Boutique haven, Al A’ali Shopping Complex, has seen a slew of new openings and they’re showing no signs of slowing down…
For your fill of local designer boutiques and independent, quirky cafes and stores, there’s no better place than the established Al A’ali Shopping Complex. In the past few months, a whole range of interesting concepts have launched in the mall and they still have plans for plenty more. We find out what’s tempting our purses.
Al Aradi Sewing Tools Opened: May Location: First floor, next to Butterfly Abaya Here’s one for the crafty folk among us. Al Aradi caters to all your sewing accessory needs by stocking a wide collection of line thread, wool, zippers, sequins, lace and much more. Call 1758 1591.
Hive Opened: May Location: First floor, next to Classic Saloon Argan skincare, hair and body products straight from Morocco are available at this little beauty boutique, alongside other health boosting items such as manuka honey, bee pollen, collagen and honey masks. Call 1758 1000.
Mazapan Opened: June Location: Souq Tawaweesh Mazapan means ‘almond paste’ in Spanish, and this concept from Morocco incorporates the ingredient in all its products. Find special bites of authentic, handmade Moroccan pastries to complete your feast or to offer as an ideal gift. Call 1758 1000.
Swirl Café Opened: August Location: Near Gate 2 A one-stop-shop for fine gourmet desserts, coffee and tea to enjoy in comfortable lounge chairs and a relaxing environment. The treats are baked fresh every day using quality ingredients, and you can place orders for custom design cakes for special events. Call 1758 1000.
Beautylicious Salon Opened: September Location: First floor, next to Noof Kids Give your body a little extra care and attention with the Beautylicious team, who offer a range of services spanning from manis to pedis, hair and spa treatments. Call 1700 2073.
Malatya Pazari Opened: September Location: Saraya Wing, next to Pure Living This eco-friendly company from Turkey focuses on offering traditional tastes to its customers in the form of top quality Turkish delights, dried fruits, nuts, teas and spices. Call 1758 1000.
Missoni Home Opened: September Location: Ground floor, close to Jimmy Choo Italian fashion and design brand Missoni has launched in Bahrain offering a fabulous array of home products for the discerning customer. The new store stretches across 160 square metres and features a range of lifestyle items, furnishings and outdoor pieces, alongside the brand’s noted home textiles and linen collections. Call 1758 1000.
Santa Maria Novella Opened: September Location: First floor, next to Trousseau Co Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella – it might be a mouthful but this legendary ancient Florentine company has opened its doors for the first time in the Middle East, right here in Bahrain. The outlet boasts an impressive array of health, beauty and gourmet culinary items from a brand that dates back to 1612. They also offer spa treatments using their products. Call 1758 1000.
Lalapaloza Opened: October Location: Second floor, opposite the food court This multi-concept launch is essentially an interactive, desert themed store exclusively for youngsters. It features a dedicated spa and salon offering sweet treats themed skin and hair services, and spa services for the mums too, where they can select from the ‘mommy and me’ candy nail and hair packages. Meanwhile, the private party hall is perfect for all sorts of events and boasts interactive entertainment for both kids and adults. The retail shop is also set to offer tweens’ accessories, bath and spa products – to name a few. Call 1758 1000.
Lumee Café Opened: October Location: Tawaweesh Wing This is a brand new Middle Eastern street grill/deli concept offering ‘fast-casual’ food focusing on charcoal grilled, skewered meats, fresh falafel, mezzes, and a variety of fresh lemonades and fruit juices, authentic teas and coffees, and traditional sweets. Call 1758 1000.
Cavalli Caffé A culinary venture that links notable fashion icon Roberto Cavalli with an exclusive café experience. It’ll sport an intimate, trendy setting and serve Italian inspired flavours.
A French colonial bistro with a contemporary twist.
Closh by Nada Z
The spot to find a statement outfit featuring the latest fashion trends and incorporating a wide collection of items from evening-wear to smart-casual looks.
Filicori Zecchini An Italian cafeteria and home to the ‘certified Italian espresso’.
Nomination Italy This international brand sells contemporary unisex jewellery made in Italy.
Ramah Jewellers This high end retailer custom-makes gold, silver and diamond jewellery and watches.
Victory Route88 An urban style store selling up-and-coming designer labels of denim, T-shirts and accessories.