emirati cafe in dubai
emirati cafe in dubai

Dubai Confidential has personally handpicked a list of restaurants and cafes with the best of authentic Emirati food in Dubai.

Dubai is definitely the gastronomic capital of the Middle East, but often times between the Michelin Star Chefs and imported restaurant chains, we forget about the traditional Emirati cuisine that is hearty and wholesome and must be celebrated for its rich textures and medley of flavors.

Scroll below to find out where you can experience Emirati food at its best around Dubai.

Al Fanar
Complete with a bedouin style setting, this restaurant is a celebration of the local Emirati cuisine and culture.  The extensive menu can really give you an insight into the cuisine and we recommend saving space for the fried donuts! To find out more click here

Festival City
Tel: +9714-2329966


The modern Arabesque design is both quirky and inviting and is known for its breakfast dishes.  Klayya serves an extensive breakfast menu offering all kinds of typical Emirati dishes, including a date omelette and popular drinks such as Karak: a sweet, spiced tea.  To find out more click here

Barsha Mall
Tel: +9714-3255335


Mamatani Cafe
This trendy Emirati cafe in the heart of Jumeirah serves some delicious Emirati snacks.  The star dish at this casual eatery is the freshly baked bread locally known as ‘Khameer’-let us warn you the sweet version is highly addictive.  To find out more click here

Jumeirah Town Centre 
Tel :+9714-3854436


Sheikh Muhammad bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU)
Designed to create cultural awareness guests can sign up to experience a typical Emirati meal in a traditional setting.  The SMCCU offers a very unique experience to its visitors and it is definitely worth a visit at least once.  To find out more click here

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding
Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, Bur Dubai
Tel:+ 971 4 353 6666


Arabian Tea House
Tea is an essential part of the Emirati daily life and this quaint spot offers a range of different flavors including Cinnamon and Ginger-all cooked in the traditional manner.  The slow-cooked teas are made with pure natural ingredients with no added sugars.  To find out more click here

Al Ghazal Mall
Tel: +9714-3799270

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