Kate’s off to Bloomie’s!

May 10, 2011 at 12:59 pm 9 comments

Kate’s off to the Bloomingdale’s home store in the famous Dubai Mall, near the iconic Burj Khalifa (Khalifa Tower – tallest building in the world), to visit the first and only Bloomingdale’s store outside of the United States!

What I love about the Bloomingdale’s home store in Dubai Mall is it’s not another upscale home store that sells modern, beautiful and overpriced items. Walking through the store is an experience in itself. There is a blend of chic, sophistication, character and quirkiness to it.

Amidst the sleek designer kitchenware, fine crystal and Ralph Lauren tableware, I found lovely retro-inspired tin biscuit boxes, Parisian-style fragranced soap bars and scented candles, wood decorations that reminded me of crafts from Prague markets and furniture pieces and collectibles that looked like they had at one time belonged somewhere in south east Asia. Not to forget a good dose of New York memorabilia, souvenirs and stationery.

Bloomingdales Home

Entrance to Bloomingdale's Home

From its posh environment and absence of shopping baskets (yes, there are none, because the staff will actually take whatever you wish to purchase to the checkout counter for you as you shop), you might think that things here are expensive but surprisingly I found so many items that are pretty, thoughtful and inexpensive. What great gifts they would make for house-warming parties, birthdays or to bring along when visiting friends and family while on vacations. And oh, add some chic-factor by using the store signature brown bags as gift bags!

Kate Loves…

Items Kate Loves

Pick your favourite!

 Also in store…

  • A furniture section with some very classy and stylish designs (um… way too expensive for me)
  • A luxurious bedding and bath section
  • An in-store florist, next to their own water fountain!
  • Bloomie’s ice-cream – who can resist fine Italian gelato?

Kate bought…

I picked out a retro art print and a set of Diane von Furstenberg coasters. Perfect for my best mate’s new apartment.

Retro Art

Retro art print (AED275)

DVF Coasters

Diano von Fusternberg coasters, set of four (AED125)

Adding to the shopping experience…

The first Magnolia Bakery outside the US is right here inside this store! Although operated mainly on a take-away concept, there are a few tables for tired shoppers and hungry husbands to rest and enjoy some of those famously sumptious Magnolia cupcakes (the Red Velvet Cupcake is a must-try!) and a delicious cup of coffee. And if you can’t get enough of the sugar rush, take home a box with you. They are also great to bring over when visiting friends and relatives for afternoon tea or as an after-dinner dessert.

Magnolia Bakery Dubai Mall

Magnolia Bakery

Hints & tips…

The Bloomingdale’s home store is not located at the main store which houses the fashion and beauty departments. In order to arrive at the home store, you need to exit the main store at the beauty section on the ground floor of the mall, turn right, walk down to Louis Vuitton and make another right, go straight between the Armani and Fauchon cafés, down the tiny escalator to the Lower Ground floor and as you step out you should find the Bloomingdale’s home store not far away.

Bloomingdales Arabic Signboard

Bloomingdale's written in Arabic

Destination: Bloomindale’s Home Store
Location: Lower Ground Floor, Dubai Mall, Dubai.

Bloomingdales Store Dubai Mall

Bloomingdales at Dubai Mall

We’d love to hear from you!
Have you visited the Bloomingdale’s Home Store at Dubai Mall lately? Share your stories, experiences and comments with us below or ask a question about Bloomingdale’s Dubai.

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Join Kate, shopping editor and co-founder of chicgiftsonline.com, as she explores the stores, souqs and malls in and around Dubai to find the best places in town to shop for gifts. Combining her passion for shopping, giving and exploring places, she writes of her new shopping adventures in this land of deserts, camels and skyscrapers.

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