Shopping malls are mainstays of lifestyle and tourism in Dubai. Malls in the city are not just shopping centres, but avenues of leisure, dining and entertainment. A unique option among these is the picturesque Mercato Mall in Jumeirah. The Renaissance-style, mid-sized shopping mall offers a family-friendly environment in one of the most popular localities in the emirate.
Here is all you need to know about the Mercato Shopping Mall.
MERCATO MALL: SHOPPING, DINING AND FAMILY FUN
Mercato is the only Italian themed shopping mall in Dubai. In fact, the name itself means ‘market’ in Italian.
The gorgeous design and unique ambience make it one of the best shopping malls in the city. The mall is designed to resemble a Mediterranean town from the Renaissance period complete with cobbled streets and piazzas. You can also soak up some natural light from the glass atrium during the day. However, at night, the place also becomes a romantic hotspot, thanks to the glowing street lights.
You will find also Spanish and French design influences at the mall that are combined with calm pastel shades. Together, they give this mall a unique Mediterranean vibe. The stunning blend of design influences makes Mercato one of the best malls in Dubai.
Launched in 2002, Mercato Mall Dubai covers a total area of 645,000 sq. ft. And while Mercato is not as huge as the other famous malls of Dubai in terms of area, the large glass roof provides a sense of openness. Under the atrium, you will find a central square where you can enjoy food and beverages while taking a break from shopping.
Along with shopping and dining, you will also find a Mercato Mall cinema as well as a fun area for kids.
MERCATO MALL LOCATION AND GETTING THERE
Mercato Shopping Mall is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, adjacent to the Town Centre in Jumeirah. Those who reside in apartments in Jumeirah can easily walk to Mercato Mall.
Car parking for over 1,000 vehicles is available in the basement. On a side note, you can also get your car cleaned with an eco-friendly waterless car wash service as well.
One can also reach Mercato Mall in Jumeirah by bus. The nearest Green Line metro station is the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, which is 15 minutes away from the mall by car. There is also a taxi pick-up and drop-off point outside the main entrance to the mall.
Once you reach the mall, the customer service desk on the ground floor also provides store maps.
MERCATO MALL SHOPS
The stunning renaissance-style structure is home to a total of 140 shops at Mercato Mall offering international fashion and lifestyle brands. Mercato Mall shops include:
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Calvin Klein
- Massimo Dutti
- Laura Ashley
- Beauty by Edge
- Armani Jeans
Virgin Megastore is located on the first floor where you can shop for DVDs, books, gaming consoles, iPods and a range of electronic products. Plus, you can also buy tickets for concerts and shows in Dubai at the Virgin Megastore Mercato Mall.
Service outlets at Mercato Mall include the Minutes kiosk where you can get services like shoe repair, watch and phone repairs, key cutting, business card printing and engraving. For currency exchange or money transfer services, you can head to the Sharaf Exchange on the ground floor.
Pet lovers will also be pleased to know that there is a Mercato Mall pet shop in the basement.
ENTERTAINMENT AT MERCATO MALL
Along with shopping at Mercato Mall, movies and games also keep visitors engaged.
The mall is great a place for the entire family. You can bring your kids along and take them to the Mercato Mall Fun City to enjoy some games. This is a family entertainment centre on the first floor offering play areas with slides and other activities, along with video games. You can also host birthday parties for children at Fun City Mercato.
- Location: First floor
- Contact: +971-4-349-9976
Movie lovers can head to the Mercato VOX Cinemas to catch the latest flicks. Located on the first floor, the multiplex features seven screens and can accommodate around 1,400 people at a time. There is an in-person ticket booth at the Mercato Mall cinema, but you can also book through the VOX Cinemas website and app.
- Location: First floor
- Contact: +971-56-334-7172
CAFES AND RESTAURANTS AT MERCATO
If all that shopping has made you hungry, not to worry. Simply head to the indoor street cafe, or grab a bite to eat at Shake Shack Mercato, Mado, More Cafe, Paul and Gazebo.
Other Mercato Mall restaurants include:
- Charley’s Grilled Subs
- Chinese Palace
- Pizza Hut
- Bella Donna
- Chocolate Bar
- Costa Coffee
GROCERY SHOPPING AT MERCATO MALL
You can also do grocery shopping at Spinneys Mercato. The supermarket covers an area of 4,000 sq. ft. on the ground floor of the mall and offers a wide range of fresh foods and household products. The Mercato Mall Spinneys timings are 08:00 am to 12:00 am.
- Location: First Floor
And that’s not all. If you love art, head over to Mercato, Dubai on the first Friday and third Saturday every month to witness a special Arte market that features the amazing work of over 150 designers. You will find handmade and designer arts, crafts and fashion products. The Arte Market is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Savvy shoppers can also avail discounts and win prizes with the PRIVILEGEPLUS card. By becoming part of this loyalty program, you can get an instant discount in more than 90 stores at the mall.
To become a member, you need to present one or more receipts of a total shopping bill of AED 1,500 in the last three months. You then need to fill an application form, which can be downloaded from the PRIVILEGEPLUS section of the mall’s website given below.
MERCATO MALL DETAILS
- Location: Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai
- Timings: Sunday to Thursday 10:00 am to 10:00 pm | Fridays 10:00 am to 10:00 pm | Spinneys is open from 08:00 am to 12:00 am throughout the week
- Contact: +971-4-344-4161
- Website: mercatoshoppingmall.com
So there you have it. Mercato Mall offers a one-of-its-kind shopping experience. But since you are in the vicinity, don’t forget to check out other amazing malls in Jumeirah. Of course, if your retail needs are already taken care of there are a lot of things to do in Jumeirah besides shopping.