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Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour provided by Frying Pan Food Adventures

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Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour

Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h 30m
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional guide
  • Sanitization kit including face mask & sanitizer
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Opportunities to Purchase at Own Cost: Saffron and spices at the souk; camel milk soap
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please advise us at least 48 hours in advance of the tour in case of serious food allergies, including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 3.4km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Inclusions
  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly if group size is larger than 6 guests (carry your own headphones with 35mm jack)
  • Professional guide
  • Sanitization kit including face mask & sanitizer
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Opportunities to Purchase at Own Cost: Saffron and spices at the souk; camel milk soap
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Headphones with 35mm jack (available for purchase on the tour or carry your own)
Departure details
  • 43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Al Fahidi Historical, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Please advise us at least 48 hours in advance of the tour in case of serious food allergies, including gluten, nuts and dairy
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved, approximately 3.4km
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All food is ordered in advance and we may be unable to provide substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions.
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    43 34 St
    43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    Meet us by the Grand Souk Information Center which is right by the open air parking lot in front of the Spice Souk.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Dubai Spice Souk
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Dubai Spice Souk
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Deira Old Souk Abra Station
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission included
    See details
    Pass by
    Textile Souk
  • 4
    Meena Bazaar
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 5
    Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Al Fahidi Historical
    Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    We will finish our tour in the historic Al Fahidi district. You may wander through the area and visit the various small museums in the block after the tour. The Al Fahidi metro is about 10 minutes walking distance away.
    See address & details
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Dhruv D
Arlington, VA4 contributions
One of the great Dubai experiences. I have lived in Dubai for most of my life and was introducing my partner to the city I grew up in. Sparks flew!

The Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimage with Farida was simply outstanding. It involves a deep, engaging cultural conversation full of stories, traditions, quirks and humor. Dubai (and the unique flavors it has cultivated) is presented on a number of plates through the course of the evening, each with heartfelt and well thought-through narratives of their own. Farida puts her own background and perspective (as well as those of the tireless chefs making our food) into the mix to wonderful effect.

Frying Pan Adventures is thoughtful, authentic and professional. You will fall in love with the cuisine and the stories of this fabled city. I recommend it as one of the best things you can do in Dubai, whether a newbie arrival, a visitor or a veteran of the place.
Written December 27, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Dhruv, This review made us so proud, even more so because you're a veteran of Dubai -- thank you for taking the time to share this! It's wonderful that you chose to do this tour as one of the ways to introduce your partner to the city -- and we're thrilled that your experience with Farida and the Middle Eastern flavours she shared during the evening lived up to expectations. Thank you for recommending it as one of the best things to do; we're always humbled to serve guests who are open-minded and eager to taste and learn, even after living in Dubai all their lives. We're grateful that we had the opportunity to serve you and your partner and we hope we'll have many more chances to do so again in the future. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written January 1, 2022
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Dubaidiva63
Dubai, United Arab Emirates76 contributions
Love Frying pan tours. This one is as much about the place as the food with an interesting walk through the wholesale souk area and a visit to the spice souk. We crossed to Bur dubai via an Abra boat and walked around the Indian temple district. Interesting street food snacks along the way before ending up at an Emirati restaurant in the historic area. Lovely introduction to the creek area for visitors or residents who haven’t explored this area. If you want a more food centric tour I’d recommend the Middle Eastern food tour
Written February 23, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Dubaidiva63, Thank you! We're thrilled to read this insightful review and know that what the Dubai Souks tour delivers -- both sightseeing and food -- really played out well for you. Your recommendation is spot-on, for guests who want a food-only tour, the Middle Eastern or even Little India tours are perfect! So glad that we had a chance to serve you on our tours -- we can't wait to serve you again! Scrumptiously yours, Arva
Written February 28, 2022
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godon123
Bristol, TN14 contributions
Arva led 3 of us on a whirlwind tour of the spice souk, creekside and much more. She provided the historical and cultural background to so much of Dubai, and drove each point home with tasty morsels! Arva is very knowledgeable about Dubai and its occupants, and could give university lectures on so many subjects. This tour was a walking, eating class and could have gone on for many more hours! A great way to eat your way through parts of the city!
Written December 29, 2021
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear godon123, Thank you for taking the time to leave us the positive feedback! It is so affirming to know that you appreciated the food, the storytelling and our guide Arva on this tour - she is truly passionate about the city and it's wonderful that this came through on your tour with her. We're so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve you -- and we hope to serve you again in 2022! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written January 1, 2022
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Leah M
Charleston, SC14 contributions
We've done food tours in various cities but this was the by far the best food tour we've ever been on. Not only was the food great, but it was such a great way to get a feel for old Dubai. Our guide Arva was amazing! She clearly has a passion for doing this and is excellent in her presentation of the food, history and culture. Highly recommend!
Written March 8, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Leah, We're so thrilled to read this review -- it means so much to the team that this is the best food tour you've been on thus far! Arva is indeed truly passionate about the area and is always excited when guests are eager to learn and taste. So thank you for coming with open minds and hearts to Old Dubai! We cannot wait for you to return so we can feast again on another Old Dubai food tour! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written March 9, 2022
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asg126
Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
This tour is a must. Arva, our guide, was a wealth of information about the history of Dubai, the old city, culture and the food. Moreover, she’s a great storyteller and made our outing so much fun. She took us to places we never would have come across on our own and to top it off she helped us bargain for the highest quality saffron in the souk.

