Andalusia is the most visited region in Spain by Muslims due to its prominent Islamic history. One major city in Andalusia is Granada. Granada is a must see for all tourists. For Muslims visiting Granada, the main attraction is the Alhambra and its surrounding areas. Granada’s strong Islamic history and close proximity to North Africa provides a wide range of options for the Muslim traveler, especially in the halal food sector. Walking through the streets of Gran Via, one can see Halal restaurants in almost every turn. But be warned quantity doesn’t mean quality. This is why I carefully researched and stopped by some of these places, finally coming up with a well-curated list. Here are the 5 Must-Try Halal Restaurants in Granada.
1. Restaurante Sultan Arabe~ Halal Certified, Serves Alcohol
Location: Calle Cetti Meriem, 10, 18010 Granada
Opening Hours: 1pm- 4:30 pm; 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Located around Gran via in the center of Granada, this restaurant isn’t a hard find. It is quite big and there are wide enough spaces to cater to a large number of guests. Food served here is mostly Moroccan cusine.
2. Puerta de Siria ~Halal Certified, No Alcohol served
Location: Calle Elvira, 56, 18010 Granada
Opening Hours: 12 pm – 12 am
A humble location, which is slightly (5mins) away from the hustle and bustle of the center. This Syrian restaurant can fit a maximum of 15 people. Honestly, the food is what makes the trip to Puerta de Siria worth it. At Puerta de Siria you can find home-cooked Levantine meals such as Kibbeh, seasoned rice sprinkled with nuts and dried fruits, and squeezed lemon zest. Warm pita bread with fresh salad and green olives are served by the side. My mum and I got a dish to go and we were still licking our fingers after the meal.
Location: Calle Reyes Catolicos, 52, 18009 Granada
Opening Hours: 10 am- 10 pm
El Taj Halal is right on Gran Via street, and hard to miss. It’s another Moroccan restaurant that would serve as a solution for your empty stomach while discovering this pomegranate city. Here you can find Moroccan dishes like pastela, harira, chickpea sauce, mint tea for dessert and the well-known couscous.
4. Pad Thai Wok~ Halal Certified, Alcohol served
Location: Calle Honda de realejo,, plaza de fortuny, 24, 18009 Granada
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am.
This was the first time I had heard of a Halal Thai place. Naturally, I was curious and excited to find out what it had to offer. The typical meals there were Pad Thai, Satay, Chicken Yakhtai etc. Pad Thai Wok, is not a very big place. It’s great for a quick lunch to have with few people and then walk around to explore.
5. Halal Arrayanes**** ~ Halal Certified, Alcohol served
Location: Cuesta de Marañas, 4, 18010 Granada
Opening Hours: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm; 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
To save the best for the last, I present to you Halal Arrayanes. A true hidden gem in Granada. Halal Arrayanes was personally my favorite of all the restaurants I went to in Granada. Although they serve Moroccan food just like many other Halal places in Spain; the neat and well-decorated interior of the restaurant makes one feel like he or she is celebrating an event. The staff was friendly and patient. The manager took his time to walk around and chat with guests. From my chat with the manager, I got to find out that some well-known Islamic figures such as Dawud Wharnsby, Omar Suleiman to name a few had dined there as well. It wasn’t hard to see why. The food was equally as good as the service and the aesthetics. If you are to go to any Halal restaurant in Granada, I will strongly recommend Arrayanes.
Quick Tip: You can find many Muslim friendly restaurants, Moroccan products, and even a mosque by strolling through Caldederia Nueva Street
Those were the 5 Must-Try Halal Restaurants in Granada! I hope you will find them useful and enjoy the food as I did. Am I missing any more? Let me know in the comment down below.
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