I moved to Dubai 8 months ago to pursue a new career knowing nothing about the culture, community or vegan options of the United Arab Emirates. Due to my lack of research (I moved spontaneously over a Facebook ad) I didn’t know what to expect. Will there be vegan food? Do vegans live in Dubai? Are vegans accepted in Dubai? The list goes on…Since this time I have eaten my way through this city from the comfort of my own couch during lazy attempts at dinner while jet-lagged. I have been to vegan meet ups for brunches and chatted over asian buffets and vegan cookies with people whom have now become great friends. I have dived deep on the web to see a wave of support from popular news sites and media bringing veganism to mainstream. For these reasons and so much more I have found myself feeling so welcomed and respected over the last few months from the vegan community and throughout. To answer my questions, Dubai is pretty damn amazing for vegans. Scroll through this list and let me show you why! Enjoy x
Just about the best gourmet gelato ever! Artiserie are a new artisan gelato and sorbet company operating exclusively in Dubai for custom orders weekly. Flavors include mint essentials, circle of love, Persian rose, perfect matcha, nuts about chocolate, strawberry silk, pistachio, healer, si-mocha, pumpkin spice, lemongrass basil and black sesame. These flavours are not only unique, but also refined sugar free, gluten free with no trans fats or essences. Amazing. Just to sweeten the deal, Artiserie also donate 7% of their profits to organizations across the world that help protect our planet. As Artiserie is currently only a small team of dedicated gelato connoisseurs they deliver to custom order on Monday and Thursday evenings. 24 hour’s notice is required to prepare orders. I’ve tried 6 of their flavor’s so far and I’m constantly amazed by their flavour combinationsOPEN GALLERYMy Favourite so far: Circle of Love, their pink rose gelato with nuts and rose ‘gulkand’. Its topped with rose petals! Enough said.
Order via Instagram direct message or what’s app.
Sugar Moo is a handmade gourmet dessert company with a range of vegan treats. All their vegan options can be found under their ‘vegan desserts’ tab. These include their ‘crazy’ chocolate cake, peanut butter brownie, brownie in a jar, strawberry shortcake in a jar, coco truffles, choc chip cookies and lotus vegan brownie. You can even order a vegan buddle which includes everything in a cute gift box! Just from Sugar Moos packaging I could tell everything I ordered was made with love. I adore the idea of their deconstructed ‘in a jar’ collection and appreciated that I could reuse their serving Tupperware.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Vegan strawberry shortcake in a jar and vegan lotus brownie.
Hot Tip: They sell entire vegan cakes should you ever need a quick cake for a birthday or office celebration!
Order via Talabat.
Milk Lab by Genki
Milk Lab by Genki is just about the cutest and sweetest (literally) vegan cafe ever. Serving up hot and cold drinks such as superfood lattes, homemade nut milks, smoothies, gourmet teas and coffees. Oh and sweet treats to go with these beverages of course! Think brownies, cookies, waffles and super food bowls. Last time I visited here with some beautiful vegan people I had a ‘Ruby Woo super food latte’ (beetroot, cinnamon, pink salt, rose mylk and rose water…um yum) a brownie with creme and syrup and a rose cupcake. These people don’t mess around when it comes to cupcakes. It was MOIST.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Rose Cupcake.
Order via Deliveroo.
Coco Yogo is the Freedom Pizza brand behind their amazing dairy free desserts. If Coco Yogo comes up in your delivery area your in great luck, as the official brand has a wider selection than what Freedom Pizza hold! Coco Yogo is a 100% raw vegan kitchen. Brace yourself for their ice cream sandwiches, cheesecakes and bliss balls but in so.many.more.flavors! Coco Yogo also has exclusive products you may not have tried before such as their ice creams and donuts. But wait, there’s more… you can also order handmade vegan cashew cream cheeses, jars of coconut butter and vegan mozzarella. Oh and coconut wood bowls and rosewood spoons for those looking into more sustainable Tupperware for only 37 AED. Yeah, they have everything.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Salted Caramel Cheesecake
Order via Deliveroo and Zomato.
