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12 Muslim-Friendly Cities In Europe You’ll Have To Visit (With Easy To Find Halal Food!)


F2P2  •  May 19, 2017


Most Muslims around the world would think twice about travelling to Europe as they feel it'll be hard for them to find halal food. But thanks to the presence of the Turks, the Moroccans, and the Algerians in the cities, you'll easily be able to find halal food all around these cities! Not only that, there's also mosques in certain areas too, making it convenient for every Muslim traveller venturing into the city?
Credit: giphy Not sure where are the cities you should head to for a holiday? Fret not, we're here to guide you through some of the Muslim-friendly cities in Europe you can visit!?
1. Berlin
From visiting the largest department store in Europe (KaDeWe) to taking a stroll in the Grunewald forest, Berlin pretty much has everything that'll entertain your wandering heart! This city pleases everyone from the shopping enthusiasts to the nature lovers, and whatever your personality is, you'll find this city absolutely magnificent nonetheless?  Not to mention that it's the place where the iconic Berlin Wall is located!
Berlin is also the home of around 160,000 Muslims that covers 9% of the whole population in the city! You'll easily find mosques around the city, such as the Berlin Central Mosque, Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Moschee, Wilmersdorfer Moschee, İbrahim Al-Khalil Moschee and Büyük Camii? [caption id="attachment_22557" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Berlin Central Mosque[/caption] Credit: @2funyaman on Instagram Berlin also offers more than 60 halal restaurants! If you're on a tight budget during your trip, you can head down to Rayan Chicken for yummy Turkish food or Maroush for a delicate Lebanese food?
2. Hamburg
Just like its sister city, Berlin, Hamburg also offers various tourist attractions that range from historical places, countless museums and incredible architecture. And hey, it's a major port city in Northern Germany and it's no surprise if you find some cool fish markets and water activities too? [caption id="attachment_22535" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Elbe Filarmoni Salonu, Hamburg[/caption] Turkish people are the largest migrant community in the city and their population is around 93,000. The amount of Muslims in the city takes up 200,000 people and it's more than 10 percent of the whole city's population. There are more than 20 mosques in the city and some of the popular ones include Islamisches Zentrum and Centrum Moschee, just to name a few! [caption id="attachment_22538" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Islamisches Zentrum[/caption] Credit: @zicoalbaiquni on Instagram For affordable Turkish food, enjoy Turkish barbecue at Restaurant Pamukkale Koz, taste Lebanese delicacies at Békaa Libanesisches Restaurant and Restaurant L'Orient or experience Persian cuisine at Restaurant Teheran! If Middle Eastern cuisine is not your taste, Jawa Restaurant is also be a good choice as it offers authentic Indonesian food?
3. Frankfurt
Say hello to the home of museums, fine arts and breathtaking architectural buildings?  Beautifully located on the River Main, this old imperial city will bring romance back and have a classic sensation when you're in it! As its city’s skyline is highly influenced by North American culture, it also earns the nicknames of Manhattan and Chicago of the Main. If you visit this city, don’t forget to enjoy the Römerberg (Frankfurt's Old Town Center) to witness the historical buildings of the city. Goethe House and Museum is a good place for those into fine arts while Senckenberg Natural History Museum offers a wonderful sensation for those into museum with modern touches! [caption id="attachment_22540" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Römerberg[/caption] Credit: Scott Jungling on Flickr The city consists of around 11.8% of Muslims and it is one of the most Muslim friendly cities in Germany. There are four main mosques in the city and they are: Pak Muhammadi Moschee, Bait-us-Sabuh, İslamische Gemeinde Mevlana and Islamische Gemeinde Rodgau. [caption id="attachment_22560" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Bayram Kebap Haus[/caption] Credit: @thecherrycross on Instagram Although dominated by Turkish cuisines like Bayram Kebap Haus, Doy Doy Restaurant and Ramo’s Grill & Kebap Haus, you can also taste some Persian delicacies at Kish restaurant and Hafez restaurant. You can just as well satisfy your Asian appetite by visiting Thai Fun to enjoy some of the finest Thai delicacy around?
