5 Best Street Food Markets In Dubai, UAE

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When you hear or read the name Dubai, your mind will instantly go to this luxurious city in the Middle East, where you can enjoy a variety of fancy activities, and also its desert climate that can be burning during the day and freezing at night. Even with this temperature gap, many people still consider Dubai as their favourite place to have a holiday. Although it is a popular holiday destination, Dubai still holds some best-kept secrets, such as its street food markets. You can stroll around the streets of Dubai while enjoying exciting varieties of local food. If you’re planning a trip to Dubai, then you must first check out our list of the best street food markets in Dubai, UAE.

1. d December Street

Previously known as Al Dhiyafa Street, and still is for some of the older generations and taxi drivers, 2nd December Street offers you a wide range of street food. The must-try item here is shawarma from Al Mallah. Al Mallah serves authentic Arab and Lebanese food. Their shawarmas and manakeesh are so irresistible and delicious that you will be addicted to them once you try, so be careful while having them, or you might be missing out the other street food in this area.

2nd December Street

Address: 2nd December Street, Satwa, Dubai

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2. Downtown Dubai along Sheikh Zayed Road

Sheikh Zayed Road on 30 March 2008
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Imre Solt used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Sheikh Zayed Road, near the Burj Khalifa, is the place to spoil yourself with exciting street foods of Dubai and international cuisines. So, it would be wise if you visit this area with a stomach that’s ready to enjoy many dishes. Maiz Tacos Food Truck will serve you with their popular and favourite Costilla that is filled with the slow-roasted beef and smoked short rib. You can also find a touch of Japan in the city, by trying out their favourite okonomiyaki at Bentoya Kitchen.

Sheikh Zayed Road

Address: E 11, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Website: Sheikh Zayed Road

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3. Ripe Market

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If finding out the local produce of an area that you visited is your kind of thing, then you definitely must visit the Ripe Market in Dubai. Its location is interestingly varied, depending on the season. During winter, the market is held at Police Academy Park, while in summer, it is held at Times Square Centre. You can feel the energetic charm of community vibe when you visit this market. Local and fresh produce is one thing that the market will offer you. Organic produce also makes their appearance at the stalls. Locally made arts and crafts are also among the other things being sold here, and you can also participate in classes and workshops that are available in the market. For your little ones, there’s a petting zoo that is open to the public.

Ripe Market

Address: Academy Park: Umm Suqeim St, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Times Square Centre: Sheikh Zayed Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Website: Ripe Market

Opening hours: Fri: 9am - 7pm; Sat: 10am - 7pm

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4. Bur Dubai

food markets in dubai | bur dubai
Source: instagram

Also goes with the name Meena Bazaar, Bur Dubai is one place that many people come to exercise their haggling skills, just like the old way of Dubai. It has got everything, from clothing and perfumes to souvenirs, accessories, electronics, and more. Bur Dubai is also famous for its street food. One of the must-visit places here is the Billo that is known for its bun kebab, called Anday Wala Burger. It is a patty made with beef, egg, yellow lentils and spices, and served with onions, chili, and mint yoghurt. Once you have this, you’ll crave for more!

Bur Dubai

Address: Near to Khalid Bin Waleed Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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5. Dubai Marina

fuel your day with our shawarma <3 ^_^ صار وقت الشاورما =D مين ما بيحب الشاورما ؟ كل حدا يذكر أسماء رفقاتو يلي عبالو...

Posted by ‎Shami Gourmet Restaurant مطعم شامي غورميه‎ on Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Located at the Marina Walk, behind the Dubai Marina Mall, the Dubai Marina Market is widely famous for vintage accessories, handmade souvenirs, art, photography, and fair-trade goods. Many people would prefer to visit Dubai Marina when the weather is cool, and this usually goes from November to April. The weather would be good enough for the tourists to stroll around the outdoor market and find things they’re looking for, including street food. For example, the Jamaican Mosa from My Mosa, that takes a twist on the classic samosa and makes it even more delicious. The market is also famous for the Mexican shawarma from Shami Gourmet. You will be surprised at the extra ingredients that you can get and also the mixture of middle-eastern and Mexican taste.

Dubai Marina

Website: Dubai Marina

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Savor the delicious street food of Dubai

Shawarma Sandwich
Source: Photo by user Siqbal used under CC BY-SA 3.0

You might find it exciting to discover several regular and delicious street food that can fill up your belly in one of the most expensive cities in the world. But, finding these street food markets will be one of the best experience in Dubai that you can ever have. So, are you ready to explore even more in the city of Dubai?

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