Braw Kitchen design custom made cakes with raw and fresh ingredients here in the UAE. I tried a raw rose cheesecake and it was divine. I cannot describe! Rose is one of my favourite flavours and boy did it taste good as a vegan cheesecake. My cake was made with pink pitaya, cashews, dates and nuts. Braw Kitchen is gluten free, refined sugar free and preservative free! If you ever need a vegan cake to celebrate thats cruelty & guilt free.. Braw Kitchen is the place to be!OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Raw Rose Cheesecake.
Order via Instagram DM, requests are made custom.
Glacier Prive make artisan ice cream out of rice milk! Although I haven’t tried them they seem to have great reviews. Just some of their gourmet flavours include; Halwa, Salted Caramel and Qahwa. Talk about unique! They also offer a range of sorbets. Their sorbets aim to be a minimum of 50% fruit, and their ice cream an average of 110 calories per 100 grams. Guilt free it seems!OPEN GALLERY
100% Plant Based
Bloom Vegan Kitchen
If there was a competition for the highest amount of orders of Bloom per month from a single customer, I’d be the champion. (21 ORDERS IN 3.5 MONTHS) Seriously. Someone cancel my Talabat account. Anyways, Bloom is a 100% vegan takeaway brand exclusively online which is why I love them. They serve mostly healthy food that’s also unique and flavorful. Think; breakfast burritos, burgers, pizza, soups, power bowls and decadent desserts. Some of the desserts may look familiar as Bloom is owned by the company ‘Shakespeare and Co’. I felt like Shane Dawson on a conspiracy episode when I noticed this… and then felt like a lazy human being when I realized my deliveries were coming from a store that was right beside my home HAHA. Oh well, such is life. Bloom has teased online that one day they hope to have their own store soon, which would be amazing as it would probably increase their menu selection and allow folks that aren’t in the delivery area to try their amazing food. Fingers crossed!OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Braised Thai Skewers (the best tofu of my life), rainbow pad thai, veggie curry and chocolate mousse.
Order via Talabat, Zomato and Uber Eats.
Life N One Cafe
Okay guys… Life N One has to be my favourite vegan cafe thus far. Their chef is incredibly talented and I was obsessed with everything I tried. Seriously! This is what food thats made with love tastes like. Life N One’s cafe will also always hold a special place in my heart as it is where I met my first UAE vegan pal, Maisa. She truely couldn’t have picked a better place for us to meet! Life N One is a 100% vegan cafe which makes choosing a dish just that much harder. Life N One has an amazing atmosphere and is a fantastic cafe to experience on a nice weather day. The cafe has outdoor seating and a huge tent for those avoiding the sun. To tickle your fancy, here are a couple of the incredible vegan choices they have available: vegan cheese platter, raw snickers slice and many more raw desserts, arepas, eggless omelette, healthy juices, smoothies and much more. I will note that I have only visited Life N One in person so I cannot comment on a delivery experience.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Although I plan to one day try their whole menu, so far my favs are their vegan cheese platter and vurger.
Hot Tip: Life N One is also a yoga and meditation classes! Find the timetable on their website.
Order via their websites Whats App, Deliveroo or Zomato.
Just to jump in on the news here… Gypsy are now also conveniently located in Dubai mall! Before I tried Gypsy, I heard the loudest raving reviews on how incredibly tasty their food is. Let me tell you.. it seriously lived up to expectation. Gypsy are 100% vegan which means you’ll have a pretty tough time deciding when it comes to ordering. They have menu items such as jackfruit burgers, vegan philly cheese ‘steak’, doner kebab.. and my recent order ‘chicken and leak pie with GRAVY AND MASHED POTATO!’ The best vegan mock meat connoisseurs in the game.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Chicken and Leak Pie.
Order via Deliveroo.
Soul Sante have healthy, calorie counted meals that are 100% animal free. Yep, Soul Sante is another 100% vegan cafe here in Dubai! Although I haven’t tried it just yet I will say their options look super tasty! Sweet potato gnocchi, jackfruit tacos and eggless omelettes are just some of the items I saw listed on their talabat page. I cannot wait to visit them and have plans to do so very soon!OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat, Uber Eats, Deliveroo or Zomato.
Wild and the Moon
I am yet to try Wild & the Moon, however they must be included as they have a 100% vegan menu, with their website even stating that all of their juice and food ingredients are ethically sourced AND organic. Wow! Wild & the Moon are famous for their smoothie and Acai bowls which I must say, look incredible. They also sell meals and a wide range of healthy juice and nut mylks.OPEN GALLERYOrder via their E Shop online, Deliveroo or Zomato.
