It is a fact that the Indonesian island of Bali is synonymous with island paradise. With Bali being visited by almost 16 million people last year, there are a ton of people who can vouch for this fact.
Famed for its verdant forests, pristine beaches and colourful culture, Bali is a hit with Muslim travellers everywhere. However, with about 83.5% of the population subscribing to Balinese Hinduism, most Muslim travellers might find it hard to find Muslim-friendly food on the island.
Don’t fret! Here’s a list of Muslim-friendly eateries near Bali’s most popular hot spots where you can get your grub on.
Kuta is the most happening area on the island. Tourists flock to Kuta Beach to chill and relax while lying on its soft golden sand. The beach is also an excellent surfing spot for both beginners and experts as the waves are long and consistent.
Besides being an island paradise, Kuta is also a shopper’s paradise! Beachwalk, a large mall located adjacent to the beach, is stocked with international and local stores where you can shop till you drop. Drop by one of the many affordable spas that line the coastline when you need to soothe those aching feet.
Are you an animal lover? Then head on over to Bali Sea Turtle Society, a turtle hatchery where you can watch cute baby turtles released into the ocean during hatching season. If you want a break from the salty waters, Waterbom is the place to go. With thrilling rides, such as the Boomerang and the Climax, to kid-friendly water playgrounds, there’s something for the whole family!
Feeling peckish after all those activities? Time to fuel up at one of these eateries in Kuta:
1. Café De Dapoer
Located in the premises of The Rhadana Kuta Bali Hotel, Café De Dapoer is halal-certified by the MUI (Majelis Ulama Indonesia or Indonesian Muslim’s Council). The cafe feels very homely as it is filled with the owner’s personal memorabilia. Café De Dapoer serves authentic Indonesian dishes with a modern twist such as Udang Bakar Sambal Matah and Sop Buntut Si Mpok.
Address: Jl. Raya Kuta No.88R, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am – 11pm
2. Warung Nikmat
When in Indonesia, eating at a local warung (shop) is a must! Located at the heart of Kuta, Warung Nikmat serves up tantalising halal Indonesian cuisine. You can find a wide variety of dishes, such as beef rendang, perkedel (fritters) and sop buntut (oxtail soup). Highly popular with both locals and tourists, most dishes will be sold out after 2pm!
Address: Jl. Bakung Sari, Gg. Biduri No.6A, Badung, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am – 9pm
3. Sunda Kelapa Restaurant Bali
If you’re a foodie, you have to try Betawi cuisine at Sunda Kelapa Restaurant Bali. The Betawi people are an ethnic group native to the city of Batavia (modern day Jakarta). Betawi cuisine is an eclectic mix of Indonesia, Chinese, Indian, Arab and European flavours.
Their special dish is the Nasi Tumpeng; where yellow rice is served in the shape of a cone and surrounded by 10 different side dishes. Do note that you have to place your order in advance if you want to try this special dish.
Address: Jl. Kediri No.41, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9am – 10pm
4. Pondok Tempo Doeloe
Pondok Tempo Doeloe is a halal restaurant that is popular with tourists. Don’t let its name fool you! With two levels and roomy interiors, Pondok Tempo Doeloe is no actual pondok (small hut). The restaurant specialises in halal Sundanese cuisine; the cuisine of the people of West Java. Their seafood dishes, such as Ikan Bakar Tempo Doeloe and Ikan Nila Pesmol, are fan favourites.
Address: Sunset Road No.8, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm
5. Deliziosa Pizza & Pasta
If you want a break from Indonesian cuisine, head down to Deliziosa Pizza & Pasta for some Italian food instead. Located only a stone’s throw away from Beachwalk shopping mall, this halal restaurant serves up universally loved Italian dishes at affordable prices.
Their popular dishes include the Diavola Pizza and Pollo Pesto. If anyone in your party still hasn’t gotten their fill of Indonesian food, there are also some Indonesian favourites on the menu.
