So, you've decided to go vegan and leave meat behind – congratulations! Among other things, you might now be wondering how to replace all those ingredients in your cooking.
Luckily, we here at Time Out Dubai have rounded up the best options from across the city from fruit and veg to mock sausage rolls.
There are even vegan desserts including ice cream, cheesecake and tarts – as well as lots of substitute dairy products.
It's just one of the many ways that Dubai is becoming more accommodating to plant-based diets, and we love it.
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 fruit 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).
The huge Carrefour in Mall of the Emirates has a substantial section that’s as dedicated to vegan products as we are. While you’re there, have a dally over to the freezer section where you’ll be able to pick up some Linda McCartney vegetarian sausages and sausage rolls, which are suitable for vegans and absolutely superb. We love you, Linda.
Open daily 9am-midnight. Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (800 73232).
The brand stocks 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 don’t have to skip dessert. We salute you, Turner, and your matcha mint chip ice cream, too.
Ice cream from Dhs20. Order online at www.coco-yogo.com.
Organic Foods & Café
This family-run company has been going strong since 2004, with supermarkets and cafés selling fresh organic and biodynamic foods, groceries, supplements and even cleaning products. The flagship store on Sheikh Zayed Road has a deli counter selling 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.
Uptown Mirdif: Open Sun-Wed 9am-10pm; Thu-Sat 9am-midnight. Sheikh Zayed Road: Open daily 7.45am-10.30pm. Emaar Business Park, The Greens: Open daily 9am-8pm. The Village, Jumeirah Beach Road: Open Sun-Thu, 8.30am-10pm; Fri-Sat 9am-10pm.