Being in Madrid could be challenging for people who don’t eat pork or drink alcohol as majority of the Spanish food consists of these ingredients. Based on my experience and some inquiries from Muslims around, I created a list on Have Halal Will Travel of restaurants that wouldn’t contain any of the ingredients mentioned earlier.
Location: Calle Villaamil, 52, 28039 Madrid, Spain
Type: Syrian (Arabic)
Hours: 10 am – 10 pm (Everyday)
Description: A take-out restaurant established by a Syrian refugee family. The food consists of typical dishes offered in the Levantine region. These include but are not limited to: Shawarma, Humus, Falafel, Labneh, Kibbeh, Fatteh, and Grilled chicken to mention a few. The cost doesn’t even break your bank. 2 euros for the entrees. Main dish costs an average of 6 euros
Location: Calle de Recoletos, 5, 28001 Madrid, Spain [Salamanca]
Hours: 1pm – 4pm; 8:30pm – 11:30 pm Monday – Saturday; Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Description: This regal restaurant is located in the most upscale neighborhood of Madrid. While sitting in this spatial arena you can’t help but feel like royalty. The cost of the meals are a little bit pricey for an individual however there are several options for groups which makes it possible to enjoy one of Al Mounia’s savory dishes. The group meal includes appetizers, main dish, dessert and drinks. There is an additional special meal arrangement during the month of Ramadan
Location: Calle de los Cabestreros, 1 28012 Madrid, Spain. [Lavapiés ]
Hours: 10 – 9pm (Monday – Sunday) Except Tuesday
Description: If you are like me and are a little bit on the adventurous side, you might as well stop by Baobab. This is said to be the best Senegalese restaurant in the whole of Madrid. Because 92% of Senegalese locals are Muslim, their food is permissible to eat for other Muslims as well. There are also options for Vegetarians. Some of Baobab’s savory dishes include: Thebou Dienne, Thiere, Yassa to mention a few. The average costs of these meals are €7 and trust me your stomach would be filled up for the whole day. A little bit of warning! Senegalese food in general tends to be on the spicy side, however there are options to get a less spicy meal.
Location: Calle Tribulete, 4
Hours: 10 am – 12:00 am (Monday – Sunday)
Description: Alhambra restaurant is located in Lavapies just right when you get off the metro. It’s has a welcoming ambience to it once you walk in. The dishes include typical Moroccan like couscous, harira and so on. Several residents have recommended Alhambra as one of the best halal restaurants in Lavapies. Cost for a full meal is 7 € on average.
Location: Calle Ave Maria, 26, 28012 Madrid, Spain [Lavapies]
Hours: 1pm – 11:30 pm (Monday –Thursday, Sunday); 1pm – 4pm (Friday – Saturday)
Description: A Desi restaurant with a variety of scrumptious options common to this region such as Chicken/Lamb tikka, Vegetable Balti, Chicken Chaat; to mention a few. You can eat well here without breaking your bank. The manager is a Muslim and the majority of their dishes are halal.
Location: Calle del Mesón de Paredes, 43, 28012 Madrid, Spain [Lavapiés]
Hours: 9am – 1am (Monday – Sunday)
Description: Another Senegalese restaurant located in the heart of the international neighborhood (Lavapiés) Just like Baobab, Senegalese food is served. The difference is that the price of the food costs less on average than Baobab. I have been here twice and I know I would visit many more times. Their meals are simply delicious.
Location: Calle de Bravo Murillo, 193, 28020, Madrid
Hours: 12pm – 12 am (Monday – Sunday)
Description: This Turkish restaurant has meals such as Kebab, Shawarma, Durum, Lahmacun to mention a few for an affordable price.
Excerpt: Madrid Arabe
Location: Calle libreros, 18, 28004 Madrid [Malasaňa]
Hours: 1pm – 12 am (Monday – Thursday); 1pm – 1 am ( Friday – Saturday)
Description: This is another nice and comfortable restaurant located in Malasana which is close to the center of Madrid. The typical food served here, have Moroccan influences. At Sahara one might have to pay a little bit more here. With the average cost being around 15 € and higher.
Location: Calle del Ave Maria, 41, 28012 [Lavapies]
Hours: 1pm – 1 am (Everyday)
Description: Located in Lavapies, Habibi has the typical middle eastern food but more in a Lebanese style. Average cost for a meal is 7€
El Barrio de Lavapiés is my recommendation for anyone who wants to try a diverse platter besides Spanish food and there are tons of other Halal restaurants located in this neighborhood.
**P.S.** Halal Food is food that is permissible to eat according to Islamic Law, so it doesn’t contain Pork or Alcohol and the meat should have been slaughtered a particular way.
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