Address: Jalan Popies II No.47, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 9am – 12am
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Seminyak and North Kuta
Seminyak and North Kuta are more upscale and secluded as compared to Kuta. Numerous luxurious resorts and beach clubs are sprinkled over these areas. Other than basking in the sunshine, you can also go horse riding on Seminyak Beach. Enjoy stunning views of the sunset as the sounds of the waves gently lapping on the shores serenade you into total relaxation.
Instead of going to the touristy Tanah Lot Temple, visit the less-visited Pura Petitenget, one of six important sea temples in Bali. For the shopaholics, there’s definitely no shortage of shops here in Seminyak and North Kuta areas. Besides the countless smaller shops lining the streets, you can also head to The Seminyak Village or Seminyak Shopping Street to get your shopping addiction out of your system. At the end of the day, wind down with a relaxing yoga session at multiple yoga studios dotted around the area.
Is all that relaxation making you hungry? Nourish your body at these halal eateries:
6. Warung Bunana
Yes, you saw that right, there’s roti canai and teh tarik in Bali! Warung Bunana serves up a variety of roti canai (flatbread), from flavours such as onion and egg, chocolate and sugar. Whether you like it sweet or savoury, Warung Bunana has got you covered. After getting your roti canai fix, wash it all down with a satisfying cup of frothy teh tarik (pulled milk tea).
#HZtip: Although the food is halal, alcohol is served in the establishment. Please dine at your own discretion.
Address: Sunset Road No.28, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
7. Queen’s Tandoor
If the roti canai did not satisfy your Indian food craving, Queen’s Tandoor will do the trick. With authentic halal Indian cuisine prepared by Indian chefs, Queen’s Tandoor is known to be the best Indian restaurant in Bali. One of their bestsellers is the Chicken Handi, which is chicken curry cooked in a clay pot, enjoyed with a side of naan bread.
Address: Jl. Raya Seminyak No.1/73, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
8. Warung Murah Double Six
Located close to Double Six Beach, this humble warung has garnered excellent reviews from many crowd-sourced review forums. Although the warung looks like any other warung from the outside, the affordably priced food has won the hearts of locals and tourists alike. Their rendang and sambal (chilli paste) dishes are some of the most highly raved dishes.
Address: Jl. Arjuna No. 99, Legian, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: 8am – 10.45pm
Denpasar is the capital city of Bali province. Being the main hub of the island, Denpasar is always in a flurry of activity. Likewise, there’s plenty of things for tourists to do and see in the area. If you’re a history buff, check out some of Bali’s best museums on the island, such as the Bali Museum and Museum Le Mayeur.
While Bali is famed for its beautiful beaches and lush forests, her manicured parks are also just as beautiful. Take a leisurely stroll in Bali’s serene parks such as the one near the Bajra Sandhi Monument and Lapangan Puputan Badung. If you’re looking for souvenirs, the Badung Market is highly recommended. The traditional market gives you a peek into the local’s daily life as homemakers shop for groceries and offerings.
Had your fill of Balinese culture? It’s time to fill your tummy at these halal establishments:
9. Jempiring Restaurant
Located within Aston Denpasar Hotel & Convention Center, Jempiring Restaurant is halal-certified by MUI. With a team of award-winning chefs in the kitchen, you can expect top-notch food. Jempiring Restaurant offers an extensive menu including Western, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. Every Thursday is Italian night at the restaurant! Delight your taste buds with authentic Italian dishes such as cannelloni, lasagna and ravioli.
Address: Jl. Gatot Subroto Barat, Pemecutan Kaja, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80111, Indonesia
Opening hours: Open 24 hours
10. Ayam Bakar Wong Solo
Are you a fan of chicken? The Ayam Bakar Wong Solo signature grilled or deep-fried chicken will certainly not let you down. Don’t forget to dip the delectable chicken into their spicy sambal! The well-spiced chicken simply goes well with the extra kick of spiciness. Other than chicken, Ayam Bakar Wong Solo also offers fried fish dishes as well. Their crispy Gurami and Pecel Lele are fan favourites!
