It’s easy being green…
We’ve rounded up 23 of the best places to get vegetarian and vegan food in Dubai. From satisfying burgers to soulful salads, discover the Dubai restaurants that are dishing out the city’s tastiest vegan and vegetarian dishes.
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Vegan spaghetti and meatballs, Buddha burgers, colourful yoga bowls, and carrot cake with cashew cream are just some of the tempting plant-based dishes on offer at Little Erth. This outlet is also dog friendly, so bring your four-legged friends along.
Little Erth, Shop 34, Building J2, Cluster J, JLT, Sat to Wed noon to 10pm, Thu to Fri noon to 11pm. Tel: (04) 276 7287. nabzandg.com
Super Natural Kitchen
This 100 per cent raw, vegan, gluten-free eatery creates virtuous versions of lasagne, pizza and cakes, along with a dairy-free cheese board of cultured, nut-based cheeses.
2nd Floor, Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, Downtown, daily, 11am to 9pm. Tel: (0)50 242 9408. snkitchen.com
At this virtuous brasserie, with Marina and Downtown locations, start your day with a delicious vegan breakfast, tuck into a vibrant vegan bowl for lunch, and finish with a hearty vegan burger.
Ultra Brasserie, Dubai Marina, Sun to Thu 7am to 8pm, Fri and Sat 8am to 9pm; Emaar Square, Downtown Dubai, Sun to Thu 7.30am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 420 4572. ultra.ae
Wild & The Moon
With locations in Dubai, Paris and New York, this hip eatery does a roaring trade in breakfast bowls, lunchtime salads, and raw desserts made from nuts, cacao and coconut oil.
Alserkal Avenue, Emaar Boulevard, DIFC, daily 9am to 8pm (DIFC closes 6pm). wildandthemoon.ae
When you’re craving comfort food, Roots Bistro delivers with its vegan takes on ramen, paella and lasagne.
Techno Hub 2, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Sat to Thu 9am to 6pm; Kave, Al Quoz, Mon to Sat 11am to 9pm. Tel: (04) 333 8772. rootsbistro.ae
Get your vegan burger fix at Bareburger, where the Beyond Meat patty delivers the juiciness and flavour you’d expect from a beef burger, with a huge 25g of plant protein.
Various locations, bareburger.com/uae/
This plant-based café is renowned for its cakes and desserts, such as Snickers pie or the triple chocolate cheesecake, all free from gluten and refined sugar.
Street 27B, Jumeirah 1, Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, sevaexperience.com
From Italian masterchef Giorgio Locatelli, this family-friendly pizzeria in Atlantis, The Palm, has an extensive vegan menu sporting 40 pizzas, pastas and desserts.
Ronda Locatelli, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Fri to Mon noon to 3pm, Sat to Tue 6pm to 10pm, Thu and Fri 6pm to 10.30pm. atlantis.com/dubai/restaurants/ronda-locatelli
The Raw Place
Using certified organic, GMO-free, plant-based ingredients, The Raw Place delivers detox juices, handmade nut milks, superfood bowls and restorative soups around Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
Located in the picturesque gardens of Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Folia offers an extensive plant-based menu with a range of tasty options. Think: beetroot poke bowls, a wild mushroom sandwich, and the velvety vegan cacio e pepe.
Folia, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeira, Sat to Thurs 1pm to 10pm, Fri 6pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com/dubaijb/dining/restaurants/folia/
If you love tea, Project Chaiwala is one place you have to visit. The renowned tea cafe now serves up its delicious teas in a range of vegan options. Opt for a delicious karak, zafarani chai or masala chai prepared using oat milk or if you prefer a golden chai latte – you can have it made with almond or coconut milk.
Project Chaiwala, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, Tel:(0)4 223 1139. @projectchaiwala
Healthy Little Secrets
This cute cafe in Business Bay and DIFC serves up both meat and meat-free options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All of their dishes are super nutritious and packed full of greens, with low-fat, high-protein, low-carb, vegan and gluten-free all on the menu.
Healthy Little Secrets, DIFC Gate Village, Downtown Dubai, 8am to 12am, daily. Tel: (04) 430 6820.facebook.com/healthylittlesecretscafe
Even committed meat-eaters will be impressed by the plant-based offerings here. Feast on pulled jackfruit tacos, white bean falafel and cauli rice, beetroot sliders, and even eggless omelettes.
Soul Santé, Jannah Place, Dubai Marina, Dubai, 8am to 10pm. Tel: (0)50 783 7685. facebook.com/soulsantecafe
Comfort food favourites get a vegan makeover at Veganity, with plant-based chicken nuggets, vegan kanafeh and burgers just some of the meat-free marvels on the menu. They do vegan meal plans, too.
