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Dubai specializes in putting on a show, but that hardly detracts from the high-quality cuisine to be found in the city. On the contrary, from sword dancers to stunning views, meals in Dubai are complimented by location, theme, and a flare for the original. This guide will take you from the hands-on experience of buying fresh food in the souks to the finest five-star dining options the city has to offer — before inviting you back onto the street for some delicious cheap-eats. Whether you want to dine on a boat, a terrace, or underwater, Dubai has got it covered. A great center of multiculturalism, this guide covers a number of the city's culinary crossovers and global influences, as well as offering vegetarian, dessert, and nightlife options. Cheers!

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14 Places

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14 Places

Dubai Deira Fish Souk

Flea & Street Markets

Dubai Spice Souk

Flea & Street Markets

Wafi City Mall

Shopping Malls

Pierchic

Restaurants

Souk Al Bahar

Gift & Speciality Shops

Al Hadheerah

Restaurants

Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara

Restaurants

Sahn Eddar

Restaurants

Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire

Restaurants

Arabian Tea House Cafe

Restaurants

Neos

Restaurants

Zengo

Restaurants

Pars Iranian Kitchen

Restaurants

At.Mosphere

Bars & Clubs

Maddie S's City Tips

  • It is usual to round up the fare when you have used a transport service, as a form of tipping.
  • The heat in Dubai is intense. Having hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen at the ready for walking around is a must. Bottled water is another good idea.
  • Alcohol, though no longer rare in Dubai, is more expensive here than in most other countries. Be prepared for the higher price.
  • Though a 10% service charge is added to most bills, this is discretionary. You may also tip the server directly, as service charges do not always go to staff.
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    Dubai Deira Fish Souk
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Maddie S Says:

    The Dubai Fish Souk is a place to get your hands dirty and really delve into the local cuisine. With a fruit, vegetable, and meat market also attached, you can wander the stalls taking in the gorgeous array of watermelons, rambutans, and cut coconuts, admire the piles of fresh seasonings, and sample sweet dates. The fish market itself has a wide array of sea creatures, all caught fresh and local, from blue-shelled crabs to large tuna. Perfect for a bite or a look, and wonderful for budding chefs or a DIY meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • The Deira Fish Souk is across from the Gold Souk, so you can combine your visits.
    • The souk is close to the Baniyas Square metro. If you do not feel like driving or using a taxi, you can walk from there.
    • You are free to ask sellers for the cut of fish you want. Haggle over the price, as foreigners are usually pitched higher numbers.
    • The souk has plenty of space available for parking for those driving their own cars.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #106 of 412 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • New location but worth the effory 09/10/2017
    • For Fish lovers 03/10/2017
    • Dubai Deira Fish Souk
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    Dubai Spice Souk
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Maddie S Says:

    The Dubai Spice Souk is a market in the traditional style, just a stone's throw from the Fish Souk. It's a must-see for the stacks of raw and shaved spices mounted in every stall in colorful buckets, baskets, and sacks. Every seasoning imaginable is at your fingertips, and their delicious aroma wafts around you as you shop. While you're there, feel free to check out some of the other goods on sale, including bags, shrugs, and shoes. This is a great place to pick up something to zest your cooking with when you return home.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • It's important to note that the souks have no restroom facilities. Go beforehand to avoid a rushed experience.
    • If someone offers to take you to the back/upstairs in a certain shop, it is best to refuse. They will give you a hard sell on items you may not want.
    • The souk is located by a creek, with inexpensive boats that allow you to cross it. On the other side of the creek, clothing/accessories are sold more cheaply than in the souk.
    • Take your time to browse and bargain hunt. Many stalls sell the same spices, and you can compare price from store to store.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #78 of 412 things to do in Dubai
    • Beautiful smells ! 20/10/2017
    • Maintained for tourists only 19/10/2017
    • Dubai Spice Souk
    Address:
    Sikkat Al Khail Road
    Al Ras
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +98 911 313 8170
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    16:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    Wafi City Mall
    Shopping Malls
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    Maddie S Says:

    The highlight of the Wafi City Mall, aside from its ancient Egyptian theme motif, is Wafi Gourmet. This is a deli known by locals for its traditional fare, as well as Lebanese delicacies. The deli itself stocks local cheeses, olives, and pickles, while the menu boasts mezze, fish, fresh fruit juices, and homemade ice cream. It is also nearby to the mall's underground souk and food court, if you'd like a look around at other dining options.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you plan to throw a party while in Dubai and enjoy the food at Wafi Gourmet, the deli also offers catering services.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #75 of 412 things to do in Dubai
    • birthday 09/10/2017
    • Luxury mall 26/09/2017
    • Wafi City Mall
    Address:
    Wafi City Mall Shk Rashid Rd
    Oud Metha
    Dubai 721
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 324 4213
    Other:
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    Pierchic
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European)
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    Maddie S Says:

