With Dubai’s burgeoning health scene giving birth to a new wellness concept almost every month, it’s become impossible to stick to your pre-conceived notions about healthy food. Even if you were once skeptical about vegan dishes, likening them more to rabbit food than anything else, the city’s new crop of animal product-free restaurants has forced us all to accept this one simple fact: vegan food can be just as delicious.
With everything on the menu from bowls bursting with goodness to burgers, lasagnas, and even ice cream, Dubai’s top vegan restaurants deserve a spot at the top of your must-try list.
Not only is Menagarie one of the chicest casual eateries in town (the light and bright interiors are seriously on point), but it also serves up vegan food good enough to hook even the most committed meat-eater. Once sat at your sleek table, you’ll be treated to a vegan feast of dreams. The menu is brimming with mouth-watering creations that aren’t only artfully presented but also bursting with fresh, wholesome flavors so tasty it’s hard to believe they’re free from animal products or processed sugars.
Some of our favorites include matcha and vanilla pancakes with cashew dip, figs, and maple syrup, raw falafel on dehydrated crisp bread drizzled with tahini, raw pad thai, ‘Mac No Cheese’, and spiced lentils on toast with smashed avo, crispy kale, and homemade macadamia-nut cheese. One dish that is definitely not to be missed is the vegan chili tacos. Or the bread pudding with vegan ice cream. Or the raw salted-caramel brownies. We could go on…
Mirdif 35 Mall, Mirdif
(+971) 4 288 5004
If you thought vegan food equals bowls of leaves sprinkled with seeds with a lonely raw carrot stick thrown in for good measure, then Veganity will blow your mind. In fact, even the most avid plant-based eaters will be amazed when they’re handed the menu of over 200 dishes to choose from. Well, what else would you expect from the world’s largest Vegan restaurant?
Seeking inspiration from all corners of the globe, you can take a trip to Italy with just a bite of the mouthwatering lasagna with vegan basil pesto ricotta, send yourself to Asia with the teriyaki vegan duck kimchi rice bowl, or even go to the streets of New York with their vegan frankfurter cheeze dawgs. There are even fluffy cinnamon rolls, crispy fried vegan cheese sticks, and loaded sweet potato skins to keep you coming back for more. Be prepared to queue – but trust us when we say it’s seriously worth it.
(+ 971) 4 880 7454
Wild & The Moon
We’re wild for Wild & The Moon – especially now the cool Alserkal café has opened a second spot on Emaar Boulevard. Here, every healthy creation is 100 percent vegan, with a strong focus on locally sourced, ethically produced, and organic-whenever-possible ingredients. The team is incredibly eco-conscious and working to be fully waste-free, not only by using recycled materials and promoting healthy agriculture and biodiversity, but by doing little things like using leftover pulp from juices and nut milks to make raw crackers. Clever.
The breakfast menu is bursting with bright, beautiful bowls, like the famous açai bowl with homemade granola, the pretty pink dragon-fruit bowl, and the hearty ‘Moon Porridge’ made with activated buckwheat, millet, and sprouted almond milk. For lunch, there’s everything from soups of the day and lentil salads to vegan curries and loaded rice noodles, perfectly accompanied by wild guac and a vegan cream cheese of dreams. Sweeten the deal with a raw apple tart or one of the creamy new vegan ice creams, and wash it all down with a matcha milk or any one of the dozens of fresh juices stocked in the fridge.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz and Emaar Boulevard
Dubai’s first organic, plant-based café, Comptoir 102, has been one of our top healthy hangouts since it opened its doors in 2012. Bringing together the best of fashion, homeware, jewelry, and natural beauty, it’s a seriously chic concept store and healthy food heaven.
Not only are the interiors here seriously dreamy (you’ll want to move in within minutes), but the food is simply phenomenal. Comptoir 102’s menu includes the likes of homemade bread topped with house-made cashew cream cheese, vegan bowls bursting with crunchy veg and protein-packed quinoa, and a vegan nut-cheese plate that will blow your mind. It also serves homemade vegan ice cream that’s not only guilt-free (it’s made sans sugar) but also packed with superfoods like matcha, curcuma, and black sesame. Ben & Jerry’s, eat your heart out.
Beach Road, Jumeirah
(+971) 4 385 4555
For a fine dining experience with no animal by-products in sight, book a spot at Folia at the Four Seasons Jumeirah. Drawing from the Latin word folia, meaning “from the leaves”, it follows the success of similar plant-based menus at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills and Bahrain and was brought to Dubai in partnership with Saudi Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal and American chef Matthew Kenney, who is known for his creative, gourmet vegan dishes.
Nestled in its own lush garden oasis, you can enjoy 12 fresh and healthy but seriously tasty plant-based dishes that range from light gazpacho soups and heart of palm niçoise salads to king oyster ‘scallops’, tacos filled with roasted squash, and sweet coconut cream pies with macadamia crust. The only problem is your plate will look so pretty (think; edible flowers and vivid, natural colors), that you almost won’t want to ruin it. Almost…
Four Seasons Jumeirah
(+971) 4 270 7777
Life'n One Café
This hippy hotspot in the heart of Jumeirah oozes ‘omm’. Focusing on the spiritual side of wellbeing, Life’n One is all about holistic living, from the amazing array of yoga and meditation classes on offer to the chakra reading sessions and holistic life coaching. There’s a gorgeous garden, a chill-out area, and a sunny rooftop you can relax on – and, to top it all off (rather deliciously), there’s the One Café.
