Restaurant Oscar Progrés
On the middle road of the roads leading south of the main square, Place Jemaa’ el Fna’, on the rue Bani Marine, you’ll find Restaurant Oscar Progrés. It’s not chic but is a favourite of travellers and locals. Ambience provided by ceramic tile walls with a band of sculpted plaster above – rows of tables one next to the other so you can strike up conversation with strangers.
You can eat a good, satisfying meal for a very reasonable price – a yogurt dessert is only 3 dirhams. Two people can eat well on 100 dirhams.
20 rue Bani Marine, Marrakech medina
Tel. 06 66 93 71 48 / 06 66 93 71 47
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.
Corner of rue Alklal Ben Ahmed and rue Ibn Sina
Ibn Tofail Hospital quarter
Cell: 06 04 23 88 60
Tel.: 05 24 44 68 96
Even if you’re in Marrakech just a few days, if you make your way to Adil Andaloussi’s place in Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid (New Olive Street), he can make you a genuine leather handbag using ancient techniques (as opposed to the machine-made ones in the souks).
Simple bags range from 200 dirhams and ones with more decoration or handwoven and sewn threads around the bag are from 300 dirhams and up.
Choukkara money bags traditionally used by Berber men are 500 dirhams. They are made from goat’s leather, which is thick and robust, but also very soft. The leather flap on the bag is decorated with handtooled leather designs or embroidered in delicate oriental designs with vibrantly-colored silk thread.
I can assure you that women would be equally happy having one over their shoulder.
You will see the different styles in his tiny retail space, clutch bags, pouch bags, evening bags …
So if you prefer not to wait, then you can choose from ready-mades ones on display.
You can also check out his website: http://www.tamaroc.com/
Best starting point to find his small store is from the Bahia Palace – with the Palace on your right, keep walking straight. This is the rue riad Zitoun Jdid. He’s number 58.
Tel.: 06 38 88 69 32
58 Rue riad Zitoun Jdid