    To enjoy Dubai's waterfront, a visit to Pierchic offers diners an epic combination of delicious seafood and great views. The restaurant, built out on a long pier, boasts a wonderful vantage point to watch Dubai's skyline from, while the menu features a wide selection of fresh fish and clams. The setting is formal and quiet, but a seat on the terrace adds charm to the meal.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • If you are in a couple or group with males and females, the menu handed to men will include price listings, while the one handed to women will not.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #220 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    • Swanky Pierchic 21/10/2017
    • Poor service 21/10/2017
    • Pierchic
    Address:
    Al Sufouh Road
    Madinat Jumeirah
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 432 3232
    Price range:
    US$ 30 - US$ 200
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:00 - 23:00
    Fri
    12:30 - 16:00
    18:30 - 23:30
    Sat
    12:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Souk Al Bahar
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Maddie S Says:

    Souk Al Bahar is a modernized take on the souk, offering a combination of old-world charm and contemporary comfort. Located on the water with a view of the prominent Dubai fountain, the Souk specializes in international cuisines, with restaurants across two levels offering everything from falafel and hummus to Thai curries, fish & chips, French fusion, and vegan options. A number of more relaxed cafes also dot the area, if you're there for a quick sit-down and re-fuel.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    Tips
    • Souk Al Bahar is located near the Dubai Mall, so may be a good stop if you are out for a day of shopping.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 236 Shopping in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Definitely to be visited after dark 19/10/2017
    • Nice!! 06/10/2017
    • Souk Al Bahar
    Address:
    Exit 32 - Sheikh Zayed Road
    Near Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa
    Dubai 75157
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 362 7011
    Hours:
    Fri
    14:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Thu
    10:00 - 22:00
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    Al Hadheerah
    Restaurants (Barbecue, Middle Eastern, Arabic)
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    Maddie S Says:

    For traditional Arabian fare, visit Al Hadheerah, a restaurant surrounded by desert dunes where the food is as much a highlight as the entertainment. Choreographed sword fights, colorfully-attired belly dancers, and horse riders all come together to delight guests while they dine on dishes customized at the various cooking stations. Sit down with your chosen dish on torch-lit terraces, and finish with a cup of tea, a camel ride, some falconry, and a round of henna art.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Al Hadheerah is a lengthy ride out from Dubai's city center, but worth the trip. The best way to reach it is by taxi.
    • Falconry after dinner is included in the meal, but henna is an additional fee. Discuss the fee before sitting down to it.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #452 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    • Fantastic 21/10/2017
    • That was I was looking for ❤❤❤ 20/10/2017
    • Al Hadheerah
    Address:
    Al Qudra Road
    Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
    Dubai 8168
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 809 6194
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
    Restaurants (Seafood, European)
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    Maddie S Says:

    Take a 'submarine' ride down into the depths for some aquatic dining. This kitschy restaurant, Al Mahara, combines elegance with showmanship in its dimly-lit aquarium enclave, offering a first-rate culinary experience while sharks and tropical fish whiz by your table. Indulge in a stunning menu of sea bass and steak, but be prepared for the bill at the end.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Al Mahara is incredibly expensive. To save, visit at lunch, but be aware that you are required to order a drink and starter or dessert along with your main.
    • You can reach Al Mahara through the Burj Al Arab hotel lobby, through a tunnel. Staff can direct you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #391 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    • What has happened ? 21/10/2017
    • Amazingly wonderful 13/10/2017
    • Nathan Outlaw at Al Mahara
    Phone:
    +971 4 301 7600
    Price range:
    US$ 120 - US$ 230
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:30 - 15:30
    19:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    Sahn Eddar
    Restaurants (International, European)
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    Maddie S Says:

    For dessert or afternoon tea, there's nothing like a trip to Sahn Eddar where Chantilly cream, salted caramel, and rich dark chocolate creations complement bold cups of coffee and subtle teas. Stopping by for a quick dessert and warm cup is suggested, but if you have the time and inclination towards an afternoon tea, it is served up here with dainty finger sandwiches and bubbly. The ambiance is relaxing and stylish, with views from the 27th floor of Burj Al Arab hotel, and a live harp player to set the tone.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • If you are indulging in a special occasion tea, let the staff know. Chocolates or bouquets can be provided for the guest of honor at the end of the meal.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #278 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Perfect breakfast in an ideal location. Great service! 26/09/2017
    • Afternoon tea - fabulous! 18/08/2017
    • Sahn Eddar
    Phone:
    +971 4 301 7600
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 23:00
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    Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire
    Restaurants (French, European, Seafood, Mediterranean)
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    Maddie S Says:

