Do you know where to find halal Greek food in Greece? Well here’s a comprehensive guide to finding Halal Greek food in the main cities and islands of Greece discover the restaurants serving halal food as well as the great dishes of Greek cuisine that are halal. There are an enormous number of Halal food options available in Greece outside of the few Halal restaurants, and this guide has them all covered.
- Before you go: tips for finding Halal Greek Food in Greece
- Where to find halal food in Greece – a regional guide
- What to eat when no Halal options are available
Before you go: tips for finding Halal Greek Food in Greece
Halal restaurants in Greece are few and far between and in general, Halal meat in Greece is not easy to find. Halal options are newcomers to the Greek gastronomic offer, so many smaller areas will still not have Halal.
They are bringing with them their culinary backgrounds and some of them are establishing Halal restaurants.
But regardless of the scarce Halal possibilities, Greece has one of the best cuisines in the world.
It is a cornerstone of the famous Mediterranean diet and based on a vast variety of fish, seafood, vegetables, fruit, and nuts, you will find plenty of options to enjoy even if no Halal is available.
Greek taverna staff are super friendly and are happy to go the extra mile for you. If they can meet your requests, be sure they will, so don’t be timid to ask anything.
The same goes for the famous colorful Greek farmers markets (Laiki Agora in Greek), where everyone goes for the freshest of the local produce – whether it’s fish, seafood, or vegetables and fruits.
Buying fresh halal meat in Greece is not common yet.
Greece is obviously working its way towards offering a better array of Halal food. Luckily, vegan food is always halal (assuming it doesn’t contain alcohol), and there is a plentiful amount of vegan food on offer in Greek restaurants.
Where to find halal food in Greece – a regional guide
Each year, more and more halal restaurants and other eateries pop up all over Greece. Here’s a small selection to get you started:
Halal food in the Athens area
You’ll find that many small restaurants and fast food joints around Vathy Square in Athens (exact address is 1 Liosion str.) prepare meat that is halal. One of the most famous is Restaurant and Halal Ibrahim. Also, try:
- Green Kebab – a Halal kebab place at 81 Ioulianou str.
- Sara Kurdish Restaurant (Halal), 39 Deligiorgi str.
- Makkah Restaurant (Halal) – Pakistani restaurant in downtown Athens. 15 Anaxagora str.
- Bismillah Halal indian Restaurant – 51 Menandrou str.
- Taj Mahal Tandoori Halal Restaurant – 49 Ag. Panton str.
- Cappadocia Grill Cafe – 15 Leof. El. Venizelou, Kallithea
- Aladdin’s Restaurant – 88, Areos 84, Paleo Faliro
- Halal Big Brother – Online Delivery – BOX, 274 Ἀcharnon str.
Halal food in the Thessaloniki area
Greece’s second-largest city Thessaloniki is a gastronomic gem of the north, also offering several halal food options:
- Middle East restaurant – 3 Kristalli str.
- Mengal food – 10 Klisouras str.
- Hayat little Istanbul – a beautiful downtown place at 23 Paleon patron Germanou str.
- Ya habibi restaurant – 120 Egnatia str.
- Nargis – Indian place at 18 Captain Patriki str.
Halal food on Mykonos Island
- Indian Palace – yep, only 1 so far that I can find
Halal food on Santorini Island
- Nick the Grill (Fira)
- Mike Grill House (Mesaria)
- Jaipur Palace (Fira)
- Taverna El Greco (Fira)
- Momo Indian & Thai Restaurant (Fira)
Halal food on Corfu Island
- Red Chilli Indian Restaurant (Gouvia)
- The Tandoori Bites (Corfu Town)
Halal food on Crete Island
- Curry Park (Heraklion)
- Αραβικό εστιατόριο snack halal (Heraklion)
- Namaste (Chania) – the chicken is halal
- Falafel House Arabian Restaurant (Chania)
- Alberto’s Restaurant (Rethymno)
- Punjab Indian&Greek restaurant (Rethymno)
Halal food on Rhodes Island
- Mezza Lebanese Cuisine Rhodes (Rhodes Town)
- Zaytouna Restaurant (Lebanese) (Rhodes Town)
- SAFFRON Indian and Iranian-Persian Restaurant (Rhodes Town)
- Afroditi Venus (Rhodes Town)
- Ouzo (Rhodes Town)
What to eat when no Halal options are available
Greece is a country with lengthy periods of fasting during the year, weeks when people do not eat meat, so plenty of vegetarian, fish, and cheese options have been devised in the traditional cuisine that works for Muslims too.
Fish and the seafood
The best food in Greece, in general, is the fresh catch of the day for dinner. You usually pick and choose the piece for yourself that is then prepared for you a-la-minute.
Greece is super famous for its varied seafood dishes, but calamari tops every list. Fried, grilled, or as a salad, Greek calamari usually comes frozen, but delicious!
One of the staple Greek summer combinations is fried calamari rings, French fries, and a salad. Grilled shrimp/prawns are also fantastic and taste delicious!
Greeks love tapas-style appetizers, where everything is shared from the center of the table. It’s not unusual in Greek cuisine for whole meals to be made only of appetizers.
Spreads play a huge role in this and put on the pita bread, they are delicious. Three of the best are:
- Tsatsiki – a garlic yogurt and dill-based dip is so refreshing!
- Kopanisti (tyrokafteri) – Greek soft cheese with chili peppers.
- Melitsanosalata – a mayo aubergine garlic spread, fantastic!
The best pies I’ve ever had are Greek pies. They make the dough so crunchy and the fillings moist and tender.
- Spanakopita – the king of the Greek pies is the spinach pie, which can also come with cheese too. It is popular both as a breakfast option as well as a lunch appetizer or even a whole meal.
- Tyropita – cheese pie
- Kaseropita – hard (yellow) cheese pie, usually eaten for breakfast.
- Bougatsa – thin-filo pies filled with white cheese or meat or custard (sweet). Coupled with Greek coffee makes for the best local breakfast ever.
Greek cooked/baked dishes – ladera
- Casserole-cooked or oven-baked dishes are usually veggies-based and drenched in healthy olive oil. These dishes are eaten for lunch with feta cheese and Greek salad.
- Briam – a vegetable mix baked with herbs and olive oil
- Fasolada – a bean stew
- Papoutsakia – baked stuffed aubergine halves
- Gemista – rice-stuffed baked bell peppers (ask for the stuffing to be without the minced meat). I will never be able to eat enough of these!
- Spanakorizo – the simplest of all Greek dishes, a pure delight consisting of nothing more than rice and spinach stewed together. Just perfect for my taste as a light lunch option.
Famous for their dairy products and like many other European countries, Greeks love their cheese and yogurt. There are local cheese varieties, but the best-known Greek cheeses are:
- Feta – hard white cheese that is eaten with everything
- Mysithra – sheep or goat’s milk whey cheese
- Graviera – hard yellow cheese
All sorts of appetizers and salads
The best companion to one of the spreads is the appetizers:
- Kolokithokeftedes – mashed zucchini and cheese fritters
- Dolmadakia – the Greek version of rice-vine leaves. The best!
- Greek salad – her majesty the salad of the summer – rough cuts of tomato, cucumber, onion with olives, a mixture of herbs, and a chunk of feta, topped with olive oil.
You will see that the Greek taverna is a world of its own, especially when in a special beautiful position – next to the sea or deep in the mountains.
Slow cooking and eating are complemented by savoring the specialties without rush and always in the good company of friends.