our photo inspired theme (who doesn’t love to talk about photography!), so we are rounding off the celebrations by giving you our top picks for most instagrammable restaurants in Dubai.
Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina
Step inside one of the most exquisitely designed restaurants of Dubai, located on the 6th floor of the iconic Pier 7 next to Dubai Marina Mall. Asia Asia was designed with the ancient spice route in mind, taking you on an exotic journey for all your senses. This pan Asian favourite has several areas worth getting your camera out for, including the entrance tunnel, guarded by beautiful Thai statues, the vibrantly coloured bar area with bird cages (no animals inside – phew!) hanging from the ceiling or even the terracotta warriors that lead you to the washroom. You will also find that the immaculate presentation of their dishes is photo-worthy! Make the most of their After Work Warriors 2-for-1 drinks offer available Saturday – Wednesday from 5-8pm. To book your table, call 04 276 5900.
Anantara, The Palm
What better than an entire hotel of endless photo possibilities to go crazy on Instagram with? Anantara The Palm offers just that, with its distinctively Thai décor and design throughout the premises. We would recommend booking yourself in for a staycation so that you get the chance to wander around the villas and canal-like pools for some picture-perfect snaps. Even their specially imported Tuk Tuk is worth hash-tagging in your next InstaMoment! If you are saving your dirhams, we highly recommend taking advantage of their ladies’ night, “Sparkle In The Sand”, where you could walk away with a genuine gemstone! More details on the CitiSpi app. To enquire about a booking, call 04 567 8888.
The Sum of Us, Sheraton Grand, Sheikh Zayed Road
For a more causal setting for your next Instamoment, head to The Sum Of Us, another brainchild of the people who gave us Tom & Serg. This haven for coffee geeks has a cosy, hipster-approved interior and serves up several dishes that boast colour palettes that will make your #foodporn posts go viral. What more, stroll over to the back and find the glass walled coffee bean roaster room, the perfect target of some mobile photo spying. We could even spend half an hour just photographing their selection of home-made bread and pastries. For info, call 056 445 7526.
Tribeca, Ocean View Hotel
It’s tough competition in Dubai when it comes to standing out in the crowd, but Tribeca have done a great job at it by focusing on bold art, organic ingredients (even their grape list is full of biodynamic and organic options) and a laid back atmosphere. Trace the mosaic floors through the alleys of hard wood tables and leather sofas towards one of the many stand-out art pieces on the walls and you are spoilt for subjects! The many different table surfaces also make for a great game of food styling as you move your plate from a glass table to a wood table for added effect. To really get in the mood, head down for Live Jam Sessions every Saturday night. To book a table, call 050 345 6067.
Treehouse, Taj Dubai
Seek out this urban hideaway amongst the skyscrapers of Business Bay and you’ll travel to another time and space instantaneously. Rich Renaissance décor is mixed with lush furnishings and ornate trees to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. For the summer, they transformed their outdoor area into a greenhouse so that visitors could comfortable enjoy the outdoors without the effects of the scorching Dubai heat. Every Tuesday night, ladies enjoy two free drinks and 30% off their total bill for the rest of the night at “Treehouse Angels” takes over. To book a table, call 050 648 3083.