Veganity have been in the headlines recently as they are in the works of being Guinness Book of World Records largest vegan restaurant by meal choices. The 100% vegan restaurant has an Insta-worthy all pink theme and funny slogans like ‘loose your veganity’. They are pushing veganism into mainstream in a big way. As for meal options they seem to have everything, from mock meats, healthy choices, comfort foods and international cuisine. I could go on and on listing their items but I haven’t got days guys. They have EVERYTHING. Believe me.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Veganity burger with flatbread, BBQ sauce and French fries. Cant wait to try more!
Order via Instagram dm or phone call.
Yet another 100% vegan kitchen! I love Dubai. Hippy Deli look amazing, they have options like vegan sushi platters, banana oats French toast (I love how this rhymes), vegan burgers and even a vegan benedict. Major points for creativity! Hippy Deli does all their orders exclusively through Deliverro. Although I’m not blessed to live within their delivery area I’m sure the foods amazing. If you do live within this area, first of all, congratulations on making me jealous, second of all what are you doing without a burger in your hands?OPEN GALLERYOrder via, yep you guessed it, Deliveroo.
VEGAN BURGERS. Jomo Burgers are plant based burger company soon to be found across the globe! Famous in the UAE already for serving tantalising burgers, potato sides like fries, tater-tots and super shakes. The name JOMO also has a pretty cool story too, it started from the phrase FOMO (fear of missing out) which they turned into JOMO, replacing fear with joy. The idea is to bring options to the vegan and allergen community so nobodies missing out on burgers and fast food delights. Pretty cool huh? As for taste I couldn’t tell you as unfortunately their delivery range is out of my area. So I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat or their website.
Another 100% vegan takeaway delivering sweet treats and savoury snacks straight to your door. Being Vegan has a completely vegan menu making the selection of your snack that much harder. I tried their hazelnut truffle which reminded me of a ferrero rocher. Being Vegan also stock pantry staples such as instant premixes for meals such as biryani and soups.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo.
Vegan Options Galore
Little Erth By Nabz&G
One of the Dubai vegan gangs favourites, Little Erth! When I visited them in person quickly after an appointment in JLT I quickly understood why. Vegan options are not labelled on their menu specifically so you will need to ask. To give you a sample, options include vegan cheese tartine, zucchini marinara and vegan meat balls, mushroom risotto balls, Buddha burger sliders and so much more. Its a good idea to keep tabs on the Little Earth social pages as they are always hosting meet ups, brunches and so forth that seem like a great way to meet more vegans and try good food!OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: I had the mango salad as a side salad and it was one of the best salads ever? And the banana ice cream cake??? Oh my. I actually licked my plate. At the café, alone. Am I a total weirdo?
Hot Tip: They often host vegan events so stay tuned!
Order via their website, social media, Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
I don’t know where to start with this one guys… Zest have a whopping 75 vegan options! Vegan pastas, bakery goods, desserts, burgers, pantry items, beverages, breakfast dishes… you name it, they have it. To paint you a pretty picture of what to expect from Zest, they offer vegan donuts, pancakes, bbq burgers, cauliflower ‘chicken’ kung pao, spaghetti with ‘no-meat’ balls and so much more.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Spagetti non-meat balls and their banana and walnut muffins.
Order via their website or Deliveroo.
Shakespeare and Co
As Shakespeare and Co and Bloom are one in the same, you’ll have plenty of vegan options to be found at their cafes and through their takeaway menus. Such as their hummus toast, detox salad, lentil soup and so forth. The Shakespeare and Co physical cafes also have menus with ‘vegan’ labelling on all suitable dishes, making ordering super simple. For this reason, Shakespeare is a great option when you are looking to eat at a restaurant that serves veg and non-veg when out with friends or coworkers.OPEN GALLERYHot Tip- Download the SAC Rewards app to collect points for your café orders and receive coupons and discounts.
Fun Fact- I realized I didn’t actually know how to spell Shakespeare when writing this article. Shameful.
Order from their physical café or Talabat.
