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More than simply the best halal food in Rome, I think what most of us are after is halal cheap eats.
I’ve written a full guide to the best street food in Rome some time ago, in which you’ll be able to find a few options here and there – mostly vegan and vegetarian, as I have kept the best halal restaurants in Rome for this specific guide.
You’d think halal food in Rome is pretty difficult to find, and to be honest, it is – a little bit.
Street food markets in Rome might offer some of the best street food in Italy (and probably the whole world), but finding food that is completely halal in Rome can be quite tricky.
Especially when you see the amount the number of Italian dishes that contain pork, and what you’re after is halal fine dining.
To be honest, you have much less trouble finding the best breakfast in Rome than you have finding completely, utterly halal restaurants in Rome, and that’s a fact.
Of course, there are a lot of cheap eats that are either vegetarian or vegan.
That is why, in this guide to the best halal food in Rome, I will talk about amazing halal restaurants, but also Muslim-friendly restaurants.
By that, I mean seafood places and vegan restaurants in Rome, so you can enjoy the best of Italian culture easily.
To help you out, I’ve split this guide into three parts:
- the best halal restaurants in Rome
- the best vegan restaurants in Rome
- and the best Muslim-friendly restaurants in Rome
Halal Food in Rome: 10 Best Halal Restaurants To Try ASAP
As I said, being able to find halal food in Rome can be a bit tricky as most food markets will have cheap eats mostly made of meat.
Sometimes, luckily enough, a lot of the street food in Roma is meatless.
Even if it’s not completely vegan, you will find amazing fried food like suppli or Margherita pizza unlike any you’ve ever eaten back home.
I will talk here about the best halal restaurants in Rome, but as I mentioned before, I will also tell you about some of the best vegan places which prove to be very Muslim-friendly spots when you are roaming the city.
You’ll also find countless cheap bites like pizza al taglio, desserts, and breakfast in Rome.
That’s a very positive note since all of these contain no meat. Now that this is clear, let us talk about the best halal food in Rome for you to enjoy your stay to the max!
Best Halal Restaurants in Rome
The following are some of the best halal restaurants in Rome, offering everything from halal pizza to delicious Lebanese and Middle-Eastern delicacies – perfect if what you’re after is completely halal food in Rome.
Best Halal Food in Rome: Shawarma Station
Shawarma Station is located on one of my favorite streets in the city, Via Merulana, very close to the Termini Central Station and the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore.
There are lots of small coffee shops there and one of my favorite places to write in Rome is actually Molino Bakery, right at the top of the street.
Shawarma Station is perfect when you’re looking for the best halal food in Rome but do not want to spend too much money.
If you would like to get somewhat healthy food, the prices are really affordable, and the food is fresh.
Middle Eastern cuisine reminds me a lot of Moroccan food, which I have grown up with – full of flavor, and usually super affordable.
When you’re really hungry because you’ve been roaming the city for so long or working all day, you’ll see that the portions are more than generous.
Just an overall great place for Middle Eastern halal food in Rome.
If you still have some space once you’re done, you should try some of their desserts as well.
Definitely one of the most filling, satisfying, and best halal restaurants in Rome right next to Termini station and the Nuovo Mercato Esquilino.
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Halal Food in Rome: Luna Caprese
This restaurant is now closed.
Luna Caprese is one of the best halal restaurants in Rome if you’re looking for Italian classics.
There, you will be able to taste delicious pasta and pizza – and we all know just how important it is to eat pasta and pizza every single day when you’ve just moved to the city.
Most importantly, this halal Italian restaurant is located right next to the Trevi Fountain, which means you will be able to keep on sightseeing as soon as you’re done eating.
Although the dishes are called by their classic names like carbonara, all the Italian food in this Rome restaurant is halal.
Luna Caprese is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. so you have plenty of time to taste some of the best halal food in Rome here.
Get yourself some pizza al taglio, a classic Roman dish, and some of the best street food in Rome. You’ll see, you will go back again and again.
Halal Food in Rome: Himalaya’s Kashmir
Himalaya’s Kashmir is one of the restaurants that offer the best halal food in Rome.
