Halaal food in Rio De Janeiro & Foz Do Iguacu

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Halaal food is hard to find in Rio De Janeiro and apparently the fish and vegetable dishes contain alcohol or animal fat. After eating snacks that we had carried with us for two days, we found Mohamed’s Food Cart in Copacabana. Mohamed is an Egyptian Muslim and he assured us that his meat was Halaal and told us who his sources were. He sells Middle Eastern foods like Kibbehs, olive and zaatar breads, mini pizzas and meat pies. We were so glad to find him. If you are travelling to Rio, you can find his address here.

Read about what we did in Rio here.


In Foz Do Iguacu, there is a beautiful mosque called the Mosque of Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

Mosque Foz Do Iguacu

Opposite the mosque is a Muslim bakery selling delicious Middle Eastern pastries.

Arab pastries

Near the mosque is a halaal Lebanese restaurant called Castelo Libanes .  We ate here twice. On our first visit, we ordered a la carte. Our second visit was on a weekend and they were only serving a buffet. The food was really good on both occasions.

Read about what to do in Foz Do Iguacu here.

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  1. Salaams travelled to Brazil and woukd probavly never go back because of the halaal issue. Attended a Jummah at a Masjid in Rio. Lunch was served after Jummah on the premises. Was politely advised by a South African who resided in Brazil for years, not to eat the meat as it wasn’t halaal suitable to our standards. He advised us to eat the fish instead. Apparently all the chickens are slaughtered as per government regulation so most Muslims read Bismillah before eating. I had an issue with general food items too. Yoghurts and bread have gelatine and lard…

    1. Thanks for sharing. Halaal food was hard to find in Rio for us to.

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