Another one of the first cafes I ever visited in Dubai! Vibe is arguably one of the most instagramable cafes in Dubai. Scoring major clout when THE Drake promoted their store on his Instagram when they first opened. Smart marketing my friends. They have neon palm tree decorations and really punny menu descriptions. If you follow my Instagram you know I love a good dad joke. As for their vegan options, they have several including a beyond burger, chia pudding, Acai, tofu dishes, salads and much more.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat, Deliveroo or Uber Eats.
Projecto Acai has got to be the most colourful cafe in Dubai. Entering their cafe is like visiting Rio without leaving the desert. (for your dessert.. haha get it) Projecto Acai love vegans. Thats why you’ll find vegan options for nearly everything at their cafe. From vegan poke bowls, brownies, loaded smoothies, juices. And Acai, of course.OPEN GALLERYHot Tip: They are about to open a shop in Silicon Oasis!
Qiso Café have great vegan options, including the biggest vegan ‘big breakfast’ that delivers to my area. They also have a vegan tofu scramble meal that comes with brown bread, grilled tomato and hash browns for only 27AED! I have been given confirmation that the following meals can be made vegan on request: spinach pesto pasta, mac and cheese, pasta mama rosa, asian veggie bowl, veggie burrito bowl, sweet potato peri peri burger, BBQ black bean burger, Mexican vegan burger, vegan breakfast burrito, veg burrito, avocado scramble wrap, tofu scramble wrap, veggie omelette, berry oatmeal, quinoa salad, couscous salad & super lentil salad. One day ill try them all…OPEN GALLERYHot Tip: Cheapest hangover cure meal right here!
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
Traditional Fast Food Fix
Freedom Pizza is well-known in Dubai for its vegan options and well-known to my credit card. (23 orders in 6 months… guys help) They have 4 standard vegan pizza options, their ‘Freegan’ veggie pizza, ‘Viva Las Vegans’ veg and spicy sausage and two with beyond meat one on classic crust and the other ‘Detroit’ style. However, if these don’t take your fancy, all their pizzas are completely customizable with vegan cheese, sauces and toppings all highlighted if you select ‘vegan’ in your dietary requirements on their app. If you’re looking for a more ‘appropriate’ lunch time option you can find two vegan sandwiches under the lunch option in the app. One with vegan cheese and veg and the other with added vegan meatloaf. Freedom Pizza also offer a variety of sides such as their vegan superfood salad, garlic bread cheesy breadstixx, sweet potato and traditional wedges. Desserts are also on offer with 9 (!!) delicious options of vegan cheesecakes, bliss balls and ice-cream sandwiches courtesy of their vegan dessert brand ‘Coco Yoyo’.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Yall I have options based on mood. MOOD! The Freedom Pizza app allows you to save and name custom pizzas. Here are some of mine:
When you want pasta but with extra carbs: Grandmas Pasta – tomato sauce, vegan cheese, pine-nuts, onion, mushrooms, garlic, artichoke, basil, sun-dried tomatoes and chunky green olives.
When I’m feeling like a fiesta, lets taco’ bout it: Taco Party- mexi sauce, pineapple, mixed peppers, corn, green olives, cherry tomato and jalapeños.
Hot Tip- Replacing one ingredient for another on a pizza is free on their app. When you first sign up for their app you’ll also receive free coupons such as free breadstixx and so forth.
Order via their app ‘Freedom Pizza’ or Zomato.
South St Burger
South St. Burger, a Canadian franchise now in Dubai, have recently brought out the famous BEYOND PATTIES into their Middle East stores. Which means you can now order beyond meat in your next BYOB. (Build your own burger). Ordering with South St online to create a BYOB is super simple as you select your patty and then any topping you’d like on the second page. They also have fries and drinks you can order to create a meal for a lower cost.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: BYOB with beyond meat, lettuce, tomato, spicy ketchup, guacamole, cucumber and red onion.
Pinza is a concept I had never heard of before I moved to Dubai, its a take on traditional pizza, only healthier. They use a specially curated recipe to create a fermented dough thats lighter in calories. Pinza have 5 vegan pizzas which offer vegan mozzarella and even vegan faux meat! I personally can’t think of a better pizza topping than vegan apple maple sausage…OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: The vegan faux meat lover pizza… because apple maple sausage… duh.
Order via Zomato, Deliverro or Talabat.
