Dubai is renowned globally for its ultra-luxurious shopping and beautiful architecture. Of course, there’s tons to enjoy when it comes to healthy eating options as well! Here are 10 of our favourite spots:
City Walk, Al Safa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Festival City Mall, Ground Floor, Dubai 4030, United Arab Emirates
La Mer Jumeirah beach, La Mer South, Dubai 4033, United Arab Emirates
Eating burgers here is less sinful than you’d expect as the ingredients are natural and organic. The meats used are sourced locally, free-range and hormone-free. Even the beef used is derived from grass-fed cows. Vegetarians are also able to pick and choose from an extensive menu as well. Who says salads have to be unappetising?
This restaurant offers a magnificent spread of 100% raw, organic, and cold-pressed juices. Interestingly, they also offer customisable detox solutions that can span over one to ten days, depending on your comfort level. They even have a bespoke raw-food meal plan that is plant-based, organic and gluten-free.
If you support local products, or if the notion of homemade food warms your heart, Baker & Spice is the place for you. Offerings like their organic oatmeal are sure to fill your stomach after a nutritious fashion. If you are craving something sweet, why not give their ricotta pancakes a try? A drizzled of date syrup along with caramelised bananas that is sure to make you fall head over heels in love with their flapjacks. They even have Numi Gunpowder Green organic tea to complete the meal!
Pizzas need not be a guilty pleasure over at Freedom Pizza. The core ingredient of pizza – the cheese – is from a family-run dairy farm based in the UK. It is heartening to know that their food is also suitable for those who are gluten-intolerant or have coeliac disease, as they offer freshly baked gluten-free pizza crusts too. For other customers, they also have multi-grain crusts and more up for selection.
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeira Beach, Dubai, United Arab Emirated
With organic fruits and vegetables from Ripe Farms as well as a 100% gluten-free certified kitchen, this restaurant features a delectable spread of dishes both sweet and savoury, all made from fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. If you are conscious of the ingredients that go into your food, you’ll truly appreciate the amount of thought that went into the content this restaurant’s menu. A detailed breakdown of ingredients, calories, and even macro nutrients are listed clearly for individual dishes to give you a better understanding of what you’ll be ordering.
Going back to basics, only stone-ground flour and organic ingredients are used in each piece of bread sold at Le Pain Quotidien. If you are feeling greedy, there is even an “Organic Baker’s Basket” which offers a variety of organic breads that you can pair with a side of scrambled eggs – also organic. Perfect for a brunch date with friends!
G10, Bay Avenue, Business Bay, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
A crowd favourite, Milkcow is known for its wildly popular Korean soft serve. Beyond its popularity in Dubai, it also has outlets across Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore. Its contents are not only organic, but also preservative-free. If you are a fan of indulging in creamy, milky, and rich soft serves on a hot summer’s afternoon, this is definitely the place to go!
If you are into savoury food, fresh salads, coeliac-friendly cakes and breads, this place will hit all your requirements and more! Like the other cafés mentioned in this list, The Lime Tree Café & Kitchen uses good quality and organic ingredients in their dishes. The best part is that they also take pride in their business being fair-trade. Returning customers will also be glad to know that their menu changes seasonally, providing something new to look forward to every once in a while.
9. The Pantry
If you are feeling a little sick of your typical overnight oats or fruit bowls, give The Pantry a try. For those who are bulking up and are craving some delicious protein, you will be glad to know that this place serves organic chicken, salmon and eggs. They also offer comfy business lunches that feature dishes like Roasted Beetroot Salad, Wagyu Lasagna, and Shakshouka.
10. Wild & The Moon
H77, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
This new kid on the block in the Al Quoz neighbourhood certainly doesn’t disappoint. They have a wide variety of organic cold-pressed juices, salads, smoothies, soups, and even desserts that do not contain any processed ingredients, chemicals, additives, gluten, GMOs, dairy, or refined sugar. For the perpetually busy, Wild & The Moon also offers an online ordering system for hassle-free meals.
Eating healthy is a choice. With all these boutique cafes popping up in Dubai, it sure makes the decision a lot easier (and delicious) now!