Veganity, City Walk, Dubai, 10am to 12am, daily. Tel: (04) 880 7454.facebook.com/myveganity
Fuchsia Urban Thai
With a 25-strong menu of vegetarian and vegan dishes, you’ll never go hungry when ordering from this top-notch Thai eatery.
Fuchsia Urban Thai, Business Bay, Dubai, Tel: (04) 425 3080, Barsha Heights, Dubai Tel: (04) 361 7117, noon to 11pm, fuchsiame.com
Bloom Vegan Kitchen
For a vegan delivery fix straight to your door, order Bloom’s gluten-free burrito bowl, or Vegan Don’t Bite Burger with guac, lettuce, jalapenos, red onion pickles and vegan cheese.
Freedom Pizza is fast becoming a favourite for the health-conscious. Try their ‘free-gan’ pizza with peppers, caramelised onions, jalapenos, onions, cherry tomato, cilantro, vegan cheese and red sauce.
Freedom Pizza, Marina View Towers, Dubai, Sat to Wed 10.30am to 2am, Fri & Sat 10.30am to 4am. Tel: (04) 453 4313.freedompizza.ae
Kick-start your day with the plant-based scramble or chia bowl, linger over a vegan lunch of ‘lamb’ tacos, or enjoy a plant-based afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes. Plus, it’s pet-friendly to boot.
Bounty Beets, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, Fridays and Saturdays, 9am to noon, Dhs99, reservation required. Tel: (04) 399 4141.bountybeetsdubai.com
Expect creative vegan and vegetarian bites at this cute cafe in Barsha Heights. Multi-culti mashups include shakshuka breakfast tacos, avocado pizza with coriander and chilli, and vegetarian lasagne with lentils and quinoa.
Brambles, Citadines Metro Central Hotel Apartments, Barsha Heights, daily 7am to 9pm. Tel: (0)4 452 9529. facebook.com/BramblesDubai/
British chef Jason Atherton has created a special vegan menu for this Dubai Marina restaurant, packed with a short and sharp selection of salads, soups, risottos and mains.
Marina Social, InterContinental Dubai Marina, Mon to Thu 6pm to 10.45pm, Fri & Sat 1 to 10.45pm. marinasocialdubai.com
Vegan options at this cool Asian eatery in the Greens include zesty Thai salads, curries, dumplings and stir-fries.
Lah Lah, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens, Dubai, Sun to Thurs 10am to midnight, Fri & Sat 10am to 2am. Tel: (04) 519 1111. zabeelhouse.com/thegreens/restaurants
Their seaweed pesto with guac and flaxseed crackers has a cult following, but there are plenty more vegan delights to discover on the menu of this impossibly chic cafe-lifestyle store in Jumeirah.
Comptoir 102, 102 Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1, daily 8am to 9pm. Tel: (0)4 385 4555. comptoir102.com
There’s a veritable bounty of vegan fare on offer at this Asian restaurant. The specially crafted vegan menu has over 30 dishes, including tofu teriyaki, maki rolls, fresh soups, crisp salads and delicious desserts. It’s all served up with sides of live entertainment.
Miss Tess, Taj Dubai, Downtown Dubai, daily 6pm to 2am. Tel: (05) 498 8505.misstessdubai.com
Marks & Spencer
Enjoy nutritious vegan dishes when you dine in at one of the Marks & Spencer cafes in the Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival Plaza, the Springs Souk or Marina Walk, including vegan breakfasts and lunchtime salads. Or, fill your fridge and pantry with ready-made meals from the Plant Kitchen range, available in Marks & Spencer’s food halls.
Marks & Spencer, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, Festival Plaza, The Springs Souk or Marina Walk. marksandspencer.com
Palestine is only a bite away at this authentic street food-style establishment. Visitors can enjoy their many vegetarian and vegan options whilst enjoying free tea refills. Mama’esh provides all-day breakfasts for those late risers and a classic we all know and love, their authentic Palestinian Zaatar manaeesh. No Dubai resident is far away from Mama’esh, with over six sites across the emirate. Make sure to stop by soon for a quick karak tea or a lazy breakfast.
Various locations in Dubai,mamaesh.com
Foodies, travellers, and creative types can all congregate at Planet Terra. You can soothe your soul as well as your body in this serene environment that is 100 per cent organic and vegan. Their objective is to bring together a fusion of the world’s tastes, traditions and energies. Everyone can enjoy a veganized version of a British classic with their ‘tofish and chips’. Crispy tofu topped with toasted nori seaweed, lemon, miso mayo and sweet potato fries is simply unmissable. This weekend, treat yourself to some timeless favourites with a healthy twist.
Planet Terra, Ground Floor, Panorama Building, The Greens, Dubai, Mon to Sun 7.30am to 10.30pm. Tel: (0)4 578 2000. planetterra.life
If you’re a fan of dinner and a show, you must make your way to Tulum. This restaurant allows you to experience the tastes ofMexico right here in Dubai. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, Tulum has adapted some Mexican classics for all our vegans and veggies. The tempura avocado taco with chipotle mayo and pico de gallo is a must. If you’re in need of a midweek treat, Tulum knows we are all suckers for a deal. Hosting their weekly taco Tuesday between 8 to 11pm, for Dhs210 per person.
