Whether you’re craving a freshly squeezed juice, looking for organic produce, or you just want your kids to chow down on some healthier snacks, we’ve got you covered mama with our comprehensive Guide to Healthy Living Spots in Dubai. There’ll be no more excuses for munching on over-processed junk ever again, with our top choices for juice detoxes, healthy restaurants and health food stores packaged up in one handy list! And remember… Kale is Cool!
Restaurants & Cafés
This all vegetarian and organic café uses natural ingredients from local farms and producers to prepare baked and par cooked (which helps to keep the natural nutrients and vitamins alive) low calorie food. Soups, salads, sandwiches and more, mamas. There are plenty of vegan as well as gluten-free options on the menu.
77Veggie also does takeaways for home or the office plus healthy lunch packs for kids (we love!). Order online with free delivery!
Tiffany Tower, Opposite Damas Building , Cluster W, JLT, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 422 4116
Sun – Thu: 7.30 am – 10 pm
Fri: 1 pm – 10 pm
Sat: 11 am – 9.30 pm
Part of the Balance Wellness Club in Oasis Centre, Balance Café has created a menu inspired by the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda. (You know the idea that a person’s body needs to balance the five elements to be truly healthy?) The menu can be a tad confusing but once you figure out how to navigate the flavours there are tons of vegan, dairy and gluten-free options to choose from.
All dishes are calorie as well as mineral counted and clearly marked for any food intolerances and allergies.
3rd Floor, Oasis Centre (Mall), Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 384 7010
Mon – Wed and Sat – Sun: 8 am – 9.30 pm
Thu – Fri: 8 am – 10.30pm
Bestro (Be Super Natural)
Dubai’s first living raw foods restaurant located on the top floor of Galleries LaFayette is a definite destination for anyone looking to explore something different and seriously tasty. The menu is 100% raw, organic & vegan and is a one-of-a-kind in Dubai. Although the choice isn’t huge, the menu changes daily so there is always something new to try.
The food is truly amazing and the smoothies are to-die mamas. If you’ve ever considered going raw- this should be your first stop for inspiration!
LaFayette Gourmet, 2nd floor in Galleries Lafayette, Dubai Mall,Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 441 6407
This regular Sassy hang out is a definite neighborhood favourite for Jumeirah mamas. They serve up organic, sugar- and dairy-free food and sweet treats that are so yummy we only wish the portions were slightly larger. They have a daily changing two-course lunch menu, with the option of dessert- thank you very much! Gluten-free, dairy-free and raw food are all the rage here. Order an almond milk smoothie (made from scratch), sit back in their cooled outdoor lounge and slurp up the good stuff!
102 Beach Road, (opposite Jumeirah Beach Centre), Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0)4 385 4555
This brand new deli café headed by chef Silvena Rowe in the new souk at Jumeirah Fishing Harbour is quickly becoming a health foodie destination. The menu offers up amazingly creative organic food specializing in gluten-free, sugar-free and raw creations. But this is by no means fun-free… oh no. There is a great selection of sumptuous raw, gluten free, sugar AND dairy free desserts (!) for mamas with a sweet tooth. A minute on the lips a lifetime on the hips? No more we say!
Jumeirah Fish Harbour 1, off Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 2, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 343 7181
8am – 6pm daily
Psst.. You should definitely keep an eye out for chef Silvena Rowe’s new flagship restaurant Omnia by Silvena set to open mid August. Yummy Emirati cuisine-inspired dishes on the menu according to the chef herself.
Calling all coffee connoisseurs! What these guys don’t know about coffee, there really is no need to bother with. This is a funky espresso bar in a warehouse in Al Quoz, with the real action going on in their roasting room. 100% locally roasted, 100% organic and 100% fair trade fresh Arabica coffee …plus there’s free Wifi. Need we say more?
Warehouse 10, Cnr 7a & 4a Sts, Al Manara, Al Quoz, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 339 5474
Open 7 days per week from 8am-5pm
Spill The Bean
This independent, specialty coffee shop brews single origin coffees and supreme quality blends that are 100% Organic AND 100% Fair Trade. Clap, clap! But that’s not all, they also have a lovely selection of low fat, vegan and dairy free bites for brekkie and lunch plus loads of gluten-free cakes to enjoy. Who said Sunset Mall isn’t worth the trip?
1st floor, Sunset Mall, Jumeira Road, Jumeira 3,Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 338 8559
In the middle of Al Barari, just a 15 minute drive out of town, The Farm is something of a little oasis surrounded by greenery and a botanical garden. A menu full of ethically sourced ingredients that changes with the seasons includes several gluten-free and vegan options. The scrambled tofu is a definite brekkie favourite as well as the gluten-free pancakes for the younger crowd. They have a small but good kids menu with tasty (and healthy) options for fussy little eaters. Their whole wheat Fusilli with Napolitaine sauce was tried and tested by a bunch of little boys on our last visit and got a huge thumbs up!
