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

Half-Day Food & Culture Walking Tour: Dubai Souks & Food Tasting
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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.
What to Expect

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.

Reviews (22)
1 - 5 of 22 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago
Best Food Tour Ever!

I have been on many food tours all over the world and I have to say that this was the best one, hands down. A big reason for that was my tour guide Tanya — she was hilarious and really knew her stuff. She made...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank elainec994
Reviewed 1 week ago
Excellent (and delicious!) walking tour of Old Dubai spice markets

Tanya was friendly, funny, full of stories, and very knowledgeable as she took us on a walking tour of the Spice and Fabric Souks (markets) in old Dubai. She took us down hidden alleys, and showed us things we would never have found by ourselves...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank kingsputch
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
This foodie tour was extremely well-planned. And our guide (Tanya) was excellent.

We have gone on foodie tours in Italy, Lisbon, London and Mexico City. This Frying Pan Adventure in the Dubai Souks with food tastings was a top experience. All the choices for tour stops and tastes were excellent. Enough time was given to each that...More

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Arthur H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Great Tour!

We had a blast with Tanya and our group on this food and culture tour! It was the perfect way to see the souks with the added benefit of Tanya’s guidance and insider information! All the food we tasted was delicious and the water taxi...More

2  Thank 543ninar
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amazing Tour

I had a great pleasure and fun participating in walking tour in Old Dubai! Our guide Tanya was absolutely charming - informative, professional and very attentive to every member of group. A very good route is chosen for the tour along with great stories added...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank ekkova
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