Discover what Indians really love to eat, beyond the clichéd naan and butter chicken, in Dubai's oldest, most vibrant Indian neighbourhood.
- Savor a mouthwatering spectrum of traditional Indian food tastings across 5 of our favourite North and South Indian eateries in the neighbourhood.
- Eat Indian food at places rarely listed in the guidebooks but heavily frequented by long-time Indian residents of the city.
- Join an intimate group of 6 to 8 culture-seeking guests, many of whom are local residents seeking to uncover off-the-beaten path places.
- Hear stories of the neighbourhood and Indian food customs from a resident Indian guide who grew up in the city.
- Learn about the transformation of fermented rice and lentil batters into a variety of crispy, spongy or crumbly creations to dip into chutneys.
- Experience the Punjabi chicken tikka that most old timers reminisce about, from a restaurant that’s been lighting its coals since 1977.
- Visit the Indian grocery store preferred by most Indian mothers back-in-the-day and get up to speed on “masalas,” “daals” and more (optional, based on time)
Meet & Greet
Meet our friendly food tour guide in one of Dubai’s oldest Indian neighbourhoods in Bur Dubai.
Visit our trusted “chaat” haunt for Three types of popular Indian street snacks: chutney-filled crisp ‘puris,’ puffed rice & mangoes; spiced yogurt, potato and chutney over crunchy dough spheres. (G/N/D)
Grab the go-to fried snacks for locals in the neighbourhood: mashed potato patties fried in chickpea flour batter and crisp onion & green pea samosa with green chutney. (G)
*Excluded during May to Sept.
Learn how South Indians conjure up ethereal dosas, tender idlis and spongy vadas, and then dunk it all into an array of lentils and chutneys. We’ll teach you how to skillfully cool your filter coffee like the locals. (G/N/D)
Discover unimaginably tender chicken tikka at one of the oldest Punjabi restaurants in Dubai. We’ll also try a round of paneer tikka, spicy layered papadums, chana masala and Indian bread. Wash it all down with fresh-pressed sugarcane juice. (G/D/P)
Cool off with a glass of thick frothy lassi (D) made at our favourite lassi shop in the city. We’ll also treat you to India’s version of a spiced nutty ice cream, aka kulfi, set in traditional clay pots (N/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.
At the bus stop near TouchMate Quality Computers Service Center on Khalid Bin Al Waleed Street, Bur Dubai. Diagonally across from Royal Ascot Hotel. Please be on time, we don’t wait for latecomers!
GPS link: https://goo.gl/maps/KazBGnGku1ERwCH5A
Given the heavy traffic, limited parking and different starting and 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.
Nearest metro: Sharaf DG station (green line)
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 6 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.
Absolutely! This tour is mostly vegetarian (not vegan though) except for 1 chicken dish.
Ironically, the team that designed this almost 99% vegetarian tour are die-hard carnivores! Despite this, we have cherry-picked the dishes that best represent the community in Meena Bazaar and it turns out that most of them are vegetarian. There is such a wide range of tastings that we have yet to experience a guest, whether meat-eater or vegetarian, feeling less than “stuffed” after this gluttonous experience. You *might* even thank us for leaving out the meat at the end of the tour!
We recommend taking the Al Fahidi metro and then walking to the tour meeting point. The metro may or may still be operational once the tour is over, depending on the time.
If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic on the roads especially between 5PM and 7PM.
If you plan to drive, please know that streetside parking is available but nearly impossible to find!
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 at some of the restaurants on this tour, though we’ll be the first to say that they’re not particularly glamorous!
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.