Unravel the mysteries of Old Dubai’s souks and embark on a cultural adventure peppered with Emirati, Indian and Iranian food tastings.
- Cover the Old Dubai ‘must-do’s’—the spice souk, abra ride, textile souk and Old Fahidi neighborhood—along a well-paced 4-hour route.
- Experience Old Dubai like our friends would, only the stuff you have to see and eat rather than a standard touristy checklist.
- Stand apart from the mammoth groups herded with a flag; our group is small and intimate, with only 6 to 8 fellow explorers.
- Savour popular local snacks, tangy Indian treats and indigenous Emirati dishes.
- Meet a local resident guide who thrives on stories and passion, not commissions from the souk; never feel pressured to spend!
- Ride the abra, Dubai’s oldest form of water transportation across the historic Creek.
- Play SPINGO, our proprietary spice game that transforms the touristy souk into a fun, easy-to-play and immersive experience. (*not offered during Ramadan)
Meet & Greet
Meet our friendly food tour guide at the historic Spice Souk & learn about the significance of the Al Ras neighbourhood.
Egg Rolls & Tea
Fuel up with an Old Dubai nostalgic treat washed down with sweet milky tea in the back alleys of the souk. (G/D)
Play a fun and educational round of Spicy Bingo through the aromatic alleys of the souk. (During Ramadan, SPINGO will be replaced with a quiz on the fruit of Ramadan – dates.)
Sample a traditional, refreshing Iranian dessert doused in rose syrup and lemon juice.
Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai in a traditional wooden boat.
Take a quick walk through the vibrant textile souk and witness religious tolerance firsthand in Dubai.
Pop a round of vegetarian Indian street snacks: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp ‘puris.’ (G)
Enjoy a traditional meat and rice pilaf (M), a rich vegetarian stew and our favourite sweet dumplings (G/D).
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.
We meet right by the Grand Souk Information Center at the Spice Souk parking lot exit (near the intersection).
GPS link: https://goo.gl/maps/ekJ62x7G9ZtXJ1xQ8
Please be on time, we don’t wait for latecomers! Given traffic, limited parking and different starting/ending locations, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic.
Nearby metro: Al Ras (start) and Al Fahidi (end).
Yes, we’d love to serve you and any companions on a private tour! We need a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8 to run this tour as a private experience. You may book out an existing date on our tour calendar as a private tour if no one else has already booked spots on it. Alternatively, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred dates so we may schedule a private tour for you.
Yes. There is 1 main course on our Souks and Creekside tour which has both a meat pilaf as well as a vegetarian stew. 2 tastings featured are vegetarian-friendly while a 3rd tasting features an egg and cheese sandwich.
We recommend taking the Al Ras metro and walking down to the starting point at the Spice Souk.
If you plan to drive, please note that parking is challenging to find and our starting point and ending point on this tour are different from each other.
If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic on the roads especially between 5PM and 7PM.
Absolutely not! Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city.
Earphones with a 35mm jack for the portable audio system that helps you hear the guide clearly.
Please don’t carry anything too heavy as we will be walking. If you plan to purchase edible souvenirs during the tour, please make sure to carry both cash/your credit card (most, but not all, locations accept credit card).
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 email@example.com prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.
Yes, toilet facilities are available on most of our tours at selected stops – however we do recommend using a restroom before arriving at the tour as not all tours will have a toilet break at the start.
At this time, the tour is only offered in English.
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 and carry an umbrella if required.
Yes, advance ticket purchase is required through this website. Our experiences, typically, sell out quickly during the peak season (November to April). To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.
Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.