The population of Muslims around the world is estimated to be about 1.8 billion people and is steadily increasing every year. There has also been a huge influx of Muslim travellers around the world. To cater to this growing trend, many Muslim friendly eateries and halal shops have emerged which include good halal food in Bangkok, trendy halal restaurant in New York and even great halal food in Tokyo.
The focus of this article though, will be about the sunny island of Singapore. Although only about 20 per cent of Singapore’s population is Muslims, it is actually a haven when it comes to all things halal and Muslim friendly. You can easily find places to pray at, Muslim friendly hotels to stay at, shops that sell Islamic items and the most delicious halal food in Singapore.
With its numerous mosques, halal eateries and Muslim friendly hotels and shops located all across the island, you will never feel out of place if you are a Muslim traveling here. So, let’s check out some of the best places to find Muslim friendly and halal food and shops in Singapore.
Kampong Glam encompasses a few areas such as North Bridge Road, Arab Street, Haji Lane and Kandahar Street. There are many Muslim friendly and Halal food places and shops that can be found at shop houses lining the streets and the Golden Landmark shopping centre. The most attraction here is definitely the Sultan Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Singapore.
You can shop and buy many Islamic items such as abaya, head scarves, oudh/attar fragrances, holy Quran, Islamic fiction and non-fiction books and many others. Then when you are hungry after your hours of shopping, you can savor the fine local halal dishes at famous eateries such as Zam Zam, Victory, Tasneem, Hajjah Maimunah and Rumah Makan Minang.
Joo Chiat Complex
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Joo Chiat Complex is another popular Halal and Muslim friendly shopping centre that is located at the heart of the Malay Muslim community in Singapore. It is opposite to another popular Muslim eatery, which is the Geylang Serai Market. Joo Chiat Complex is home to numerous shops where you can dine all you want and shop till you drop.
There are a few boutique shops selling elegant and ready made abayas and Muslim dresses/blouses on the second and third levels. You can also find many Islamic items such as oudhs/attar fragrances, prayer beads and mats and religious books especially at a famous shop called Toko Warisan.
If you are looking for traditional herbs, ointments and medicine, look no further than the ground level at shops like Al Barakah and Haji Hashim. Once you are famished after a long day of shopping, head on over to the Halal food court at the ground level or cross the overhead bridge to feast on numerous local dishes at the Geylang Serai Market or the Teh Tarik food court.
As explained above, Singapore is a must stop place if you are looking for Muslim friendly and halal places to dine and shop. If you want to find more about Muslim friendly and Halal places in Singapore, check out some of our other articles on Singapore here.
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