The bright minds of Dubai are always on the run with ideas that would either blow our minds with flamboyance or pique our interest with its sheer uniqueness. BoxPark at Al Wasl Road does just that, being an avant-garde lifestyle destination.
Built and operated by Meraas Holding LLC, the masterminds behind the La Mer Dubai and CityWalk, this 1.5 km long vibrant and quirky tourist destination is constructed by remodelling shipping containers. This one-of-a-kind project has encouraged many local start-ups who needed a niche crowd for their modern ideas.
Boxpark is a welcome change from the typical monochromatic stuffy A/C malls with boring shoppers to stunning street art, edgy fashion, food and design experience, attracting young, hip and modern clients.
Quirky Avant-Garde Stores of BoxPark
The shopping experience at BoxPark is as unique and colourful as its dynamic lighting scheme, owed to Delta Lighting Solutions. If you are the experimental kind who would love to explore, an art student looking for some inspiration, or simply feeling bored and craving a change of scene, Boxpark Dubai is your place to go shopping.
Here are a list of stores at BoxPark Dubai that should excite you
QKO Asian Market
QKO Asian Market tops our list of must-visit places for shopping, especially for Asian food and non-food products. They have over 2,000 authentic Korean, Thai and Japanese products, of which you can get over 1,000 items for prices below AED 10, making it a pocket-friendly place to check out.
They have some unique South-East Asian snacks, cookies and condiments to artsy stationery items and even the most raved Korean beauty products and Kpop inspired creations, all of which would definitely not leave you empty-handed from Boxpark.
Idealz promises a commercial shopping experience with a twist. Once you download their application through the play store or app store, you can purchase items of your choice from various products available, which allows you to enter a campaign that provides you with an opportunity to win elite luxury products worth thousands of Dirhams. All of the draws are supervised by government officials. The winners get their prize at Boxpark Dubai.
Flowers lights up any space and bring positivity, life, and colour to your rooms, drawing the attention of interior decorators to create flower arrangements from the finest flowers around the world, which is what makes Fine Blooms a go-to shop for it.
Orchestra Megastore is every musician’s fantasy, the largest retailer of musical instruments and audio systems. If you are an aspiring DJ or a music enthusiast, this place has it all in its arsenal, from controllers to amplifiers, keyboards and guitars, and more. Hop into Orchestra Megastore if you want to try your hand at any specific instrument or know the latest collection.
Being in the Middle East, you would notice the customary attire of women, abaya, which is a robe that comes in plain black or embellishments and embroidery. If you would love to try on traditional clothing or have been invited to a wedding and want to blend in with the ceremonies, head to Ghawani with experienced designers in traditional abaya and sheila or scarfs.
House of Prose
If books are your passion, House of Prose should interest you. It’sIt’s a preloved book store that guarantees a 50% refund on any book purchased. You can buy, sell or donate your books here, and they assure you to get the right book at the right price.
Urbanist Store is a concept store at Boxpark that blends the contemporary and the traditional with a whiff of Middle Eastern creativity. They have a carefully curated collection of international brands that include a range of the latest trends in jewellery, fashion, homeware art and design. Urbanist has an edgier array of products, a true reflection of the Urban lifestyle evolving in Dubai.
A smoker’s paradise with all requisites for smoking from cigarettes, cigars and shisha to their speciality “Dokha”, which is traditional Arabic tobacco smoked with a pipe called “Medwakh”. The specialists at Scorpion ensure you get the best quality tobacco.
Among the popular design companies from Milan, Italy, for over 70 years, Kartell has been a symbol of contemporary series of products for outdoor and indoor furnishings, furniture and lighting. Check out their latest and aesthetically pleasing designs at Boxpark Dubai.
Hola Bebe, a startup establishment for fashionable kid’s clothing from 0 to 12 years, is a treat for the eyes with the cutest prints and designs. Each ensemble proudly curated from Spain with its motto; childhood is a celebration. If you have tiny tots back home, Hola Bebe at Boxpark should be a sure visit.
The Art of Optics
As the name suggests, The Art of Optics have a collection of comfortable lens and frames from leading eyewear brands from around the world, from Piero Massaro, L.A. Eyeworks, Michele B, Sabine Be and more.
Besides the unique stores listed above, Boxpark also has popular shops like Adidas Originals, Chocobon, and the like.
Opening timings for all F&B stores: Daily: 10:00 AM to 12:00 Midnight
Dining Options at Boxpark Dubai
Boxpark, being an uber-chic lifestyle store, doesn’t lay low with dining options too. This neon-lit Jumeirah 1 development has multi-cuisine restaurants and cafes that cater to all palates.
Below are the most popular dining recommendations at Boxpark:
Big Smoke Burger
The quintessential American cuisine, Big Smoke Burger offers the best gourmet burgers, hot dogs, sliders and sides at affordable prices. They also serve poutine, which is native to Quebec, Canada.