#HZtip: They also have one outlet in Kuta (Jln. Raya Kuta No. 87, Tuban, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia).
Address: Jalan Merdeka No.18, Sumerta Kelod, Denpasar Timur, Panjer, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80239, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am – 10.30pm
11. Warung KKN
If you can’t get enough of eating at warungs, here’s a halal-certified warung by MUI to try next. This charming little warung will certainly give you a problem; deciding what to eat!
With a selection of three types of rice – white rice, yellow rice and red rice – and more than 40 delectable dishes, choosing what you want on your plate is one problem you wouldn’t mind having.
Address: Jl. Danau Buyan No.36, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar, Bali 80227, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7am – 7.30pm
Nestled in Bali’s lush forests away from the beaches, Ubud reveals another side to this island paradise. When in Ubud, a visit to the iconic Tegalalang Rice Terrace is a must. Wander around and take in the gorgeous views at the valley of rice paddies when you visit. Want a take a walk on the wild side? Head to Ubud Monkey Forest where you can get up close and personal to the cheeky Balinese long-tailed monkeys.
Ubud is also known as the cultural hub of Bali. Soak in Bali’s history and cultural arts at the Ubud Palace, which once was the official residence of the royal family of Ubud. If you want to bring home traditional Balinese handicrafts as souvenirs, Ubud Art Market has everything you’re looking for. With a wide array of locally made wood carvings, textiles, jewellery and more, you’ll definitely find the right souvenir for all your loved ones.
Yearning for some yummy food after all that exploring? Head down to one of these halal eateries to satisfy your hunger pangs:
12. Halal Ubud Burger
Located along the same street as Ubud Palace and Ubud Art Market, Halal Ubud Burger is a convenient food spot to fuel up. This halal burger shack serves up amazing burgers and sandwiches at affordable prices. Other than the classic cheeseburgers, Halal Ubud Burger’s menu also includes a Veggie Burger, Dory Fish Burger and even Bahn Mi (a Vietnamese-style sandwich).
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm
13. Warung Igelanca
If you’re looking for a halal warung in Ubud, Warung Igelanca is here for you. This bijou warung serves different types of Indonesian dishes from all over the country, such as cuisines from Java, Sulawesi and Sumatra. To cool down from the Balinese heat, choose from the wide variety of teas and juices Warung Igelanca has to offer.
Address: Jl. Raya Ubud, Padangtegal Kaja, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7am – 11pm
14. Bali Buda Ubud
Bali Buda prides themselves by serving delicious nourishing food that is made with local organic and sustainable ingredients. You are guaranteed to enjoy the freshest Indonesian and international cuisines, such as Bali Bunda Tacos and Vegetarian Nasi Goreng. Also, you must try their freshly-baked homemade pastries. It is said that Bali Buda bakes over 500 loaves of bread each morning!
#HZtip: They also have two other outlets on the island.
Address: Jl. Jembawan 1 No.1, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm
15. Bale Udang Mang Engking Ubud
Besides eating in a warung, you must head to Bale Udang Mang Engking Ubud and dine in a bale (bamboo hut) above a fish pond for an authentic Indonesian dining experience. As indicated in the restaurant’s name, udang (prawn) dishes is Bale Udang Mang Engking Ubud’s speciality. Some prawn dishes you must order are their Udang Bakar Madu Super and Sup Udang Kelapa Muda.
#HZtip: They also have one outlet in Kuta (Jln. Nakula No. 88, Sunset Road, Kuta 80361, Bali).
Address: Jl. Raya Goa Gajah, Peliatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm
Located south of Kuta, Jimbaran is a charming fishing village dotted with coastal resorts. When visiting this area in Bali, Jimbaran Beach cannot be missed. Besides surfing and swimming, the long white-sand beach is lined with multiple oceanside seafood restaurants.