This was truly one of our most memorable outings in Dubai and we would highly recommend it!
Written February 4, 2022
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Dear asg126, Thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Thank you for the positive words about Arva -- she loves story telling and bargaining, so you provided her with the perfect audience by being engaged throughout the tour! We do hope you and your lucky friends enjoy using the saffron -- remember, a little bit of the real stuff goes a very long way. We truly hope to serve you again on another food tour in the future! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written February 9, 2022
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Laura R
1 contribution
We did the Little India tour with Tanya a few days ago and it was a wonderful gift from my family for Christmas. We didn't know what to expect and having lived in Dubai for 6 years, we thought we knew everything about the city. However, we were treated to an array of smells, sounds and tastes on the tour and Tanya was excellent. She was knowledgeable, funny and a great storyteller. She shared all of her insights and secrets about growing up in the area and the best places to visit. After the tour, she emailed us all of the information about the places we had visited and eaten at, and we're already planning a trip back. I'm excited to book another of these tours and can highly recommend this one for anyone looking for a unique experience for themselves or for their family/visitors/friends! Thanks Tanya!!
Written December 23, 2021
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Dear Laura, We're so pleased to read your positive feedback after the Little India tour with Tanya! It's great that you felt the experience engaged both the mind and the senses, which is exactly what we strive for -- food and storytelling. Thank you for giving us the chance to serve you in the vibrant Meena Bazaar neighbourhood -- and we truly appreciate your spreading the word to others! We cannot wait to serve you again on another delicious experience in Old Dubai! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written December 25, 2021
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Lila
Dubai, United Arab Emirates18 contributions
Always a fun experience joining the Frying Pan Adventure tours. The guides are knowledgeable and engaging and the food options are truly authentic. Great for residents wanting a bit of nostalgia as well as visitors who want to explore the city’s culinary scene.
Written May 30, 2022
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear Lila, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us this positive review of our tours and guides! You've framed it so well -- we do design our experiences for both residents and visitors, food and the stories behind it are a powerful way to either connect as a newcomer or reconnect as a veteran of the city. Thank you for giving us the chance to serve you and we hope to do so again! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written June 4, 2022
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a_en_en_a
3 contributions
I always take friends who are visiting us in Dubai to do one of their tours and I can recommend both "Little India On A Plate" and "Middle Eastern Food Pilgrimmage".
You'll walk around and eat way to much for 4 hours, you'll explore hidden gems and meet friendly people. All in all a fun, informative and down-to-earth experience.
If you don't find a date in their calendar which suits you, just try to contact them and see if they can offer you additional dates .
Written March 25, 2022
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Dear a_en_en_a, Thank you for being a loyal supporter of our tours! It's so encouraging for us to hear from repeat guests who trust us to serve their friends as well -- we truly appreciate your spreading the word! And your advice is spot on. If guests reach out, we do try our best to schedule tours even on dates that don't show up on the calendar as long as we have a guide available that day. We can't wait to have you back again -- if you haven't tried the Dubai Souks tour yet, we'd love to share that one with you too! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written March 28, 2022
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Clemence
3 contributions
I highly recommend!

