Last year I spent a week in Morocco. We started our trip in Marrakech and made our way to the Atlas Mountains and the Desert, but not before sampling some of the delightful food options around the city. With so many choices, selecting a restaurant (and of course finding it!) can be difficult, so here are my top 5 places you must visit whilst you are in Marrakech.
1. JEMAA EL FNA
First on the list has to be the main square and market in the centre of Marrakech, Jemaa el Fna. During the day the square is filled with orange juice stands and entertainers, but don’t get too distracted by all the food options available as you may end up with a snake or monkey on your shoulder!
At night, the square transforms into a smokey aromatic food lovers paradise, offering anything from hot flavoured snails to traditional tagine to moroccan pastries and sweets. Trust me, you won’t leave this spot hungry!
This rooftop restaurant is an oasis above the medina. After a morning of bargaining for spices and scarves if you are prepared to do a little searching in the souk behind the Jemaa El Fna for Nomad (download City Maps To Go in advance!), you will be rewarded with a calm and tranquil spot to enjoy your lunch.
Nomad serves up whats described as modern Moroccan food based on simplicity, using fresh local produce and spice to create twists on traditional recipes. I highly recommend the courgette and feta fritters!
3. COMPTOIR DARNA
If its good enough for David Beckham’s 40th Birthday then its good enough for me! Walking into this dimly lit restaurant you are immediatly drawn into the lively yet romantic atmosphere. We had a table upstairs right next to a small dance floor, where we were treated to a show of traditional moroccan music, belly dancers and ladies balancing elaborate trays with candles on their heads.
The entertainment and atmosphere alone make this place worth a visit, but the food itself is truly the reason why Comptoir Darna is so popular! We selected a few items from the menu including the traditional lamb tagine which was absolutely delicious, washed down with a few cocktails.
Later in the evening the restaurant turns into a nightclub where you can smoke traditional hookah and party the night away until 3am before calling it a night and heading back to your Riad!
This was one of my favourite places in Marrakech! As with most places within the walled city it took a little searching to find, but once we did we found we were transported from the hustle and bustle into an oasis of calm.
Limoni serves delicious Italian to you in a lemon tree filled courtyard, perfect for an early evening meal so you can enjoy the location as the sun slowly goes down. Its truly worth the effort to find, just make sure you have plenty of patience as you begin your search!
5. GRANDE CAFE DE LA POSTE
If you are planning a visit to the Jardin Marjorelle then a stop for lunch at the Grande Cafe De La Poste beforehand is a must! Sitting outside the walls of the Medina and dating back to the 1920’s this colonial style venue re-opened in 2005 and has been serving up elegant cuisine in beautiful surroundings ever since!
To leave you with one last tip, at sunset make your way up to Cafe De France. The food here is pretty basic so I wouldn’t recommend it for your dinner, but it’s great place for a traditional mint tea and incredible view of the sun going down over the main square.
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