Nomad restaurant in Marrakech – newly opened near the main square, Place Jemaa el Fna’
Already receiving great reviews, this restaurant just off the south east corner of Place des Épices, is a welcome addition to the restaurant scene in the medina with its mix of Moorish flavors and spices with contemporary cooking techniques.
You will be pleased to discover interesting new takes on classic dishes , for instance the Tunisian brik – a vegetarian pastille filled with beetroot and other vegetables. It all makes for a refreshing change to typical Moroccan dishes – something you come to appreciate after you’ve been a while in Marrakech.
The restaurant is pleasantly decorated – simple and chic. In the mid-price range, it’s good value.
To find it, take the small street tucked in the southeast corner of the Places des Épices and walk about 5 paces to a smart shop window that is a kitchen supply store, called Chabi Chic. Here you’ll find some of the tableware as well as beautifully packaged quality spices and oils as used in the restaurant.
The restaurant is upstairs – with a salon and some dining areas, then higher up are two roof terraces with an interesting view over the Place des Epices, the entrance to the carpet market formerly the old slave market.
1 Derb Aarjan. Marrakech Médina
Tel. +212 5 24 38 16 09
If like us, you love the rooftop at Café des Épices but sometimes find it too crowded, head over to its sister restaurant, Le Jardin. It’s just a short stroll away.
Set in the flowery courtyard of a restored riad, Le Jardin is a curious space where you’ll see projected art-house movies on the walls at night and a fashionable crowd eating and drinking in the shaded garden during the day. Trees, water and shade abound so this is just the space for when you want to put your feet up. There’s even a small library under the courtyard arches.
Try the milkshakes during the day (milk with avocado, milk with carrot, almond milk then in the evening switch to traditional Moroccan dishes like tajine d’agneau, mixed grill with taktouka or Beldi chicken with saffron, honey and semolina Seffa.
There’s often a party atmosphere at Le Jardin which as well as being a place of culture, it also doubles as a special events venue. A special, must-visit place.
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
Tel. : 05 24 42 28 08
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.