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Short on time? Close to Dubai Mall? Our 2-hour food walk with 4 Old Dubai food tastings may be your cup of chai!

  • Visit a historic Dubai neighborhood that’s a quick taxi ride from the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountains and other attractions in Downtown Dubai.
  • Check off a few must-try Dubai foods like shawarma, cheesy kunafa and karak chai—all within 2 hours!
  • Soak up the heritage-focused mural art in Dubai’s vibrant outdoor “street museum.”
  • Pay homage to 4 food stops that have stood the test of time; these are the places that children of the 70s and 80s grew up eating at.
  • Meet our friendly food detective who’ll keep you entertained with her stories of the city, its food and culture.

Join a 2-hour walking food tour that’s perfect if you’re short on time!

Stroll through a neighbourhood that’s rich in history, yet a quick dash away from Dubai’s favourite modern attractions like the Dubai Mall, the dancing Dubai Fountains, City Walk, La Mer and more. We visit 4 food institutions that old time Dubai residents have flocked to between the late 70s and early 90s.

This food walk takes place through the colorful murals in Dubai’s outdoor “street museum.” As we feast our eyes on Arabic calligraphy and local heritage scenes, we feast our stomachs on some of the classic Dubai foods: shawarma, manousheh (Levantine pizza), syrupy cheese kunafa, a classic Pakistani karahi dish and addictive Arabic sweets.

Our route and featured tastings are subject to change. *Food selection takes place based on the group size.

Allergens Key: Contains G-Gluten; D-Dairy; N-Nuts; M-Meat (Beef/Lamb); P-Poultry; F-Fish; S-Shellfish. We regret that there may not be substitutes for dishes. Even if specific dishes do not contain these ingredients, we cannot guarantee against cross-contamination of allergens in the restaurant kitchens.

Arabic Sweet Shop from 1993

Sweet cheese kunafa. (G/D)

1970’s Lebanese Cafeteria from 1979

Chicken/meat shawarma (P/M/G); falafel sandwich upon request for vegetarians; za’atar and cheese manousheh. (D/G)

1970’s Pakistani “Taxi Driver” Eatery

Shared chicken entrée (P); vegetarian option available; fresh bread; chai.

1980’s Arabic Confectionary

“Eye of the camel” sweet treat (G/D)

We meet right outside the Yves Delorme (home linens) store on 2nd December street.

The nearest metro is Al Jafiliya metro station which is an estimated 30 minute walk away from our meeting point.

The finishing point of the tour is approximately 15-20 minutes walking distance from the meeting point.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. In most cases, nuts, lactose and gluten may be in the foods featured on our experiences and there is a risk of cross-contamination. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at ‘munch@fryingpanadventures.com’ prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Absolutely not! Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city.

Do you support corporate or private events?

We absolutely do! We can accommodate a variety of special requests (family reunions, birthday parties, out of town guests, corporate, team-building, familiarization trips, delegations and more).

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are very rarely cancelled due to bad weather. We will email you at least 4 hours prior to the tour should it not be advisable to walk outside due to a thunderstorm or sandstorm; please make sure to check your email if you are aware of bad weather. We also advise you to check weather conditions for your tour and dress appropriately.