I haven’t checked out the Bareburger in Dubai just yet, but if its anything like their chain in Germany its gotta be good! Bareburger have made a big commitment to vegan foods recently… with a massive switch up to their Dubai menus making 50% of all their meal choices plant based! Now thats one huge win for the vegans. With vegan milkshakes, burgers and fries being just a taste of what their menu has to offer, it seems like theres no reason for me not to try it now!OPEN GALLERYOrder via Zomato or Talabat.
Taqado Mexican Kitchen
Taqado cater for vegans now in a big way, with vegan cheese now available at all stores! On Talabat, you can order their vegan options under their GO VEGAN category which I think is an amazing lil form of advertising for our cause within itself. They offer vegan quesadillas, burritos and tacos. You can also choose from 4 different sauces during the ordering process. Sides include beverages and guacamole and chips.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: BURRITO w guacamole! Its a shame you can’t order the guacamole inside the burrito on the apps but I still use it to dip with haha.
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
800 Pizza has a special pizza for us vegans, the ‘Vegana’. Its vegan by default, with vegan cheese and veggies! They also offer ‘Vegano’ Italian arinachi balls. I was unable to get a confirmation from them as to wether any of their other sides were vegan, though they do have some items that look like they could be veganised.OPEN GALLERYOrder via their website.
Cali-Poke sell new age poke bowls that are super super tasty! They use amazing ingredients and the combos they have are very creative. They have two vegan options, the ‘San Francisco Bowl’ or their ‘Cali Vegan Bowl’. During ordering, you also get to select whether you want a base of brown rice, white rice or greens and if you like it spicy or not. They also have sides that are vegan like edamame, juices and you can create your own DIY bowls.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: ‘Cali Vegan Bowl’ with tofu, on brown rice non spicy and a side of edamame. Hold the corn!
Hot Tip: The small size is more than enough for a one-person portion.
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
Right Bite are a healthy lifestyle brand that have several super tasty vegan options. These include vegan summer rolls, spicy mushroom sandwich, baked falafel wrap, spicy quinoa and black bean burger, chewy peanut butter and coconut bars and several beverages. For those on a health kick its also great that Right Bite provide nutritional values of their products right in the descriptions on the delivery food apps for your convenience. Oh and they don’t just deliver meals but also offer meal plans!OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: ‘Shroom Mushroom Melt’.
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
Subway have 2 vegan options ‘Veggie Delight’ and ‘Veggie Patty’, they also do both options in salad form. Veggie Delights is just a sandwich with your choice of sauce and salad and Veggie Patty is the same but with a veggie patty. Ask for no cheese. Vegan sauces at Subway include; sweet onion dressing, zesty italian dressing, deli brown mustard dressing, yellow mustard dressing, marinara (tomato) sauce, BBQ sauce, sweet chilli sauce. The bread options are; white bread, wheat bread, multigrain bread, white wrap, and 9 Grain bread.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite – Footlong Veggie Patty with no cheese on white bread, toasted, with lettuce, tomato, carrot, onion, olives, spinach, cucumber and sweet chilli sauce, with salt and pepper.
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
Zaatar w Zeit
Zaatar w Zeit is a hit in Dubai as people really took a liking to healthy fast food. Zaatar w Zeit have several vegan options which are labelled with a leaf emoji on their website menu. These include all their soups, French fries, a vegan boom and their lentilicious, tabbouleh and mixed green salads. I had no idea what a ‘boom’ was when my friend Holly first introduced me to this restaurant chain. To explain if your equally confused as I as, a Boom is like a burger but with an enclosed bun. Vegan patty, vegetables and spices are inside.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Vegan Boom.
Hot Tip: The guilt-free keh’ is labelled as vegan but says it comes with a honey balsamic dressing. If you order without this should be vegan.
Order via their website, Talabat and Zomato.
Kcal health chains have a couple vegan options too. These include their quinoa and black bean salad (very spicy be careful!), quinoa avocado and sweet potato salad, lentil soup, green tahini soup and vegan shepherds pie. They also have side serving options like their rice, quinoa and vegetables that are also vegan.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Vegan Shepard’s pie.
Order via Talabat and Zomato.
