Shisha Lovers: 10 Swanky Places To Get Your Fix
You better be above 18 if you’re checking out this list
Shisha, hookah, hubbly bubbly…whatever you call it, Dubai has it. The traditional Middle Eastern water pipe used for smoking flavoured tobacco is a prominent part of most evening or post dinner gatherings in the city. From the classic to the ice and the fruit ones, these venues offer it all!
1. The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown Dubai (04 428 5888)
You know you’re a shisha enthusiast when the 'no reservations policy' doesn't bother you and you are ready to wait for your table at this popular Downtown venue (there are ways to work around it though, shhh we didn't say a thing). A second visit is all it takes to realise how many people keep coming back for the 'smooth' shisha. Prices start from AED 90.
2. Cello Café and Restaurant, Sh Zayed Road (04 388 8151)
No messing with this lot, they take their shisha very seriously! The pictures are proof enough. Prices start from AED 59 and the restaurant is open 24 hours. Yes! 24 HOURS.
3. Koubba Bar, Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah (04 432 3232)
The USP: the venue overlooks Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab. Shisha is served only on the terrace and prices start from AED 95. It stays open until 2am on weekdays and until 3am on Thursdays and Fridays.
4. Ewaan Lounge, The Palace Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444)
Shisha at the poolside spot is best had in the cabanas. Soothing music and great service complete the experience. Prices start from AED 95.
5. Siddhartha, Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000)
If you have Dhs 150 or more to shell out per shisha, this poolside venue is great! It offers a laid back vibe and views to match (think Dubai Marina). Recommended seating spot: the steps (provided the weather is good).
6. QD’s, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000)
It’s your best bet when you want something chilled out yet cool. Its spectacular views of Dubai Creek are best enjoyed around sunset, but equally nice later at night. The venue is open until 2am on weekdays and until 3am from Thursday to Saturday. Prices start from AED 70.
7. Reem Al Bawadi, Sh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 443 9690)
It’s not a restaurant, it’s an institution. While most people might recommend its oldest branch on Jumeirah Beach Road, our suggestion is the Downtown one for its stunning view of Burj Khalifa and palm tree-lined streets.Prices start from AED 50.
8. Tea Junction Café & Lounge, Oud Metha (04 357 6677)
What you get here is shisha with no frills attached. The quirky venue also offers guests a variety of board games and an extensive tea menu. Prices start from AED 34 and they serve the famous Indian paan flavour too.
9. Toko, Vida Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383)
In addition to great Japanese food, the venue also serves shisha on the terrace. Bear in mind, the price tag for shisha goes up to AED 195.
10. 360⁰, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 406 8741)
Located at the end of the hotel’s marina walkway, the circular-shaped venue offers, just as its name suggests, 360⁰ views of the sea and skyline. Touted as one of the best nightlife venues in the city, it is a great spot to enjoy shisha and some cheeky beverages. Prices start from AED 100. On weekends they have a minimum spend of AED 360 per person (shisha included).