When it comes to nutrition, it’s no secret that a diet that is richer in plants is better for you. Not only that, but research suggests that the more plant-forward your diet is, the better it is for the planet.
For those reasons and more, veganism has moved from fringe diet to bonafide movement, making its way from city to city – including Abu Dhabi. If you live in the UAE’s capital and are looking for plant-based options, Goodness has highlighted some of the top vegan hidden gems in the city.
BareBurger aims at building a better food system, one burger at a time. It works closely with a network of sustainable farmers and partners to ensure the perfect quality in every bite. Over one third of its menu is vegetarian and plant-based, and it serves Beyond Meat’s famous vegan ‘Beyond Burger’. Not only that, but each BareBurger restaurant is uniquely crafted using reclaimed and recycled materials, branching their sustainability efforts beyond just food. In Abu Dhabi, you can find them at Marina Mall.
Abu Dhabi Marina Mall
Tel: (+971) 2 441 1723
Simple Cafe provides a unique service to help individuals who are looking to kickstart their health and nutrition journey with personalized meal plans. Located at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, it also offers a wide variety of vegan, gluten-free, and nutritious snacks and smoothies.
Zayed Sports City
Tel: (+971) 2 583 3612
If you’re a fan of pizza but have been struggling to find a vegan option, Freedom Pizza has you covered. At this pizza joint, you can choose your own toppings or order a ‘Viva Las Vegans’, which is topped with vegan sausage, vegan cheese, and a mouth-watering medley of veggies. You can find it in the city, as well as at VOX Cinemas in Yas Mall.
Al Khalidiyah and Yas Mall
Tel: (+971) 2 641 0029
The newly opened Moni’s Cafe in Al Bandar is the perfect place to grab a quick bite or meet up with friends. If you’re not very hungry, try the beet or matcha lattes, both offered with the option of non-dairy milk. There’s also a wide selection of healthy vegan pastries and breads, which can be ordered, along with anything else on the menu, to anywhere in the capital.
Tel: (+971) 2 444 6990
If you’re worried about a vegan meal being limiting, you’ll love Poke Poke’s seemingly endless array of protein, fruit, and veggie options to try. With a tofu alternative and more than 15 different fruits and vegetables to choose from, you’ll have plenty of combinations to test.
Al Raha Beach and My City Center Masdar
Tel: (+971) 2 444 6618