Sochi is Russia’s favourite holiday destination. It’s a cute little resort town in the Caucasus Mountains, full of charming little cafés and restaurants. Islam is the second most practiced religion in Russia, and since many Russian Muslims live in the south of the country in the Caucasus region, there is no shortage of halal restaurants in Sochi. If you happen to find yourself in the holiday capital of Russia and if you feel like having a delicious halal meal, here are the best places for you to go.
Cafe, Restaurant, Bistro, Middle Eastern, American, Italian, $$$
Halal House is a cosy café in the heart of Sochi. It offers a wide and diverse menu, from classical Middle Eastern options to comfort classics such as burgers and pizza. The prices are very affordable, the interior is bright and welcoming, and the food is just plain delicious. Halal House is flooded with locals who keep coming back here for lunch and dinner. If you find yourself on a beach holiday in Sochi, you should definitely give Halal House a go.
Food Court, Middle Eastern, Russian, $$$
Lebanon House is a perfect place to go if you’re in need of a quick bite on a shopping trip. It is a fast-food restaurant chain present in many shopping centres all across Russia. Lebanon House offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, as well as a halal spin on some Russian classics. They are cheap and quick, as well as delicious. Unfortunately, at present, they don’t deliver, but you can stop in for lunch and grab dinner to take home. There is only one Lebanon House in Sochi right now, located in the MoreMall shopping centre.
Cafe, Restaurant, Middle Eastern, $$$
Cafe Uzgen is an Uzbekistani restaurant in a residential district of Sochi, quite far away from the city centre. The food is prepared with verified Halal meat. The café also has a room for prayer, and it’s an absolute favourite of the local Muslim population. Uzgen is a place to try a new cuisine and to get a glimpse of Sochi as the locals see it.
Restaurant, Asian, Middle Eastern, $$$
Vostochnyi Kvartal is the perfect place to go if you feel like an elegant halal dinner. The restaurant is located in the very city centre, right by the beach. The interiors bring to mind tales from One Thousand and One Nights, as they remain faithful to the traditions of the Russian Caucasus. The cuisine, on the other hand, is very varied. Vostochny Kvartal serves traditional Caucasian dishes as well as some immortal Russian classics and a few Korean options. It is a perfect venue for lunch on the seaside or a dinner on a special occasion.