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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.
The Space Abu Dhabi
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.
+971 2 492 65 56
This restaurant is now permanently closed.
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.
The Venitian Village
within The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Grand Canal
Tel: +971 2 404 19 21
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.
Al Hana Tower, same Building as Cafe du Roi near Corniche
Al Wahda Mall Extension, Dalma Mall, Deerfields Mall, Khalidiyah Mall, Marina Mall
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.
Al Hana Tower
Tel: +971 2 667 75 57
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
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.
Available at AREEJ Abu Dhabi
Al Wahda Mall Ground Floor
Tel: +971 2 443 70 55
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.
Mussafah, close to Cambridge International School
Tel: +971 2 553 48 42
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.
Deerfields Townsquare Mall, Floor 4
Tel : +971 2 563 33 95
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.
Tel: +971 4 434 01 11
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.
Tel: +971 2 628 26 79
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