Eat Halal in Paris
Originally published by Lyra on September 2019 and updated by Vanessa on May 2023.
Partly due to France’s colonial past, Paris is home to a large muslim community. This accounts for Parisian bursting middle-eastern and north Africa food scene, its incredible electro-oriental parties that leave you dancing till dawn and its numerous cultural exhibitions featuring artists heavily influenced by muslim cultures.
For such reasons, it is hence absolutely possible to be enjoying the finest food Paris has to offer while eating halal – you just need to know where to look!
I have met several practicing muslim Parisians who would complain to me about not finding enough options to eat out while following their halal diet, so I have decided to write the ultimate guide to give them all the advice they might need.
There is a running joke here in Paris that whenever you are looking for a halal meal in the French capital your only option is to order McDonald’s Filet-o-Fish. Now, I acknowledge that this fish burger is delicious, but I always thought it was such a shame to ignore the rich and mouthwatering halal scene in Paris to head out to McDonald’s every time you have to eat out.
There is one thing you should know before we dive into the subject of finding the best halal food in Paris – if you are curious about all things French and Parisian, some locals are giving free tours to help you experience the French capital like a true Parisian. If you are willing to explore the hidden gems in each of Paris’ iconic neighborhoods and truly feel the city like a local, click here to book yours!
Are you willing to make the most out of your time in Paris and eat out as well as following your halal diet? Then this article is for you, keep reading!
1. Download the first app dedicated to halal food in Paris and head up to one of the many halal restaurants of Paris
If there is one thing I would want you to remember from this article to eat halal in Paris, it would be to follow the Instagram account of PLBA_food (@PLBA_food on instagram). PLBA stands for “Partage les bonnes adresses” (“share the good addresses”) and is dedicated to listing and testing all of Paris’ halal restaurants.
A quick look at their feed will show you that Paris’ halal scene is more bursting than ever and that Paris is loaded with mouthwatering halal restaurants.
They also have an app that you can download to help you navigate Paris’ halal food scene and get the most out of it. Believe me, this app and Instagram account is really a life savior to navigate Paris’ halal scene while discovering incredible and hearty meals coming from cuisines from all over the world.
2. Identify halal butchers in Paris
The first tip that I would give you if you are looking to buy halal food in Paris is head to the closest supermarket you can find – since Paris is home to a large muslim community, many supermarkets have a small halal section where you can buy meat that fits your diet.
Paris is also home to several halal butcheries, the most famous of them being Boucherie L’Olivier in the 16th arrondissement of Paris (122 boulevard Murat, 75016 Paris). Boucherie L’Olivier sells prime quality halal meat and is visited by both muslim and non-muslims carnivores.
Another very famous halal butchery is L’Atelier de la Viande in the 12th arrondissement of Paris (77 rue Claude Decaen, 75012 Paris) – once again, prime quality meat and halal certification!
3. Head to the Paris neighborhoods famous for their muslim communities
Another great tip for identifying halal addresses and butcheries is to head out to the neighborhoods in Paris that are famous for being home to large muslim communities – the most famous one being Barbès Rochechouard in the 18th arrondissement.
This popular and vibrant neighborhood is jam-packed with street-food shops, most all of them being halal – in doubt, just ask, they will be glad to enlighten you. It is a good place to pick up a falafel, shawarma of halal kebab or burger on the go. Nothing too fancy, just street food as we like it!
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4. Believe it or not, almost all Parisian restaurants usually have at least one halal option
Did you know that almost all of Paris’ restaurants have at least one halal option? It may not be a meat-based option, but due to the rising trend of vegetarianism in Paris, the overwhelming majority of the restaurants of the French capital have at least one vegetarian option that can easily double-up as a halal option.
Of course, you may want to stay clear of traditional steakhouses in Paris without checking beforehand if they offer a vegetarian option, but for the rest, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the choice of vegetarian options that are both hearty and filling.
We have written several blogposts to help you navigate Paris’ growing vegetarian scene; including Paris for Vegans; the best vegan burgers in Paris; the best Poke bowls in Paris; 5 Plant-based restaurants in Paris. Check them out for specific vegetarian restaurant recommendations!
5. Optional Tip: Depending on your diet, try looking into Kosher food
Depending on the way you eat and the specificities of your diet, you may be interested in checking out Kosher food in Paris – Paris is home to a broad jewish community; its historical center being Le Marais neighborhood, so many restaurants and bakeries there sell Kosher food.
