Buddha-Bar in #Marrakech Bar Lounge Restaurant with Zen music mix
The latest addition to this hotel franchise created by Raymond Visan and Claude Challe – the first restaurant bar lounge being opened in Paris, France in 1996.
The Buddha-Bar attracts foreign yuppies and wealthy tourists – offering an upscale bar-restaurant with an orientalist ‘lounge’ ambience” serving Asian cuisine and DJ music offering an eclectic mix of avant-garde music . The franchise has even compiled albums of their music mix under the Buddha Bar brand released by George V Records.
The opening night in #Marrakech was on Friday, October 23rd, 2015. The Buddha-Bar is close to the new Menara Mall – check the opening night video
A very modern restaurant in Guèliz. It’s a little out of the way so not as well-known as others on the main roads. If you go north on Mohamed V to the La Flamme Restaurant (on the corner of Avenue Khattabi), take the road that is diagonally opposite (rue Drâa). It’s the second street down – the other end of the building housing the Red City offices.
It’s well worth a visit as you get beautifully cooked dishes (French or Moroccan) for a very reasonable price – main dishes about 100 dirhams.
Service is very friendly and both the interior of the restaurant and the outside eating area are very pleasant places to dine.
Open Monday to Saturday, for lunch and dinner. Music entertainment.
Angle rue Lieutenant Lamure et rue Drâa, Guèliz, Marrakech
Association Amal – it doesn’t sound trendy or chic. It’s authentic and serves good food.
Eat and help others – a simple concept but one full of hope for women chosen to benefit from the training program by this association. Barely a year old, Amal (‘Hope’ in Arabic), offers very tasty meals, beautifully presented and at a very reasonable price. We wish them much success.
We had lunch there recently and found ourselves warmly welcomed. You can sit either inside or outside in a pleasant garden. Hard to believe that busy Guèliz is steps away.
Their appetizers are 20 or 30 dirhams, the entrées 40 dirhams and desserts 20 dirhams. We chose a white chocolate dessert in a strawberry sauce. Mmm, delicious and beautifully presented.
If you live in Marrakech and are organizing a party, they can do the catering for you.
The easiest way to get to Amal center by taxi is to ask for “Polyclinique du Sud”. They are one block away. Their website has a clear map so you walk in the right direction.
From the outside, it looks like a private villa with a hedged privacy fence – there is a doorway with the name “Association Amal” clearly written outside, maybe even their daily menu.
Restaurant and bar Level Five is hidden away on the fifth and sixth floor of a smart building in Gueliz (Immeuble ben Hafsia 2, Place du 16 Novembre, Guéliz). It has, just recently, been taken over by a new team and has had a facelift, so even if you have been before now is the time to plan a return visit.
The new layout splits the restaurant, which regularly offers live music (usually after 10pm), and the stylish Skybar, both of which are reached by a glass lift.
The restaurant menu offers French and Asian cuisine, including an enormous range of Indian dishes and sushi platters. Excellent wine list aside, the other aspect to win top marks is the long bar which is gold and visually striking.
Imperially positioned high above the city, the Sky Bar has a canopied open-air terrace to make the most of the views which stretch out to the Harti Gardens and beyond. On the whole, Level Five is young, now and very much of its time; a convivial place that doesn’t scrimp on fun or polish.
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
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.
Al Fassia in Marrakesh has earned a great reputation for really good Moroccan cuisine. The restaurant is unique in that it is owned and run by women and you are served exclusively by women. You can order à la carte. Al Fassia offers a great selection of tajines and other traditional Moroccan food, including vegetarian dishes. Lovely atmosphere and well worth a visit. You feel exceptionally welcome, and the service is elegant, efficient and low key. It is a place to relax and enjoy your meal.