The tour is done by Farida, the business owner herself. Farida is fun and genuine. She was raised in Dubai and knows by heart all Dubai kept secrets and culinary origins of the street food we enjoyed. The food we tried was delicious and really well explained. Its all very safe and really interesting.
I live in Dubai since 12 years, it was amazing to finally discover the street food secrets of the old quarters of Dubai. Its very authentic and fun.

Full of anecdotes of her childhood, Farida shows you Dubai from a different perspective. Definitely not your traditional touristic tour, this is much more insightful and authentic. If you like to visit a city through the eyes of a person from the city itself, you are in the right hands.
Written July 28, 2020
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Dear Clemence, Thank you for your wonderful review! We are so glad that you got to experience Dubai from a different perspective and that you enjoyed the tour! We love your appreciation for Farida's company and her stories; and that you learned so much more about the food and the city. Thank you again and we hope to see you back again soon! Until then, stay safe. Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written July 31, 2020
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NoolsC
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates56 contributions
If you love food and discovering new places you can't miss this. Amazing experience. Farida is a fountain of knowledge and her passion for her city is contagious. Although we live in Dubai, we do not really know the old part at all and Farida showed us a very different Dubai. We did this tour as a family and my children also loved it. We can't wait to try the other tours!
Written December 29, 2020
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FryingPanAdventures
Dear NoolsC, We're thrilled that we had a chance to serve you and your family -- and that you all enjoyed the experience with Farida! It's always extra special when Dubai residents join the tour and still feel like they've been able to learn new things about the city. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to tour with you, and we hope you'll be back again to discover more neighborhoods of Old Dubai with us! Scrumptiously yours, Frying Pan Adventures
Written December 31, 2020
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megank821
megank821
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Fabulous
Farida is an excellent guide with deep connections to the restaurants and knowledge of the food, its culinary histo
helsb31
helsb31
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Thoroughly recommended
If you’re looking to do something different in Dubai I can thoroughly recommend this food tour. We visited 5 differ
Gaijin444
Gaijin444
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Exceedingly delicious!
The tour with our absolutely great guide Joanne was highly engaging and truly exceeded our expectations in terms of
Ranjeev_2
Ranjeev_2
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Fantastic food tour in old Dubai.
We had a really insightful, entertaining, and delicious experience. The knowledge shared, as well as the attention
azivk
azivk
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One of the highlights of Dubai
We loved everything about this food tour: the food (obviously!) was delicious and really different of the Middle Ea
shaikham2013
shaikham2013
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High quality ingredients
This tour took us through authentic middle eastern restaurants in Deira Dubai, My friend and I are very familiar wi
FifiLilly
FifiLilly
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A good food tour for tourists
Really good walking food tour for tourists! We really enjoyed going through Old Dubai and checking out the most OG
wlademirp2022
wlademirp2022
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What a tour!
We have done food tours around the world: Thailand, Vietnã… Nothing compares with Frying pan food in Dubai: the foo
StefDubai
StefDubai
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One of the best & most authentic experiences you can have in Dubai!
Absolutely amazing experience with Farida yesterday on the Middle Eastern Food Tour. Even though we have lived in D
godon123
godon123
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Great cultural and gastronomic adventure!
Nada did an outstanding job of introducing us to the how and why of so many aspects of Middle East cuisine. She ex
Lenny2299
Lenny2299
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Two great tours to lean about the heart of Dubai
Two great tours with frying pan. We did the middle eastern and the souk tours. Great guides that took us to local p
Klincher
Klincher
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The Quintessential Food Tour
The Quintessential Food Tour. If you are searching for a splendidly unique, memorably invigorating and tantalizing
Sag79
Sag79
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Fun night out
I live in Dubai and was gifted a voucher for this tour. This can be done by residents or visitors. The guide loves
thatmarion
thatmarion
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One of the best foodie tours we've ever done
Farida is a true local and shares her genuine love of the diverse food cultures that Old Dubai offers. From the Lev
rgreen1972
rgreen1972
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Amazing food tour!!!!!
A Frying Pan Adventure food tour with Farida is a must. We did a private middle eastern food tour with Farida on th
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