    The exploratory cuisine at Reflets exemplifies the reputation of Head Chef Pierre Gagnaire, whose international locations are famous for combining fresh ingredients to create impactful flavors. Sit among the fuchsia decor in a private space outside of the usual bustle of Dubai and eat at your own pace. Be sure to order more than one course as each plate is filled with contrasts and complements that delight and challenge the palette. Lobster dishes, delicate vegetable medleys, and soups are must-try options on a menu where the wow factor is high.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Reflets is a great place to visit for breakfast, as much as other meals.
    • Reflets offers an awesome tasting menu, but be sure to allow yourself a good three hours to get through it before signing up.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Restaurant is closed and the hotel don't know when it will re open! 07/11/2016
    • Excellent place 30/10/2016
    • Reflets Par Pierre Gagnaire
    Address:
    Al Rebat Street
    Dubai 45777
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 701 1128
    Price range:
    US$ 170 - US$ 230
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Arabian Tea House Cafe
    Restaurants (Lebanese, Cafe, Middle Eastern)
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    Maddie S Says:

    For something a little more down to earth, the Arabian Tea House Cafe offers a selection of fresh fruit juices and a long list of unique teas, alongside staple dishes like hummus and zesty chicken salad. Set outside in a garden oasis shaded by trees and strewn with petals, this is a great place to chat, read, and generally take your time while you eat. Prices are very reasonable, which makes testing out their selection of fresh cakes and stick baklava more than worth it. (Or, go purely for dessert.)

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The Tea House is located two blocks from the Dubai Museum and very close to other cultural landmarks, making it a good place to stop on your way to or from these sights.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely with massive poetions 21/10/2017
    • Authentic experience 15/10/2017
    • Arabian Tea House Cafe
    Address:
    Al Fahidi Street
    Bur Dubai, Bastakiya، Opposite Musalla Post Office
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 353 5071
    Price range:
    US$ 10 - US$ 15
    Other:
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    Neos
    Restaurants (Bar, International, Contemporary)
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    Maddie S Says:

    While alcohol has become a more common sight in Dubai in recent years, if you want a truer 'bar' experience, Neos is it. Located on the 63rd floor, the view from the windows is as spectacular as the psychedelic-chic interior design, with its galaxy-lighting and posh leather booths. Unwind with a cool and fruity house made cocktail in a tried-and-true Dubai hub.

    Good for
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Neos occasionally runs two-for-one cocktail specials, which is a rarity in Dubai. Call ahead to check for happy hour times.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Amazing 17/10/2016
    • Great place 30/08/2016
    • Neos
    Address:
    Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    63rd Floor, Address Downtown
    Dubai 123234
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3444
    Price range:
    US$ 40 - US$ 70
    Other:
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    Zengo
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Fusion)
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    Maddie S Says:

    This one is for the vegetarians. While Zengo does offer numerous and tasty omnivore options, its menu has a wonderful selection of over thirty vegetable dishes. Thoroughly modern, Zengo serves up French, Japanese, and Mexican fusion cuisines, utilizing top quality ingredients from farm-fresh vegetables to certified wagyu beef. You can take your meal inside or on one of their three wooden terraces, and enjoy a pre-dinner drink at their bar too.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The restaurant also boasts a separate sushi bar and cigar room, so even if you don't have time for a full sit-down meal, it may still be worth a visit.
    • Zengo is highly recommended for both vegetarians and vegans.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Asian fusion - brill service 20/10/2017
    • Nice atmoshpere 18/10/2017
    • Zengo
    Address:
    Al Sufouh Rd
    Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa
    Dubai 24970
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 316 5550
    Hours:
    Sun - Wed
    19:00 - 01:00
    Thu - Fri
    19:00 - 02:00
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    Pars Iranian Kitchen
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern, Persian)
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    Maddie S Says:

    Pars Iranian Kitchen is located on Al Dhiyafah Road, Dubai's go-to spot for street food and cheap-eats. While Indian and Lebanese food rule the day along the road here, Pars Iranian Kitchen is a strongly recommended stop, especially for its roasted lamb, fried eggplant, and kebab dishes. Fresh bread and palette-soothing mint is also a must when it comes to sides. The food is delivered fast and comes out tasty.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Pars Iranian Kitchen is located in the Mall of the Emirates, among a number of other restaurants.
    • Take the time to explore the rest of Al Dhiyafah Road. For the price, you may be willing to eat twice!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3,293 of 6,363 restaurants in Dubai
    • Nice 13/09/2016
    • A very good restaurant 13/03/2016
    • Pars Iranian Kitchen
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Rd
    Mall of Emirates
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
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    At.Mosphere
    Bars & Clubs
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    Maddie S Says:

    122 floors into the sky, At.Mosphere is well named, currently holding the record for highest restaurant. Part-bar and part-steakhouse, come for the view and stay for the hearty food. With an excellent all-around menu, from cocktails all the way to desserts, At.Mosphere's tall windows, contemporary cooking, and fine wine list make dining here a feast for the eyes as much as the stomach.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Making a reservation for sunset at At.Mosphere affords the best view possible during your meal. Dubai from that height is especially stunning at night.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 57 Nightlife in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Afternoon Tea 19/10/2017
    • Not bad 12/10/2017
    • At.Mosphere
    Address:
    Burj Khalifa Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    122nd Floor
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 888 3828
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 15:00
    18:30 - 02:00
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