Whether you’re a life-long veggie or just looking to pack in more of your five-a-day, here are some of the city’s finest 100 per cent vegetarian restaurants.

1. Be Super Natural Kitchen

Be Super Natural Kitchen

Hunt down this small but mighty vegan spot next time you’re peckish in The Dubai Mall. It has a comprehensive list of fresh juices and smoothies that are packed with fruit, vegetables and protein – try the ‘hulk’ green smoothie that includes spirulina. While its food menu is pretty small, it’s perfect for a fresh and nutritious lunch that’s also free from meat, dairy, sugar, gluten and harmful chemicals.

Try: The zucchini pasta with heirloom tomato sauce (Dhs38)

Galeries Lafayette, Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, daily 10am to 6pm. Tel: (04) 3399933. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. facebook.com/BeSuperNaturalKitchen 

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2. Wild & The Moon

Wild & The Moon

The cold-pressed juice company has taken the plunge and opened its own café in Al Quoz. It’s a haven for Dubai’s health-conscious foodies who are looking for dishes that are raw, vegan and gluten-free but still exciting and new. The minimalist café also has some decent coffee and powerfully nutritious juices, including the ‘glow gorgeous’ for good skin and ‘the tiger’ for stamina.

Try: Acai bowl with granola and fresh bananas (Dhs45)

Unit H77, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, daily 9am to 7pm. Tel: (04) 3433392. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. wildandthemoon.com

3. XVA Café

XVA Café

Hidden away in Al Fahidi Neighbourhood is the XVA boutique hotel, art gallery and pescatarian restaurant. Sit in a shady spot of the picturesque courtyard and tuck into Middle Eastern-inspired vegetarian dishes, including pumpkin kebbeh and beetroot kebabs, while sipping on a refreshing mint lemonade.

Try: Beetroot kebab with sweet potato fries (Dhs45)

XVA Art Hotel, Al Fahidi Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai, Dubai, daily 7am to 10pm. Tel: (04) 3535988. Metro: Al Fahidi. xvahotel.com/cafe

4. Maharaja Bhog

Head to Maharaja Bhog to dine on quality North Indian food. Tuck into endless servings of 100 per cent vegetarian and authentic rotis, curries, thepla flatbreads and sweet treats at this thali-style restaurant. The huge crowds that gather every Friday is proof of how good it is – go hungry but be prepared to queue.

Try: Maharaja bhog (a buttermilk drink, Dhs43)

3 A Street, Al Karama, Dubai, Sun to Thur noon until 3.30pm, 7pm to 11pm, Fri to Sat noon until 4pm, 7pm to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 3964744. Metro: BurJuman. maharajabhog.com

5. 77 Veggie Boutique

77 Veggie Boutique

The little JLT café is on a mission to boost Dubai’s vegetable intake. Its menu focuses on plant-based and healthy dishes, with some straight-forward café classics – salads, sandwiches, soups – and some more inventive South Asian-inspired options. They’ve also taken on the likes of Kcal with their own low-calorie, low-carb meal plan delivery service.

Try: Balti potatoes with aubergine (Dhs47)

Tiffany Tower, Cluster W, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, Sun to Thur 8.30am to 10pm, Sat 10am to 10pm, Fri 12.30pm to 10pm. Tel: (04) 4224116. Metro: Damac. 77veggie.com

6. Saravanaa Bhojan Shala

For a tasty Indian dinner that won’t break the bank, make a beeline for Saravanaa Bhojan Shala, the yogi Indian restaurant of choice. Vegetarians aren’t used to much choice so the huge menu takes some navigating – alternatively just tell the waiters what you’re in the mood for and they’re quick to recommend. It’s a handy humble spot, so dress casually and share a large dosa with your friends.

Try: Ghee roast dosa (Dhs10)

Marina Pearl Building, Dubai Marina, Dubai, Sat to Thur 7.30am to 11.30pm, Fri 7.30am to midnight. Tel: (04) 4512525. Metro: JLT. saravanaabhojan.com

7. Saravana Bhavan


Ask for vegetarian restaurant recommendations and Saravana Bhavan often tops the list. One of the world’s largest vegetarian chains, it’s been serving seriously delicious South Indian specialities for more than three decades. Try an Indian breakfast of fresh steamed idli or spend an evening mopping up a tasty palak paneer with a buttery naan. With a meal for two setting you back no more than Dhs80, it’s easy on your wallet too.

Try: Ghee roast masala (Dhs12.75)

Summer Land Building, Barsha 1, Dubai, Sat to Wed 7.30am to 11pm, Thur and Fri 7.30am to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 4276682. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. saravanabhavan.com

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