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THE BEST OF ALL SPOTS JAPANESE RIGHT HERE IN ABU DHABI

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Our top spots in ​Abu Dhabi​ that will make you feel like you’re in Tokyo.

We have a fascination with all things Japanese-from our addiction to ​mochi and ​sushi to our obsession with Japanese stationary, we love it all.

We have compiled a list of some of our favourite Japanese spots for shopping, eating and hanging out right here in ​Abu Dhabi​.

Ikebana Classes in Abu Dhabi
The words ‘flower arrangement’ may not sound exciting to your ears, but Ikebana, which means “giving life through flowers” in Japanese takes it to another league. Try your hand at this highly therapeutic and fun hobby right here in ​Abu Dhabi and join the regular classes organized at The Space in Abu Dhabi.

Ikebana c​lasses
The Space Abu Dhabi​
https://www.facebook.com/thespaceAD

Muji
A minimalist and no-frills brand it is a one-stop shop for clothes, accessories, homeware and so much more. We love everything about it-from the practical travel accessories to the extensive line of stationary. A must-visit if you want to organise and recreate that zen-like aura in your home.

Muji
​Yas Mall
+971​ 2 492 65 56​

​Inakaya​

This restaurant is now permanently closed.

mochi at Inakaya Abu Dhabi
Located at the Venitian Village, you can embrace the Japanese culture and art-de-vivre right here in Abu Dhabi. Serving ​food the robata style, mochi and ​some classic Japanese drinks, it is a cool place to hangout with friends.​ Read our review here about this spot.​

​Inakaya Restaurant
The Venitian Village​
​within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Grand Canal
​Tel: +971 ​2 404 19 21

Yoku Moku

yoku moku
A unique ‘cigar’ style confectionary straight from Japan, we absolutely adore it. These rolled butter cookies come in a range of unique flavors including vanilla, chocolate and milk coffee. The brand pays a lot of attention to choosing the best raw ingredients, including Hokkaido-born Butter, flour with the minimal amount of gluten, Madagascan vanilla, and superior soft sugar. For more details click here.

Yoku Moku
​Al Hana Tower, same Building as Cafe du Roi near Corniche​
​Al Wahda Mall Extension, ​Dalma Mall, Deerfields Mall, Khalidiyah Mall, Marina Mall

​Mikado ​Cafe

Mikado Café in Abu Dhabi 3
​Before or after buying your Yoku Moku cigars at Al Hana Towers, walk a few steps along this street and try some gourmet Japanese food at Mikado Cafe. Enjoy some iced or hot Japanese tea and snacks like Edamame​ flavored with spices or ginger​​. What caught our attention was the ​range of Japanese drinks and delicacies prepared with matcha such as a iced matcha latte, tea and their matcha rolls or croissants. For more details click here.

​Mikado Café
Al Hana Tower
Corniche Street
Tel: +971 2 667 75 57​

Daiso

daiso japanese shop in abu dhabi

We can spend hours browsing through this Japanese gadget store where almost everything costs 7 AED. You will find everything from an impressive array of imported Japanese homeware, beauty products, stationary, gadgets and accessories. Trust us, you won’t be going home empty handed. For more details click here.

Daiso stores are located across ​Abu Dhabi​ including ​Yas Mall, Mushrif Mall, Madinat Zayed Gold Center​.

​Annayake Japanese skin care

Annayake in Abu Dhabi
We discovered this Japanese brand at AREEJ in Abu Dhabi and have been impressed with the quality of their skincare range. The added bonus is you get a free facial to experience theirs products and can sign up for free monthly facials if you become a regular customer of this brand. Get more details here.

Annayake
Available at AREEJ Abu Dhabi
Al Wahda Mall Ground Floor
Tel: +971 2 443 70 55

​K-​Mart Supermarket

Korean Supermarket in Abu Dhabi
If you want to try your hand at homemade Japanese food then head on over to ​K-Mart Supermarket. A Korean store, they also carry a range of Japanese groceries including noodles, wasabi and seaweed. Read more here.

K-​Mart Supermarket
Mussafah, close to Cambridge International School
Tel: +971 2 553 48 42

​Qara6ees

Qara6ees in Abu Dhabi
This stationery​ store in Deerfields Mall is worth the drive as it carries selected and unique products from Japan and also South Korea and Thailand that you won’t find elsewehere in the city. We all know how funky Asian stationery can be. Get all details here.

​Qara6ees​
Deerfields Townsquare Mall​, Floor 4​
Tel : +971 2 563 33 95

Kinokuniya Bookstore
The largest bookstore located ​in Dubai, Kinokuniya is a haven for book lovers. This brightly-lit and well organised bookshop carries the latest bestsellers, children’s books, arts and crafts and so much more.​ The good news is we can still order some of their books and products online. For more details about their website, click here.​

Kinokuniya
Dubai Mall
​Tel: ​+971 4​ ​434​ ​01​ ​11
Website:http://www.kinokuniya.com/ae/index.php/fho001

​Artteas
We couldn’t conclude this article without mentioning where to refill your stock of Japanese teas. Artteas located inside the World Trade Center Souk at the ground floor is an upscale tea shop that proposes a wide tea selection. Take your time to check their refined teas as they propose more than 20 different Japanese green teas and also a few Japanese roasted teas. Don’t leave the shop without browsing through their selection of cast iron ​wares. An absolute delight for tea lovers. Read more here.

Artteas
WTC Souk
Tel: +971 2 628 26 79

 


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