A guide to farmers’ markets in Dubai
What’s On has details about the farmers’ markets in Dubai, including Ripe Market. Find out where to buy organic fruit and veg in Dubai.
It’s January, and we all know what that means. After over-indulging, it’s time to get reacquainted with the humble salad. Fill your boots with fresh produce at one of Dubai’s bustling farmers’ markets, and while you’re there check out what the city’s creative folks are up to.
Farmers’ Market On The Terrace
This market is backed by ethical café concept Baker & Spice, which is committed to supporting local and organic farmers rather than importing ingredients. The farmers who sell their produce at the market aren’t charged a fee, so prices aren’t bumped up for customers. As well as being locally sourced, the fruit and veg here is great value.
When: Fri 9am to 1pm
Where: The Gardens, Emirates Towers
Top tip: Get there early. The market is on a relatively small scale, and sought after items like kale get snapped up quickly. Not only that, the community initiative has teamed up with Talise Fitness to offer free yoga and Pilates sessions on the grass on Friday mornings before the market gets underway.
Greenheart Organic Farms Pop-Up
Jumeirah café and boutique Comptoir 102 is the setting for Greenheart Organic Farms’ weekly pop-up market. You’ll find freshly harvested organic produce like spinach, capsicums and sweet basil, plus Greenheart’s organic free-range eggs.
When: Sat 11am to 1pm
Where: Comptoir 102, 102 Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Top tip: Factor in time for breakfast or lunch at Comptoir’s Café 102. There are no fry-ups on the menu (more like super salads and buckwheat pancakes), but the food is tasty and the setting is pretty.
Dubai Garden Centre
There’s all sorts going on at the garden centre on Sheikh Zayed Road, and now we can add a weekly farmers’ market to the list. The family-friendly event has a petting zoo and pony rides as well as fresh fruit and veg.
When: Sat 9am to 1pm
Where: Dubai Garden Centre, Exit 42, Sheikh Zayed Road
Top tip: Pop into second-hand bookstore House Of Prose to get some new reading material while you’re there.
Ripe is the daddy of Dubai’s market scene, attracting hordes of families, healthy eaters and hipsters to its new location in Zabeel Park every weekend.
When: Fri 9am to 5pm
Where: Gate 1, Zabeel Park
Top tip: Get your organic fruit and veg first thing and ask the team to put it aside for you. That way you can browse the stalls unencumbered until you’re ready to head off. Fitness fiends should check out the free workouts staged by the girls from NYLA House.
Ripe Pop-Up Market @ NYLA House
Ripe’s collaboration with NYLA has now extended to a midweek pop up market at NYLA House in Jumeirah. Kicking off on January 13th, the market will run every Tuesday morning from 8.30am to noon at the villa on Al Wasl Road.
When: Tue 8.30am to noon
Where: 675 Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim
The Market At The Beach
A newcomer on Dubai’s market scene, this one runs until 8pm, so no need to set your alarm clock. It’s right on the beach and is filled with all sorts of gifts, food and homewares.
When: Sat 10am to 8pm
Where: The Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence
Top tip: You can pick up a bunch of fresh flowers, which feels like a rare treat in the desert. Look out for street food-style stalls set up by The Beach’s resident restaurants, such as House Of Curry, too.
Blue Planet, Green People
The organic fruit and veg store in JLT hosts a farmers’ market in Cluster U every weekend, featuring farm fresh fruit, veggies, eggs and dairy products.
When: Fri 10.30am to 2pm
Where: Cluster U, opposite Dubai Marina Metro
Top tip: You can browse clothes and hand-made jewellery at this market.
Ripe Night Market
The Ripe Night Market is the newest offering from Ripe, taking the city’s love of food past sunset and bringing the community together to taste some of the region’s best local food businesses, with a beautiful soundtrack by local artists, all under the stars! As the sun sets on Saturday, Ripe will transform Al Barsha Pond Park in Dubai into a magical world; a sea of small lights and colourful lanterns will fill the sky creating a beautiful atmosphere for alfresco eating and live music.
When: Saturday 4pm to 9pm
Where: Al Barsha Pond Park
The Souk Madinat Farmers’ Market
Another newbie, the Souk Madinat Farmers’ Market, like the market on the terrace at Emirates Towers, is a collaboration between Jumeirah, Baker & Spice, Talise Wellness, and local Emirati farmers. Choose your locally grown veg as you meander around stalls from The Farmhouse, Greenheart Organic Farms, The Gluten-Free Kitchen Café, and Coffee Planet. There’s locally-made breads, a slow food stall, and honey from Balqees Honey. The emphasis at this farmer’s market, which launched in December, is on health with Dubai residents encouraged to pick up good eating tips. Needless to say, everything is organic. Each week a chef will make a meal using a box of mystery ingredients. And at 10.30am Talise Fitness will give a fitness demonstration with one of their trainers. Activities on the schedule include yoga classes, plus games in which a shopper will challenge a trainer.
When: Saturday 9am to 1pm
Where: A’Rukan Courtyard, Souk Madinat (near Segreto)
Top tip: Look out for the mysteriously named Calvin The Plant Guy who sells plants he grows from locally harvested seeds.