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Your Guide to Muslim-Friendly Places in Melbourne

Melbourne, Australia’s cultural capital, is known for its food. From international cuisines to local fare, there is something for everyone. For Muslims looking forward to a staycation experiencing Melbourne’s best attractions, however, it can be overwhelming to comb the city in search of Muslim-friendly places with halal food.  

To help Muslim travellers to enjoy a relaxing staycation without worrying about where you should eat, the team at PARKROYAL Monash Melbourne has curated a list of halal and Muslim-friendly eateries. All of them are a 30-minute drive from our hotel in Monash—the heart of Melbourne’s science, education, media and research hub.

Beyond these restaurants and cafes, we’ve included popular Melbourne attractions close to these eateries which you can visit before or after your meal. Print this article for a Muslim-friendly itinerary of Melbourne and Monash!


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Tuck into Afghan Cuisine at Pamir Restaurant


Address:  195 Lonsdale St, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9792 0197
Opening hours:  4pm to 10pm (Tuesday to Sunday), Closed on Monday                                                 


Keen on trying Afghan food with an Uzbekistani touch? Try Pamir Restaurant, which serves popular traditional Afghani style rice, shish kebab dishes, Uzbek Pallows (a type of Lamb Biryani) as well as samosas (traditional puff pastry). 

The must-try dish among the impressive 40 varieties on the menu here? Pamir’s signature Mantu—traditional Afghan dumplings prepared from fresh produce. Named after Pamir, which is Afghanistan’s highest mountain, the interior of the restaurant is tastefully decorated with Afghani artefacts, paintings and a photo of the mountain itself.                                    


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Reflect on the ANZAC Pillars of Freedom


Address: Clow Street & Palm Plaza, Dandenong, 3175, VIC, Australia


Step into a slice of history at the ANZAC Pillars of Freedom, dedicated to the brave soldiers lost to the First World War. Take a few moments to study the monument—a cenotaph and two concrete pillars that carry bronze sculptures depicting war scenes—and reflect on the courage of those who sacrificed their lives for Australia’s freedom.     


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Visit the Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens


Address: 66 McCrae St, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
Phone Number:    +61 8571 1000
Opening hours: 10am to 4pm (Tuesday to Friday), Closed on Saturday to Monday)


Discover how prominent locals lived during the late 19th century at the quaint Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens. Thereafter, take a refreshing stroll through its expansive two acres of landscaped gardens and visit its museum to admire creative works from local artists. 


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Chew on the Taste of Paradise’s Halal Pizza


Address: 8 Clow St, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9793 9888
Opening hours:    10:30am t0 11pm (Monday to Friday), 10:30am to 12am (Saturday and Sunday)


Bite into cheesy, chewy, and absolutely scrumptious halal pizzas at the Taste of Paradise Halal Pizza. The eatery prides itself on using quality halal ingredients and coming up with its own recipes. While there are traditional pizza flavours such as Hawaiian and Pepperoni on the menu, it is the unusual ones like Hot Fish Curry, BBQ Lamb and Middle East Special that shine. 


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Browse the Age-old Dandenong Market


Address: Clow Street &, Cleeland St, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9701 3850
Opening hours:            8am to 4pm (Tuesday), 7am to 4pm (Friday and Saturday), 9am to 4pm (Sunday), Closed on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday


Shop to your heart’s content at Dandenong Market—one of Melbourne’s oldest markets which was established in 1866. Stretching over the size of six Olympic-sized swimming pools, the rich variety of stalls here sell anything from fresh produce and baked goods to jewellery and homewares. And yes, you can find halal food items here too! 


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Enjoy a Meaningful Afternoon at the Pioneer Memorial Gardens


Address:  King & Stuart Streets, Pioneers Memorial Gardens, Dandenong VIC 3175, Australia


Savour a few moments of peace at the Pioneer Memorial Gardens, a tribute to the early settlers of the Dandenong area. At the heart of this slice of history-rich sanctuary, you can find a monument inscribed with the names of the 29 Dandenong pioneers.


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Savour Southeast Asian Cuisine at PappaRich Monash Express

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Address: G15, 21 Chancellors Walk, Monash University Melbourne Victoria 3800 Australia                                 
Phone Number: +61 3 9543 3884
Opening hours:    8am to 8pm (Monday to Friday), 11am to 7pm (Saturday and Sunday)


Experience the spicy and rich flavours and colour of Malaysian cuisine at PappaRich Monash Express, located at Monash University. From fiery Nasi Lemak, crunchy Roti Canai, to juicy Satay, every dish is cooked according to traditional recipes, with a mix of herbs, spices and fresh produce. 


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Immerse Yourself in Monash University’s Museum of Art


Address: Building F, Monash University, Caulfield campus, 900 Princes Hwy Service Rd, Caulfield East VIC 3145, Australia
Phone Number:   +61 3 9905 4217
Opening hours:          10am to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday), 12pm to 5pm (Saturday)


Appreciate contemporary art at the Monash University Museum of Art. Of note among the displays here is the Monash University Collection, showcasing over 2,300 artworks by Australia’s leading contemporary artists since the 1960s while reflecting changes in Australian society.


