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 succulent Iranian kebabs.
  • 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)
Runs year-long except peak summer. Morning and evening tours offered on selected days of the week.
2 standing snack stops and 2 sit-down tastings. *Route may vary during summer, May to Sep.
Carry earphones for the audio system used by our guide.
Minimum age of 8 years recommended given duration and walking involved. No infants/strollers.
Walking only; distance covered is ~3.4km/ 2.1mi with stops in between.
Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.
The tour requires a minimum of 2 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.
Dress comfortably to walk.

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)

SPINGO at Deira Spice Souk
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.)

Icy Persian Treat
Sample a traditional, refreshing Iranian dessert doused in rose syrup and lemon juice.

Abra Ride
Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai in a traditional wooden boat.

Textile Souk Stroll
Take a quick walk through the vibrant textile souk and witness religious tolerance firsthand in Dubai.

Indian Sweet-Spicy Snack
Pop a round of vegetarian Indian street snacks: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp ‘puris.’ (G)

Iranian 1970s Restaurant
Enjoy dill-scented soup (G) and juicy kebabs (M/P). Vegetarian falafels available upon request.

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).

Can I book this tour as a private experience?

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 munch@fryingpanadventures.com with your preferred dates so we may schedule a private tour for you.

Should I join this tour if I am vegetarian?

Yes, unless you don’t eat eggs or if you’re vegan! There is 1 main course on our Souks and Creekside tour that is non-vegetarian. However, we are able to order vegetarian falafels upon request. The other snacks and tastings featured are vegetarian-friendly but do include eggs.

How do I get to the tour?

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.

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.

What should I bring with me?

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).

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.

Are toilet facilities available on the tour?

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.

Is the tour offered in different languages?

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Are children allowed?

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 and carry an umbrella if required.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

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.

If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

If the date and time of your choice is sold out, we recommend emailing us at munch@fryingpanadventures.com so we can let you know in case any spots open up for your preferred date and time.

What are the change policies on my booking?

We apply the following policy for public tour bookings, including ones booked with a gift voucher / e-certificate:

Cancellation policy

  • 90% refund if 7 days or more before Tour
  • 0% refund if less than 7 days before Tour

Rescheduling policy

  • Rescheduling permitted to another tour of the same price only if request is received 7 days or more before the tour and if there is availability on the new date requested. Only one rescheduling request permitted per booking.
  • No rescheduling permitted if request is received less than 7 days before the tour or if there is no availability on the new date requested.

Do I need to tip?

Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.