La Mer - Beachfront District In Dubai That Has Basically Been Copied And Pasted From LA

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Things to do at La Mer, Dubai

 

Image adapted from Ladyandhersweetescapes, @rudyabboud@teafibr

Nope, this isn’t the posh skincare brand. 

But this La Mer will still give your skin a healthy bronze - it’s actually a beachfront district in Jumeirah, Dubai that is packed with a ton of colourful cafes and retail spaces that ooze L.A chic from every corner. 

Whether you’re popping over to Dubai as a stopover, end destination, or are just keen to feast your eyes upon hipster-approved beauty, here are the must-visits in this beach haven.

 

1. Have OTT milkshakes and rainbow sliders at Sugar Factory

 

Sugar Factory La Mer DubaiImage credit: @lamerdubai

From Rainbow Sliders to goblets smoking up with dry ice, Sugar Factory holds nothing back when it comes to OTT ‘gram-worthy perfection. Order the decadent Tie Dye Milkshake that looks like Roald Dahl’s Chocolate Factory exploded. Think marshmallows, lollipops, sprinkles and sweets that’ll give you a rush within this chic diner.

Sugar Factory La Mer DubaiImage credit: @sugarfactoryuae

Sugar Factory
Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 10AM-11PM | Thur-Sat: 10AM - 12AM
Telephone: 04 385 5312
Website

 

2. Bounce on an outdoor air-filled trampoline

 

Hawa Hawa La Mer DubaiImage credit: @telelifemagazine

This inflatable playground might look like the dunes of Dubai, but Hawa Hawa is actually a concept that hails from Japan. And it’s not just for the kiddos - adults can also have a bouncing good time at this sprawling outdoor trampoline park.

Hawa Hawa La Mer Dubai

Note: Children under 12 require adult supervision.

Hawa Hawa
Admission: 25AED for a 15 minutes session. 5AED for socks. 
Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 2PM-10PM | Fri-Sat: 10AM - 10PM
Telephone: +971 4317 3999
Website

 

3. Snap photos at murals and rainbow shower rooms

 

You can’t say you lived that glamorous L.A. life till you’ve gotten a paparazzi shot - preferably framed by vivid, artistic murals. And La Mer is dominated with saturated walls for your portrait.

La Mer Dubai graffiti mural artTruly the City of Angels. Image credit: @teafibr

La Mer Dubai street artImage credit: @yhelleyhelii

La Mer Dubai graffiti mural artImage credit: @lamerdubai

And it’s not just murals that’ll have you whipping out your camera. Even the shower rooms at the beach are photogenic, clad in rainbow hues that’ll give Brighton Beach’s bathing boxes a run for their money.

La Mer Dubai rainbow shower boxesImage credit: Ladyandhersweetescapes 

 

4. Get your burger fix at Five Guys or celebrity diner Stars ‘N’ Bars

 

Five Guys La Mer DubaiImage credit: @rudyabboud

Shake Shack might be arriving on Singapore’s shores, but not revered American chain Five Guys...yet. Personalise your burgers by choosing infinite - ok, 15 - toppings, or opt for their classic hotdogs and milkshakes. We say get your hands on a buttery peanut shake.

Stars N Bars La Mer DubaiImage credit: @noma_mona

And if you like to take your burger-hopping up a notch, head over to Stars ‘N’ Bars, an all-American diner that is a secret celebrity haunt in Monaco.

Stars N Bars La Mer Dubai 

Besides the burgers, you can snack on tacos, nachos or quesadillas here. A visual feast of leaf-print couches, retro vans and sunlight-dipped furnishings will leave your eyes equally sated.

Five Guys
Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 10AM-12AM | Fri-Sat: 10AM - 1AM
Telephone: +971 4385 4331
Website

Stars ‘N’ Bars
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 11AM-3AM
Telephone: +971 4349903
Website

 

5. Cool off at Jumeirah Beach or Laguna Waterpark

 

Jumeirah Beach La Mer DubaiImage credit: @copainmarin

In the wise words of Nicki Minaj, “Let’s go to the beach, beach, let’s go get away.” 

And getting away to soak up some sun on Jumeirah Beach is a real treat when you can gaze upon views of the Arabian Gulf and the city skyline, all bedecked by swaying palm trees.

Laguna Water Park La Mer Dubai

If you like to cool off further, make a beeline for this gargantuan water slide dotting the horizon. It’s part of Laguna Water Park, a playground packed with free-fall slides, raft rides and even a 180-degree surf park which accommodates 4 boarders simultaneously. Take that, Wave House Sentosa. 

Mealtop La Mer Dubai bingsooImage credit: @yhelleyhelii

Even if you’ve forgotten your swimsuit (or itsy bikini), it’s fine. Stay cool in Korean dessert cafe Mealtop, which serves up bingsoo generously topped with yoghurt, mango and ice cream. 

Laguna Waterpark
Admission: AED99 for a Full Day Pass (online), AED125 (at the door)
Opening hours: Sun-Wed: 10AM-7PM | Thu - Sat: 10AM-8PM 
Website

Mealtop Cafe 
Opening hours: Sun-Thur: 10AM-12AM | Fri - Sat: 10AM-12AM 
Telephone: +971 4355 0638
Website

 

La Mer at Jumeirah Beach, Dubai 

 

La Mer DubaiImage credit: @nicollelexi

La Mer is set in the Jumeirah 1 neighbourhood, and its sprawling sands are easily accessible by public transport. That’s at an affordable 10AED (~S$3.75)  if you take a bus!

Getting there:

By bus:
Take Bus 8 from Ghubaiba Bus Station, C10 if from BurJuman or X28 if from City Centre Deira. Alight at the bus stop opposite Jumeirah Mosque along Palm Street and walk towards Dubai Marine Beach Resort to get near to the beach. 

By taxi:
Flag or book a cab from the metro at Burjuman, World Trade Centre or Jafiliya.

And if you’d like to explore Dubai beyond the coasts, check out our guides here:

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