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Unravel culinary gems and stories in an uncharted neighborhood, perfect for intrepid foodies seeking an offbeat experience!

Ditch the familiar and dial up the adventure with a mystery food tour through a lesser-known Dubai neighborhood. Let the planner in you keep guessing—we’ll only drop a location pin 48 hours before the tour.

Enter a simple unpolished neighborhood that doesn’t look like much. Few residents and even fewer tourists would take the 25 minute detour from Dubai mall to reach this area, but if only they knew what you will soon find out on the tour.

You’ll be shown the ropes by a guide who’s not just a local food enthusiast, but a resident of that neighborhood. He knows practically everyone from the tea boys to the Imam of the community mosque. He’ll cherry pick foods not listed on menus (some spots don’t even have one) and reveal insider stories that give life to this offbeat locale.

Sample a style of eggs that’ll change your breakfast game forever. Step into a family-owned Palestinian bakery that’s lost in time, a humble space with an irresistible aroma of fresh baking and rows of sweet and salty treats. Tear apart a rich bread with a bitter herb that no Palestinian home is complete without, but that ironically, Palestinians are banned from picking.

Enjoy the familiar like crisp falafel (ps. these ones might put others to shame), and try the adventurous like a nose-to-tail breakfast (pps. not for the faint-hearted). You’ll pass by tiny neighborhood spice shops, like an aromatic Indian pitstop for high quality cinnamon and milled flours. Finish with a sweet high at the neighborhood Syrian sweet shop that stocks our favourite sandwich cookies, scented cheese rolls and a unique drink that connects Argentina with Syria.

Along the way, we’ll share stories about the food, the culture, and the people who make it. This tour is for those who’re eager to explore the foods and stories of a neighborhood that’s far from the city’s limelight.

Spaces are limited. This tour is a rare chance to see and taste the unseen side of Dubai—join us before it’s gone.

Limited edition tour; selected dates only.
1 bakery stop, 2 sit-down meals, 1 sweet shop, 1 specialty spice shop.
Carry earphones for the audio system used by our guide.
Minimum age required is 14 years. No infants and strollers.
Walking only; medium pace and difficulty level.
Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. We do not recommend the tour for severe allergies.
The tour requires a minimum of 6 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.
Dress comfortably to walk.

Meet & Greet
Meet our friendly food tour guide steps away from our first stop and get introduced to the neighborhood.

Palestinian Bakery
Enjoy a layered herb bread juicy with olive oil, sweet egg-shaped cookies and any other treat that tempts our hungry eyes! (G/D)

Prayer Break
Your guide will need 10-15 minutes to pray at the neighborhood mosque. We appreciate your patience.

Palestinian-Jordanian Restaurant
Sample an egg sandwich popular on the streets of Amman, Jordan and arguably, the city’s best falafels. (G)

Indian Spice Shop & Flour Mill
Learn where local residents stock up on high quality spices, including real cinnamon, and milled flours.

Iranian Restaurant
Indulge in a hearty nose-to-tail breakfast enjoyed at sunrise in Iran, as well as a rice pilaf with lime kebabs and a herb and meat stew. (M)

Streetside Emirati Tasting
Try a spoon of a traditional Emirati dish whose texture can often be polarizing—and guess what ingredient makes this specific one irresistible.

Specialty Syrian Grocery and Sweet Shop
Experience sweet cheese rolls famous in Syria, as well as our favourite sandwich cookies with a popular Middle Eastern filling. Finish out with a popular beverage in Syria that’s also the national drink of Argentina. (G/N/D)

Allergens Key: Contains G-Gluten; D-Dairy; N-Nuts; M-Meat (Beef/Lamb); P-Poultry; F-Fish; S-Shellfish. We regret that there may not be substitutes for dishes. Even if specific dishes do not contain these ingredients, we cannot guarantee against cross-contamination of allergens in the restaurant kitchens.

All prices below include 5% VAT and all the food and water that the guide orders for the group on the tour. Soft beverages are not included.

Shared Tour:

We offer 2 ticket types. The non-refundable ticket may not be changed/refunded for any reason once booked.

On public tours, the flex ticket may be either (a) rescheduled or (b) refunded minus a 35 AED cancellation fee per ticket, anytime up to an hour before the tour commences. Within an hour of the tour start time, no changes are possible on a flex ticket. Once rescheduled, a flex ticket will become non-refundable/non-reschedulable.