Tainted with Indian and Pakistani notes, Himalaya’s Kashmir also caters to vegan people with traditional recipes turned from the simplest veggies into mouthwatering dishes – with a fully halal menu.
This Indian restaurant located via Principe Amedeo will give you a taste of the Indian and Pakistani culture so present in Italy.
If you’re looking for the best halal restaurants in Rome, that is one of the spots that will leave you fully satisfied with your lunch or dinner.
It’s located a bit outside of the center, Metro Manzoni, where you can experience some of the local life with small coffee shops.
And boy, you know I am passionate about finding new cafes to work in Rome, so the walk around is pretty enjoyable for me. Definitely one of the best addresses for halal food in Rome.
Best Halal Food in Rome: Alibaba
One of the best halal restaurants in Rome is clearly Alibaba, located on Via dell’Arco di Travertino.
It offers some of the best halal food in Rome, tainted with grilled meats, delicious vegan falafel and a side of kebab.
This is one of the restaurants you will feel most at home because it offers a truly Arabic-style experience.
You cannot get that type of atmosphere at any of the food markets in Rome.
Whether you’re looking for a place to chill after your work day or get out of the hostel for a little bit, you’ll find some healthy delicious dishes for lunch or dinner at Alibaba.
Middle-Eastern halal food in Rome is not easy to come by, and the prices are quite reasonable given the quality of the food.
Even if you’re looking for halal food in Rome in the early hours of the morning, Alibaba is open almost 24 hours a day.
Believe me, it is rare to find halal restaurants open after midnight every day of the week in Rome. Just one great find and perfect if you’re looking for a relaxed dinner.
Best Vegan Restaurants in Rome
The following are some of the best vegan restaurants in Rome, perfect if you don’t fancy eating meat and would just like to find some of the best vegan food in Rome.
Vegan Food in Rome: Flower Burger
I first discovered Flower Burger with a vegan friend who was studying abroad in Rome. To be honest, that is one of the restaurants that blew my mind.
It might not be offering halal food in Rome, but its vegan burgers and sides are definitely some of the most delicious you will ever be given to try in the capital.
Juicy burgers, potato wedges, colorful buns – everything is absolutely delicious at Flower Burger.
I am a big fan of sauces wherever I am, whether I’m eating at one of the best halal restaurants in Rome, or a vegan place.
If you like faux cheese, you’re also going to be well served. It’s a really young company that was created in 2020, and the homemade buns are super instagrammable.
You will see no halal food there, but Flower Burger is absolutely Muslim-friendly and tastebud friendly. You couldn’t get that level of food even in the best food markets in Rome, trust me.
There are two locations in Rome; one of them is in Salario, and the other one is in Ottaviano, near the Vaticano.
There’s also Trecaffè nearby, one of the best cafes to study in Rome near Pescaria I mentioned above, so you could start the day by working there before treating yourself to a colorful vegan burger.
Vegan Food in Rome: Col Cavolo
Col Cavolo is an entirely vegan bistrot, very young since it was established in 2021.
If you’re just looking for a delicious vegan meal because you’re too far from the halal restaurants in Rome I’m mentioning here, Col Cavolo will fill up your stomach and make your tastebuds dance.
The ingredients used are fresh and the team mixes Italian classics with international bites.
This is one of the most exciting vegan Italian restaurants, and you can even get a vegan tiramisu there.
That’s probably some of the best you’ll ever try in Rome, and Col Cavolo is really a restaurant that caters to vegans and Muslim patrons perfectly.
Far from being a touristy place, you’ll be happy you’ve made the trip to the Salario area whether you’re looking for vegan lasagna or pasta dishes.
They might not serve halal food in Rome, but it’s definitely one of the best vegan spots and even non-vegans should make a stop there for refreshing food.
Vegan Food in Rome: Aromaticus
Then, on this list of the best Muslim-friendly restaurants in Rome, we have Aromaticus, a totally vegan restaurant that caters to anyone big on fresh vegan food.
It is really a change from classic Italian food made of pasta, pizza, and meat dishes, and you will have some really delicious sandwiches and desserts there.
