Half-Day Souks, Food & Culture Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Destination: United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai

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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Dubai
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Cover the Old Dubai 'must-do's' - the spice souk, abra ride, textile souk and food tastings in Fahidi - along a well-paced 3.5 hour route. Experience Old Dubai like our friends would, only the stuff you have to see and eat rather than a standard touristy checklist.

Start off with a popular old timer’s treat in the souk’s back alleys and then play a round of our fun and educational spice game, SPINGO.* Once our SPINGO champ is crowned, cool down with an icy treat and then bob across the Dubai creek in a traditional wooden abra to visit Bur Dubai’s textile souk.

We then enjoy one of the neighborhood's favourite Indian street snacks and then wind down at a traditional Emirati eatery housed in a historic home from the 1950s. Our meal will include a fragrant rice and lamb pilaf, a rich vegetable stew and delicious sweet dumplings that are a firm Dubai favourite.

*SPINGO is replaced with a “Dates (the fruit)” quiz during Ramadan though we still walk through the Spice Souk briefly.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, 41, 34th St Al Ras, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Fuel up with an Old Dubai nostalgic treat washed down with sweet milky tea in the back alleys of the souk.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Dubai Spice Souk, 41, 34th St Al Ras, Deira, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Play our proprietary spice game, "SPINGO" in the souk! Cool down after with an icy Iranian treat doused with rosewater, fruit cordial and lemon juice.

(SPINGO is replaced with another activity during Ramadan)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Deira Old Souk Abra Station, Baniyas Road Near Dubai Spice Souk, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Cross the creek from Deira to Bur Dubai in a traditional wooden boat.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Textile Souk, Bur Dubai Near Bur Dubai Abra Station, Dubai 75157 United Arab Emirates

Take a quick walk through the vibrant textile souk and witness religious tolerance firsthand in Dubai.

Stop At: Meena Bazaar, 34 Al Nahdha St Admiral Plaza Hotel Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Sample a beloved Indian street food: tangy chutney and lentil filled crisp ‘puris.’

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai United Arab Emirates

Enjoy a sit-down traditional Emirati meal featuring a meat and rice pilaf, a rich vegetarian stew and our favourite sweet dumplings.

Duration: 45 minutes

  • Bottled water
  • 3 snack stops and 1 sit-down meal
  • Abra ride across the creek
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dubai Spice Souk
  • Entry/Admission - Deira Old Souk Abra Station
  • Entry/Admission - Meena Bazaar
  • Entry/Admission - Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Substitutions in case of allergies/restrictions
  • Wired earphones (with 35mm jack) for our tour guide audio system. Carry your own or purchase on tour.
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • Please do message us after booking if you have any dietary restrictions/allergies.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled 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 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
Departure Point

43 34 St - Deira - Al Ras - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Departure Time

04:00 PM

Return Details

Al Fahidi Historical, Bur Dubai - Al Hamriya - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


3 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


27 Oct, 2022

Noor our tour guide is a super star. She took us on a 3.5 hour eating frenzy, the food items that we tasted were delicious and she explained everything in detail. Also the history of the food and the origins and uses of different spices. Spingo spice competition was a great touch. I would give her five stars⭐️


10 Sep, 2022

Farida was a great guide to show us around the real Dubai. Fantastic food (best hummus I've ever tasted) combined with the history and culture behind it, made for an unforgettable evening.


30 May, 2022

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.


27 May, 2022

Really great tour, for residents as well as tourists! Farida is an amazing person, full of knowledge and anecdotes, and she takes you to a range of hidden gems!


19 Apr, 2022

Absolutely captivating and first class experience through and though. Much learning about Dubai culture and history besides the culinary experience. Our guide Moza is a fascinating person with unique insights into life and the human experience; she is the kind of person we hope to see again and again in the future. Thank you for everything!!!

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