From low key options to those laden with cotton candy, cake and cookies and cream…
Milkshakes are definitely a guilty pleasure, but a pleasure all the same, and there are some fantastic spots around Dubai serving up some incredibly delicious – and pretty inventive – creations.
So we’ve rounded up our top pick of best (and most outrageous) milkshake creations around. Not for the calorie-conscious, if you’re looking for a milkshake to satisfy the cravings, these are sure to hit the spot. What’s life without a little balance after all…
This American craft burger joint has earned itself a reputation for its seriously Instagrammable freakshakes (and of course, burgers). Over the top decorations make these monster shakes more of a piece of art than a dessert. Try their ‘Cake Shake’ with rainbow sprinkes, whipped cream and topped with a cake slice or the ‘Cotton Candy’ offering complete with vanilla frosted rim topped with a pink lollipop, rock candy, whipped cream and cotton candy. Warning – you might want to get one of these to share!
The Black Tap, Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel, Dubai, Sat to Wed 12pm to 12am, Thursday & Friday 12pm to 1am. blacktapme.com
If you’re a fan of Nutella, then you’ll love this milkshake from Ice Lab. It’s served in an actual Nutella jar, and the shake itself is a mix of creamy Nutella with lashings of chocolate sauce, topped with a dollop of whipped cream. They have a range of other amazing creations like blue raspberry, pink bubblegum, fresh strawberry and a number of chocolate bar shakes like Kinder or Kit Kat.
Ice Lab, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 2pm to 12am. Tel: (04) 227 1145. instgram.com/icelabuae
If you haven’t visited Boston Lane Cafe in Al Quoz yet then you really should. Its totally kitsch, chic and will make you feel like you’ve stepped out of Dubai for a moment. Head to their ‘Milk Bar’ for a range of delicious shakes like Snickers, Choc-Nana or our favourite, the Strawberry. It’s more of your low-key milkshake without the frills – but few could beat it in a taste test. They’re reasonably priced too at Dhs25.
Boston Lane, Courtyard UAE, Al Quoz, Dubai, daily 8am to 7pm. (058) 517 2131. instagram.com/bostonlane.dubai
Whilst this burger joint has made a name for its juicy burgers, it’s got somewhat of an excellent reputation for it’s milkshake creations, too. There’s options such as maltesers, oreos and chocolate malt, but if you can’t choose just one, the Superhero shake combines maltesers and oreo for a tasty treat.
Blaze Burgers, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, daily 9am to 2am. Tel: (04) 242 4523. facebook.com/BlazeBurgersUAE
The Cheesecake Factory is famous worldwide for its mega slabs of just about every cheesecake you can think of, but if you’re looking for the perfect Cookies and Cream thickshake – then look no further. This one is creamy, dreamy and comes with an extra thick straw for all those delicious chunks of Oreo biscuit. There’s branches all over the city but try the one in JBR where you can (try to) walk it off after with a stroll along the beachfront.
Cheesecake Factory, various locations including JBR, JBR Walk, Dubai, Sun to Wed 11am to 1am, Thurs 11am to 2am, Fri & Sat 10am to 1am. Tel: (04) 315 3650. thecheesecakefactory.com
You know the milkshakes at Walnut Grove are going to be good when they’re described as ‘gourmet’. Thick and creamy, they come in flavours such as Caramel Brownie Shake; a combination of their homemade rocky road brownies blended with a sweet caramel sauce and gelato. You may have to try the lunch and milkshake on different days though.
Walnut Grove, City Walk, Dubai, daily 9am to 11pm. Tel: (04) 344 4441. walnutgrove.ae
The shakes at Fume deserve some serious respect for artistic creativity. They almost look too good to eat, with swirls of rich sauce layered throughout and topped with sprinkles and sweet favourites like caramel popcorn or sumptuous chocolate brownies. Their ‘Popping Cereal’ creation is made up of popcorn ice cream, caramel and white chocolate. No calories there, then.
Fume Neighbourhood Eatery, Pier 7, Dubai Marina, Dubai, daily 12 to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 421 5669. facebook.com/fumedubai
For all the peanut butter and jelly lovers out there, this shake from Claw BBQ is the all-American drink of dreams. Named ‘The 3 Amigos’, it’s layerings of vanilla ice cream and peanut Butter with jelly marshmallows clinging to a mound of whipped cream and Reese’s peanut butter cups. Oh and did we mention it’s topped with an ice cream cone?
Claw BBQ, Souk Al Bahar Bridge, Dubai, daily 12pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 432 2300. clawbbq.com
Tom & Serg
Tom&Serg is the cool Al Quoz cafe famed for its healthy dishes with vast vegan and vegetarian options. Whilst their milkshakes might be a slight exception to the rule, they are definitely worth a cheat day. Try the peanut butter and salted caramel creation, the perfect balance of sweet and salty. They also do milk alternatives too.
Tom & Serg, Sheikh Zayed Rd., Dubai, daily 8am to 3.45pm. Tel: (056) 474 682. tomandserg.com
The Coffee Club
Thought you knew pretty much all there is to know about Frappe’s? Think again. The Coffee Club have taken this iced coffee blend to the next level with their ‘Chocolate Brownie Macho’ frappe. Served in a science tumbler and decorated with whipped cream and delicious bitesize chunks of brownie, you can enjoy them at 17 locations across the city. Our pick is the branch on Golden Mile where you can sit outside and watch people go by.
The Coffee Club, various locations across Dubai. Tel: (04) 514 8476. thecoffeeclubme.com
This great new board game cafe has just opened up in Hessa Sreet, with over 500 games to while away a chilled afternoon. If you’re into Lotus Biscoff, definitely head here for their incredible milkshake version of the biscuit favourite. Served with a drizzle of caramel, crumbled biscuit and a naughty little extra Biscoff on top, this is definitely one for the sweet-toothed caramel lovers. It’s served in a tumbler-sized glass too which gives you just the right amount of shake.
Unwind Cafe, Hessa St., Dubai, Sun to Wed 7am to 10pm, Thurs 7am to 12am, Fri & Sat 10am to 12pm. Tel: (04) 336 6611. unwinddubai.com