On busy days, you may find yourself rushing to the gym straight from the office and, as you wind up the workout an hour later, you realise you’re famished. In need of a bite that’s filling and won’t compromise all the time you put into the treadmill routine? Look no further. Add these five health and fitness-focused eateries around Dubai to your post-workout hitlist and tuck into some delicious veggie treats.
Adjacent to the ever-popular Fit Republik gym in Dubai Sports City is Nathalie’s, a coffee and kitchen concept that’s quick to win an exercise enthusiast’s stamp of approval. They focus on serving fresh, nutritious foods that are free of additives and preservatives. Opt for a bowl of granola and superfood berries if you’re craving something from their all-day breakfast menu. For bigger portions, try the Purple Power salad, packed with the goodness of red quinoa and raw beetroot, or keep the energy going with a deliciously filling peanut butter, almond milk and banana shake, cheekily named Monkey Business.
Nathalie’s, Dubai Sports City; +971 4 556 1888
2. Wild & the Moon
If you like knowing that your grub falls under the labels of raw, organic, ethically sourced and gluten-free, you’ll feel right at home at Wild & the Moon. The cafe has a range of cold-pressed juices, and if you’ve never detoxed with a charcoal blend, we recommend trying a bottle of the Black Gold. Revive yourself with a frozen matcha bowl or enjoy the hot dish of the day, like vegan bolognese or wild tagine. Before you leave, get the spirulina popcorn to go or grab a few of the sundried fruit and nut bars for your next pre or post-workout snack.
Wild & the Moon, Alserkal Avenue; +971 4 343 3392
3. Zoga Yoga Cafe
Keen to improve your balance and flexibility? Hop into a yoga session at Zoga Yoga Cafe and concentrate on your posture, knowing that nourishing treats await after class. Choose from a wide selection of juices and smoothies that’ll help you detox (for example, the Green Monster), gain vitality (try the Pineapple Express) or recharge (fuel up with the Kiwi Booster). For raw vegan nibbles, munch on fig, matcha or hazelnut energy balls. Don’t miss out on a sweet and healthy bite – get yourself the chia pudding or gluten-free goodies like a cacao coconut cookie and carrot cake.
Zoga Yoga Cafe, Downtown Dubai; +971 4 276 7657
4. Vietnamese Foodies
For authentic East Asian cuisine that’s pocket-friendly and includes a delectable vegan menu, swing by Vietnamese Foodies. First, sample the sweet potato, eggplant and zucchini rolls (goi cuon khoai lang chay). Then, spoon up a heartwarming bowl of pho soup, with lotus root, mushrooms and tofu (pho chay) and tuck into the vegetarian gyoza. Balance the flavours out with a soya pudding and, finally, wash it all down by sipping a hot cup of Vietnamese herbal tea. You’ll leave satisfied, on track with your health goals and have spent less than AED100 on an indulgent meal.
Vietnamese Foodies, JLT; +971 4 565 6088
5. Comptoir 102
Just round the corner from La Mer, Comptoir 102 is one of the most stylish eateries in Dubai - especially as it's attached to a boutique concept store. Snack on delicious organic dishes such as their chia seed pudding with almond milk, coconut water, dates and orange blossom, or something more substantial for lunch or dinner such as their Vegan Bowl, and then browse Comptoir 102's chic retail collection.
Comptoir 102, 102 Beach Rd, Jumeirah 1; +971 4 385 4555
Looking for inspiration? Check out our healthy recipes and wellness tips to keep you going throughout the Dubai Fitness Challenge.