Like its capital city Seoul, South Korea’s second largest city, Busan, has so much to offer. It also has the added advantage of having a huge coastline and amazing beaches, while also home to some of the best seafood in the country! As a Muslim traveller, however, it might be a bit difficult to find which restaurants are suitable for you to dine at, plus, not everyone wants to eat seafood for all meals!


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To satisfy all your food cravings, here’s your guide to some of Busan’s Muslim-friendly food haunts! Nom Nom 😉

Disclaimer: Several of the eateries mentioned in this article are not halal certified despite using halal ingredients as they serve alcoholic beverages (which is the norm for most eateries in Busan). We recommend that you dine at your own discretion. If you are not sure about the ingredients used, do clarify with the owner/ chef of the restaurant 😊

Haeundae Beach
1. Eobu (어부)

No trip to Busan is complete without trying its delicious seafood, and Eobu is a great place to do so! This seafood restaurant is located near Haeundae beach and serves up delicious seafood dishes, including its specialty of seafood grilled over a charcoal fire. The HHWT team ate there recently during a recent trip to Busan and loved it (read more about it in our 4D3N itinerary for Busan).

The restaurant is rated Muslim-friendly by the Korea Tourism Organisation – it serves only seafood and no alcohol is used in preparing the dishes (though please note that as with many local restaurants, alcoholic beverages are served. We advise you to dine at your own discretion.

Halal status: Seafood-only restaurant. Please note that alcoholic beverages are served, we advise you to dine at your own discretion.
Opening Hours: 4pm – 2am
Price: Sharing meals start from 39,000 won
Address: 540-17, U-dong, Haeundae-gu
Getting there: 10 – 15-minute walk from Haeundae beach, or about a 5-minute walk from Haeundae station

2. Hello India Al- Waha
This amazing spread welcomes you!

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Hello India Al-Waha located near Haeundae Beach serves an unusual combination of Indian and Lebanese cuisine. If you stop by here, we recommend you to feast upon their Lebanese menu loaded with lamb and chicken kebabs, barbecued meat platters, hummus and fresh salads.

For good value-for-money food, order their set lunch menu worth only 12,000 won that comes with a salad, tandoori chicken, fresh bread, chicken curry and briyani rice! Couldn’t get any better right?

Treat yourself to a nice hot cup of Chai!

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Note: This restaurant serves alcohol, but all the food is prepared using halal ingredients only, so do dine at your own discretion!

Halal status: Uses halal ingredients (please note that alcoholic beverages are served, we recommend you to dine at your own discretion)
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Operating hours:
 11am – 11pm
Address: 542-32 U-dong, Haeundae Beach, Busan.
How to get there: Take the Busan subway line to Haeundae beach and move toward exit 3. The restaurant is located very close to the beach and easy to locate.
Telephone no: +82-51-731-2015

3. Namaste Haeundae
Because no one says No to tandoori :p

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Sometimes, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of curry and hot Naan bread! If you are craving for some comfort food while travelling, make a stop at Namaste – one of the most popular restaurants for Indian cuisine around Haeundae beach. For those meat lovers, don’t forget to order their lamb vindaloo, chicken do pyaaza, prawn curry and tandoori chicken. Alternatively, their palak paneer (cottage cheese in creamy spinach sauce) and aloo goobi (mix of potatoes and cauliflowers) will leave you craving for more!

Enjoy the soft cottage cheese and creamy spinach sauce #drooling

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Halal status: Uses halal ingredients (please note that alcoholic beverages are served here. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion)
Operating hours:
11 am – 11 pm
Address: B1-7, HaeundaeHaebyeon-ro 265beon-gil, Haeundae Beach, Busan.
How to get there: Take the Busan subway line to Haeundae Beach and walk toward the beach. The restaurant is located right behind the mini Cooper/ BMW dealership.
Telephone number: +82-51-746-1946

4. Punjab Indian Restaurant

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Punjab Indian Restaurant is located along Gunam-ro Street close to Haeundae Beach and is an eatery serving halal Indian and Pakistani food. The restaurant’s proximity to Haeundae Beach makes it a convenient option while you’re visiting the area, plus its location right on Gunam-ro Street means you can browse around the shops afterwards or just take in the festive atmosphere of the street, especially during summer nights!

Halal status: Uses halal ingredients.
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Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
Contact no.: +82 51-731-1947
Address: 1393-31 Jung 1(il)-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea
Getting there: Short walk away from Haeundae beach (walk towards Haeundae metro station along Gunam-ro street). The restaurant is located near Burger King and is on the second floor.

Nampo-dong area (BIFF Square, Gwangbok-ro Street, Gukje Market, Jagalchi Market)
5. Jagalchi Market
Bite into a succulent grilled mackerel

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It is an absolutely impossible task to end any trip to Busan without visiting this iconic market place. Jagalchi market is Korea’s largest fish market and is filled to the brim with restaurants selling both fresh and dried fish dishes.

