Guide to Dubai’s Food Scene

Dubai is home to a thriving food scene where traditional and international cuisines can be enjoyed at both elegant 5-star restaurants and more rustic road-side takeaways. When it comes to eating out in Dubai prices tend to vary greatly with top-class hotels serving delicious fresh seafood alongside a panoramic view and local market stalls offering the classic taste of India in their flavoursome curries. Dubai offers so much culinary variety that it can often be daunting for visitors. With this in mind, here is a quick guide to the city’s colourful food scene.

Local Markets
There is a surprising number of farms producing fresh produce on a daily basis in Dubai. This means that a trip to one of the city’s bustling markets is a must for anyone interested in the culinary world. You will be able to purchase from a rich selection of fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy products. Dubai’s famous fish market is the best place in the city to find fresh seafood. You will also have the chance to sample a range of tasty curries at the local food hawker stalls.800px-Dubai_Fish_Market_01

Sub-continental Cuisine
Dubai is home to many Indian and Pakistani expatriates meaning that you will be able to enjoy delicious desi cuisine in many parts of the city. The Karama district offers an impressive array of fine, and at times economical, eating establishments. Some of the best include Manvaar for its divine authentic curries and the Sind Punjab Restaurant for its fabulous tandoori grill.

Friday Brunch
The culinary tradition of Friday Brunch is now considered by many to be an institution in Dubai. Friday is when the weekend starts here, and the restaurants all put on spectacular buffets and great deals in order to attract hungry diners. The Iranian Club offers a wonderful selection of Persian food at modest prices, whilst luxurious hotel Spectrum On One puts on a lavish and expensive spread.

Hotel Restaurants
Some of the best restaurants in Dubai are often located inside top hotels due to the alcohol licensing laws in place. This however doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodation as you can still find many cheap hotels in Dubai online. One of the city’s most popular and famed hotel restaurants is that located at the four-star Marco Polo. The Bombay restaurant offers a remarkable choice of cuisines, from Arabic to Chinese and Mexican, at affordable prices.


Dubai is also home to the extravagant Chinatown. Here visitors are able to explore the district’s endless eating establishments including both high-end restaurants and takeaways. Much of Chinatown is aimed at the wealthy, meaning that you will find an excellent selection of international eateries in this trendy part of town as well as some more mid-budget restaurants.

There are so many great places to eat in Dubai when you consider the city’s up-and-coming restaurant scene. Dubai is without a doubt the gastronomic capital of the Middle East, meaning that any visit will almost certainly be a treat for your taste buds!


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