Dubai Food and Drink

1001 Arabian nights couldn’t see you through trying all of Dubai’s culinary delights there are that many options across the city. Finding where to eat in Dubai really isn’t hard, as there are so many restaurants scattered throughout the city, as there are cafes and bars. In fact thanks to Dubai’s massive international community, you can find all manner of cuisines here, from Italian to Iranian, Canadian to Cambodian. Drinking and being intoxicated are illegal in public, however you are allowed to drink in restauarnts, bars and hotels. 


Jumeirah is probably the most popular district in Dubai for tourists to stay. Because of this, it’s home to an impressive number of excellent restaurants and bars – with a handful of great rooftop bars. This is where you’ll find Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, for example. Friday brunch is a massive deal in Dubai for both locals and tourists (Friday being the weekend), and most international hotels put on extravagant brunches complete with champagne (for the non-Muslims). The beachfront here is also lined with great al fresco dining options for both during the day and after sundown.

Historical Dubai

The historic heart of Dubai is home to plenty of eateries to rest your legs and refuel between sightseeing. The narrow streets are lined with shaded courtyard cafes, while the gold souk, spice souk and fish souk all have restaurants inside or nearby.

Downtown and Financial District

Downtown is home to the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall – a food destination in itself! Outside of this, there is the Souk Al Bahar, which has excellent eateries hidden inside. In the Financial District you’ll find DIFC (Dubai International Finance Centre), which also has some notable restaurants inside. Al Dhiyafa Road is home to an impressive range of cuisines including Lebanese, Indian and Iranian.

New Dubai

New Dubai is where you’ll find the mega development that is The Palm. Atlantis The Palm has some fancy eateries that are an experience in themselves, while Dubai Media City and the surrounding hotels, like One&Only Royal Mirage, are also full of restaurants and bars.