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It doesn’t take too much encouragement to get Saffron Souk down to The Archive at Safa Park, Dubai and so when we got wind of Ripe‘s plans to launch a new market just a few palm trees away, we were excited to say the least!

With the anticipation building all Summer, we were not disappointed when the first Foodie Friday Market kicked in to action on 1 November. The atmosphere, complete with live music, is truly fabulous and quite unlike any other event we’ve been to in this sunny city of ours.

With an emphasis on edibles (to take home or to indulge in straight away!), Ripe’s new market is just perfect to stock up on all the essentials plus a treat or two.

Find Ripe’s Foodie Friday Market at Safa Park, Gate 5 on Fridays throughout the Winter season (November until June) from 9am to 2pm. Our recommendation – take a picnic rug and make a day of it!

1. If the shopping and taste-testing is not enough to keep you busy, there’s a great line up of events and entertainment throughout the day   2-6. First stop…Ripe‘s fruit and vegetable stall, jam packed with organic goodness!

1. What a fabulous setting and a great crowd to match…

1-7. There’s a fabulous choice of treats to sample for the foodies amongst you…think fresh coconut milk and lemon & lime juice, locally roasted Raw coffee, pie and other freshly baked goods, popcorn from Popsville

Fabulous oils and vinegars from Crescendo…try them on your Ripe purchases!   4. Perhaps Omas Best Olives are more your thing   5. Or the delicious cheeses from Made in Italia   6. Teapigs is available at Ripe’s shop, just off Al Manara Street   7. As good as these biscuits look and taste, they’re doggie treats from Mutt Madness (soon to be available online at the Saffron Souk market)

Sweet tooth? Ripe’s Foodie Friday Market has you covered…   4. We clearly got to Fudgegarden a little late – they’d almost sold out!   5. Sweet Connection, our favourite gluten-free bakery


1-3. And on to the art & craft section of the market and some dangerous shopping at the House of Jekoya   4-7. Fabulous aromatherapy products from Nighting Oils, made right here in Dubai   8. Love the details at Dar Noor   9. A busy morning at Bside Jewelry

1-3. Have you heard of RAW? Saffron Souk can’t get enough of their unique clutches and totes



Here’s Elizabeth with Ayam Africa’s latest collection – we’re loving it!   3. So pretty…these pieces are handmade by Monkeynut Woods   4-6. Bumble & Mouse are brand new in town and their range of t-shirts, stationary and wall art is irresistible…keep an eye on the Saffron Souk market, Bumble & Mouse’s online boutique is opening soon


1. Fun themed party essentials from Moushii   2. The Linen Mill goodies   3-4. Colourful Mexican made accessories from Manta & Rebozo   5-7. Stephanie Deaves creates a stunning range of bags and accessories. Her choice of textiles is quite unique   8-9. Handmade accessories for you and your home from The Copper Cove

1-2. Personalised wall art from Barnaby’s Buttons   3-5. Pomme’s range of children’s furniture and homewares is just lovely and their balloon decorations get gold stars from Saffron Souk!

1. Early morning yoga… 2. Toe-tapping entertainment by the talented artists from The Fridge…   3. Train rides…   4. And the cutest petting farm ever are just a few of the highlights running throughout the market

1-4. Just taking in the great vibe…did you spot the Desert Chill van there in the background? Saffron Souk certainly did!   5. And if you haven’t had your fill, don’t miss a elevensies snack from the Prime Gourmet barbeque

Thanks for having us Ripe – see you on Friday!