Babylon DIFC

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Courtesy of Babylon
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Where: Podium Level, Gate Village 05 – DIFC

The food and performances at Babylon make it one of DIFC’s newest sultry hotspots to celebrate any occasion. The night at Babylon will be marked by sensual bites curated by Chef Carlos De Los Mozos, from savoury oysters to a plate of beef tartare with truffle dressing and an extravagant live performance. If you’re thinking about experiencing a Valentine’s treat, Babylon has curated four packages, including a special package that includes an elaborate bouquet and a Tiffany & Co. necklace.

The Nice Guy

Where: Ground Level, The Boulevard, Emirates Towers 

You can now get a taste of West Hollywood in Dubai. With mod yellow hues, wood panelling, white floral-patterned booths, and a terrace area, Nice Guy add a futuristic touch to LA’s hottest spot. Cacio e Pepe, lobster pizza, and chicken parm are just a few Italian classics on their menu. As dinnertime draws to a close, the restaurant dims its lights as classic hip-hop and afrobeat music gradually transforms the atmosphere.


Where: Level 2, Precinct Building 3 – Gate District – DIFC

Indochine opened its doors in New York in the 1980s and became a favourite for A-list celebrities and iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Diane Von Furstenberg, Mick Jagger, and Anna Wintour. Known for its chic ambience coupled with an 80’s aesthetic, tropical decor, and eclectic French-Vietnamese cuisine, the restaurant is a timeless classic. Dubai became the first international expansion of the famous spot, offering opulence and reminiscences of meals and drinks to legends.

Clap DXB

Where: Gate Village – DIFC

Clap encapsulates Japanese excellence on a plate, giving you a sensory dining experience. Guests can dine on the spacious terrace with phenomenal views, in the dining room, in the lounge, at the bar, or in the restaurant’s hidden secret for the ultimate dining experience. Located behind closed doors is a speakeasy called Ongaku, which means ‘music’ in Japanese. It’s an ideal intimate dining experience that captures the spirit of Tokyo’s nightlife.

Ling Ling

Where: Atlantis The Royal – Crescent Rd – Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis The Royal is known for its food and drink pairings, and Ling Ling’s cocktails epitomize that. Following the opening of Atlantis The Royal, which Queen Beyonce graced, the hotel has opened some of the most stylish restaurants, including Ling Ling. In addition to a wide variety of drinks, Ling Ling serves contemporary Asian cuisine inspired by Izakaya. A fusion of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, and Cantonese flavours awaits you at this eatery.

Through her writings about culture, art, music, and fashion, Zeina Saleh hopes to answer her own questions and to constantly stimulate her own curiosity. She holds an immense love and appreciation for music, and loves to travel. Her social media handle is @zeinasaleh.