5 best Halal Restaurants in Paris
1. Le Jardin du Kashmir
Jardin du Kashmir is a halal restaurant serving Indian and Pakistani cuisine. Located in the heart of Paris’ 17th arrondissement this restaurant serves exquisite and careful cuisine perfect for the taste senses! Its decor is characteristically oriental, with magnificent woodwork and wall paintings.
The Chef’s Indo-Pakistani cuisine is gourmet and delicate in terms of taste. The cuisine features regional favorites such as chicken tikka, sheek kebab, lamb curry, and shrimp masala.
address: 60 Rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France
Hours: mon-sun; 12-2:30 pm, 7-11:30 pm
website:Jardin du Kashmir
2. Le Jumeyrah Halal Paris
Le Jumeyrah is well-known for serving some of Paris’ best halal cuisine. This popular French restaurant delivers delicious and authentic French cuisine that will have you returning for more.
This Halal restaurant serves dishes created from only the finest ingredients. After a lengthy stroll around Musee Edith Piaf, head to this restaurant that provides good cuisine and a place to rest. Many visitors come here to sample the delectable foie gras, volaille, and entrecote.
The best desserts are parfait, tiramisu, and ice cream. Several people remark that this location serves great Mojitos. Because the menu contains appropriate dishes for children, Le Jumeyrah may be an excellent choice for families with children.
The location is highly popular so making a reservation, especially on weekends would be great. Also, don’t skip the desserts; they’re all delicious! The majority of evaluations mention how nice the staff is here.
address: 101 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, France
Hours: mon-thur; 7 pm-12 am/fri; 7 pm-1 am/sat; 12-4 pm,7 pm-1 am/sun; 12-4 pm, 7 pm-12 am
website: LE JUMEYRAH HALAL PARIS
3. HBA Délices d’orient
If you’ve never had Mediterranean cuisine, I highly recommend paying a visit to HBA Délices d’Orient. This is a well-known halal cuisine business in Paris. Try their delightful tajine while you’re here. This establishment’s knowledgeable staff provides excellent service.
There is also a huge assortment of oriental pastries to enjoy with a cup of Lebanese coffee. Oriental Delights is currently in the midst of establishing a new point of sale that will include a Halal butchery, a rôtisserie, and a caterer specializing in wood fire grills.
address: 100 Rue du Faubourg du Temple, 75011 Paris, France
Hours: mon-sun; 10 am-9 pm
website: HBA DÉLICES D’ORIENT
Restaurant Istanbul is a little rustic café in Paris that provides halal meals inspired by Turkish cuisine. Located in the town’s Latin Quarter, it comes alive on weekends with live jazz music performances.
However, it’s more relaxed during the week in case you’re looking for peace and quiet. This restaurant is worth seeing. Take advantage of the opportunity to sample Turkish food. You could also enjoy the perfectly prepared doner, sandwiches, and chicken skewers at this eatery.
Many guests report that servers provide delicious yogurt here. You will appreciate reasonable prices. If you’ve never tried eating and experiencing a sense of beauty at the same time, go to Restaurant Istanbul (halal) to find a relaxing atmosphere.
Address: 19 Rue Saint-Denis, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: mon-fri; 11:30 am-11 pm/Sat; 11:30 am-10 pm
5. Le Baïli-restaurant
The Restaurant Le Baili, located in the heart of Paris’s 20th arrondissement, specializes in Tex-Mex food but in a halal version! This Parisian restaurant serves a variety of delectable dishes, including burgers. It features a terrace in the front that welcomes smokers in all seasons and those who enjoy outdoor dining and fills up quickly when the sun shines.
There are a variety of eclectic dishes on the menu, including a few classic starters, a fairly wide selection of Mexican specialties, and a dozen diverse and varied burgers, all with chicken or ground beef except, of course, for the vegetarian burger.
Not only that, but the restaurant has built a great reputation for handmade burgers produced with halal beef. Desserts range from Balimisu, a homemade variant of the traditional tiramisu, to the trendy crème brûlée with a Nutella center.
address: 29 Rue Saint-Blaise, 75020 Paris, France
Hours: mon-fri; 7-11 pm/Sat; 11:30 am-3 pm, 7-11 pm/sun;6-11:30 pm
website: LE BAÏLI-RESTAURANT
This article is now over, I hope it was useful! Do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any clarification. Also, if you are interested, I have also written an article about Learning Arabic in Paris, and another one on the new Middle Eastern restaurants you need to try in Paris in 2019 – check them out if you’re interested!