Whether you are a sashimi enthusiast, shellfish lover or enjoy simple grilled mackerel, you will find all that you desire here. Take a stop at any restaurant that appeals to you and sample some of Korea’s best seafood amidst the hustle and bustle of Jagalchi Market.

Or eat your fill of fresh shell fish!

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Halal status: Seafood options available. We recommend double-checking with the respective stall owners that dishes prepared do not include alcohol. Please also note that alcoholic beverages are served here. We recommend that you dine at your own discretion.
Address:
 52 Jagalchihaean-ro, Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Operating Hours:  5:00 am – 8:00 pm (Closed on first and third Tuesday of every month)
How to get there: Take Busan Subway Line 1 to Jagalchi Market.

6. Warung Jaya Mbak Tia

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If you’re craving for some Indonesian food while in Busan, look no further! Warung Jaya is a new eatery that opened in Busan only earlier this year conveniently located in Nampo-dong, close to BIFF square. Serving up Indonesian favourites like bebek goreng, soto ayam and mee goreng, you’ll get a familiar taste of Southeast Asian flavours here😊

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Halal status: Muslim-owned
Operating hours:
Thu – Tues (12 pm – 9pm); closed on Wed
Address: South Korea, Busan, Jung-gu, Changseondong 1(il)-ga, Gwangbok-ro 49beon-gil, 4 kwangbuk-ro 49beon kil 4 si
How to get there: Take the Busan subway Line 1 to Jagalchi market and move toward exit 7. BIFF square is only a 5 min walk away. Walk along Gwang-bok-ro street – the restaurant is located opposite KFC, at the intersection of Gwang-bok-ro and Gudeok-ro 49beon-gil streets
Telephone number: +82 10-8586-0956

7. Bombay Brau (Nampo-dong & Gunamro Street)

Number 9 on our list is another eatery serving up delicious Indian food, and the best part is, there are outlets located in both Nampo-dong and near Haeundae beach! The HHWT team at the Nampo-dong branch during our last trip to Busan, which was conveniently located along the Gwangbok-ro Culture & Fashion Street.

The restaurant located on the first floor, so look out for the entrance that leads you up the staircase to the restaurant. We tried the naan, the butter chicken as well as the palak paneer while we were there, and they made for a delicious combination!

Halal status: Uses halal ingredients. Please note that alcoholic beverages are served. We advise you to dine at your own discretion.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Price: Dishes start from 15,000 won
Address: 75, Gwangbok-ro, Jung-Gu

8. Bakso Bejo

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Another Indonesian eatery located near BIFF Square, Bakso Bejo Korea offers a fully Indonesia menu with dishes such as bakso, rendang, nasi goreng, beverages such as jus alpukat and more! The eatery also has a prayer area available 😊

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Another plus for Bakso Bejo Korea is that it actually sells Indonesia food products! So if you’re looking to stock up on Mi Goreng or need that bottle of kicap to tide you over during your trip, you’ll be able to find it here! The restaurant is located on the second floor, on top of a bakery and near to Basking Robbins and Lloyd Gift Shop.

Halal status: Muslim-owned
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Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm
Address: Changseondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea

9. Morocco Casablanca Restaurant (near Al-Fatah Mosque)
The most unusual fries and chicken tajine served at Casablanca

Located a stone’s throw away from the Al-Fatah Masjid (Busan’s only mosque!) is the must-stop foodie destination for Moroccan cuisine, Casablanca. The restaurant serves great wholesome meals including couscous and different types of meat and vegetarian tajines slow cooked to perfection. Among their many preparations, their lamb dishes are the best with meat that falls off the bone and melts in your mouth!

Nothing better than lamb on a Sunday!

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Operating Hours:
 10:30 am – 11 pm (Monday closed)
Address: 113 -15 Geumdan- ro, Geumjong gu, Busan.
How to get there: Take Busan Subway line 1 to Dusil station and move toward exit 8.
Telephone no: +82- 10-2397-8801

10. Samarkand (near Busan Chinatown and Busan station)
Tangle your taste buds with some Uzbek fare

Have you ever tried some Uzbek cuisine? If not, stop by Samarkand situated in the heart of Busan’s China Town (ironically). From serving hearty meals such as lamb skewers, chicken schnitzel, grilled beef, deep fried dumplings to simple affairs such as beef noodle soup and samsa (pastry filled with meat), Samarkand is highly recommended if you want to experiment with Uzbek cuisine.

At the end of the meal, treat yourself to a slice of Russian cake and wash it down with freshly brewed black tea!

Samarkand restaurant located in China Town

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Operating hours:
 10 am – 10pm
Address: 363-2 Choryang 2 dong, Dong-gu, Busan
How to get there: Take the subway line 1 to Busan station and move toward exit 9. Samarkand is a 5 min walk away.
Telephone number: +82-51-466- 4734

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