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Dubai Street Food Tour

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai Street Food Tour

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Give Dubai’s hotel menus a miss and experience the city's lively street food scene on an evening walking tour. Delve into Dubai’s oldest districts, and stroll through souks and neon-lit markets to visit the locals’ favorite food haunts, admiring the city lights on route. Sample a hot Indian snack and scrumptious 'shawarma' wrap, scout for goodies at the Spice Souk, and enjoy a mutton kebab for dinner at a popular restaurant. Tastings, dinner, and water included.
  • Evening street food tour of old Dubai
  • Learn about Dubai’s cuisine as you explore bustling souks and take in the city lights
  • Sample local treats such as an Indian street snack, ice cream, and chocolate dates
  • Ride an ‘abra’ boat across Dubai Creek and browse the exotic goodies at Deira’s Spice Souk
  • Enjoy a tasty 'shawarma' and mutton kebab dinner at a local restaurant
  • Food tastings, dinner, and bottled water included
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Bottled water
Food tasting
Professional guide
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

4 62a St - Al Fahidi - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The tour starts at the main entrance of Dubai Museum/Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

Near Al Fahidi Metro Station - Al Mussallah Rd - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

The tour ends after dinner at Al Ustad Special Kebab, which is very close to Al Fahidi Metro Station

Travel independently to the start point in Bur Dubai on the south bank of the creek, near the Al Fahidi metro station and easily accessible by cab.

Meet your guide, and begin your food tour of the area, Dubai’s oldest quarter. Old-world charm mingles with bustling souks here, and on route, your guide will explain the city's history and culinary tastes.

Stroll through the busy Indian Market, sometimes known as Souk Al Khabeer, passing shops selling textiles, gold, clothes, and food. India is Dubai’s most important trading partner, and during the 19th century, many of the pearls found in the Arabian Gulf were exported to the country. In return, Indian merchants and goods flowed into Dubai, ensuring Indian cuisine stamped its mark on local tastes.

Try a hot Indian snack, and admire the twinkling city lights as you ride a wooden abra boat across the creek to Deira. Here, explore the Spice Souk, delving into the covered alleys packed with stalls peddling herbs, spices, sweets, and other goodies.

Sample some traditional ice cream, as well as a glass of juice, and luscious chocolate dates. Chat to the vendors about their spices, many shipped from Iran. Then, enjoy time to browse and buy local specialties like frankincense, saffron, Madagascan vanilla, and products made with vitamin-rich camel milk, such as soap and chocolate.

Sample Dubai’s best-loved street food — a meat-filled shawarma wrap — and continue to one of the oldest restaurants in town for a mouth-watering mutton kebab. As you dig into the juicy kebab, learn how it’s made from a secret Persian family recipe, and admire the restaurant walls, covered in old newspaper clippings and photos of Dubai, and thousands of faded international banknotes.

Your tour ends at a central location when you say goodbye to your guide.
Pass By:  
Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort
The entrance of the museum is our meeting point at 5 pm . The museum is inside Al Fahidi Fort in Bur Dubai in the heart of “old” Dubai. Every taxi driver knows it and it is only 5 – 7 minutes walk from the nearest Metro station, Al Fahidi station. It is a small but very informative museum and if you wish to go inside, you should arrive an hour earlier to experience it. The entry fee is only AED 3 per person. At the moment the museum is closed until further notice due to the corona pandemic. All other stops on our tour are not affected by the current situation. Your guide is looking forward to meeting you at 5 pm in front of the Main Entrance of Dubai Museum (Al Fahidi Fort).
Stop At:  
Textile Souk
First we walk through the Indian market. India is the most important trading partner of the region. Long before oil, the pearls found on the sandbanks in the Persian Gulf were the most important source of income of the region and there was a high demand for those pearls in India. So already centuries ago, pearls were exported to India and many goods were imported from India, such as textiles, building materials, food and spices. Since then Indian cuisine has a strong influence in what people eat in Dubai. On our way through Souq Al Khabeer, today the textile market, we will have our first Indian snack and there is time to explore the shops if you wish.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Creek
We cross the Creek via Abra, a wooden water taxi, which is an official public mode of transportation. On the other side of the Creek you are in for a real treat : Camel milk ice cream.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Spice Souk
In the Spice market, you get to meet the friendly merchants who are mainly from Iran. They are happy to explain all about their exotic spices and spice mixes and let you try a delicious chocolate date. Here you also have a good opportunity to buy authentic souvenirs and gifts that are not “Made in China”, such as camel milk soap, camel milk chocolate, Saffron, Vanilla from Madagasgar, Frankincense, Myrre etc. The most famous Street Food however is “Shawerma” – the Gulf regions answer to Burrito or wrap. Of course you get to try it.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dubai Gold Souk
Our tour takes us through the main street of the Gold Souq. Dubai is known as the City of Gold. Around 10 tonnes of elaborate, jaw dropping pieces of art in the form of pure gold jewellery are on display here. We walk past the shops, however should you wish to have a closer look inside the shops, you are welcome to do so. Right after we stroll through the Perfume Souq. Here you get to smell the traditional oil based perfumes that are produced in the UAE and you will learn about the main ingredients used in traditional perfumes. To round up our visit to the Deira side of the Creek we eat the most famous Street Food, a “Shawerma” – the Gulf regions answer to a Burrito.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bur Dubai
After another Creek crossing by boat we walk through winding little alley to a Puri Streetfood spot to try Dahi Puri a Mumbaian explosion of tastes in your mouth. Refreshing an delicious alike ! The highlight and last stop of our tour is a visit to one of the oldest restaurants in town, where you get to try a secret Persian family recipe for mutton kebab, while marveling at the eccentric interior decoration of old newspaper clips of Dubai, hundreds of photos of famous and not so famous guests and a collection of around 5000 different bank notes from all over the world left behind by visitors. Bon appetite!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • not suitable for Vegetarians or Vegans
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Ute Kostle
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dubai Street Food Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Street Food Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Dubai Street Food Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Street Food Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dubai Street Food Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Dubai Street Food Tour.


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Incredible experience!
, Mar 2019
From start to finish, Annette did a fantastic job informing my husband and I of the city’s rich history and culture. Looking forward to doing the tour again on our next visit!
This tour was fantastic. Our guide...
Joseph B
, Feb 2018
This tour was fantastic. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, and the small size of the tour made it feel very personal. The food was all delicious, and we really enjoyed our trip. If you want to see something more of Dubai than the malls and skyscrapers, check this tour out. It felt much more authentic than anything else we did on our trip.
its an amazing tour.- The guide...
, Apr 2017
its an amazing tour.- The guide Regina is excelllent- it was the best tour in Dubai!!!!!!!!! WE LOVED!!! DO IT!!!

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