10 Halal Eateries In Arab Street For Your Future Dine-In Plans


Nia Sarah •  Jun 14, 2021

[Updated: 6 December 2021]

While we're all looking forward to catching up with a group of (five) friends over halal brunch or a nice cup of afternoon tea, it's best to plan in advance and make your bookings early. Some eateries may be expecting a larger number of bookings than others, like the ones over at the famous Arab Street! Located in Bugis, Arab Street food is full of a variety of cuisines from Swedish to Western and even fusion food. You can expect a wide range of halal cafes here along the nearby Beach Road, Bussorah Street and North Bridge Road too, which makes it the best location to have your yummy meals ? So while we wait for them to reopen for dine-in, plan in advance at these yummy eateries!

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1. Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro

Serving quality Swedish meals at the corner of Arab Street and Beach Road is Fika Swedish Cafe & Bistro. From getting your Swedish meatballs fix to other fascinating dishes like Panbiff (homemade beef patties with mashed potatoes), Fika gives you a taste of authentic and halal Swedish cuisine for brunch. Their All Day Breakfast menu consists of the Fika Breakfast and Breakfast Waffle - this one has buttermilk waffle with bacon mushroom compote and sausages. Definitely something we'd eat for brunch! Don't miss out on Swedish pancakes and apple crumble pie for that dash of sweetness. They're currently taking this time to make improvements to their menu - like the Fisherman's Pasta, so you can definitely expect quality taste once they return on 14 June ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-11PM

Address: 257 Beach Rd, Singapore 199539

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2. Overrice

If you've been searching for a halal snack pack to tide you over, look no further because Overrice is Singapore's very own answer to the famous chain The Halal Guys! ? Their bowls are filled with basmati rice, lettuce, tomatoes, pita bread, and your choice of chicken, pulled beef or falafel. Their Arab Street outlet has an extensive menu that includes mouth-watering snacks like the Overrice Fries, Buffalo Chicken drumsticks, and even desserts like brownies, Okieco's banana pudding and strawberry cheesecake 'shooters' for a bite-sized treat.

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Wed-Sun; 12PM-3.30PM, 6PM-9.30PM (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Address: 48 Arab St, Singapore 199745

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3. Hindarab

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Hindarab is one fusion eatery where you can get Indian, Arabic, and Malay dishes in one spot. ? They're conveniently located just opposite the Village Hotel Bugis, and their light and modern ambience are great for all kinds of occasions. Make sure to try their Malabar Dum Biryani and Lamb Shank Biryani for a hearty and satisfying meal!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Open daily; 11AM - 10PM

Address: 150 Arab St, Singapore 199832 (Opposite Village Hotel Bugis)

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4. All Things Delicious

All Things Delicious wins us over with its freshly-baked goods, hearty breakfast sets and the most delicious rice bowls! They serve up an all-day breakfast (until 5.15PM) that includes the unique Shashouka (a North African stew), and their WholesomeHearty or Nourishing breakfast sets which come with various protein choices. They have lighter options too such as Smoked salmon on Sourdough Toast or Roast Beef Panini ? Make sure to try their desserts too, especially the Bread and Butter Pudding that’s creamy yet light on your tongue.

Halal status: Halal-certified

Address: 34 Arab St, Singapore 199733

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5. Le Fuse Cafe

Located alongside rows of carpet and textile shops at Arab Street, Le Fuse is a Muslim-owned restaurant and probably the only place that you can find halal mala in the Bugis area. Their Mala specialty dishes include Mala Xiang Guo (stir-fry) or Mala Tang (soup). The ingredients are what you'd usually find in an authentic mala like Chinese cabbage, Enoki Mushroom, Black Fungus Lotus Root, Bamboo Shoot, chicken luncheon meat and more. If you'd like, you can also add more ingredients. You can choose from three different spice levels too - mild, moderate and extreme. Their mala also comes in generous portions and you can choose how many servings you'll need to feed your group ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11AM-3AM, Mon 11:30AM-3AM