Fashion Avenue, Dubai Mall, Dubai, Mon to Sun 10amto 12am. Tel: (0)4 514 0135. tulum.ae
Experience dinner and a view on the Creek Harbor at Soul Green. Expect tasty and nourishing vegan and veggie food like their Indian style, rogan josh tofu buddha bowl. Guests can enjoy their daily sundowners deal between 4 to 7pm, with 2-for-1 on selected drinks and bites. Every Wednesday, there is also lady’s night providing three complimentary drinks with a minimum spend of Dhs100. SoulGreen offers options for meat and fish eaters as well, mindfully preserving biodiversity and obtaining produce from environmentally friendly farms.
Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai, Mon-Sun 12pm to 1am, Tel:(0)50 747 6678, soulgreen.ae
This contemporary establishment located in the heart of Souk Madinat Jumeriah presents its signature vegan menu. At Dhs325 per person, F0lly offers five dishes including a main infused with truffle and a chocolaty almond dessert. The garden patio, rooftop, and kitchen bar are all available for guests to enjoy their meals. Folly offers a Saturday and Sunday brunch in addition to weekday happy hours, aware of the weaknesses of every Dubai inhabitant.
Souk Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai, Mon to Fri 5pm to 12am, Sat and Sun 1pm to 12am, Tel: (0)4 430 8535, folly.ae
Expect fine dining at CLAP, where Japanese cuisine is being redefined. This establishment offers 30 vegetarian dishes in addition to vegan options. The restaurant prides itself on its unique and surprising combinations, keeping all its guests on their toes. Guests can enjoy small plates, sushi and main courses in their dining room, terrace, lounge or bar. A highlight is the signature CLAP salad, a crunchy salad with dried miso and truffle.
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DIFC Gate Village, Dubai, Mon to Fri, 12pm to 3am, Sat to Sun 1pm to 3am, Tel: (0) 456 938 20,claprestaurant
For all our Al Quoz regulars and those who are newbees, Cassette is small sanctuary that everyone needs to try. Tucked away with its own magical courtyard, this cafe is a perfect place to catch up with friends away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Cassette offers a large range of vegan and veggie breakfast, lunch and dinner options. From vegan french toast, to acai bowls, harty salads and a vegan lobster roll, you will not be short of options. Assemble your brunch squad this weekend and get yourself to Cassette.
Cassette, The Courtyard, Al Quoz, Dubai, Mon to Sun 8am to 6pm, Tel: (0)4 349 1966, cassette.ae
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29 of the best places to get vegan and vegetarian food in Dubai? ›
Dubai's food scene is bursting with fresh farm-to-table greens and vibrantly-hued produce, as the city has adopted vegan living with style in recent years.Is vegan food available in Dubai? ›
Dubai's food scene is bursting with fresh farm-to-table greens and vibrantly-hued produce, as the city has adopted vegan living with style in recent years.Is vegetarian food easily available in Dubai? ›
Dubai cuisine features a wide variety of vegetarian dishes that will only leave you desiring for more. From street-side shacks to restaurants, you will have ample scrumptious vegetarian options during your Dubai holiday.Are there vegetarians in Dubai? ›
Over the past couple of years the number of brilliant vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Dubai has increased dramatically. From fancy veggie options at fine dining restaurants (no more pasta pomodoro thank you very much) to plant-based dishes at specialist vegan restaurants in Dubai, there's plenty of choice.Is it hard to be vegan in Dubai? ›
Gastronomically, being vegan in Dubai is great - there's a lot of delicious vegan restaurants in Dubai and a lot of the Dubai traditional food is either accidentally vegan or can easily be made vegan. Logistically, if you travel a lot, Dubai is probably going to come up on your radar at the very least as a pitstop.Do Muslims go vegan? ›
In a word, yes. If a Muslim decides to become a vegetarian for personal reasons, such as not liking the taste, or having compassion for animals, with the understanding that only Allah (SWT) can prohibit or permit it, then vegetarianism and veganism sit comfortably within Islam.Which food is famous in Dubai? ›
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- Knafeh. Originally from Palestine, this pastry dish has become a firm favourite with locals in the UAE. ...
- Camel. ...
- Turkish cocktails. ...
- Samboosa. ...
- Arabic coffee and dates. ...
- Margoogat. ...
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1. Israel. Israel is considered one of the best sustainable countries in the world. The mix of the traditional Mediterranean diet and the strict dietary laws of Kosher food has made them get away from meat, dairy, and parve products.Which country is pure vegetarian? ›
India is, in fact, the birthplace of vegetarianism. It is in fact deeply rooted in the culture and religion of the country and has even been ranked the lowest consumer of meat in the world.
