A guide to the best social, romantic and exclusive dining venues in Marrakesh…
This majestic Moroccan restaurant that overlooks Djemma El Fna Square is the best place to eat if you want a full view of the Djemma. Le Marrakechi has reasonably priced Moroccan cuisine for the large portions they provide and boasts an atmosphere that is filled with charm. Step into Le Marrakechi and you are led up a stairway this is covered with rose petals onto an open floor that is surrounded by traditional Moroccan zellij tile. The floor offers a clear view of Djemma El Fna. The service is spectacular, as is the bellydancing show that is gratis to all those who come to enjoy Le Marrakechi.
52, rue des Banques, just off Djemâa El Fna, Marrakesh
Phone: +212- 524-44-33-77
This is one of the best places to eat in the Marrakech medina with lovely staff and a romantic, chic vibe. Guided by men in cloaks and a lantern, down a dusty alley, you’ll find this chic purple-hued dining den: a riad eatery with a cosmopolitan feel, good cocktails and excellent Moroccan/Mediterranean fusion food. Ask for a table along the railing for the best views or up on the roof terrace in nice weather. Le Fondouk is a funky place to dine with a mixed menu of French and Moroccan cuisine served on three levels.
Souk El Fassi Kaat Bennahit – Phone: +212-524-378-190
Jad Mahal is a combination of a bar, restaurant and dance complex. Since its opening in December 2003, Jad Mahal has been a hit amongst travellers and hip young Marrakechis and is a trendy addition to the nightlife scene. Located just outside the old city, Jad Mahal boasts an elegant courtyard with two dining rooms, with a blend of Indian and Moroccan décor.
Fontaine de la Mamounia – Phone: +212-524-436-984
This is the place to go for Palace style dining. Enjoy a sensational evening starting with drinks on the roof, appetizers served around one of the many grand fireplaces, before you descend to a glass walled dining room over-looking the pool courtyard. You’ll be seated along a banquette table with a which will be piled with an astounding amount of food while being entertained by traditional Moroccan music. This place is all about the architectural ‘wow-factor’.
79 rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Arset Ihiri -Phone: +212-524-380-29-29
Le Comptoir is a hot spot for pre or after-dinner drinks. It has both an upper and lower level Soho-style bar and a simply arresting belly dancing show. It is a favorite stop for Marrakech Film Festival luminaries and serves extremely delicious cuisine that mélanges French- Moroccan style.
Avenue Echouhada (Hivernages/ Gueliz) Phone: +212-524-383-836
TERRACES DES ÉPICES
Kamal Laftimi is a smart young Moroccan who started out with a small riad, Tlaata waSitteen. His Café des Épices in the heart of the souks is now an obligatory stop for anyone in need of a light lunch. The terrace repeats the formula with laidback seating in open-sided booths, cool music and big views.This time he has added a good all-day Franco-Moroccan dining menu. Specialties include salads, grilled meat and fish. Young expats not normally seen on this side of town can be found lounging on the banquettes, while an increasing number of foreigners in search of a quiet moment in the souk are making their way up the stairs to this rooftop hide-away. No Liquor.
15 Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz – Phone:+212-524-37-59-004