Sometimes you just want somewhere that reminds you of your favourite Italian go-to restaurant back home. To drink lemonade, eat pasta and gently download all the experiences, sights and sounds of the Medina in the shade. I Limoni is that place.
An Italian restaurant that doubles up as a coffee shop in the heart of the medina, it has a cool, shaded patio and terrace. Lemon trees scent the air and there are plenty of corners for relaxing in after a hearty Italian meal. Not any old Italian meal either, many consider the food of I Limoni to be some of the best Italian fare in all of North Africa.
For a special treat opt for the spaghetti au poivron et tomate then heave yourself up to the rooftop terrace to soak up the scenic houses on the horizon.
‘Hidden gem’ may be a much-overused descriptor, but it can be applied to I Limoni. Seek it out.
There’s no website for I Limoni but keep up with all the news here at their FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/ilimonimarrakech
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