A traditional Moroccan restaurant is run entirely by women, and serves up excellent tagines and light fluffy couscous.
232 Avenue Mohammed V, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 51 10
Long-established and entertaining Moroccan restaurant built around a plane tree in the centre of a courtyard more than 25 years ago and still run by the same family. Must be booked well in advance or see if your concierge can sort it out for you. Serving after serving of Moroccan food, a great atmosphere and traditional belly-dancing, and gnaoua entertainment. Although increasingly frequented by tourists, locals still have a soft spot for Dar Marjana.
15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair, Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 64 00
Great traditional Moroccan food restaurant, set in what was formerly the house of Pierre Balmain. Excellent tagines and pastillas along with some fusion dishes that are worth trying. Must be booked in advance.
81 rue Dar el Bacha, Medina, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 29 29
Probably Marrakech's most famous Moroccan restaurant. Owned by Mohommed Zkhiri the ex Honorary British Consul, has been visited by many well known celebrities. The fixed menu costs aprox £60 a head, including drinks.
79 rue Sidi Ahmed Soussi, Arset Ihiri, Medina, Marrakech
+212 (0)5 24 38 26 27
La Maison Arabe
Originally a restaurant dating back to the 1940s, and now a hotel, this is still a quiet, grown-up spot for lunch: excellent stock-drenched couscous, tender tagines, fresh juices and fantastic coffee. Nicest tables are in the courtyard.
1 Derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala, Medina, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 38 36
Guided by men in cloaks and a lantern, down a dusty alley, you'll find this chic purple-hued dining den: a riad eaterie with a cosmopolitan feel, good cocktails and tasty Moroccan/Mediterranean fusion food. Try the grise wine, a very light Moroccan rosé, with Harira soup and seafood, or grilled sardines and tagines with a robust bottle of something red. Nab one of the highly sought-after tables on the first floor overlooking the giant wrought-iron candelabra, and it feels a little like you’re sitting in an art installation. If you’re in a group, swap the super-comfy leather tub chairs for one of the banquette-style cubbies – great for people-watching. Closed on Mondays.
55 Souk Hal Fassi, Kat Bennahïd, Medina, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 44 40 52
Le comptoir Paris Marrakech
This place is well-known among Marrakech’s in-crowd. With less-than-demure belly-dancers and skilled musicians, it has a fantastic energy, making it a great place in which to eat trad Moroccan or international options with a group of friends. (The bar is fun for a pre-dinner drink, even if you are not dining there.)
37 Avenue Echouhada, Hivernage, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 37 81 90
Le Salambo - Hotel Les Deux Tours
This is a truly romantic restaurant in the palm groves of the Marrakech. The chef is from Cambodia and the cuisine is a subtle melenge of both Moroccan and other tastes. A drink on the terrace of the bar before dining and a wander through the majical gardens to digest afterwards perhaps..
Hotel Les Deux Tours, Douar Abiad, La Palmeraie de Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 32 95 25 (by reservation only)
This traditional restaurant is one of the best-known for multi-course Maroc cuisine, so there are lots of tour-group types and, unless you have an enormous appetite, the set menu works out as a bit of an extravagance. Prices include wine and aperitifs, and performances by traditional gnaoua groups.
22 Derb Moulay Abdellah Ben Hessaien, Bab Ksour, Medina
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 44 96 35
Bô & Zin
Mojitos, delicious Thai and French fusion food, leather banquettes, cala lilies, moody lighting and minimalist fireplaces – you could almost be in New York. Almost. The elegant, slightly could-be-anywhere decor is the natural result of an aesthetic born in Marrakech, farmed out to stylists in London and LA, and flown back.
Douar Lahna, Route de l’Ourika, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 38 84 00
Le Jacaranda (click for page)
Centrally located in the new town, Philippe the owner manager welcomes you into his French restaurant with some nice Moroccan touches. This restaurant has been here for over 20 years and is still as good as ever.
32 Bd Zerktouni, Gueliz, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 44 72 15
A true Marrakech classic. Serving excellent pizza, pasta and meats with great salads and sweet things. Very reasonably priced and centrally located in the new town.
Rue des Vieux Marrakechis
TEL: +212 (0)5 24 43 37 37
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3 rue de la liberté - guéliz - marrakech
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Cafe Le Négociant
Large street cafe on the corner of Bouevard Zerktouni and Avenue Mohommed V in Gueliz (the new town of Marrakech). very central and a good place to people watch from!
Cafe Jardin Majorelle
Inside the Yves Saint Laurent-owned Majorelle plot is a chic little Bougainvillea-curtained garden café with sage-green Parisian-style metal chairs. Try Thé Vert 1001 (green tea with rose petals) or an Infusion Parfum de Sultan (rooibos with orange zest). You’ll have to pay the entrance fee to gain access, but if you go around midday, you’ll probably get the gardens to yourself and can nab a table for lunch afterwards. Alternatively, have breakfast before you tour the plants.
Jardin Majorelle, off Yakoub el Mansour, Guéliz, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 31 30 47
Le Grand Café de la Poste
This Parisian-style bistro is popular with Marrakchi businessmen and European expats, and is a handy stop-off if you're shopping in Guéliz. Have a citron pressé, or a café au lait, and muse over how much the old outskirts of Marrakech have changed since the café's 1920s sorting-office heyday.
Corner of Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi and Avenue Imam Malik, Guéliz, Marrakech
Tel: +212 (0)5 24 43 30 38