  • Non-refundable option: AED 472.50 per person
  • Flex option: AED 519.75 per person

All prices below include 5% VAT and all the food and water that the guide orders for the group on the tour. Soft beverages are not included.

Private Tour:

Rates per private group based on group size below:

6 guests or fewer – AED 4056
7 guests – AED 4484
8 guests – AED 4982
9 guests – AED 5480
10 guests – AED 5893
11 guests – AED 6382
12 guests – AED 6871

Refund/Rescheduling Policy on Private Tours:

  • 21 days or more before tour date: All tickets may be fully refunded or rescheduled.
  • 8 to 21 days before tour date: Tour may either (a) be rescheduled for a fee of AED 25% of the original group ticket price paid or (b) partially refunded (70% of total price paid).
  • 7 or less days before tour date: No changes possible.
  • Only one date reschedule possible per private group booking, depending on availability.
  • In the case of reductions in the group size, the same refund policy as above applies. A full refund 21 days or more before tour date; partial refund (70% of the difference) 8 to 21 days before tour date; no changes 7 days or less before tour date.
  • If gift cards or gifted tickets have been used for any portion of the private tour booking, any full or partial refunds due will be made to the original gift card or gifted ticket.

As an example, if the tour is on the 25th of November:

  • Full refunds/free rescheduling is possible up until the 4th of November only (= 25th Nov minus 21 days)
  • Between the 5th of November and 17th of November ( = 25th Nov – 7 days), the partial refund/pay-to-reschedule policy applies.
  • 18th November onwards, no changes would be possible.

The location for this mystery tour will be shared via email 48 hours before the tour. The neighborhood is a 25 minute during off-peak hours, but may be 50 minutes or more during peak traffic. It’s best to leave early!

Here’s What Past Guests on This Tour Are Saying

Can I book this tour as a private experience?

Yes, we’d love to serve you and any companions on a private tour! We need a minimum of 3 people and a maximum of 12 to run this tour as a private experience. You may book out an existing date on our tour calendar as a private tour if no one else has already booked spots on it. Alternatively, please email us at munch@fryingpanadventures.com with your preferred dates so we may schedule a private tour for you.

Should I join this tour if I am vegetarian?

One of the two main course stops on this tour is entirely non-vegetarian, but we’re happy to order more food for you at the stop which offers more vegetarian options.

How do I get to the tour?

It’s best to drive or take a taxi. Street side parking is available.

Do we only walk around and sample food?

Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that go beyond eating. We combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city.

What should I bring with me?

Earphones with a 3.5mm jack for the portable audio system that helps you hear the guide clearly.

Please don’t carry anything too heavy as we will be walking. If you plan to purchase edible souvenirs during the tour, please make sure to carry cash (local AED currency) or your credit card.

What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?

Please be sure to let us know if you (or anyone in your group) have a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. In most cases, nuts, lactose and gluten may be in the foods featured on our experiences and there is a risk of cross-contamination. If you have a serious allergy, we recommend contacting us at munch@fryingpanadventures.com prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.

Are toilet facilities available on the tour?

Yes, toilet facilities are available on this tour.

Is the tour offered in different languages?

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

Are children allowed?

What do we do in case of bad weather?

The tours are very rarely cancelled due to bad weather. We will email you at least 4 hours prior to the tour should it not be advisable to walk outside due to a thunderstorm or sandstorm; please make sure to check your email if you are aware of bad weather. We also advise you to check weather conditions for your tour and dress appropriately and carry an umbrella if required.

Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, advance ticket purchase is required through this website. Our experiences, typically, sell out quickly during the peak season (November to April). To maximize your chances of getting the date, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance.

If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?

If the date and time of your choice is sold out, we recommend emailing us at munch@fryingpanadventures.com so we can let you know in case any spots open up for your preferred date and time.

What are the change policies on my booking?

Please review our cancellation policies under our Terms and Conditions here.

Do I need to tip?

Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.

Please note that our tour routes and featured stops, including restaurants and other establishments, are subject to change. These changes can occur due to unforeseen circumstances such as lack of availability, closures or operational adjustments at any of our planned locations. In the event of such changes, our team will adapt the tour to offer a comparable experience. However, we do not offer refunds due to these alterations, as they are beyond our control. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility, and are committed to ensuring you have a delightful and memorable experience with us.

Please click here for our complete list of terms and conditions.

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