Snack your way across 5 stops in Dubai's most historic neighbourhood by the Spice and Gold Souks in Deira.
Explore one of the most historic neighborhoods of Dubai — Al Ras — on a history and food walk through the back alleys of the Spice and Gold Souks. This tour is a lighter 2.5 hour intro to our usually ‘heavy weight’ 4 hour experiences!
Dive right into the aromatic alleys of the souk with a quick and fun game of ‘Crack the Secret Chai Masala’ where you must decode a secret chai masala that ‘Um Rashid’ has asked you to prepare.
Once you’ve decoded the masala, earn your delicious rewards on a mini snack tour. Taste our favourite ‘mash-up’ sandwich roll paired with steaming hot chai, stuffed breads fresh out of a streetside oven, a sweet-savory wildly crunchy combo that the neighborhood jewelers love for breakfast and then an exquisite chocolate that’s proudly crafted in Dubai. Cool down with an icy Persian treat from one of the oldest cafeterias in the area.
All through the tour, we will be sharing the stories and local tidbits that will make you travel back in time and truly appreciate the transformation that this humble fishing settlement has gone through over five decades.
Please note: Abra (boat) ride is not featured on this tour.
Meet Your Frying Pan Adventures’ Guide
Meet our friendly guide at the historic Spice Souk & learn about the significance of the Al Ras neighbourhood.
Crack the Secret Chai Masala!
Play a quick fun game through the alleys of the souk to decode a secret chai masala that ‘Um Rashid’ has asked you to make.
Tuck into Egg Rolls & Tea
Fuel up with an Old Dubai nostalgic treat washed down with sweet milky tea in the back alleys of the souk. (G/D)
Sink your teeth into a piping hot cheese and za’atar pastry made in a closet-sized bakery that flips out staggering stacks of bread for the neighborhood community.
Taste Local Chocolates
Experience this sweet luxury of the desert, made entirely in the UAE.
Sample Gujarati Snacks
Enjoy a sweet-savoury combination that’s very popular with the Gujarati jewelers in the Gold souk at one of the oldest surviving restaurants in the area.
Sample a traditional, refreshing Iranian dessert doused in rose syrup and lemon juice.
Return back to our starting point and bid farewell to the vibrant alleys of Al Ras.
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.
We meet right by the Grand Souk Information Center at the Spice Souk parking lot exit (near the intersection).
GPS link: https://goo.gl/maps/ekJ62x7G9ZtXJ1xQ8
Please be on time, we don’t wait for latecomers! Given traffic and limited parking, we strongly recommend that you take the metro rather than driving to the trail. If you plan to take a taxi, please budget extra time for traffic.
Nearby metro: Al Ras (15 minute walk to the starting / ending point)
Nearest parking: Paid multi-storey parking is available right by the Spice Souk here.
The tour costs AED 301.25 per person including all the food ordered by our guide (soft beverages not included).
Yes. All the snacks are veggie-friendly. The ‘Dubai wrap’ contains an omelet which can be omitted from the sandwich upon request.
We recommend taking the metro to Al Ras (green line) and walking over to the Spice Souk (10-15 minutes). Alternatively, if you choose to drive, there is a multi-storey parking available right next to the Spice Souk here.
Absolutely not! Our walking food tours are immersive experiences that combine food tastings with history, culture and personal stories of the city.
Earphones with a 35mm jack for the portable audio system that helps you hear the guide clearly. You can also purchase these while booking the tour.
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 both cash/your credit card (most, but not all, locations accept credit card).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to purchasing tickets to enable us to advise you if our tours are suitable for you.
Yes, toilet facilities are available on most of our tours at selected stops – however we do recommend using a restroom before arriving at the tour as not all tours will have a toilet break at the start.
At this time, the tour is only offered in English.
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.
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.
Gratuities are always appreciated but are not mandatory.
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