Wildflower Poke is the brain child of the folks that brought us Freedom Pizza for all your poke bowl needs. They have DIY Bowls and one standard vegan poke called the ‘greenheart vegan bowl’ with crispy tofu and green veg. Outside of their poke bowl selection they have several more options for vegans including dragonfruit & Acai bowls, chia pudding dessert in flavours like salted caramel, a beyond meat burger, vegetable spring rolls and sweet potato chips. As for beverages, they ever have a housemade cashew cold brew coffee and real young coconut. Yum! I am yet to try Wildflower Poke so I cannot talk on their delivery experience or taste in food but if its anything like their other ventures I’m sure its great!
Under 500 are another health food company with vegan options. Under 500 also have a vegan tab for finding the options in convenience rather than reading through product descriptions. These options include their loaded sweet potato, spicy lentil ragu, wild mushroom risotto and vegan jambalaya.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Spicy Lentil Ragu.
Order via Talabat.
Peace From The Middle East
Operational Falafel is an international franchise with physical stores and online ordering. Did you know operational falafel was also in France? You can get vegan dishes such as foul, salads, hummus, falafel (duh) moutubal, juices, tabbouleh and spicy potatoes and french fries at this Dubai born takeaway powerhouse. Oh and they sell EXTRA LARGE hummus…OPEN GALLERYOrder via all major food delivery apps.
Tasty Arabic food with vegan labelling… yas!! Its common to find vegan options in Arabic restaurants as their are so many options in Arabic cuisine that are traditionally animal-free. But finding a restaurant with vegan labelling for consumer peace of mind, can be quite rare… Vegan offerings at Manoushe Street include a vegan wrap, baked green falafel wrap, kabouleh, long life quiona salad, lentil rocca, vegetable plate and potato wedges. Select restaurants also serve vegan zataar, vegan spinach pie and vegan specific dips like hummus and moutabal.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Vegan Spinach Pie.
Order from Talabat and Zomato.
Another Arabic restaurant with the classics and a twist. Kababji Grill also serve vegan sandwhiches such as cauliflower, vegetable and French fry, eggplant salad and even platters like hindbeh and cauliflower. I have not personally tried their dishes as the time I ordered it was unfortunately cancelled and I now live out of the delivery area. However, I had to include them as I was so impressed with their offerings! See their vegan menu via this link.OPEN GALLERYOrder from Zomato.
Little Bangkok is a Thai restaurant franchise with plenty of vegan options to choose from. 29 options to be exact! There are also 7 outlets in Dubai, which means they cover a wide area for deliveries when you’re seeking a Thai takeaway order for a nice night in. Cuisine include a variety of pad Thais of veg and tofu, dumplings, fried rice, traditional soups and desserts. Little Bangkok physical restaurants also have menus with ‘vegan’ labelling on all suitable dishes, making ordering super simple.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: Veg Khao Pad, a vegan fried rice with tofu. They also let me order this as a pineapple fried rice at their physical restaurant which I love!
Hot Tip: Download the Little Bangkok app to collect points for discounts. The physical restaurants also offer platinum card discount.
One of my favourite restaurants in Dubai! Wagamama have a vegetarian & vegan specific menu that has their vegan options clearly labelled for convenience. Ordering through delivery apps however, is not that simple as the vegan and non vegan options are not labelled. Fear not their vegan options are clearly laid out on their website under menu and vegan. They have options like dumplings, soups, noodle dishes and desserts. Portions are huge and always delicious, which is one of the reasons I LOVE wagamama. I will note due to delivery are restrictions I have only eaten here in person.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: KATSU CURRY and their vegan cheesecake. MMmmm…
Order via Talabat, Deliveroo and Zomato.
Asian 5 sells AMAZING Asian street food thats worth every penny. They have ten delicious vegan options, including sashimi, curry, laksa, noodle dishes and stir fry. I have to say, I have really missed Asian 5 since I moved out of their delivery area. Their food is of high quality and everything I tried was always super flavoursome. Asian 5 are very supportive of the vegan community, even serving up a special discount on the ordering of multiple dishes for the entire month of November for world vegan day.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: Their sweet potato curry, green sashumi and vegan vegetable ball skewers.
Hot Tip: Although not categorised under vegan on their ordering website, their mango sticky rice is in fact vegan friendly! Yay!
Order via their website, Uber Eats and Talabat.
