6 reasons why Canal Residence retail area is worth a visit

If you live near Sport City...this is for you. If you don't...you might want to move there!

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Many of Dubai's residential communities have community centres with great restaurants. There are close to 70,000 people living within a three mile radius of Dubai Sports City. So when a new retail promenade opens the locals are all very interested. 

Canal Residence are three low rise properties located between Victory Heights (of The Els Golf Club fame) and ICC sports academy (of Fit Republik) fame. And while there still isn't actual water in the canal, it's retail section is fully operational. So, what's worth checking out...

1. Wooden Cellar

This authentic Greek place doubles as a mini organic store with fresh fruit and veg. Its menu is entirely Greek, so expect lots of Greek salad, lasagne and almost everything has feta cheese. 

2. The Kebab Shop

There are a couple of these around Dubai, one in Media City, the London phone box outside this one gives a hint to the British flavour of kebabs on offer here. As well as lamb or chicken kebabs, they do decent mixed grills and the Afghan chickens are great, and the staff are very helpful should you want to customise your kebab. 

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3. Pizzeria Pulcinella

Some say this is a hidden gem in the quest for the best pizza in Dubai. they have one other in, this one also have a wooden pizza and plenty of options. 

4. Walima Lebanese Restaurant

To continue the variety of cuisines on offer on this strip, there is a Lebanese restaurant. The mixed grill is top quality as are the cold mezza especially the moutabal. Also, we hear that they will have shisha on offer in a month or so, as soon as the licence is approved. 


5. Wanna Banana

After your meal, there is worse you can do than have this healthy frozen banana treat. It's like ice-cream, yet it has no dairy or no added sugar. The frozen banana comes in a variety of flavours or sizes, you can choose between strawberry, blueberry, cocao, cinnamon, dates or plain. This is their second store in Dubai, you may recognise Wanna Banana from their stall on Kite Beach. 

You can even join Wanna Banana for yoga at Canal Residence

6. Much more..

There is a London Fish and Chips soon to open, and not only that, you can do your grocery shopping at Almaya (they even have a pork section). There is Sugar Beauty lounge for ladies, and Super Trim male hairdressers, a real estate company and a pharmacy. So you could mistake it for a mini high street! Here is a full list: 

  • Sugar Urban Nails
  • Wooden Cellar (Greek Restaurant)
  • Fine & Country Real Estate
  • Planet Pharmacy
  • Capture That Photography
  • Pulcinella Pizzeria
  • Super Trim Men’s Salon
  • Walima (Restaurant & Café)
  • Your Health Clinic
  • Star Vet Clinic
  • Wanna Banana
  • Champion Cleaners
  • Al Maya Supermarket

If your local residence has a great choice of restaurants nearby, let us know below or tag it with #lovindubai next time and we'll come and explore. 


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Richard Fitzgerald

Rich is a media fiend who hasn't been seen without an iPhone in hand since 2007. With a passion for all things health and fitness, what he lacks in hair he more than makes up for in creativity. As the founder of Lovin Dubai, he's our fearless leader.

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