Other marvellous beaches that you can enjoy in Jimbaran areKedonganan Beach and Kelan Beach. If you want to watch a traditional Balinese performance besides the well-known Kecak Dance, head to Tari Barong Batubulan & Keris Dance Bali which features the Barong Ket; a tiger, lion, dragon and cow hybrid.
To end the day on a high note, enjoy the sunset while enjoying a meal at one of these Muslim-friendly oceanside seafood restaurants:
16. Nyoman Cafe Jimbaran
To taste some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever have in your life, dine at Nyoman Cafe Jimbaran. They serve seafood that is freshly caught on the same day! Once you have chosen your picks, your seafood will be doused in either garlic butter, tomato or chilli sauce. Their sauces are packed with flavour which nicely complements the grilled seafood. Don’t forget to order some fresh coconut juice to wash it all down.
#HZtip: Although the restaurant is not halal-certified, you can request for your seafood to be cooked separately. Please dine at your own discretion.
Address: Jl. Pantai Jimbaran No.5, Jimbaran, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mondays: 11am – 10pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays: 11am – 10.30pm, Sundays: 11am – 11pm
17. Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant
If you’re looking for a more secluded and spacious oceanside seafood restaurant, Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant is the perfect place to get away from the crowd. You can choose their fresh first-grade seafood from a wide array of seafood baskets and packages, which includes lobsters, king prawns and crabs. Besides the scenic views, daily Balinese dance performances are also arranged to enrich your Balinese experience.
#HZtip: Although the restaurant is not halal-certified, the restaurant is pork-free and doesn’t use alcohol in their cooking. Alcoholic beverages are served in the restaurant. Please dine at your own discretion.
Address: Jalan Segara Madu Pantai Kelan, Jimbaran Bay, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 12pm – 10pm
If you want a taste of the high life, Nusa Dua is the place for you. Being more upscale than other districts of Bali, many high-end resorts with their own private beaches are located here. Even if you’re not staying at one of the resorts, you can still head to the public Geger Beach to enjoy serene Nusa Dua. You can also witness nature’s forces at Water Blow where seawater is sent shooting up into the sky.
Want some action? Nusa Dua is home to loads of water sports companies which offer a huge selection of water activities, such as jet-skiing, parasailing and banana boat rides. Wind down in the evening with a leisurely stroll down Nusa Dua Promenade, a seven-kilometre-long walkway that lines the coastline.
Famished? Not to worry, Nusa Dua offers plenty of halal culinary delights for you to enjoy!
18. Raja’s Balinese Cuisine
Located within Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, get ready to feast like a raja (king) at the halal-certified Raja’s Balinese Cuisine. This award-winning restaurant takes the humble Balinese cuisine to the next level, while still retaining its authentic, traditional flavour. Delight your taste buds with dishes, such as Udang Windu Suno Cekuh Bualu and Nasi Ulam Rajas Megibung, that’s fit for a king!
Address: Kawasan BTDC Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot. North 4, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Opening hours: Wednesdays to Sundays: 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
19. Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie
Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie is also located within the premises of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa. You get to dine under an incredible bamboo thatched roof while enjoying sensational panoramic views of the ocean. The icing on the cake has to be the halal-certified mouth-watering Western and Asian dishes, such as Broccoletti Risotto and Traditional Gulai Kambing, that are offered in the restaurant.
Address: Kawasan BTDC Pariwisata Nusa Dua Lot. North 4, Benoa, Kuta Selatan, Benoa, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80363, Indonesia
Opening hours: 12pm – 12am
Bonus: Fast-food Restaurants
If you’re craving some good old golden fries or crispy fried chicken, you’ll be happy to know that the major international fast food chains, such as McDonald’s, KFC, Burger King and Dunkin Donuts are halal-certified in Bali! You can easily find these fast food outlets in the popular tourist hot spots such as Kuta, Jimbaran and Nusa Dua.
Now that you know where to seek delicious Halal food in Bali, go out there and enjoy the many sights and activities the island paradise has in store for you!