4. Munich
Munich is a city that offers you endless tourist attractions such as the landmark Frauenkirche and historical buildings with marvellous architecture in the Altstadt old town. The Tierpark Hellabrunn is the biggest zoo in the world and you definitely don’t want to miss this when you visit this beloved city. If you're a fan of nature, you'll definitely be interested to visit Englischer Garten, a gigantic natural park with its iconic swimming holes! [caption id="attachment_22541" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Frauenkirche[/caption] Credit: Sven Wusch on Flickr Have a taste of Afghan cuisines at Kababji Grill Haus, Bamyan Narges and Kabura! And if you're into food fusion, El Sham Restaurant offers you a great treat as they are a combination between Arabian food and German food? If you're looking for a space to fulfil your prayers, drop by one of the most iconic mosques, Mosque Penzberg, and marvel at the traditional Islamic architecture and simple modern designs that this mosque has? [caption id="attachment_22542" align="alignnone" width="857"]
Mosque Penzberg[/caption] Credit: Islamic Art and Architecture on Facebook
5. London
This city is definitely a must visit and we're pretty sure most of you would find it as an experience of a lifetime. Ranging from iconic Big Ben, spectacular London Eye, majestic Buckingham Palace, Tower of London and historical Westminster Abbey, this city offers you unstoppable beauty that's die for!
London is  also home to more than one million Muslims? Some mosques you'll have to visit are The London Central Mosque, East London Mosque, Fazal Mosque and Leyton Mosque. There are also some Islamic centres in the city such as Deptford Islamic Centre, East London Mosque & London Muslim Centre and The Islamic Cultural Centre. As the city has more than one million Muslim residents, halal food is absolutely not an issue. Turkish food, Pakistani food, Indian food or Middle Eastern food, you name it and London has it!
Credit: Bang-Lish on FacebookP.S. If you need a guide for your trip to London, we've got you covered here!
6. Manchester
This city is the center of arts, media, and higher education! Castlefield, Museum of Science and İndustry, National Football Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and Manchester Town Hall all show that Manchester is definitely a crowd-pleaser as it suits all types of travel personalities? [caption id="attachment_22551" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Manchester Townhall[/caption] Credit: Stephen on Flickr  [caption id="attachment_22561" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Ning Restaurant[/caption] Credit: @thepastimebliss on Instagram Manchester is one of the most Muslim-friendly cities in England! The diversity in Manchester also showcases the variety of halal food this city has to offer. Ranging from Malaysian cuisine (Ning), Eithiopian delicacy (Habesha), Pakistani food (Masala Twist), Mediterranean beauty (Petra, Beirut and Jaffa Restaurant) and the takeaways (Caspers UK and Kobeda Place), halal food in Manchester will definitely satisfy your appetites. Also, did you know that there are at least 62 mosques in Manchester??
7. Vienna
Vienna is the capital and the largest city of Austria and it's absolutely rich with beautiful sights?  The attractions vary from great palaces such Schloss Schönbrunn, the uniquely enchanting Riesenrad Ferris Wheel, and the mindblowing Hofburg İmperial Palace! [caption id="attachment_22549" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Riesenrad[/caption] Credit: @binarymeow on Instagram Some famous halal restaurants that you can check out will be Quicky’s (halal burgers), Sababa (Middle Eastern food), Asala Halal (Mediterranean food), Der Wiener Deewan (Pakistani food) and Sen (Turkish barbeque) ? [caption id="attachment_22562" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Quicky's Burger[/caption] Credit: @ramicup on Instagram So, has the presence of these halal eateries enticed you to visit Vienna yet??
