Journey out to Sharjah’s Little Aleppo to pull up a chair at the Syrian dining table.
- This event will run once, on February 23, 2019.
- 11:00AM to 2:30PM
- The tour requires a minimum of 6 guests; we may cancel and refund tickets if the minimum is not met.
- Walking only; distance covered is ~1.4km/0.9 mi with stops in between.
- Tastings include Gluten/Lactose/Dairy/Nuts. Please notify us of severe allergies.
- Dress to walk – wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
- Carry earphones for our audio guide system.
- The minimum age to join the tour is 14 years.
Fondness for food and hospitality lies within the heart of every Syrian. For centuries, Syrian cuisine has been shaped through trade, migrations and conquests. The Syrian table is an expression of a multicultural country that today, unfortunately, is devastated by war. Join us as we meet the Syrians who now call Sharjah home. We’ll polish off decadent sweets like Madlouqeh, flaky Osh-el-Bulbul, kababs stuffed with pistachios and cherries, Kibbeh and Yalanji, Lahmeh-bil-Karaz and other Levantine treats you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.
- Celebrate an Old World culture through hand-picked dishes that were a weekly feature on Nahla’s Syrian grandmother’s dining table.
- Learn how trade and migration influenced the flavours of this ancient land over time.
- Discover their vibrancy and passion captured in these carefully prepared delicacies.
- Visit a homegrown sweet shop, community bakery, family-run grill house and Aleppan restaurant before finishing at an apothecary style supermarket brimful of spices and pickles.
We’ll meet outside Nabeel Nafiseh Sweets on Jamal Abdul Naser Street in Sharjah, opposite Al Majaz Park.
Please be on time, we don’t wait for latecomers!
We recommend that you take a taxi or drive to the trail start since public transportation options are limited. The nearest Dubai Metro station is Stadium on the Green Line. Whichever mode of transportation you choose, please budget extra time for traffic.
What is #Sufra?
#Sufra refers to our program of limited edition experiences that go beyond our regular food tours. It includes food walks along new routes, taste battles to find the ‘Best of…” something delicious in the city, culinary road trips and more. Our team is constantly researching and collaborating with the broader food community, so that you can savour unique foods, cultures and communities nurtured in Dubai and the neighbouring Emirates.
Can anyone join a #Sufra experience?
Yes, we welcome all residents and visitors! Anyone can join by booking the listed #Sufra events on our calendar.
Can I do a #Sufra experience as a private or corporate event?
Yes! Some experiences do have a minimum or maximum group size limit. In most cases, we would be happy to adapt an existing #Sufra event for your private party or corporate team.
How are #Sufra experiences different from our signature food walks?
Here’s how, and if any one or more of these distinguishing features resonate with you, then you’re our perfect #Sufra guest:
- Stronger community focus – You’re eager to connect with other intellectually curious members of our community, over a common passion for food, culture and exploration.
- More dynamic and collaborative – You’d rather be involved in discussions moderated by a Sufra host, rather than being “guided on a tour;” you leave the event knowing that the dialogues you had within the group added richness to the experience.
- More fringe discoveries – You already know the not-so-secret “hidden gems” in the city; you’re looking to access those cultures, conversations and experiences that are rarely on the mainstream radar. They’re either reserved to a few cultural circles or are often discovered only by people with special insider access, e.g. journalists.
- Less structured, more fluid – You simply want to have a fun, not overly planned outing with like-minded people who love food!