I only got to try Ramen Lab once before I moved away from their delivery location but I have to tell you it was great. They offer two vegan dishes, their vegan ramen and vegan laksa. Both made with a coconut broth. A must try when your craving noodles!OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats.
Authentic Vietnamese cuisine delivered straight to your door! Think spring rolls, fried tofu dishes, curries and clay pots! Sadly I have not tried it but after raving reviews it must be included.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo, Zomato, Uber Eats, Talabat or their website.
Sushi Counter are just opposite to Circle Cafe in Silicon Oasis. Their ‘Hippy Bowl’ Poke is completely vegan and comes with fried tofu. They also have a bunch of sushi rolls that are veg only! A great option for sushi lovers. California roll anyone?OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat.
If you live in Dubai and haven’t heard of Costa you haven’t actually been living in Dubai but in fact, under a rock. But did you know Costa had vegan options? Costa Coffee have recently expanded how they serve the cruelty free with new snack options of carrot cake chia pudding and coconut and berry oats. They also still have their classic avocado and hummus to go salad, 70% dark chocolate, sea salt chips and mixed nut packs that are vegan. You can also order their juices or coffees with water or plant based milks such as coconut and soy. Costa can also do a smashed avocado on toast if you ask them to hold the butter and salmon. I then add tabasco, salt and pepper which is super yummy.OPEN GALLERYHot Tip: Bring your own takeaway keep cup into the store for your next coffee and receive 2 AED off! Also stay tuned on world environment day where this year they gave free coffees to those who didn’t need disposable cups.
My Favourite: Soy flat white pleaseeee
Order via all major food delivery apps.
Pressman’s Pressed Sandwiches
Pressman offer a vegan pressed toasted sandwich called the ‘Leafy Green’ which comes with pesto and veg. You may also purchase it in a wrap form and choose which size you’d like it. They also offer hand cut crisps and juices that are super tasty.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: A ‘leafy green’ toasted sandwich and a ‘Caribbean kiss’ juice.
Order from Deliveroo, Zomato and Talabat.
Cereal Killer Cafe
YES… you heard that right. CEREAL KILLER cafe. Dubai has everything, seriously. The cereal cafe, situated in the Dubai mall, serves erm as you guessed it; cereal. They have a hilarious menu which features a ‘Cereal Cocktail Bowl’ (lol) called ‘Did I Tell You I Was Vegan’. It consists of Reeses puffs, Oreo cookies and soy milk. They offer soy, almond and coconut milk alternatives incase you wanted to diy your breakfast.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo and Talabat.
The Breakfast Shop
Another online only takeaway, the breakfast shop can be found on talabat. They have vegan options such as their ‘reggie the vegan sandwich’ (avo, tomato, mushrooms, hummus and pesto) and ‘vegan scrambled breakfast’ (huge breaky with scrambled tofu, mixed veggies, onion).OPEN GALLERYMy Favourites: The ‘Reggie the vegan sandwich’ and ‘Vitamin C’ carrot orange, and ginger juice. Reggie can we be friends??
Hot Tip: The breakfast shop has the cheapest fresh juices I have found on all takeaway apps so far within my area. The juices include on average 3 fresh ingredients and are of high quality at only 14 AED per juice! Go get ya freshly squeezed vitamin C.
Order from Talabat.
Other Awesome Cafes
Common Grounds is a mall of Emirates cafe that has a lot of great options to choose. Although I’ve only visited them in person and not tried their delivery, I can vouch for the quality of the food. Delicious. Menu items such as buffalo cauliflower wings, burgers, tempura ‘fish’ tacos, curries, Acai and more. They even have a black lemonade! A bit too bitter for me, but it sure did look cool haha. I will note that their vegan menu items increase after 5pm and are sparing around breakfast.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo.
I have never tried Brambles but I have heard from friends they make really good vegan food! Judging by their Zomato page this seems to include a cauliflower salad, vegan ‘glow’ bowl, avocado toast and several items that can also be veganized. Brambles also host vegan feasts so watch their social pages! I plan to experience them for myself very soon!OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo or Zomato.