Al Barari Villas, Emirates Road (Opposite Falcon City), Al Barari, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 392 5660
Breakfast from 7.30am
Fine Green Dining
For those of us who are mourning the closure of Magnolia (Dubai’s only ever high-end vegan, raw restaurant), there is always Table9. Or rather, there is always the Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu, No meat and No fish (not vegan, there is goat’s cheese in one of the dishes and cream in the dessert) at Table9. At AED350 it is rather pricey but you get what you pay for mamas.
Baniyas road, Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 212 7551
Detoxes and Healthy Treatments
Although they offer the usual juice cleansing programs Detox Delight also has a range of other ways to help incorporate healthy habits in a busy lifestyle. They offer programs such as “Juice and Soup”, “Juice and Dinner” or even an entire 3-day vegan, gluten-free meal plan (“Botanical Delight”) complete with breakfast, lunch and dinner plus juices for snack. Sassy Mama recently tested the Botanical Delight plan for 3 days and it was absolutely amazing! Stay tuned for a full review.
Juice Cleanses start at AED 1,200 for 3 days and up depending on product and duration.
Tel: (+971) (0)55 883 5072
Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre
From a one day “Detox Day” including colon hydrotherapy and acupuncture to full on 21-day detox programmes aiming to change a lifestyle for good, the Dubai Herbal Treatment Centre takes the business of detoxing seriously. Offering a set of products that are tailored according to your goals, they also include the supplements and treatments required to reboot your system. If you are sincere about your detox then give these guys a call.
Oud Mehta Road, Zabeel 2, Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0)4 335 1200
Well known for their organic and raw juices, Essentially offers cleanse packages for rookies and pros alike. They also have stand-alone Juice Packages where you can choose 4 juices to supplement your diet, exercise routine or just get you into a better habit.
If you are a bit of a cleansing pro, try their Transformation Cleanse Program; green juices and only green juices for 5 days. A challenge that might make you cringe, but your body will certainly thank you for it.
Supplement Packages- AED 199
Juice Cleanses start at AED 299 for one day and up to AED 2,990 for 10 days.
Tel: (+971)(0)4 889 5753
Organic Press Dubai
Founded by two brothers who wanted to help bring healthier habits to Dubai, Organic Press Dubai now offers 1, 3 and 5 day cleanse packages. Their juices are 100% raw and 100% organic – only fruit and veg from food markets and farms here in the UAE make the cut. And because the juices are pressed rather than blended as well as unpasteurized, they are absolutely jam-packed with vitamins, nutrition and other good-for-you stuff. Just one bottle of Organic Press juice contains roughly 2 pounds of organic fruit and veg! Free home delivery for 4 juices and more.
1 Day Package: AED 280
3 Day Package: AED 840
5 Day Package: AED1,400
4-pack of any juice: AED 185
Tel: (+971) (0)55 123 0456
The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge
The Organic Glow Beauty Lounge (previously Zen Beauty Lounge) is a completely green ladies spa, using only organic, vegan and cruelty-free products. A natural manicures with non-toxic vegan nail polish followed by an organic hand scrub, sounds heavenly to us!
If you are hardcore vegan, be sure to ask them for a honey-free treatment since their facials and some of the hair treatments contain the golden stuff.
Al Wasl Road, (opposite Safa Park next to Choitrams), Jumeirah 3, Dubai.
Tel: (+971)(0)4 380 4666
Grocery Shopping & Delivery
This lovely store offers a wide range of organic products and brands, some of which are exclusive to BiOrganic. Most of their stock is shipped in from Europe and beyond. Although the store isn’t massive, they have some very conscious food options and a cute café. A great place to go and pick up some healthy goodies for the clan plus they have a great selection of GF breads.
Psst… they have an online store as well with a good selection of fresh and dried goods that you can have delivered to your door.
Ground Floor, I-Rise Towers, Tecom, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 443 3535
Blue Planet Green People
This little shop and online store sells free range and organic produce such as eggs, juices, veggies and other products free from sweeteners, preservatives and other icky nasties. They offer delivery options and sometimes host farmers markets on weekends when the weather allows. Don’t forget to check out their preset boxes and dinner kits mamas!
BS4, Al Seef 2, Cluster U, JLT, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 369 5209
A natural, vegan, raw and dairy free yoghurt- yes you can! These yoghurts are made from 100% pure coconut which not only means that they are free from soy, egg and corn but also that they taste incredible!
But that’s not all mamas… non-dairy coco cheesecakes and ice cream are also available. You can buy the CocoYogo range at the Ripe Farm shop in Umm Suqeim. Yes, the world is a better place thanks to coconuts.
