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4 African restaurants in Dubai that are hidden gems



With so many incredible dining options at our fingertips, and with about a dozen more being added every month, it’s easy to overlook the smaller, less showy places, especially those tucked away in sidestreets in the older parts of the city.

It’s why Dubai Food Festival and ShortList have come to together to promote Dubai Hidden Gems, a celebration of affordable restaurants that lay slightly off the beaten path. Team members at the Festival and Shortlist, as well as a selection of foodie influencers, compiled a mammoth list of 50 nominated restaurants and cafés in which meals can be enjoyed for less than AED120 for two – and they are all presented here.

The final choice of 10, though, is down to you. So, go out and try as many as possible – and then vote at: The winners will form a special tour during this year’s Dubai Food Festival, which runs between February 23 and March 11.

Here’s the ShortList of African and North African restaurants…

Zanzibar restaurant
What: For an authentic taste of the spice island of Zanzibar.
Where: Al Awir Road (Dubai bound), Nad Al Hamar
Contact: +9714 289 6688

Yeshi Kava
What: A unique little Ethiopian spot with good, very fresh food and great coffee.
Where: 4B Street, Karama
Contact: +971 50 425 9345

What: A real Tunisian gem on Jumeirah Beach Road
Where: Jumeirah Beach Road, nr Al Thanya Street, Umm Suqeim
Contact: +9714 321 0759

Fresh and healthy food with a Morrocan influence in the heart of DIFC. Try the frikke with shrimps and the range of wraps and sandwiches.
Where: Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Contact: +9714 359 7030

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