12 new restaurants to try in DIFC and Downtown Dubai 2022

Discover your new favourite on the Burj Khalifa side of town

With Burj Khalifa standing tall (the tallest, actually) in Downtown Dubai, this part of the city will remain one of the most attractive areas. What’s dinner in Dubai without a Burj Khalifa view, anyway?

So many fab new restaurants are opening in DIFC and Downtown Dubai, so we’ve gathered them here to make it easy for you to book a new restaurant to try.

From flashy colours to elegant experiences and epic blends of flavours, here are all the new restaurants to try in DIFC and Downtown Dubai.

Tandoor Tina at 25Hours Hotel

Norther Indian cuisine meets a playful British twist. Cheeky but never rude, Tandoor Tina is a fun restaurant offering innovative recipes inspired by travels across the Indian coastline, with a focus on flame-oriented cooking and grill. Originating from London’s famous Tandoor Chop House, Tandoor Tina’s menu is divided between snacks, breads, small plates and larges plates, which is where the grill dishes are the stars. It also offers Tina’s Express Lunch on weekdays, and a mixed drinks selection.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. Tina’s Express Lunch available Monday to Friday 12pm-15pm. 25Hours Hotel One Central, Trade Centre Street. (00971 4 210 2500), [email protected]. www.instagram.com/tandoortina, www.tandoortina.com.


All pink everything! The very instagrammable EL&N came from London to DIFC in Dubai and you’re in for a treat, or several. There are so many things on the menu for you to try, the most popular being the pink Turkish delight hot chocolate with marshmallows. The pretty place will dazzle you with an unmissable room of roses, fashionable portraits, and bubble balls. You won’t be able to stop taking photos.
Open Sun-Wed, 8am-11pm. Thu-Sat, 8am-midnight. Gate Village 02 Sheikh Zayed Road, Trade Centre, DIFC, Dubai, ae.elnlondon.com (050 246 7813).

Nomad Day Bar at 25Hours Hotel

If you’re looking for a quick bite, a caffeine boost, a chill long afternoon, head to Nomad Day Bar, where you can meet, eat, and drink. The all-day café is operated by the super popular award-winning Nightjar Coffee Roasters, and also provides several creatively-designed meeting rooms and special packages for co-working. Don’t forget to take home a pack of freshly roasted coffee by Nightjar.
Daily 6am-9pm. Parking available. 25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Centre Street www.instagram.com/nomaddaybar, www.nomaddaybar.com (04 210 2522).

Chalet 105 pop up at La Cantine Du Faubourg

If you’re in a winter’s mood and looking for a cosy spot, the Chalet 105 pop up at La Cantine du Faubourg is the right destination for you. The concept is designed to give you that snowy vibe, with a fireplace, skis, and vintage furniture. Even the dishes scream winter, from warm cheese fondue and raclette to warm chocolatey desserts.
From Dhs400 per person. 1st floor, Emirates Towers Hotel, Trade Centre 2, Dubai, lacantine.ae (04 352 7105). Dhs450, Dubai Creek Club St, Port Saeed, Dubai, twiggy.ae (04 602 1105).

Le Rosé at Address Fountain Views

French is always a good idea. If you want to experience la vie en rose, visit Le Rosé. Replace the Eiffel Tower with Burj Khalifa (sounds great to us), and there you have a piece of Paris right here in Dubai, with a menu of delectable entrées, and many of your French favourites, from tenderloin paired with foie gra, to creme brulee. The dining space is all about class and elegance, with a charcoal interior and snapshots of Parisian life hanging on the walls.
Noon-12.30am. 12th floor, Address Fountain Views, Downtown Dubai. (056 828 6090).

Monkey Bar at 25Hours Hotel

A rooftop jungle with impressive views of the Museum of the Future, Monkey Bar is a must-visit. Indulge in creative dishes with Latin American influences, as you sip on Monkey Bar’s signature tiki mixed drinks or your favourite classics, with the best beats flowing. Gather your friends and you’re in for a great night of good energy, and monkey business.
Sun-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri-Sat 5pm to 3am. 25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Centre Street [email protected], www.instagram.com/monkeybardubai, www.monkeybardubai.com (04 210 2566).

Metaterrace in DIFC

A futuristic experience at this lounge-restaurant is not to be missed. MetaTerrace is the new hub for Dubai’s blockchain community and nightlife enthusiasts alike. With its own crypto-lounge and VR room, you’ll get to explore a world of augmented reality and meet like minded people, with amazing views of Burj Khalifa.
Central Park Towers, Gate 32, DIFC, metaterrace.life (056 316 3491).

Café Beirut in Downtown Dubai

Head to the new Café Beirut for a feast of authentic Lebanese flavours with a wide selection of morning eats, mezze, a grill menu, and innovative drinks. You’ll immediately feel the cosmopolitan spirit of Beirut in a stunning space featuring a glass dome, lots of greenery, and Feirouz music playing in the background.
Open Mon-Fri, 10am until late. Sat-Sun, 10am-5am. Al Murooj Complex, opp. Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, cafebeirutdubai.com (056 575 0777).

Leon Bar at the Dubai Edition

A beautiful and sophisticated bar, Leon is a fashionable choice for a luxurious outing. The lush menu includes oysters, truffle arancini and sea bass carpaccio, with a list of signature mixed drinks. You’re in for a multi-sensory experience with carefully designed lighting and acoustics, and a glamorous aesthetic using Rome-inspired flooring and black marble.
Weekdays 6pm-1am, weekends 6pm-3am. The Dubai EDITION, Downtown Dubai. , [email protected], www.instagram.com/leonbardubai, www.leon-bar.com (04 602 3399).

Lolita Pool Bar & Lounge at Pullman Dubai Downtown

Head to the colourful poolside hangout Lolita Pool Bar & Lounge for sassy mixed drinks in a very trendy setting. The funky and fashionable poolside hangout offers a vibrant menu of poke bowls, pineapple sorbets, and more. At sunset, a DJ brings in the Miami vibes with the best beats going on till the late hours of the night.
Open daily from 9am until late. Downtown, Marasi Dr, Business Bay, Dubai, pullmandubaidowntown.com (04 369 0000).

Sucre in DIFC

Indulge in a tasteful blend of Latin American and European flavours matched with a special grape list at the newly open Sucre in DIFC. Feast your eyes watching the team prepare your dishes with live stations and open fire cooking methods in a stylish interior nodding to Argentinian history and industrial elements.
Open every day, 6pm-2am. Podium Level, Gate Village 05, DIFC, Dubai, sucredubai.com (04 340 0829).

Ernst Biergarten at 25Hours Hotel

If you’re on the search for a sports bar, visit Ernst Birgarten, where you can watch the live matches and cheer for your team as you enjoy serving a variety of German hops and house-baked pretzels. The place also features live entertainment, quiz nights, and seasonal specials, for nothing but fun times all week long.
Daily noon-2am. 25hours Hotel One Central, Trade Centre Street, www.instagram.com/ernstbiergarten (04 210 2525).