Healthy food in Dubai

A delicious guide into the growing food scene
Fresh, locally-grown organic food and superb locations are fuelling a vibrant health culture in Dubai. From the beaches of Jumeirah to the historic alleys of Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, the city has it covered for everything from cold-pressed juices to Paleo salads. So get healthy, get active and get outdoors.
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Life‘n One

Vegan goodness

Life‘n One

Vegan goodness

Raw, vegan, wholesome all-day eats

A garden hideaway in the midst of Dubai’s upscale Jumeirah neighbourhood, Life‘n One is a holistic health and life-healing centre with its very own organic and vegan cafe. Walk through the stony pathway and settle in on the grass or tree stumps in this all-natural retreat. Make sure to join in some of the many wellness classes (yoga, reiki and pilates are just some of the options), before tucking into the freshly made specialties.

What to try: Raw is the order of the day here. Try the zucchini pasta with spicy Thai sauce or opt for one of the sushi wraps featuring a range of delicious fillings in a rice wrap. For something sweet but guilt-free, dig into the raw Snickers Pie – made with whole ingredients so delicious you’d forget it’s even vegan.

Cost: From AED100 per person
Contact Details
  Street 27B, Street Villa 5/1b, Jumeirah 1
  +971 56 534 2899

Your Romantic Getaway

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Wild & the Moon

Parisian-style vitality

Wild & the Moon

Parisian-style vitality

Go wild on organic food and cold-pressed juices

Born on the streets of Paris and freshly arrived in Dubai, this 100% organic eatery believes in the simple premise that “food should be good for you, good for the planet and above all delicious”. Whether you drop in for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner you’ll always find Wild & the Moon humming with vibrant chat and cool sounds.

What to try: Want to boost the immune system? Try The Tiger, a cold-pressed juice that combines apple, orange, sweet potato, turmeric, black pepper and cardamom and packs a punch as strong as it sounds. Order the lentil and kale salad, or try their bulletproof coffee. Their Solar Bars are also bestsellers, boosting energy and metabolism naturally thanks to a mix of dates, spirulina, coconut oil and vanilla beans.

Cost: From AED90 per person
Contact Details
  Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Unit H77, Al Quoz
  +971 4 343 3392


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The Cycle Bistro

Post-spin treats

The Cycle Bistro

Post-spin treats

Cycle your way to a delicious meal

Cycling is the new health craze in Dubai, with a host of purpose-built tracks popping up around the city. The Cycle Bistro combines healthy food and cycling in a laid back and sun-filled space with plenty of open area to relax and savour every bite. The duo behind this innovative concept is Emirati Paleo enthusiast and cyclist Khalid Al Zarooni and Cycle Hub shop owner Sam Sayadan.

What to try: Hire a bike from the Cycle Hub to work up an appetite, and then follow it up with gluten-, dairy- and sugar-free choices from their ‘95% Paleo’ menu. Some of the tasty nutrient-packed dishes include the Huevos Rancheros – an avocado Pico de Gallo with paleo bread, and the Crab Stack filled with veggies and a tomato confit.

Cost: From AED100 per person
Contact Details
  Unit B6, Dubai Autodrome Grandstand, Dubai Motor City
  +971 4 425 3000

Your Romantic Getaway

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Comptoir 102

Concept store dining

Comptoir 102

Concept store dining

Find a retail surprise at this picturesque dining spot

Treat yourself to an early morning or late night stroll by the beach and then stop at the nearby Comptoir 102. After a wholesome meal, you can then peruse the goods lining the wall, because this part-café, part-homewares boutique is all about beachy style.

What to try: If it’s breakfast time, try an Arabian favourite like the Labneh Organic Panini with mint, olives and walnuts, accompanied by a Black Lemonade – the extreme detoxifier with activated charcoal, lemon juice and maple syrup. Or, you can sample the all-day menu with dishes like the Seaweed Pesto served with homemade guacamole and raw flaxseed crackers.

Cost: From AED100 per person
Contact Details
  102 Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
  +971 4 385 4555

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Urth by Nabz & G

A creative twist

Urth by Nabz & G

A creative twist

Unearth the vegan delights at this unique spot

Offering vegan meal plans for those who struggle with healthy eating, the funky Urth by Nabz & G also offers delicious and nutritious dishes at their JLT restaurant. Nabih and Ghalia are the brains behind this unique eatery, and have brought together their experience in culinary arts and passion for healthy food.

What to try: For a light in-between meal, the spring wraps make for a unique bite, filled with zesty flavours and guacamole in a dehydrated papaya wrap. If you’re feeling a bit peckish, the Buddha burger will hit the spot with its incomparable quinoa patty and side of air-fries.

Cost: From AED90 per person
Contact Details
  Lake Level, Building J2, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers
  +971 4 276 7287

Family Holiday in Dubai

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One Life Kitchen & Café

Fresh and healthy

One Life Kitchen & Café

Fresh and healthy

Fuel up with a traditional breakfast

One Life Kitchen & Café is proving to foodies in Dubai that health doesn’t mean compromising on delicious food. This independent eatery serves a range of international dishes that are all made fresh on a daily basis, using only the most nutritious ingredients.

What to try: Many of the dishes aim to feed the soul – so you’ll find plenty of hearty options like the popular Shakshoumi – a halloumi shakshuka with pesto and gluten-free bread. Another winner is the stacked ‘bancakes’, guilt-free banana pancakes with fresh fruit, mint and almond flakes.

Cost: From AED70 per person
Contact Details
  Unit R04, Ground floor facing open car park, Building 5, Dubai Design District
  +971 4 513 4727

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XVA Café

Vegetarian flair

XVA Café

Vegetarian flair

Healthy eating at Dubai’s historical district

One of the most interesting areas in Dubai is the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood in the middle of Bur Dubai, the oldest community in the city. Tucked away amongst the maze of winding laneways is the XVA Hotel, boasting the recently updated XVA Café.

What to try: Set in a leafy green courtyard, this serene spot offers healthy vegetarian cuisine that is fast, delicious and affordable. Try the eggplant with feta cheese and tomato puree or couscous with pomegranate, mint and halloumi.

Cost: From AED100 per person
Contact Details
  XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood (Near Dubai Museum), Bur Dubai
  +971 4 353 5383

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