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Founded in 2015 by husband and wife team, Nawal Al Nuaimi and Ahmed Almazrouei, Paper Fig Desserts is a unique, and incredibly popular sweet retreat in the heart of Sharjah, serving up homemade dishes & incredible artisan desserts

As sweet as it name sounds, Paper Fig Desserts is a hidden gem in the Emirate of Sharjah. Founder Nawal Al Nuwaimi owned a private home-based business that catered to people in the UAE back in 2010. The business flourished and out came Paper Fig Desserts!

I didn’t understand what Paper Fig referred to until one of the kind staff members explained it to me, leaving me with a pleasant feeling.

“We were on a holiday before finding the venue, and we found and saved a few paper fig shells. The shells always reminded us of what a lovely time we had, and always wanted to return. We want our customers to think about us after they leave, and when they’ll come back.”

– Nawal Al Nuaimi
The National,  May 26, 2016

I’ve been to so many restaurants around the UAE and I’m definitely one for delicious food. Although a finicky eater, I can say that Paper Fig left a massive impression on me – a good one at that! If you’re looking for a place that offers standard food with a twist, you should definitely give this place a visit. I may sound like I’m exaggerating with my description of their food but I promise you, you will feel the same once you try it out yourself.

I was secretly hoping to have as much vegetarian food as I could, and was initially worried because every eatery has its share of meat. However, I was extremely happy to find that the majority of the things served was solely vegetarian!

I would have never discovered Paper Fig if it wasn’t for the InstaMeet organized by Marj from Boho Wanders. I’m so glad it turned out to be where it did and gave me the chance to discover so many options.

Here are some of the things I tried:


Cordial Fizzy Drink | Rose Red – AED 25
This drink fizzed its way down to my stomach. It’s definitely fizzy and leaves anyone who drinks it with a refreshed and energized feeling. It’s not overly sweet, which is a huge plus. The taste is just right – mildly sour and rich in flavor.

PF Signature

PF French Toast – AED 46
Warm French Toast, maple syrup and fresh cream and strawberries?
I was hesitant to try this out until I took the first bite. Then I was obsessed. Definitely good to share.

Small Plates

Sweet Potato Fries
I’m usually not a big fan of sweet potatoes but this is definitely one SWEET side plate to have. We had two servings of these and just couldn’t eat enough of those. The combination of sweet potato fries along with tomato jam (homemade ketchup) was magical.

Grilled Haloumi – AED 23
I can’t add anything else to the description; it’s grilled Haloumi Cheese! And it tastes incredible.

Aubergine – AED 23
I don’t know what magic is contained within this dish but I just couldn’t stop eating. In fact, I managed to finish the whole thing! Sliced vertically and grilled to perfection, the aubergine is covered in red sauce which is topped Labneh (a form of Arabic yoghurt). Its sweet in flavor but some of the most incredible things I have ever tasted.


Shakshuka – AED 49
I love eggs, I love cheese and I definitely love tomato in its every form. Combine the three and you get Shakshuka! However, it’s not so easy to make – only those with a great sense of detail can make outstanding Shakshuka, and you’ll be able to get that at Paper Fig!

Big Breakfast
Hash browns, baked kidney beans, beef sausage, beef bacon, toast and eggs (your way).
This is one BIG breakfast. I was a little held back by the sausage and bacon but this is definitely a must for beef lovers. I really enjoyed sharing this one with others because there was something for everyone.


Raspberry and Pistachio Cheesecake
The Creme de la Creme – quite literally, too. I have a huge sweet tooth and if you are like me, then you will have a hard time picking out a sweet dish at Paper Fig. In short, all of their desserts are outstanding. I had to go with my gut feeling and opt for cheesecake. Their dessert blows away the competition. Their name definitely speaks for itself.


Just Bites: Book your favorite bites without the shots. You can still have your favorite Paper Fig bites for your party with a minimum order of 10 pieces/bites. Booking should be placed 24 hours before your event.

Shots & Bites: Let Paper Fig lead the way for your event and have a bespoke catering service – with several options to choose from. Confirmation of your booking should be done at least 4 days before your event. Limited Bookings Apply.

Desserts in Tray: Our desserts comes in Mini sizes too that can be used as gifts or an added flair to your events.  Available in mixed flavors that comes in two sizes and served only in the exclusive Paper Fig Wooden Trays:
   ​*BIG Tray with 140 pieces of mixed desserts and SMALL Tray with 89 pieces of mixed desserts.
*Booking of trays should be done at least 1 day before your event. Limited Bookings Apply.

Fun fact: University students get 15% discount upon show their university ID when claiming the discount. Offered only on weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) between 8am – 4pm. This is perfect because of the location! I only wish Paper Fig had been there while I was doing my undergraduate program.

Sharjah, University City, Muweilah
Open daily:
 Sat – Wed: 8am – 11pm | Thurs – Fri: 8am – 12am
6005 60601

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