Arabian Cuisine and Shisha Cafés
Collected by Andrea Rip , AFAR Local Expert
Driven by Emirati and Arabian culture, Abu Dhabi's food and shisha both come in interesting flavors. You cannot miss the sweet smell of shisha if you're on the same block as a shisha café. Also known as the water pipe or hookah, shisha plays an instrumental role in Arab society. Like coffee, it draws people together for conversation—and, of course, copious amounts of hummus and other Middle Eastern delights.
Corniche Rd, Opp Corniche Bike Track, Near Marina Mall - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
At the marina branch of the casual shisha café chain Le Boulanger, the breezy outdoor terrace offers sparkling views of the city against the water and a reasonably priced menu featuring large portions of salads, pastas, sandwiches, and Arabic...
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
You might know it as shisha, hookah, nargile, or hubbly-bubbly; but whatever the name, the water pipe is an icon of Arabic culture. Despite the health risks, most cafes along Abu Dhabi's Corniche will be shrouded in smoke on any given night, with...
Sas Al Nakhl - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Polished silver, flickering candles, and low lounges will all make you feel like you are in a luxurious restaurant in the heart of Morocco. Agadir is a fantastic dining option when you're on Saadiyat Island. The atmosphere they've created and food...
Saadiyat Island, - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
On Saadiyat Island, just to the east of Manarat Al Saadiyat, lies Fanr: a relaxed restaurant offering a wide variety of cuisines. Indoor and outdoor seating are available and the strong quality of design both inside and outside will want to make...
Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
In business for many years, Lebanese Flower has several branches around Abu Dhabi. Each one draws a loyal customer base and serves fresh Arabic food, from hummus, salads, and soups to shawarmas and mixed grills served with garlic paste. Everything...
Wave Breaker, Opposite Mall, Marina - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
Just across the bridge to Marina Island, you can hang a right and will find several new restaurants opened with patio seating and a spectacular view back at the Abu Dhabi skyline on the Corniche. Originating in Lebanon, Casper & Gambini’s blends...
ICT Tower - 4 King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud St - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
It may seem silly to get excited over cheese bread, but if you need some help to get going in the morning and you’re feeling a bit nibbly, Geelato has your coffee and tremendous cheese bread. If you’ve had fresh Hawaiian Sweet bread, you’re close...
Darratul Miyah, Khalidiyah - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
With efficient delivery and delicious Lebanese, I have had plenty of Saj Way's chicken sandwiches and fattouch salads. Each meal comes served fresh and full of flavors—some I've never tasted together before. This fattouch has lettuce, radish,...
Central Mall - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates
Juxtaposed against the state-of-the-art, sustainable architectural and engineering designs of Masdar City, you will find Osha, a traditional and regional restaurant with quiet, Arabian ambiance, local food, and an Emirati take on international...
Corniche Rd W - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Mezlai, which means “the old lock of the door,” provides a key to unlock the flavors of the United Arab Emirates. This richly appointed and luxurious restaurant offers traditional dishes such as hariz served with veal. Hariz is a kind of porridge...
Al Muneera - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates
Starting out as one of the United Arab Emirates' first food trucks, Meylas is no longer so much about grabbing a quick bite of local culture on the go, as it is about experiencing the traditional flavours in a small cafe decorated like a "canteen"...