Arab Street and the surrounding area near Sultan Mosque is one of the best places to find a variety of Halal restaurants in Singapore. It is a place bustling with merchants, traders and window-shoppers. Whether you go there to shop or not, it is a place that you must experience during a visit to Singapore. Said to be named after a noble Arab merchant, Syed Ali bin Mohamed al Juneid, Arab Street has housed Muslims of various ethnicities – Arab, Malay, Indian, Bugis, Javanese and Boyanese decent.
What started off as a trading centre and spice market, still continues today. The Muslim culture is still predominant here with the gold-domed Sultan Mosque that everyone rushes to when the call for prayer is announced.
Shopping can be done at your leisure. Scores of foreigners can be spotted too, bargaining for fabrics, inhaling the sweet scents, and taking in the atmosphere. With a vast range of Halal restaurants around Arab Street area, deciding where to eat could take some time. Here is our guide to some of the best Halal food on the street:
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First up is a local favourite, an Indian-Muslim restaurant situated right across the Sultan mosque, known for its murtabak, nasi biryani, and fish head curry. In true cafeteria style, this Halal café does not disappoint when it comes to value for money.
Just next to Zam Zam is the Victory Restaurant. Offers a very similar cuisine to Zam Zam. Both are great places to try Murtabak and Biryani.
Located at the corner of Muscat street and Kandahar Street, it is definitely one of the best places to indulge in Indonesian cuisine. Their Beef Rendang is mouthwatering. You can also find some traditional Malay dishes as well.
Not very obvious to spot from the street, this is a small Javanese restaurant that serves delicious dishes like Nasi Kuning, Nasi Campur, Nasi Goreng, etc. Their Kerapuk (Crackers) are really great. They serve Cendol as well.
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One of the oldest food outlets serving Nasi Padang food. Food which traces back to city of Padang in Indonesia. It is located at the corner of North Bridge Road and Kandahar Street.
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Generally, a place that requires a reservation, Alaturka is a Halal restaurant on Bussorah Street (adjoining Arab Street) with classic Turkish food. Aiming to make the world smaller by delivering irresistible Turkish cuisine to diners, Alaturka combines classic flavours with an authentic Turkish ambience.
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House of Kebab on Arab Street, Singapore, offers mouth-watering options of shawarmas. Wrapped with hummus and vegetables are grilled chicken, beef or lamb. Whether you want it creamy, garlicky or spicy, these kebabs will have you drooling for more. Filling and delicious, opt to dine-in or take-away.
Kampong Glam Café is hard to miss as it takes up the entire corner of Bussorah and Baghdad Street. When you have been walking around the streets, what you need is a meal that will fill you and this Halal café’s dishes packed with flavour will satisfy your needs. The Malay cuisine available here offers dishes like Nasi Padang, NasiLemak, Roti Kirai and Mee Rebus.
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Where Indonesian and Thai flavours unite, Bumbu is a surprisingly affordable Halal restaurant, perfect for big groups to get together and share big meals. With a menu packed with flavour, you can’t go wrong with anything you choose. The TauhuTelor (tofu deep fried into a crispy egg cake), Olive fried rice and Coffee Chicken are said to be lip-smackingly good.
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Here’s one that you wouldn’t expect to be Halal! But it’s on the list to make sure that you don’t miss out! From crumbling pastries to wholesome meals of meats, pastas, salads and soups, Fika keeps things simple, and draws maximum flavour from the ingredients themselves. This Halal café on Arab Street, Singapore, is best known for its out-of-this-world meatballs.
Let us know of we should any one of your favourites not mentioned here!