There were days when you could tramp around the markets for hours and never find a café to sit down and have a rest – now cafés in the medina are springing up all over. This one is just behind the main square, Place Jemaa’ el Fna’. It’s a welcome place to sit down and have a drink and quick sandwich or soup for lunch, or whenever you find it, and watch the action below. Roof terrace – sun hats provided. Free WiFi.
Café de la Poste has been around for a long time – with authentic 1920s colonial décor–soaring high ceilings, wicker chairs, slowly rotating fans and potted palms. The Grand Café de la Poste is a favourite of Marrakech’s trendy local and expat crowd for long, casual lunches and indulgent dinners. The menu is a mix of Moroccan and French cuisine, featuring simple dishes ranging from croque- monsieur and goats cheese salads, to grilled sardines and roasted sea bass.
Café de la Poste, Marrakech Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi Marrakesh, Morocco
05 24 43 30 38
Café du Livre is a bookstore/restaurant that specializes in international food and is often visited by ex-pats and book lovers. Located in the new city of Guèliz, it is hidden away just behind the rue Tarik ben Ziad, it is a quiet place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Here you can eat a meal, peruse their bookshelves, and take advantage of their wifi
Café du Livre Marrakesh 44 Rue Tarik Ben Ziad Marrakech
05 24 43 21 49
Another recent addition to the restaurant scene in the new town of Guèliz. The décor is modern industrial with some interesting heavy-duty ceiling fans. The look is cool and trendy with pop art on the walls and old Charlie Chaplin movies projected on to the wall above the seating area. International cuisine with good reviews. One drawback is that there is no roof terrace – so unless those fans are truly powerful, it may seem a little too warm in the summer. Moderately priced.
Le Loft Gueliz 18, Rue de la Liberté, Guèliz, Marrakesh
Brasserie de Flore
A new, welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Marrakesh is the Brasserie de Flore. An authentic French Brasserie (think early 20th century) in Marrakech Plaza, Place du 16 novembre in the heart of Guèliz, the new town of Marrakesh. The tastiest restaurant meal I’ve eaten in Marrakech is at Brasserie de Flore. The décor, typically French so you’d think you were in France, is one of understated elegance with crystal chandeliers and fans hanging from the high ceilings. It is spotlessly clean and offers great food at great prices and in very generous portions. Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Brasserie de Flore
Marrakech Plaza, Place du 16 novembre
05 24 45 80 00
Vegan-vegetarian restaurant. Lovely café in a typical small dar (home) serving fusion food with local, organic ingredients. Owner, Barakat, speaks very good English. Also has a gift store, Arganica, selling a large range of natural cosmetics, spa products and organic food, such as Argan oil and olive oil. He now has two other cafés, one in Marrakesh, near Musée Dar Si Said, and the other in Essaouira.
When you’ve been in Morocco for a while and would like a change of cuisine, try Catanzaro Restaurant. An Italian trattoria in the middle of Marrakech – home-cooked meals including pasta, pizza and gorgeous antipasti at reasonable prices. Lunch and evening meals. Booking essential for the evening.
Bo & Zin restaurant is 3.5 kms out of town on the main road to the Ourika valley but well worth the journey. The restaurant offers a shuttle bus service. This is an amazing experience! The food is wonderfully tasting fusion food – a mix of French and Thai cuisine. The setting is stunning – the interior design is unique and the gardens are a mix of desert and oasis, all beautifully laid out. The restaurant itself has room for large and small groups, with small, intimate corners as well as tables overlooking the spectacular gardens. The gardens also offer more seating in cosy Berber style tents. This place has a wonderful atmosphere and makes a great evening out.