Which US city has the most vegans? ›
America's most vegan-friendly city
Portland is well-known for its plant-based food scene, including various all-vegan carts scattered around the city with options ranging from budget-friendly falafel to high-end gourmet fare.
Black Americans are almost three times as likely to be vegan and vegetarian than other Americans. Why is giving up meat so popular?Can we eat pork in Dubai? ›
Pork is considered haram (forbidden) in Muslim culture but there are places in Dubai that have a license to sell them. Pork counters are marked with “Pork Section: For Non-Muslims”. You can buy pork sausages, bellies, loins, ribs, chops, bacon, etc.Is every food in Dubai Halal? ›
Meat and poultry require original Halal certification recognized by the country's Islamic Authority. So, if you're asking, “is the food in Dubai halal?” Yes, in plain English, the poultry and meat in Dubai are halal.Is UAE vegan friendly? ›
Many vegan brands familiar in the West are now available in the UAE such as Beyond Burger, Meatless Farm, Impossible Burger, V-Bites, Violife and Quorn. Divyesh Bhatia is the Co-founder of Vegarian, a Dubai-based vegan food distribution operation in the Middle East, South East Asia and the UK.Which culture is the most vegan? ›
Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine
The cuisine of Eritrea and Ethiopia is full of naturally plant-based dishes. This is largely due to the fasting tradition in the Orthodox Christian religion. Orthodox Christians abstain from all animal products for around 200 days each year, but plant-based foods are still permitted.
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Are vegan Muslims on the rise? Although an estimated 24% of the world's population identify as Muslim, there is currently no recorded number of vegans that are Muslim.What does the Quran say about veganism? ›
Veganism preaches to reduce the suffering that we cause, and reminds us that animals are sentient creatures. In this regard, it is compatible with Islamic teachings of mercy towards animals. However, Islam allows the killing of animals for food, and seems to assume that animals are created for humans to benefit from.Which prophet was vegan? ›
"But what I say back to them is that if they did their research, the prophet Muhammad's diet was 90% plant-based and he lived largely on dates and barley. He very rarely ate meat."
Does God believe in veganism? ›
' And it was so. In these verses, God institutes a plant-based diet for both humans and non-human animals alike. God, in other words, created the world vegan. And it is this vegan world which God proceeds to declare very good (Genesis 1:31).What is a typical breakfast in Dubai? ›
What is a typical breakfast in Dubai? A typical breakfast in Dubai includes baith tamat which is a delicious combination of scrambled eggs with tomatoes, herbs and luxurious saffron. Other essentials are balaleet, khameer and chebab which is served with a side of date syrup.What should you wear in Dubai? ›
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Availability of American Food in Dubai
Many American restaurants and fast food chains throughout the city offer classic dishes like burgers, fries, and milkshakes.
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Shopping in Dubai is world-renowned, so are their Big Macs any different? You can get a Big Mac in Dubai for $4.08.Are vegetables costly in Dubai? ›
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China. This is one of those countries where you will find animal products in almost every dish. They commonly use lard in almost every dish and even chips are not safe for vegetarians. You have to be very alert if you are a pure vegetarian because waiters in most of the restaurants consider seafood as a vegetarian dish ...Which cuisine is the most vegan? ›
- Ethiopian. If you're looking for a culinary adventure, start with Ethiopian. ...
- South Indian. Hold the ghee and meat, and bring on the rice and dosas! ...
- Mediterranean. ...
- Mexican. ...
- Korean. ...
- Southern Italian. ...
- Burmese. ...
- Chinese Hot Pot.
About 10 percent of Americans over the age of 18 consider themselves vegan or vegetarian as of January 2022.
Which country is heaven for vegetarians? ›
India. India has more vegetarians than any other country on Earth! While being a complete vegan might not be as easy in India (especially rural areas), sticking to your vegetarian diet will be no problem at all!Which country has cheapest vegetarian food? ›
The lowest price of this vegetable was recorded in Uzbekistan (₹19/head), Egypt (₹21), and Nepal (₹23).Which US state has the most vegans? ›
Hawaii, Oregon, and New York are the most vegan-obsessed states in America.Where do most vegetarians live in the US? ›
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Plant-based eaters don't have to worry about being left hungry when boarding an Emirates flight. The Dubai-based airline serves up a 100 percent vegan menu to passengers across all cabin classes.Does Emirates have vegan options? ›
Emirates has over 180 vegan meal options. As we get ready to ring in the New Year, many people will be thinking about their New Year resolutions and how they can have a healthier lifestyle in 2023.Is Beyond meat available in Dubai? ›
Buy Beyond Meat Plant-Based Burger 226g Online - Shop Frozen Food on Carrefour UAE.