Address: 47 Arab St, Kampong Gelam, Singapore 199744

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6. % Arabica

What's a cafe hangout without stopping by somewhere to get coffee afterwards? At Arabica, the menu might be simple with mainly Espresso, Macchiato, Caffe Latte and Americano but one sip and you can possibly taste the depth and richness of the coffee ? Even if you're not a coffee drinker, you can have their other drinks like Matcha Latte and Lemonade. Plus, its aesthetic interior should be enough to lure you in! With its white tabletops and sleek coffee machines, everything about % Arabica screams hipster. Not to mention that their signature "%" sign is printed everywhere from their cups to coffee machines and even their mats - it's tastefully decorated and perfect for the 'gram ?

Halal status: The coffee at Arabica does not contain alcohol. They do plan to sell some croissants but we are unable to verify its halal status. We advise you to visit at your own discretion.

Address: 56 Arab St, Singapore 199753

Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 8AM-6PM, Fri-Sat 8AM-8PM

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7. Rumi The Poets Cup

Rumi The Poets Cup has been a popular sight at Ramadan bazaars in the last few years, and they finally set up a brick-and-mortar store in Kampong Glam in October 2020! ? Now you can pop by their outlet along Bussorah Street and pick up a cup of their signature iced tea and coffee, or the Exclusive Rumi Ice Blended series in flavours like Butterscotch, Ondeh-Ondeh, Hazel Roche and Strawberry ? The menu also includes new items like fruit-inspired mocktails and the literary-inspired 'Frizantea' selection made with brewed tea and sparkling water.

Better yet, let your friends know it's time for a rooftop dinner plan! This eatery is actually located on the second level of The Straits Teppanyaki, making it a beautiful location as a rooftop hangout cafe. So grab your friends for some downtime as you take in the sights of an open dine-in concept in the lively streets of Bugis ?

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tues-Thurs & Sun; 11AM-11PM, Fri-Sat; 11AM-1AM (Closed Mondays)

Address: 16 Bussorah St, Singapore

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8. The Straits Teppanyaki

On top of opening a physical store, the owners of Rumi The Poets Cup have also opened a dine-in teppanyaki and rooftop halal 'bar' located on the 2ndfloor of the same building! The Straits Teppanyaki offers both Asian and Western-style dishes like The Straits Salmon Fillet, crunchy chicken skin, or halal wagyu beef grilled on a Japanese teppanyaki-style hotplate. ? Sit back, relax, and watch the master chef grill your meal to perfection right in front of your eyes.

P.S. You can order light bites from The Straits Teppanyaki while you're at Rumi The Poets Cup, or drinks from Rumi The Poets Cup to accompany your freshly-grilled meal. It's the best of both worlds!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Opening hours: Tues-Sun; 12PM-11PM (Last order 9.30PM, closed Mondays)

Address: 16 Bussorah St, Singapore


9. The Fortune Cookie

Opened by the same team behind Insta-worthy eatery The Malayan CouncilThe Fortune Cookie's menu is a mix of halal Chinese food and Asian or local fusion delights. From Hokkien Mee topped with huge prawns to Ikan Pari Spaghetti to Lobster Fried Rice - the cozy and sleek ambience of the eatery makes it perfect for a special night out with family or friends. ?

Don't forget to try their desserts too - the Red Bean Lamington Cake is a blend of Asian and Western desserts you'll want to sink your teeth into!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: Online

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10. ASAP & Co.

What could be better than treating yourself to an early brunch or freshly smoked meat at a steakhouse? How about a halal eatery that combines both! ? ASAP & Co. is a halal brunch spot in Kampong Glam, and they have a combined steakhouse-dessert bar concept so you don't have to choose between sweet or savoury anymore. Take a pick from ASAP Ultimate Breakfast with 12h smoked brisket or have their Baby Dutch Pancakes and Shabsouka for something different!

Halal status: Muslim-owned

Address: 774 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198742

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With that, we hope you'll have a wonderful catch up with friends this Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)! Remember to stay safe and mask up too ? Share this with your friends and family to let them know!