It’s difficult for a restaurant to maintain its taste and ambience over the years. Few restaurants in Sharjah have exceeded their expectations and stood the test of time. After decades of providing the best possible service, these restaurants are still in high demand. Check out our list of the oldest eateries in Sharjah and every foodie should stick to that list.
7 of the best legendary eateries in Sharjah
1. Al Arsa
Raised in Al Arsa Souq, Sharjah’s first café takes its name from the market itself. The 100-year-old restaurant has traditionally served visitors from faraway lands. It has a very basic menu, but you can’t miss the affordable prices with the taste factor here. I recommend trying keema and kubus with sulemani or milk tea.
Where: Al Alsa Souq
when: 9am 1pm, 5pm 8pm
price: AED 10
2. Al Mukhtar Bakery
Al-Mukhtar is a well-known breakfast destination for residents of Sharjah, popular with those who enjoy savory or sweet Middle Eastern pastries. Besides being famous for its Manakheesh, the restaurant is also known for its iconic Mukhtar Pie. This generational legacy has been serving the residents of Sharjah for over 40 years.
Where: Al Bustan Tower, Block B Al Etihad Road
when: 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
price: AED 45
3. Al Afadir
This eatery in Sharjah has won millions of foodies. People line up to taste the delicacies that have captivated his family for 40 years with secret recipes. The old-fashioned kebab recipe took off at AED 7 at the time. Now you get a single serving of his kebab for AED13.
Where: Al Wahda Street Industrial AreaAl Nahda
when:11am 3pm, 6pm midnight
price: AED 45
This eatery is 10 and a few years old. Settled in Sharjah in 2007, the restaurant is rated as one of his best Lebanese restaurants. The menu here features dishes from the Mediterranean and Lebanese lands.
Where: Al Khan – Al Qasbah
when: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
5. Al Ashiyah
This legendary Peshwari eatery is famous for selling Dhs5 chapri kebabs. Owner and chef Hafeez Ur Rehman has watched generations past him create these special tasting kebabs. They came to Sharjah from Pakistan and started this restaurant in 1996.
Where: Al Sharq St, Blu Tina
when: 11am 3pm, 7pm midnight
6. Al Fanal
Al Fanar Restaurant brings the flavors of authentic Emirati cuisine and the atmosphere of 1960s Emirati to life. They serve breakfast all day and the menu reflects inspiration from the many features of Dubai.
Where: matael al juraina
when: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
price: AED 30
7. Jeter Restaurant
This is one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Sharjah. The restaurant he has been around for over 40 years and was a local favourite. Founded 42 years ago.
Where: Al Guwair
price: AED 30
Sharjah has many other traditional and modern eateries to explore where you can indulge your options.
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