Dubai on a Budget: 10 Dishes for AED 10 Each (or Less!)

It’s the last few days before pay day and you’re living off toast for breakfast, lunch and dinner… Sound familiar? It’s time to treat your tastebuds to some (affordable) foodie fun as we’ve put together a list of dishes that cost AED 10 each or less. From AED 5 hotdogs and AED 6 falafels to AED 7 manakeesh and AED 3 parathas, here are 10 dishes that will please your appetite and wallet!

1. Vada Pav at Veg World Restaurant

Serving up quick bites at affordable prices, Veg World Restaurant is a popular go-to spot in Dubai for Indian street food. You’ll find everything from Vada Pav for AED 5.50 to Pani Puri for AED 6.50. Yum!

Location: Meena Bazaar

Price: AED 5.50

2. Hotdog at IKEA

While everything on IKEA‘s menu scores top points in our books, the Swedish furniture store’s hotdog is something else – and it’s just AED 5! What’s more, you can even get a full-cooked breakfast at IKEA for only AED 10. We know where we’re having breakfast this weekend…

Location: Dubai Festival City

Price: AED 5

3. Bhel Puri at Chaat Bazaar

Another Indian street food hotspot is Chaat Bazaar, with a 10-page menu filled with delicious and affordable ‘Chaat’ snacks. From Bhel Puri for AED 8.50 to Aloo paratha for AED 10, head down for an authentic experience that will leave you wanting more.

Location: Al Karama

Price: AED 8.50

4. Falafel Balls at Falafel Farm

Specialising in everyone’s favourite chickpea snack, Falafel Farm offers a tasty menu filled with falafel sandwiches, salads, hummus bowls and all-day breakfast. If you’re feeling peckish, you can order a side of six Falafel Balls for just AED 6 or 12 for AED 10.

Location: Multiple branches including Umm Suqeim and Business Bay

Price: 6 pieces for AED 6 or 12 pieces for AED 10

5. Samosa Chaat at Bombay Chowpatty

From Pani Puri to Bombay Vada Pav, head down to one of the Bombay Chowpatty branches in Dubai for traditional Indian street food. You’ll even find authentic desserts and drinks on the menu such as Gulab Jamun, Falooda ice cream, Masala Tea and more.

Location: Multiple branches

Price: AED 10

6. Zaatar Manakeesh at Zaatar w Zeit

Thanks to its late opening hours, tasty food and decent prices, Zaatar w Zeit has become one of Dubai’s go-to hangouts after a night out. Nothing quite beats a freshly-baked Zaatar Manakeesh with sumac and olive oil, especially when it only costs AED 7!

Location: Multiple branches

Price: AED 7

7. Masala Dosa at Saravanaa Bhavan

If there’s one thing Saravanaa Bhavan is known for in Dubai, it’s cheap eats that taste great. The menu is filled with authentic Indian favourites for under AED 10 such as Masala Dosas, Onion Bajjis, South Indian Chappathis and so much more.

Location: Multiple branches

Price: AED 10

8. Muhamara Manakeesh at Man’oushe Street

If you’re a fan of traditional manakeesh, you’re going to love Man’oushe Street. The menu has everything from cheesy flatbreads to chicken shawarma wraps, as well as the more authentic Muhamara Manakeesh made with red hot pepper, onion and tomato spread.

Location: Multiple branches including Al Barsha and Arabian Ranches

Price: AED 8.25

9. Egg Paratha at Karachi Darbar

Famous for its barbecue dishes, mutton, chicken and seafood curries, biryani and paratha, Karachi Darbar is a well-known favourite in Dubai for budget eats. We’re huge fans of their fresh paratha selection, with everything from Egg parathas to Aalu parathas on the menu.

Location: Multiple branches

Price: AED 3

10. Small Mini Pizza at Al Reef Lebanese Bakery

Al Reef Lebanese Bakery has pretty much become a Dubai institution for freshly-baked snacks on the go. From cheesy manakeesh to mini pastries such as hotdogs and pizzas, you can’t really go wrong. The prices are great too, with many menu items costing under AED 10.

Location: Multiple branches

Price: AED 10

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