Br8, stands for The Bright Kitchen – with the 8 representing the 8 essential amino acids which the Br8 Kitchen team use in all their recipes. Br8 are very vegan friendly with bountiful options to suit your mood. Browsing through their website I found loads of tasty looking vegan dishes, such as a Mediterranean bowl with vegan feta, chocolate pancakes, espresso pudding (wow), a Tulum buddha bowl with chipotle sausages (double wow) and vegan Mac n cheese. It sounds amazing! Although I haven’t tried Br8 myself, from the options it has alone it seems like a hot spot to check out.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Zomato and Deliverro.
Circle Cafe in Silicon Oasis have a bunch of vegan options such as smoothies, salad bowls, breakfast basics and juices. If you visit in person, they have a complete vegan menu which a larger selection, making ordering super easy. Ordering through the delivery apps however can be a little bit more difficult as not all suitable options are categorised or labelled vegan. Simply go onto their website to discover which options are for us and then make your order. If you abstain from honey like myself I would also ask they remove it in the order request as some of their vegan options are listed with honey. When I visited I had a deconstructed veggie burger which was pretty awesome!OPEN GALLERYHot Tip: The sushi counter, attached to the in person circle cafe has a vegan poke bowl and DIY poke!
Order via Talabat.
I love Myocum. Not only because it was started by Australians, but it was also the very first cafe I visited for a Dubai vegans meet up! They served us up a decadent brunch, with myself choosing miso, a delicious dhal and banana pancakes. That gives you just a taste of what they have on offer! Mycoum have a variety of vegan options that are of a high quality standard that are also extremly delicious, inspired by dishes from across the globe. With all vegan options labelled on the menu ordering will be easy.OPEN GALLERYOrder via Uber Eats, Deliveroo.
Bounty Beets are a hip Insta worthy cafe in the Marina with a big bear mascot and pretty pink walls. The cafe is decorated like Barbies dream house on the inside and a Balinese oasis outdoors. I must admit it looks pretty cool. Though I have never been, a quick browse on their website pulled up a plant based menu that sounded delicious. Plant based tacos, burgers and a homemade vegan magnum.. enough said. I haven’t visited just yet myself, but that homemade magnum is calling me!OPEN GALLERYOrder via Deliveroo, Uber Eats.
Super Cool Restaurants
The Cheesecake Factory
Despite the name The Cheesecake Factory does have some options you just have to VEGANIZE them. Despite the ‘vegan cobb salad’, fries, edamame, vegetable side dishes and most beverages you’ll need to specifically request that the items are prepared vegan specifically. From discussing with their kind servers, I can list that their veganisable options include avocado toast, Evelyn’s favourite pasta, cauliflower pieces and superfood salads. This involves requesting to remove all animal products such as cheese, dairy, pesto, mayonnaise and salmon etc. Please be advised that you must be very specific about these instructions when delivering from online apps. I would say for this reason The Cheesecake Factory is a better visit in person. You’ll get to be specific on your dietary requirements and watch cute kids in snow costumes from the window that connects to ski Dubai. WIN-WIN.OPEN GALLERYMy Favourite: ‘Evelyns Favourite Pasta’ ordered without cheese and no pesto (pesto has parmesan).
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Carluccios are an Italian chain with international restaurants in the Middle East, Turkey and the UK. According to their website they have a seperate vegan menu with 14 suitable choices! This includes the classic garlic bread, pastas, salads, rissotto and more. Although I’m yet to try it for myself it seems like a great place to go in Dubai when your craving Italian! (My mood, always)OPEN GALLERYOrder via Talabat, Deliveroo or Zomato.
Ultra Brasserie have four options in their plant based menu section, including; smashed avo and nuts, greens and grains, vegan buddha bowl and chipotle bbq and tofu. Vegan options are also labelled (vg) on their menu. I haven’t visited Ultra Brasserie just yet but the sound of their chipotle bbq and tofu its really making a visit tempting.
Order via Deliverro.
Spubberco (100% vegan), Ciothrams, Spinneys, Kibsons and Souq Planet (Ordered via Soopa app and delivered from Abu Dhabi) all have vegan meat, treats, snacks and staple pantry items that are vegan! Just check online to find the ordering platform or app.OPEN GALLERY
Restaurants and cafes that have vegan options but unfortunately could not make it onto my delivery options article include but are not limited to: Jelly Belly Ice Cream, Amongst Few Cafe, Miss Tess Restaurant and Nuez Cafe.
If you have a restaurant or cafe offering vegan options that is not listed here please get in touch via email should you wish to be included.