Travel to Dubai: Food lover’s ultimate guide

December 1, 2021

Contemporary, sophisticated and one of the most prominent tourist destinations, Dubai is well known for    offering breathtaking dishes bringing the best of both traditional and international cuisine. While you can find the finest restaurants providing food from a wide variety of countries, tasting the Emirates culinary culture is a must. If you are looking forward to experiencing an amazing feast during your next trip, this Arabian Peninsula will not disappoint you. Whether you love luxury dining or aim to enjoy the local’s popular meals, we have the best recommendations for your visit.

Participate in the street food culture with shawarma

When it comes to trying out street food in this majestic place, your go to is shawarma, which holds the title of the most common kerbside snack for a good reason. This classic Middle Eastern dish can be eaten for a quick lunch just as for a late-night snack, which consists of sliced meat (chicken, lamb or beef), generously covered in fresh garlic sauce, some french fries as well as pickles, all of it wrapped in soft warm pita bread. The best news is that Dubai is loaded with incredible locations serving up this delicious meal all over town. If you have a tight budget, this choice is a good fit since the price is usually less than 6 Dh for one shawarma in most places.

Getting to know the best local restaurants

If you are all about traditional settings, then you need to visit the Emirati paradise for meat lovers. Nothing beats the tasty kebab served up at AL Ustad Special Kabab, which is quite a legendary restaurant, being part of Dubai’s culture since even before the huge boom of this destination, remaining in place through time. Needless to say that this Iranian restaurant is mainly known for its variety of kebabs, which you should definitely try out. 

Another outstanding restaurant worth visiting is Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, located in the region of Al Bastakiya. There are two good reasons to visit this place, while you can enjoy a delicious lunch buffet with many great typical dishes, you can also get the chance of learning about the Emirati culture.

Going vegan

While many people think that you cannot use the words vegan and foodie in the same sentence, Dubai’s cuisine is the living proof that you can enjoy numerous vegetarian and vegan-friendly dining choices. Savory breakfasts, generous meals, street food or a fine dessert, you name it, this Emirate has them all. Some of your options are the restaurant Brambles, Akiba Dori and Soul Santé Café and Little Erth by Nabz&G . When it comes to a sweet tooth you can find delightfully delicious desserts at Wild & the Moon, as well as at Comptoir 102, where you can find homemade vegan ice cream.

Get yourself ready for the Arabian feast

After reading through these amazing options, you can add some places to your wish list. Dubai’s cuisine will beat your expectatives, so start planning your Dubai full-day tour and get ready to taste your way around. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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