Breakfast in Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai is the old Dubai. It’s a really great place to visit because it helps to give you some much needed perspective into what Dubai was like just a few short years ago featuring the typical middle eastern markets and architecture.
We started the day by getting breakfast at a hole in the wall spot named Dorrat Al Bahar Restaurant. From the outside the place really didn’t look like much. Plastic for a door, Two tables, a couple of mismatched chairs and a food prep area but the food was out of this world. They had THE most delicious Indian food. There was no menu and they didn’t speak English either, Kiran placed our order in Hindi.
We got kochi which is a type of naan bread but with a thicker texture. It had red onions, green peppers and spices inside and was served with dahl and spicy green chilies. It was so flavourful my mouth is watering right now just thinking about it. The kochi was fresh, hot and was crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. When I dipped a peice in the Dahl and ate a green chilli my taste buds started dancing.
We got aloo which was round like the kochi but filled with grated potato like a hash brown. It was served with a spicy tomato based sauce that was so good.
After this, we were served chai tea and washed our hands in the sink as there were no napkins or utensils, which added to the charm of this amazing place.
One of the best parts of this meal is that we got everything for less than 50 dirham!!! My first evening in Dubai before I knew how the exchange worked I unknowingly spent 50 dirham on one BEER! We fed 5 people and had enough to take home for 50 dhm here.
After creating a food baby, we walked around the town and went into a shop where we saw beautiful cutural clothing. There were so many colours, patterns and styles to choose from. I tried on a few and bought the green one because is just stood out, looked amazing and I figured it will look great in photos when I get to South East Asia.
Then the magic happened. Amrit started haggling and although it was in Hindi I could tell by his expression and hers that she was getting an amazing deal from him. She ended up getting 4 outfits for 300 dhm talking him down from over 700.
Next we made our way to the Dubai museum where we learned about Dubai before it became the metropolis it is now. It was a really cool museum with 4D displays like sand on the floor and sounds from the displays. My favorite display was in the marina room where you felt like you were under water. In the pic below you can see the man’s feet hanging underwater. It was a really a unique museum experience.
Spice & Gold Souk
After the museum we headed to the creek where we caught a water taxi for 1 dhm to take us to Deira where the spice souk and gold souk are located. The spice souk was fun. There were so many shops with many different spices. Colours and aromas flooded your senses once you step off the boat.
By this point we were all really thirsty so we got a fresh mango juice which tasted like nectar from heaven, it was so good. We walked around, Lauren bought some pillows and then we made our way to the gold souk. I did a quick stroll through the gold souk and saw these incredible gold armour-like necklaces? I don’t know but they looked amazing. I saw a ring I liked but it cost 2000 dhm.. So I said I’ll think about it.
Bur Dubai is an eye-opening experience and definitely on my list of the MUST DO things in Dubai. Let me know what you thought about this city in the comments below!