A few days ago I received an invite via twitter to attend an event called #COSTApolitanDubai from the Costa Coffee twitter account. The event was to be held at the newly opened Costa shop in Marina Walk in Dubai Marina. I had seen a few tweets about the new store, but to be honest I hadn’t as yet made it to check it out, after all, there is a Costa shop near to where I live, so why would I drive past this one to visit another one?
Intrigued by the invite and the new mysterious twitter hashtag of #COSTApolitan, and as you will know, a big coffee fan, I immediately signed up for the event and visited the new store in the Marina.
Located in Marina Walk, in the same block as Spinneys and close to the fountains, I was in for an extremely pleasant surprise for this is a Costa Coffee Store with a difference ! Serving the usual variety of hot and cold beverages as well as an assortment of sandwiches, snacks and sweet treats which I am familiar with from other Costa stores, the decor, layout and whole vibe of the store is significantly different. Different in a good way, I loved it ! The store has a kind of New York Loft meets Business Hub type of feel to it, along with a bright, spacious and airy interior.
What do I mean by this ? By now you are probably guessing, correctly, that I’m no interior designer when it comes to my descriptions ! Costa describe the new look Metropolitan store as contemporary with an urban atmosphere.
From the offset, I loved what I saw. The shop is separated into two areas – the front area contains the counter and barista area which is a familiar sight. With a mixture of traditional seating areas and larger tables a place where I can imagine would suit a variety of uses from family dining, individuals as well as group meetings college students etc. The rear portion of the shop is partitioned and offers more comfortable chairs often arranged in pairs with smaller seating comfortable areas which might suit informal meetings, cosy chats or an hour or two whiling away the time over a good coffee and reading the paper or surfing the web etc.
Throughout the store, there are plenty of easy to access electric sockets and free WiFi is provided upon purchase of a drink, so it would be a convenient place to work or to relax. Costa will even pay for your parking whilst you are there.
As a bonus to all of the above, the store is home to two award winning Barista’s, the Costa worldwide champion in 2007 and Gerald, the MENA winner for 2012 who will attend the Costa Coffee worldwide Barista competition in the UK shortly. Good luck Gerald !! I’m a sucker for good coffee art, so look forward to hearing how he does.
The event was the official opening of the first Metropolitan store in the UAE and also which also marked the opening of their 90th store in the UAE ! Costa Coffee have significant growth plans in the UAE and are currently working on the second Metropolitan shop which will open at Dubai Airport’s new terminal which will be dedicated to serving the fleet of A380’s.
I loved the feel of the new store and will be returning soon, in fact, I’ve already discussed meeting up with some of the other attendees to discuss food photography, blogging and of course, to do this whilst relaxing over a good coffee (or two) and maybe, just maybe something sweet on the side – I have to live up to the name of my blog right ?? OK – I guess if I do that, I have to run as well 🙂 *or maybe it’s time for a blog renaming……. LOL
The Metropolitan Costa Coffee shop in Marina Walk is open every day of the week from 7am till 12pm.