When you visit the city of Paris, halal food is not that hard to find. I mean, pastry everywhere, right? There are, of course, many kebab shops as well, and kosher or seafood eateries that can be found tucked in back streets from the main road, under the elevator at the underground station, or in a nondescript alley, where you might find the most delicious salmon sandwich ever.
In neighbourhoods with a big Muslim community like Montmartre or near the Paris Grand Mosque, you might even find fast food favourites like halal cheeseburgers and chicken wings. However, halal food might be harder to find when you head towards the suburbs. For example, you may wonder where you can find halal food when visiting Disneyland Paris and the La Vallee Village premium outlet shopping centre. Don’t worry; a few halal outlets are in the area, and we'll point you in the right direction.
Noura, Val d’Europe Mall
Not many know that there is an outlet shopping centre near Disneyland, called La Vallée Village, which is under the same group as the extremely popular Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, England. We decided to stay at Sejours et Affaires Residence Hoteliere Rive Gauche, an “aparthotel” located within a 10-minute walking distance to La Vallée Village, for easy shopping. Unfortunately, there are no fully halal restaurants inside La Vallée, but there is another shopping mall nearby: the Val d’Europe shopping centre. Inside Val d’Europe is Noura, a Lebanese food chain.
While we could sustain ourselves on pastry and hot chocolate at La Vallée, nothing beats the satisfaction of biting into a juicy chicken shawarma (€21.50) with a side of fries and fattoush salad.
There were also other less fast-food-ish dishes at Noura, like the yummy-looking lamb cutlets (€23.90) and an array of sweet Lebanese desserts, but as we were there after a day of shopping at La Vallée and the mall was closing, the shawarmas were the only food left but no complaints from our end!
Address: Centre commercial Val d’Europe, 14 Cours du Danube, 77711 Serris
Zeytin Cafe, Chessy
This restaurant is located right in front of the Val D’Europe train station and was a welcome sight for us when we returned from sightseeing and shopping in the Paris city centre. Some may know it as Istanbul Grill, so we’re not sure if it’s under new management or a revamp after the pandemic, but the main thing is that they serve good halal food here.
The burgers were really hard to resist, so that’s what we had, along with fries – a set of this with a drink cost just €17.
And, yes, we had shawarma (with fries and a drink - €16) again because the spit-fire roasted beef looked to good to pass up!
Address: 19 place d'Ariane, Chessy, France, 77700
Bistrot Chez Remy in Disneyland Paris, Chessy
So, are there any halal food outlets in Disneyland Paris itself? Not exactly. However, plenty of delicious and filling vegetarian and seafood options exist, such as at Bistrot Chez Rémy (yes, of Ratatouille). The restaurant doesn’t serve pork as far as we could see from the menu, so we reckon it’s pretty safe enough for the more discerning of halal food hunters.
The main course options for adults are between the roast cod with ratatouille and crushed potatoes (though maybe without the Isigny AOP beurre blanc sauce) and the vegetable stew with herby plant-based meatballs, priced at €40 for just a starter and main course, and at €55 for starter, main course and dessert. Meanwhile, the Little Chef menu with starter, main course, dessert and drink is priced at €30.
Address: Worlds of Pixar at Walt Disney Studios Park, Disneyland Paris
Auberge de Cendrillon, Disneyland Park
While “Cinderella’s Inn” (the English translation of Auberge de Cendrillon) serves beef and chicken, there is no pork on the menu, so it’s a pretty safe bet if you want to order the seafood or vegetarian options. You can also book in advance and request for halal food to be prepared and reserved for you by calling them at least 48 hours before your visit. This is a standard offer for all the eateries at Disneyland Paris.
This is a great option for dining with your princesses as the Disney Princess theme runs strong here. And what do Disney Princesses dine on at Disneyland Paris? Why, French fine dining, of course! Princesses and princes aged 3 to 11 feast on a 4-course meal with royal cocktail and amuse-bouche, appetiser, entrée and dessert for €50 per child, while parents pay €95 for the adult version of these (without drinks). Options include pumpkin soup and pumpkin puree flavoured with ceps and squash seeds or warm scallops and cauliflower in a creamy lemon and thyme sauce, pan-fried turbot fillet (ask them to hold the champagne sauce), Fairy canapé with smoked salmon cheese sandwich with herbs on Mickey toast, or cod fillet with crushed violet potatoes and vegetables with lemon sauce. Quite pricey, so be sure to make it a celebration while you’re there!
Address: Fantasyland, Disneyland Park in Disneyland Paris
As you can see, while fully halal restaurants may not be available inside Disneyland Paris, there are plenty of seafood and vegetarian options, not just at the two mentioned above, but also at other eateries there including Restaurant Hakuna Matata – a must-try for a taste of African fare; and at Walt’s – An American Restaurant.
Travelling to this part of Paris where halal food isn’t as abundant as in the city centre doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your meals, or turn vegan! All it needs is a little research on where you prefer to dine to suit your halal foodie needs.
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