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Slurp Rich Curries at Malaysian Kampung Restaurant


Address: 2/473A Centre Rd, Bentleigh VIC 3204, Australia
Phone Number: +61 433 349 583
Opening hours:           12pm to 3pm (Saturday), 5pm to 8:30pm (Tuesday to Saturday), Closed on Sunday and Monday)                                


Make a stop at Malaysian Kampung Restaurant, known for its halal Malaysian and Singapore cuisines. Its specialty is authentic Nasi Kandar, with a generous serving of savoury curry on the side, and best paired with fried fish or fried chicken. Other popular dishes here include mee goreng, murtabak and nasi lemak. Diners from Singapore and Malaysia have commented that their dishes are authentic and remind them of home! 


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Be Charmed by the Box Cottage Museum


Address: 304-306 Jasper Rd, Ormond VIC 3204, Australia
Opening hours:           2pm to 4pm (Last Sunday of each month)                                                                       


Peek into the lives of pioneers in the area at Box Cottage Museum, reconstructed to resemble a typical dwelling during the 1840s. Venture to the cottage gardens for a lovely walk, and make a pit stop at the barn. displaying items used in those days, including different types of ploughs, market garden tools and a sample of an old wagon. 


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Dig into Sumptuous Turkish Cuisine at Marmara Restaurant


Address: 68 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9510 6944
Opening hours:          

5pm to 10pm (Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday), 5pm to 10:30pm (Friday and Saturday)                                

Feast on classic Turkish food at the highly rated Marmara Restaurant, which has been in operation since 1980. One of the oldest Turkish restaurants in Australia, its warm family appeal and use of fresh ingredients made it popular with Muslim and non-Muslim diners alike. Marmara’s fresh, slow-cooked lamb with a pinch of spice tantalises your palate, while its chicken skewers are addictive. The tasty homemade dips are a hit with diners, especially the hummus and tzatziki dips.

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Frolic in the Tranquil Victoria Gardens


Address: 361 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181, Australia                                                                                 
Phone Number:         

+61 3 8290 1333                                                                      


Enter the oasis that is Victoria Gardens, with landscaped gardens dating back to 1885. 19th Century decorative features and quaint seats are dotted over two hectares of flourishing foliage. The gardens’ highlights is the RSL (Returned and Services League of Australia) memorial, dedicated to the ANZAC war heroes.


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Visit The Jewish Museum


Address: 26 Alma Rd, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 8534 3600
Opening hours:          

10am to 5pm (Tuesday to Friday, Sunday), Closed on Monday and Saturday)                                                               


Explore over 4,000 years of Jewish history in Australia, told through more than 20,000 items displayed at the Jewish Museum. Among them are letters, diaries, historical and contemporary Judaica, fine art, photography, textiles and everyday objects donated by the Jewish community. 

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Tuck into Tiba’s Lebanese Food


Address: 504 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Phone Number: +61 61 3 9380 8425
Opening hours:          

12pm to 11pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday), 12pm to12am (Friday and Saturday), Closed on Tuesday                               


If you have yet to try Lebanese cuisine, Tiba’s Lebanese Food offers a great introduction. A favourite haunt of locals, the family-operated eatery started in 1983 and is known for its grilled menu, especially the charcoal-grilled lamb cutlet. The vegetarian falafel is also highly recommended here. 


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Browse Contemporary Artworks at Counihan Gallery


Address: 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
Phone Number: +61 3 9389 8622
Opening hours:          

11am to 5pm (Wednesday to Sunday), 1pm to 5pm (Sunday), Closed on Monday and Tuesday                               


Brush up on your art knowledge with a visit to the contemporary art gallery—Counihan Gallery. Admire thought-provoking works by contemporary Australian artists that seek to engage, challenge and excite visitors. If you are up for it, partake in discussions on contemporary art and culture.


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Appreciate Home-made Cuisine at Afghan Gallery Restaurant


Address: 327 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Phone Number: +613 9417 2430
Opening hours:          

6pm to 11pm (Monday to Saturday), 11:30am to 11pm (Sunday)                                                                                             


Dine in the homely atmosphere of Afghan Gallery Restaurant, known for its warm soups, piquant kebabs and hearty curries. The family-run eatery has been serving traditional Afghani food since 1983, using recipes passed down through generations. In particular, check out The Sultani Kebab—a mouth-watering dish prepared with three types of meats. 


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Walk with Dinosaurs at the Melbourne Museum


Address: 11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia                                                                                                                                     
Phone Number: +61 3 8341 7777
Opening hours:          

10am to 5pm daily                                                                  


Discover the natural wonders of the world at the Melbourne Museum—the largest museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Beyond getting a crash course on nature, culture, history and science, a must-visit exhibit here is the First Peoples exhibit which tells the story of Aboriginal Victoria from the beginning to the present.


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Peruse Indie Treasures at the Rose Street Artists’ Market


Address: 60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia                                                                                                                
Phone Number: +61 3 9419 5529
Opening hours:          

10am to 4pm (Saturday and Sunday)                       


Shop Melbourne’s best art and designs at the weekend Rose Street Artists’ Market. Popular with locals, this is the place to scour for unique gems and one-off wonders from art, photography, jewellery, fashion, homewares and even tasty treats. There is also a rooftop bar if you wish to drop by for a drink or two.  


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Explore the Sprawling Edinburgh Gardens

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Address: Alfred Cres, Fitzroy North VIC 3068, Australia                                                                                   
Phone Number: +61 3 9205 5555


Take an idyllic stroll at the expansive Edinburgh Gardens, with flourishing garden beds and native Australian specimen trees. An extensive pathway network lets you roam all around the different corners of the garden. Watch out for a handful of historical features, such as a quaint stone drinking fountain, regal rotunda and a war memorial.


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