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Half-Day Food & Culture Walking Tour: Dubai Souks & Food Tasting

Category: Cultural Tours
Price From $ 113
Half-Day Food & Culture Walking Tour: Dubai Souks & Food Tasting


Cover the Old Dubai 'must-do's' - the spice souk, abra ride, textile souk and food tastings around the Old Fahidi neighborhood - along a well-paced 4.5 hour route. Experience Old Dubai like our friends would, only the stuff you have to see and eat rather than a standard touristy checklist.

Experience the souks and creek of Old Dubai as few would – without being herded with a flag or trapped by the over-eager souk salesmen. Stroll through the spice and textile souks, learn our mothers’ bargaining tactics, ride the traditional ‘abra’ across the historic creek and savour foods of the three cultures that symbolize Old Dubai – Emirati, Indian and Iranian.

Start off with a popular old timer’s treat in the souk’s back alleys where few tourists venture, before stepping into the intoxicating cloud of aromas in the Deira spice souk. Play a round of SPINGO – our proprietary way of experiencing the souk with a fun, easy-to-play, educational game that makes both familiar and strange spices unforgettable. Once our SPINGO winner is crowned, bob across the Dubai creek in a traditional wooden abraand then experience religious tolerance at its best in the alleys of Bur Dubai’s textile souk.

With the souks behind us, transition into a “food walk” mode with a 3-stop tasting that includes: sweet Emirati dumplings doused with date molasses, Indian sweet-spicy “water balloons” and Iranian dill-scented soup and succulent kebabs.

Morning and evening routes and foods vary based on working hours of our vendors and dishes served at various times of the day. Our route and featured tastings are subject to change.

Souk Snack Stop

Delicious welcome snack that is a classic treat in the back alleys of the souk.

Deira Spice Souk

Play SPINGO, our fun and educational spice game.

Abra Ride

Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai.

Textile Souk

Stroll through a short section of the textile souk, with a focus on religious diversity.

Emirati Restaurant

Sample traditional sweet and savory (breakfast/tea time) treats in a restored pearl merchant's home.

Indian 'Chaat' Counter

'Pop' a round of vegetarian Indian street snacks: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp 'puris.'

Iranian 1970s Restaurant

Enjoy dill-scented soup and juicy kebabs. Vegetarian falafels available upon request.