8. Barcelona
There are two main reasons to visit Barcelona: You're either a big fan of its famous football team, or you want to feel the romance of the city! Either way, you're going to enjoy immersing yourself in this fascinating city. Barcelona is a pedestrian-friendly city, so it's great for you to discover the city on foot. A bonus point is that you can stay away from the bustling tourist bus? [caption id="attachment_22553" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Nou Camp Stadium[/caption] The main mosque in Barcelona is Mezquita Tariq bin Ziyad and the two Islamic centers in the city include Centre İslàmic de Barcelona and Minhaj Islamic Center! Bismillah Raval Kebabish (Turkish food), Sabor Persa (İranian cuisine), Lal Qila (Halal Indian food), Habibi Café (Middle Eastern delicacy) and Zeeshan Kebabish (Pakistani food) are some of the restaurants you need to check. Bali restaurant offers Asian fusion cuisine and if you are up for a good steak, El Asador de Aranda is a must-visit. [caption id="attachment_22565" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Sabor Persa[/caption] Credit: Sabor Persa on Facebook 
9. Paris
Well, this is definitely one of the most romantic cities that most people have on their bucket lists. And news flash, it's also Muslim friendly too. The city is packed with some of the most iconic attractions such as Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame de Paris, the Louvre and Arc the Triomphe. And if you are a fashionista, this city is definitely a dream come true. There are some free attractions you can visit such as the most haunting spot in Paris, Cimitière du Père Lachaise, or the beautiful waterfront, Canal St-Martin. [caption id="attachment_22566" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Eiffel Tower[/caption] Credit: @see.capture.remember on Instagram For your hunt on halal food in Paris, you can taste some Middle Eastern and Mediterranean delicacies at Helem and Chez le Libanais (Lebanese), Les Quatre Frères (Arabian) or Pacha Kebab (Turkish). If you're up for some fancy dinners, you can check out one of the best French fine dining restaurants at Alcazar ?
P.S. Check out our 7 Must Try Muslim-Friendly Restaurants In Paris article here!
10. Brussels
Brussels is the capital city of Belgium and also the capital of European Union. Most people would think about waffles when they hear about this city and yes, they DO have some of the most delicious waffles in the world!
Credit: @travellensdiary on Instagram The city is home to beautiful attractions like Grand Place (Grote Markt), Belgian Comic Strip Center, Place Royale (Koningsplein), Belgian Royal Museum of Fine Arts and Atomium. Known for its beautiful historical buildings, this city will give you unending pleasures and you would wish that you would be here again soon☺️ [caption id="attachment_22573" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Atomium[/caption] Halal food and mosques are things you should not worry about while travelling in Brussels! The city is packed with so many cultures and you can easily find Arabian Halal food (Bab El Hara), French Halal food (L’İnconnu), Moroccan delicacy (Le Livre Jaune) and even Ethiopian Halal cuisine (Kokob) in the city!
11. Copenhagen
With so many tourist attractions and most of them within a walking distance to each other, Copenhagen is a place where you can enjoy the beauty of all sorts of sights! Nyhavn is a must-visit place where you can feel the romance of the city, and marvel at beautiful buildings such as the Christiansborg Palace, Kronborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace!
Once you're done with that, get ready to bargain at Strøget as it's Copenhagen's largest shopping area? [caption id="attachment_22576" align="alignnone" width="900"]
Strøget, Copenhagen[/caption] Credit: Lucky Girl Kris on Flickr Don't go hungry on your trip! Halal food can also be found at Al-Diwan, Azeems Tikka House, Naan House (Pakistani/Indian food), Restaurant Beyzade, Kebabistan (Turkish cuisine) or Kabab-ji Grill (Mediterranean Cuisine).
12. Amsterdam
Whether you're hopping on your bike or taking a canal cruise, Amsterdam will give you the most memorable journey of your life. You'll want to visit over and over again as the beautiful city is home to fine arts, museums and beautiful parks?  Not forgetting the countless cafes along the pretty cobbled streets! When in Amsterdam, don't miss out on The Rijksmuseum, The Anne Frank Museum, or The Van Gogh Museum!
Fourteen percent of Amsterdam’s population consists of Muslims, and it showsthe  high level of growth compared to the presence of Muslims in the 1990s! Moskee El-Tawheed Amsterdam, Westermoskee Aya Sofya, and Masjid Al-Karam are some of the most notable mosques in the city. Crystal (Steakhouse and Pizza), Restaurant Riaz (İndonesian food), MOZO (Moroccan cuisine), Daarbaand (Persian delicacy) and Istanbul Plaza Doner Kebab (Turkish food) are some of the highlights of halal cuisines in the city. So now you know you won't go hungry on your vacay? [caption id="attachment_22578" align="alignnone" width="900"]
El Tawheed Mosque[/caption] Credit: @hussin_momentomda on Instagram There you have it! We've provided you with 12 Muslim-Friendly European cities in this article and now, there's nothing that prevents you from enjoying the beauty of this world. What are you waiting for? Book your tickets and show the world that it's not hard being a Muslim! Did we miss out on any Muslim-Friendly cities in Europe? Let us know in the comments below!?