11 vegan-friendly food shops in Dubai

From organic farms to supermarkets – here’s where to get your plant-based food

11 vegan-friendly food shops in Dubai
Ripe Organic

Fruit and vegetables, pulses and grains – they’re not hard to come by. But what about when you’re craving a chocolate breakfast cereal, a cheese feast or – dare we say it – a tuna sandwich? Help is at hand, vegans of Dubai.

Strolling into BiOrganic is like wandering into a farm in full blooming harvest. Nature’s finest produce is piled high in all its glory, urging you to delve deep among apples, pears, pomegranates and all the other good stuff. As the name suggests, the store specialises in organic, healthy produce that is affordable and fresh. As well as your fruits and veggies, you’ll also find cereals, snacks, beverages, condiments and a range of speciality oils so you can whip up a vegan storm. You can also order online.
Open daily 8am-9pm. Barsha Heights, opposite Saudi German Hospital, biorganicstore.com (04 443 3535).

Sweet tooth? Not ready to give up the chocolate? This relatively new Dubai brand has a full vegan range, with delivery across the city. Get your hands on dark chocolate flavours including banana, apple, hazelnut, strawberry and almond, from around Dhs20 per bar, or sign up for a Tasting Club subscription. Prices start from Dhs1,450 for three months, and each box includes four chocolate bars, one chocolate slab and a lip-smacking 60 chocolate pieces. We’re in.

The huge Carrefour in Mall of the Emirates has a substantial section that’s as dedicated to vegan meats and cheese as we are. While you’re there, have a dally over to the freezer section where you will be able to pick up some Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages and sausage rolls, which are suitable for vegans and absolutely mouth-watering. We love you, Linda.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (800 73232).

Coco Yoca
Coco Yoca is a raw, vegan, gluten-free range of desserts that you can buy online or snap up at various pop-up events, including Ripe Markets. Founder Turner Francis began whipping up the range of ice creams, cheesecakes, cream cheeses and tarts back in 2014, and has dedicated her life to making sure the vegans of Dubai get their sweet fix. We salute you, Turner, and your matcha mint chip ice cream, too.
Ice cream from Dhs20. www.coco-yogo.com.

Greenheart Organic Farms
Click on the vegan section of Greenheart Farm’s website and you’ll be rewarded with 68 mouth-watering results, including ice cream sandwiches, vegan cheeses (including brie and mozzarella, no less), carrot cake and chocolate spread. That’s without even mentioning the fruit and vegetable section, which is absolutely blooming full of fresh and organic produce grown right here in Dubai. Initially, the Greenheart Farm consisted of one old grow house and a few scattered vegetable patches, with produce being delivered weekly to the residents of Arabian Ranches. The farm grew slowly and with increased yields more frequent deliveries were introduced. In 2013 the Greenheart Online Store was launched and the Farm Shop opened, and now the farm has extended its product range, home delivery frequency/radius and supplies a wide range of wholesale clients.
Open Sat-Thu 10am-6pm. The Light Commercial Tower, Arjan, www.greenheartuae.com (04 361 7010).

As well as delivering a huge range of fruit and veg (including organic options) and wholesale prices, Kibsons has a great vegan department including dairy-free cream cheese, coconut butter and nut yoghurts. But the big sellers, if you’re pushed for time (or just can’t be bothered scouring the virtual shelves), are the DIY recipe boxes. The vegan aubergine stew serves four people and the box includes brown onions, garlic, aubergine, brown mushrooms, tomatoes, parsley, vegan coco cream cheese with chives, lime and veggie noodles. Now all you need to do is knock it up… Same day delivery is available, too.

LuLu Hypermarket
Just like the British singer-songwriter, Lulu makes us wanna shout out, throw our heads back and shout… It has something of a cult reputation here in Time Out Towers thanks to its rock-bottom prices, extensive opening hours and perennial buzz of customers. LuLu’s Hypermarket (often more like LuLu’s Hyperactive-market, if you’ve ever been inside) also boasts a brilliant range of vegan groceries, still at those pocket-friendly prices. As well as the usual array of international favourites, you’ll also find some rarer options on sale such as egg replacement products like Aquafaba, a plethora of vegan cheeses and meat – tofurkey, anyone? Just us cult followers, most likely.
Various locations including Al Barsha, Karama and Al Qusais, www.luluhypermarket.com.

Organic Foods & Café
This family run company has been going since 2004, running organic supermarkets and cafés selling fresh organic and biodynamic foods, groceries, supplements and even cleaning products. The flagship store on Sheikh Zayed Road includes a deli counter with a selection of freshly prepared dishes including vegan salads, if you get a bit peckish while you’re picking up your coconut milk, vegan pesto, ramen, cereal, cookies… the list goes on.
Mirdif: Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm; Thu-Sat 9am-midnight. Mirdif 35, Uptown. Sheikh Zayed Road: Open daily 7.45am-10.30pm. 459 Sheikh Zayed Road. The Greens: Open daily 9am-8pm. Building 2, Emaar Business Park. The Village: Open Sun-Thu, 8.30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-10pm. Jumeirah Beach Road, www.organicfoodsandcafe.com.

Pure Vegan Love
This Dubai-based company has developed an impressively comprehensive Artizzan Cheeze line, featuring options including mozzarella, cream cheeze (flavours such as zaatar brie, mixed herbs, sundried tomato), smoked cheddar cheeze (garlic, black pepper), aged cheezes and even varieties designed for baking. Go for a cheeze board (from Dhs155 for five cheezes) and try the whole lot, we say. Don’t forget to add a few vegan crackers to your shopping basket.

Ripe Organic
Ripe Organic is zipping fresh ingredients up, down, left, right and around Dubai at just the click of a button. And, if you order before 3pm, it’ll be delivered to you the same day. The shop prides itself on being a one-stop shop for everything from delicious veggie boxes to vegan-friendly, gluten-free, dairy-free, organic essentials. You can also choose from a specially selected range of farm shop goodies including milk, cheese, bread, chicken, eggs, superfoods, fresh juices and other cupboard staples. There is no minimum order and delivery costs just Dhs25 – however, if your order is more than Dhs250 then it’s delivered for free. While the cut off for guaranteed same-day delivery is 3pm, if you order after then staff still promise to try to get it to you the same day. You can also visit one of three farm shops across Dubai (Al Manara, Town Centre Mall in Jumeirah 1 or Shoreline 8 on the Palm Jumeirah) or two pop-up shops (The Collective inside The Courtyard in Al Quoz or Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road).
Various locations including Al Manara, www.ripeme.com (055 543 1282).

One of the city’s biggest and most prevalent supermarket brands, Spinneys has made gradual efforts to incorporate more vegan options into its range of produce. Alongside the usual fruit and veg, you’ll also find unusual varieties stocked exclusively in the brand’s stores, plus more luxury buys such as vegan eggs, dairy-free ice cream and vegan cheese. We’re expecting more to come soon… Stay tuned.
Locations across Dubai, www.spinneys-dubai.com.

The Honest Counter
After starting out in 2008 selling produce from local UAE farms, The Honest Counter now offers a huge range of packaged vegan items, including cheeses, cold cuts, tofu, vegan eggs, dairy-free milks, snacks and sweets. There’s even gluten-free, organic vegan tuna, if you think you’re brave enough… We’ll stick to tofu chicken masala for now. Delivery is free for orders of local fruit and veg over Dhs120, and Dhs300 for other deliveries.

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