Even if you’re not vegan, you will enjoy the food very much.
The vegan scene has really changed these past few years in Italy, and you can find some really delicious vegan dishes in street food markets.
Even if you were looking for the best halal food in Rome, Aromaticus is perfect for plates of delicately seasoned and carefully crafted dishes. And it will keep you coming back.
Fried food, delicate vegetarian and vegan options made for even the biggest meat eater are cooked up from the freshest ingredients.
If this is your first time in Rome, you will see that the ingredients in Italy are much tastier than anywhere else in the world.
Aromaticus may not be a halal restaurant, but it’s certainly one of the best options if you’re looking for a delicious food break, and one of the best vegan restaurants in Rome, Italy.
Muslim-Friendly Restaurants in Rome
The following are not halal restaurants in Rome, but they do offer either lots of vegetarian options or a seafood-based menu that would be perfect for Muslim patrons looking for the best halal food in Rome.
Muslim-Friendly Food in Rome: L’Insalata Ricca
I mentioned L’Insalata Ricca in my guide to the best cheap eats and street food in Roma a while back. Here it is again, although it does not offer halal food in Rome.
L’Insalata Ricca has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options, and that is also one of my favorite restaurants in Rome when I want something affordable, quick, and delicious.
There are quite a few addresses for L’Insalata Ricca all over Rome, and they are quite famous for their huge salads.
However, if you’re down to try one of the best dishes in Rome, I would definitely recommend getting the lunch menu. It retails for just over €10, and you can get a starter, a pasta dish, and a coffee or a drink for that price.
It would be amazing if L’Insalata Ricca offered food that was halal in Rome, but if you try their delicious tonnarelli cacio e Pepe, you’ll also bookmark it in your mind as one of the best restaurants in Rome. There are a lot of vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Whether you’re looking for the best restaurants in Trastevere or Monti, you’ll quickly understand why it’s often packed.
Dar Filettaro: Fritti di Baccalà
This other restaurant I’m mentioning now, Dar Filettaro, does not offer halal food in Rome. However, the menu is fully composed of deliciously fresh fried fish.
There’s something about fried fish and seafood dishes in Rome that tastes nothing like what you might have tried in your home country.
If you’re a digital Nomad living abroad and trying to find the best street food in Roma, you will see that Dar Filettaro and its fried cod fillets are stunning.
There is no other word to describe the magic happening in your mouth when you taste their fried fish. It might not be the best halal food in Rome, but it’s a great vegetarian option.
Located just a few minutes away from Campo de’ Fiori, it would be a shame if you missed lunch at Dar Filettaro while in Rome.
My favorite way to eat it is to take it away and walk around Campo de’ Fiori and the surrounding streets full of ancient Roman History.
Muslim-Friendly Food in Rome: Pescaria
I first came across Pescaria as I was going to work at Trecaffè on via Leone IV. Although it does not offer halal food in Rome, the entire menu is fish-based.
That is quite an interesting take on the usual classic Italian seafood dishes, to say the least.
There are quite a few branches all over Italy and Pescaria is probably one of the only places you will get to try fish burgers.
Although they don’t have any halal food, the entire menu is built on raw seafood, fritters, fish carpaccio, and fish burgers all more delicious than the previous one.
Just an overall great place to try if you’re after halal food in Rome but nothing on this list is to your taste right now.
The location is close to the Vatican, so if you have booked the Musei Vaticani in the morning, you’ll be happy you’re trying this seafood restaurant for a small break at lunch.
Halal Food in Rome: 10 Best Halal Restaurants To Try ASAP
There you have them, all the best spots for halal food in Rome.
I’ve tried to list only the best and my favorites for delicious halal street food in Roma, since that’s some of the most famous food you’ll eat while studying or freelancing there.
If you’re a traveler and have never set foot in Italy, you’ll see that finding the best halal restaurants in Rome is difficult.
For when you’re traveling to Italy, what you want to eat is Italian food – not Indian, Lebanese, or Syrian specialties.
But when they’re all you have, and you really want to spend an evening out, those halal, vegetarian, and vegan restaurants I’ve listed here will hopefully help you lots.
Until next time!
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