Approx. rate for two – AED 100
Opening times: Sat-Wed: 11 AM – 12 midnight
Thu-Fri: 11 AM – 2 AM
Feeling experimental? Head to Jag restaurant that specialises in Azerbaijani and Turkish cuisines. They mean business with traditional dishes like ‘Yumurta Pomidor’ (Azeri style shakshuka) for breakfast and an array of kebabs typical to the province, including Leaf Dolma, a lamb dish wrapped in grape leaves.
Approx. rate for two – AED 210
Opening times: Daily 12 noon – 1 AM
Translating to ‘bites’ in Arabic, Logma offers local Emarati and traditional Khaleeji food, with modernity for catering to the palates of expats, tourists and locals. We recommend trying their traditional breakfast platter and Machbous chicken.
Approx. rate for two – AED 150
Opening times: Sun-Wed: 8 AM – 12midnight
Thu-Fri: 8 AM – 1 AM
The menu of Love Mhshy features ‘baby bites’ and skewers of Arabian and Middle Eastern cuisine. Their best-sellers are vine leaf and cabbage Mhshy (rice and meat stuffed in vine leaves or cabbage).
Approx. rate for two – AED 100
Opening times: Daily 9:00 AM – 12.00 midnight
As the name suggests, Bosnian House serves authentic Bosnian cuisine and is the first to introduce traditional Bosnian Kebab to foodies of Dubai, often eaten with pita bread made with phyllo pastry sheets.
Approx. rate for two – AED 110
Opening times: Daily 10:00 AM – 03:00 AM
For those on a strict diet and prioritise healthy eating while dining out, Just Salad is a must-visit. With fulfilling portion sizes, vegan options and delicious sauces, Just Salad satisfies your calorie needs while not compromising on taste.
Approx. rate for two – AED 145
Opening times: Daily 11:00 AM – 12.00 midnight
For the Fast Food Loves, Boxpark Dubai also has familiar fast-food joints like McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbucks and more.
How to Reach Boxpark Dubai?
By Metro: The closest metro station is the Business Bay Metro Station, which comes in the Red Line. You would need to walk the rest from Business Bay Metro Station Seaside exit for approx. 2 km distance.
By Taxi/Car: Take D78, Sheikh Zayed Road E11 to Al Wasl Road D92.
By RTA Bus: Take RTA bus number 9, 12, 93 and F20; you would reach Boxpark Stop 01 or 02. You could also confirm your bus routes through https://moovitapp.com/dubai_abu_dhabi-3824/poi/en
Getting To Box Park From Different Areas of Dubai
|Mode of Transport||From JBR||From Palm Jumeirah||From Downtown Dubai|
|Taxi||18min – 55AED||18min – 50AED||7min – 18AED|
|Metro||1hr – 5AED||1hr 17 – 9AED||N/A|
|Bus||1hr – 8AED||1hr 7 – 7AED||17min – 4AED|
We use Rome2Rio for planning how to get around Dubai & Abu Dhabi.
Things to do at Boxpark
By now, you would know that Boxpark has all the quirks and aesthetics needed for those looking for a change and excitement from mundane lifestyle centres. It should come as no surprise to you that there is always something more to do while at Boxpark Dubai.
Get a Complete Makeover from Beats and Cuts
Beats and Cuts is not any average saloon and have the best of professionals who have handled some noteworthy clientele from Jay Sean to DJ Snake and Anthony Joshua, and many more. Their style is influenced by hip-hop street fashion and brings an authentic urban culture.
Opening times: Daily 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Escape the Room
Escape the Room is an entertaining and adventurous concept that is a fun game to play with co-workers, friends, or family. The game involves the participants communicating well while solving the codes and puzzles in the room to escape within an hour.
Pricing: For 2 players – AED 195 per person
For 3 players – AED 180 per person
For 4-5 players – AED 160 per person
For 6-7 players – AED 150 per person
Opening times: Daily 10:00 AM-10:00 PM
Fit Box Gym
Fit Box Gym offers boxing-inspired group fitness classes involving the coming together of like-minded individuals committed to fitness, all while having fun and motivating each other.
Pricing– Group classes, 1 session per day: AED 70
4 sessions per day: AED 260
8 sessions per day: AED 480
Individual sessions with a personal trainer:
1 session per day: AED 270
4 sessions per day: AED 2485
8 sessions per day: AED 4465
Opening times: Daily 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, though timings of each session vary.
The Roxy Cinemas
With plush seating, cosy blankets, cushions, meal orders and a luxury editor’s suite, Roxy cinemas provide a complete boutique experience while showcasing blockbuster cinemas, arthouse movies and documentaries.
Boxpark should definitely be part of your itinerary. Not only does it add to the aesthetics of your perfect instagrammable pictures with the neon-lit lighting and its whole architecture with ubiquitous shipping containers, but also by providing a unique experience with urban shopping, rare adventure games and a variety of cuisines to dine from. Whether you are a tourist seeking a blend of rarity and tradition, a resident who is bored from the usual or someone wanting to spend time with family and friends, Boxpark has a vibe that excites everyone.