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    Sustainability and Farm-to-Table Dining: Dubai’s Eco-Friendly Restaurants & Cafes

    Dubai, known for its opulence and luxurious lifestyle, may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of sustainable practices. However, the city has made significant strides in recent years to embrace eco-friendly initiatives, particularly in the culinary scene. A growing number of restaurants and cafes in Dubai have adopted the farm-to-table concept, prioritizing sustainability, and redefining the way residents and visitors experience food.


    Kave – The Story of Things

    This Alserkal café, located in Warehouse 20 is an inspiring and creative sustainability hospitality concept. All crockery and cutlery are either recycled or upcycled and even the venue itself is built by re-using wood and building materials from different places. Guests are encouraged guests to bring their own cups to help them in their mission to reduce unnecessary waste and electricity. The menu boasts loads of nutritious and exceptionally delicious food options full of healthy ingredients as well as ongoing workshops, activities and talks educating the general public about environmental awareness.

    Tel: 055 102 4469

    Baker & Spice

    Located in the heart of Dubai’s food scene, Baker & Spice has gained a reputation for its commitment to farm to table dining. Their menu revolves around locally sourced and organic ingredients, supporting local farmers and reducing carbon footprint. From freshly baked artisanal bread to flavorful salads and hearty mains, Baker & Spice offers an experience that celebrates both taste and sustainability and during growing season in October through May you can meet the farmers behind the food at their pop up Farmers Market every Friday and Saturday from 8am to 1pm in Bay Avenue. Park. Tel: 04 887 7086


    No Sustainable eatery list would be complete without mentioning Lowe in Wadi Al Safa 3. They are number 15 in the World’s 50 best restaurants MENA 2023 and are also currently Dubai’s only Michelin Green Starred restaurant. Think stylish, rustic setting with an open kitchen with its own vegetable garden in the back. Lowe’s menu uses seasonal ingredients to minimise their carbon footprint and the produce is cooked naturally by fire, offering lunch and dinner from Wednesday to Sunday and breakfast over weekends only. Please note that they do not except cash, payments can be made via card or apple pay only.

    Tel: 04 320 1890

    The Farm

    Tucked away in the tranquil Al Barari community, The Farm provides a serene escape from the bustling city. Surrounded by lush greenery, this restaurant takes pride in its sustainable approach. The Farm boasts an extensive organic garden that supplies the kitchen with fresh herbs, vegetables, and fruits. Guests can indulge in dishes that showcase the true essence all while enjoying the peaceful ambiance and picturesque views.

    Tel: 056 174 1208


    The SEVA Table Café has been around since 2014 and is the first 100 per cent plant-based, gluten free, cane sugar free, and GMOs free café in the Middle East. The Café itself forms part of the greater SEVA experience which is a holistic wellness centre and includes yoga, meditation and numerous healing therapy approaches. There is a tranquil garden escape, a library and much more which is best experienced in person at Villa 5 1b, 27b Street Jumeirah 1. 

    Tel: 056 534 2899


    This seasonal restaurant is impressively located in the Jamal Arts Centre on the Jaddaf Waterfront and takes lowering its carbon footprint seriously. They describe themselves as not just a Michelin starred restaurant. It is also an educational ground for our customers to understand the beauty of locally grown ingredients within the UAE. Teible sources 80-95% of their ingredients from within the UAE – 60% of its fruits and vegetables are sourced from the Green Heart Farm in Sharjah with Meat products sources from the Home Meat Farm. As part of their latest upgrades they’ve made use of discarded palm trees from Abu Dhabi, and date seed based building material for their countertops.

    Tel: 04 243 6683

    Dubai’s sustainable restaurants are leading the way in promoting environmental consciousness while delivering exceptional culinary experiences. These establishments demonstrate that sustainability and taste can go hand in hand. Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, exploring these sustainable restaurants in Dubai is not only a delight for your taste buds but also a chance to support establishments that prioritize the well-being of the planet.

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