Sassy Mama Tip: If you are craving some more dairy and refined sugar-free ice cream, you can also try the coconut milk ice cream at Baker and Spice (all organic!)
Tel: (+971) (0)4 379 0441
Down to Earth Organic Food
With a large range of dried goods and staples such as cereals, condiments, oils and ready-to-eat snacks, Down to Earth Organic has become a well-known brand amongst mamas shopping for quality. Although they do have a physical outlet, we much prefer just clicking home what we need from their online store. In addition to their own brand, they also stock some from Europe and India.
‘A’ Block, Al Hudaiba Awards Building, Opposite Union House, Jumeirah 1, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(04) 450 4466
Go Organic Me
Healthy boxes galore: veggies only, fruit, mixed, packed with juicing ingredients or tailored for babies and toddlers. A hand-picked group of local farms supply the ingredients that are harvested every morning before being put into the boxes. The boxes are available for weekly deliveries and can be purchased online for home delivery.
We have to say that the site isn’t super user-friendly but the boxes themselves get the thumbs up from our mamas in the know. Wheat grass, eggs and organic milk also available.
Tel: (+971)(0)55 625 0664
Greenheart Organic Farms
An organic farm in the desert might sound a bit strange, but trust us there is nothing strange about this amazing company’s produce. Organic free-range eggs, home-made goats cheese, raw honey, organic milk and a selection of locally grown and harvested fresh fruit and veggies free from hormones, pesticides and the other nasties.
They also offer various weekly mixed boxes of fruit and vegetables for home delivery. Love, love, love that.
Sassy Mama Tip: Head to the Greenheart store in Barsha South (5 min from the Ranches) to check out the produce – tastings are offered on most Saturdays. Well worth a visit. Opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11.30am-5pm.
The Light Commercial Tower, Arjan, Barsha South 2, Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0)4 361 7010
Markets & Platters
We love heading to Markets & Platters whenever we are planning a special meal or a dinner party. Although they have an excellent selection of artisan cheese from all over the world as well as Caviar, Voss water and other gourmet foods (which don’t exactly live up to our healthy standards), we tend to go here for the line-caught fish.
Pinnacle Tower, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 450 4466
Naughty but Nutritious
Raw, natural and organic chocolate- seriously? Oh yeah….and it is seriously yummy mamas! These hand made little treats are full of goodness like goji berries, Himalayan pink salt and raw nuts (our Sassy favorite is the Hint Mint). These darlings don’t come cheap mind you, but then good quality never does! The entire range is suitable for vegans and diabetics as well as most other dietary challenged mamas.
Tel: (+971) (0)50 509 0810
Organic Foods & Café
A Dubai institution and a Sassy Mama favourite; you can think of the Organic Foods & Café as “the Spinneys of organic food”. When it comes to staples such as almond milk, stevia extract, quinoa, spelt and healthy snacks for the kids you just can’t beat this place. We find ourselves here at least once per week stocking up on healthy goodies. They recently started stocking organic, local milk as well which is a mega-rare treat. If you can’t face the actual trip to one of their stores, the online store is fully loaded with free delivery in Dubai for order over AED250.
Sassy Mama Tip: The third Saturday of each month they offer 20% off everything. See you there mamas!
Sheikh Zayed Road, Before Oasis Center, Dubai
Tel: (+971)(0)4 338 2911
Also at: The Greens and Jumeirah Village Mall
The Protein Bake Shop
Nice doesn’t always have to be naughty – this online bakery service is completely devoted to healthy goodies which are free of refined sugar, dairy and whole wheat, The Protein Bake Shop was founded by nutrition expert Rashi Chowdhary whose mission was to supply delicious but guilt-free snacks. Using gluten free flours and natural sweetness from dates, figs and honey, part of the range is also low in carbs. We love! The PBS range includes Protein Power, Paleo Clean Eats and Chocotein, mmmm yummy mamas!
Order online and get free delivery with a minimum order of 4 bags. Also available at health food and organic store Down To Earth Dubai.
Tel: (+971) (0)4 3863391
The Ripe Market & The RIPE farm Shop
During the cooler months, Friday mornings equals Ripe market and shopping baskets at the ready. Locally sourced organic produce, food stalls, arts and crafts- the works!
But for those of us who can’t wait for Friday (or for the weather to cool down), there is a Ripe store where mamas can go to stock up on local treats. Organic bread, cheese, CocoYogo, locally grown fruit and veggies… the list goes on. Ripe also offers an excellent delivery service for local, organic fruit and veg as well as dairy and honey.
8A Street, just off Al Manara Road, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai
Tel: (+971) (0)4 379 0441