This eatery is known for its vegan, raw delights that include everything from juicy burgers, loaded baked sweet potatoes, and chickpea omelets to pecan-and-cinnamon cookies, raw donuts (yes, really), and turmeric smoothies. The raw Snickers pie is to-die-for, and the almond-milk chai latte is one of the best around. After just one hour here, you’ll feel like a better, calmer, healthier version of yourself.
Beach Road, Jumeirah
(+971) 56 534 2899
Little Erth by Nabz&G
There’s now a bustling health-food scene in JLT, with options popping up left, right, and center to satisfy all of your healthy cravings. When it comes to our favorite ones, Little Erth by Nabz&G definitely tops the list. With a holistic approach to eating and a focus on vegetarian, vegan, and raw cuisine, the menu is bursting with healthy, wholesome food that nourishes from the inside out.
From quinoa date salads and lemongrass Penang curries with brown rice to Buddha burgers with sweet potato fries and yoga bowls brimming with beet hummus, quinoa, sauerkraut, and greens, there’s an impressive array of options to choose from. Not to mention the delicious desserts, which include the must-have raw chocolate chia mousse cake. They also offer daily meal plans and at-home catering if you want to treat your guests to some good-for-you grub.
Cluster J, JLT
(+971) 4 276 7287
Single Fin Café
Situated in the cool Surf House Dubai just a stone’s throw away from the beach is the Single Fin Café. Step off the sand and into this cool hangout to dine on a vegan feast of delights, including dishes like avo toast, vegan Buddha bowls (complete with cauliflower rice and edible flowers), waffles with berries, vegan tacos, and creamy smoothies loaded with superfoods and vegan protein. Don’t miss the best vegan grilled-cheese sandwich you’ll ever try.
While you’re there, book a surfboard, sign up for a yoga class, or catch some waves with a surf or SUP lesson.
Jumeirah Beach Road
(+971) 50 504 3020
Soul Santé Cafe
After cross-fitter and fitness fanatic Manisha Advani struggled to find protein-packed, wholesome, filling, and delicious vegan food, she decided to create her own – and so, Soul Santé was born. Her curated menu makes it super easy to see how many calories and grams of protein, fats, and carbs you’re eating, and it’s completely free from additives and artificial flavors. The light, bright, sun-filled space is the perfect place to catch up with friends or to escape from the world – with a nourishing vegan meal in tow, of course.
Create your own vegan bowl or salad at the DIY counter, or go à la carte with mouthwatering options such as pulled jackfruit tacos with spicy ‘mayo’, pizzas topped with homemade vegan cheese, banana protein pancakes, and Soule Santé’s famous eggless omelet made with protein-rich chickpeas. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the dessert counter, which is bound to entice you with its display of raw vegan cakes, doughnuts, and bite-size treats. Did someone say chocolate peanut butter cups?
Jannah Place, Dubai Marina
(+971) 50 783 7685
When it comes to a vegan-friendly spot that ticks all the boxes, it doesn’t get much better than Bounty Beets. Cute, Instagrammable setting? Check. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner options? Check. Healthy feasts and naughty treats? Check? Not to mention the water-front outdoor area and cozy inside seating. Don’t forget to snap a pic in front of the ‘Hello Beautiful’ or angel wing walls with your berry-pink smoothie. #forthegram.
Boasting one of the most comprehensive plant-based menus in town, there really is something for everyone. With cheeky names such as Pasta La Vista, Baby, I Scream Bowls, and Everyday I’m Waffling, there are cheezy vegan pastas, plant-based tofu scrambles, coconut crepes with homemade Nutella, chipotle bean vurgers, matcha cakes, and BBQ jackfruit slaws. Need we say more?
Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
(+971) 4 511 7373
Calling all vegans with a sweet tooth – this one’s for you. Not only does Nuez serve up some of the sweetest organic treats, but it does so with no refined sugars, gluten, or processed ingredients whilst using only biodegradable materials.
The family-run coffee shop proves anyone who says vegans can’t have their cake and eat it too wrong, with everything from carrot, lemon and matcha, and banana cacao slices on offer. There’s an entire section of the menu dedicated to vegan pancakes (both sweet and savory), a waffle section that features everything from mushrooms and herbs to chocolate and fruit-filled delights, and even savory options such as raw vegan lasagna, daily soups, and quinoa and kale salads. But the star of the show has to be their organic vegan gelato. A scoop of peanut butter and dark cacao washed down with a cup of their single-origin coffee with homemade almond milk is the stuff that dreams are made of.
(+971) 4 355 6868
If you’re after a comfort food fix, Gypsy is where it’s at. And with two options at either end of Dubai (one’s in the Marina and one is in The Dubai Mall), it couldn’t be easier to satisfy that craving for something a little bit naughty. Their creations are so innovative that you’ll have the most avid of meat-eaters convinced that they’re eating regular fish and chips, hot dogs, and kebabs – but look a little closer, and you’ll see that they’re actually made from fried banana blossoms, southern friend jackfruit, and vegan mince.
Of course, if a light bite is what you’re after, there are soups, salads, and juices – but once you’ve spotted someone tucking into their famous vegan sausage roll, chances are you’ll be skipping those sections and heading straight to the lotus cheesecake and vegan red velvet cake. You know where to find us.
Orra Marina Tower, Dubai Marina and Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall
(+971) 600 5 95957