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Restaurants in Marrakech

From dusty street side eateries to gourmet rooftop restaurants, the Marrakech food scene never ceases to surprise. Expect a lot of tagines, a North African Berber dish named after the ceramic pot it’s served in, although inventive and international dining greets those willing to find it. The food standard in the city is generally of the mouth-watering variety, but tread carefully around the tourist trap cafes, notably those surrounding Jemaa El Fna. Most restaurants do not serve alcohol.

The Marrakech restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over Dh350)
Moderate (Dh100 to Dh350)
Cheap (under Dh100)

These Marrakech restaurant prices are for a three-course meal; wine is not available in many Marrakech eateries.

Marrakech restaurant prices are subject to 20% VAT (Value Added Tax). In the upmarket restaurants, service charges of 10-15% are added to the bill. If not, a tip of this amount is expected.

Expensive

Dar Moha

Cuisine: Moroccan

The culinary star of Marrakech has set new standards for Moroccan fusion cuisine, with combinations dreamed up daily from the souks and the imagination of Chef Mohammed Fedal. The best seats in this former family home are around the petal-strewn pool in the garden, where musicians play in the evenings. Reservations necessary. Serves alcohol.

Address: , 81 Rue Dar el-Bacha, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 5243 86400.
Website: http://www.darmoha.ma

Gastro MK

Cuisine: Mediterranean

Famed for its five-course taster dinner, Gastro MK is perhaps the culinary king of Marrakech's medina. The evening starts with aperitifs and canapés on the roof terrace, before diners are lead into the serene and sophisticated restaurant space. The popular set menu is comprised of Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary Moroccan twist. Book well in advance. Serves alcohol.

Address: Medina, 14 Derb Sebaai, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 376 173.
Website: http://www.maisonmk.com

La Maison Arabe

Cuisine: Moroccan

The restaurant in this boutique hotel of the same name offers a selection of traditional Moroccan dishes and local specialties, including vegetarian options. The interior has a hand-painted woodwork with some tables spilling over into the shaded courtyard. Dinner is accompanied by excellent Arab-Andalusian music. Serves alcohol.

Address: Bab Doukkala, 1 Derb Assehbe, Medina,
Telephone: +212 524 387 010.
Website: http://www.lamaisonarabe.com

Moderate

Al Fassia

Cuisine: Moroccan

The hearty yet elegant dishes at Al Fassia have made it a local legend. Run by sisters, this plush modern Moroccan restaurant recreates family recipes and distribute them via their courteous, all-female staff. Expect meat dishes, tagines, couscous and an array of nine, vegetarian-friendly salads. Serves alcohol.

Address: Guéliz, 55 Boulevard Zerktouni (at end of pedestrian passage), Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 524 434 060.
Website: http://www.alfassia.com

Henna Cafe

Cuisine:

Visitors are drawn here because of the café's moral credentials (it provides assistance and education to locals), but the menu deserves praise in its own right. Though the selection of sandwiches is simple, each is expertly prepared. The falafel dish is the standout offering. Dine on the outdoor terrace, but watch your step - the eatery has two pet tortoises roaming around.

Address: , 93 Arset Aouzal Souikat 40000, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 656 566 374.
Website: http://www.hennacafemarrakech.com

Le Grand Café de la Poste

Cuisine: Moroccan

Once a sorting office and colonial hotel, this deco Casablanca-style eatery fuses Mediterranean flair with quality ingredients to create its seasonal à la carte menu. Among the potted palms in the dining room, ordinary mortals mingle with movie stars on a break from filming desert scenes. It has ample vegetarian options too. Find a way to justify dessert.

Address: , Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 2443 3038.
Website: http://www.grandcafedelaposte-marrakech.com

Cheap

Café de France

Cuisine: Café

A Marrakech institution, Café de France is popular as a meeting place for those with business in the medina. The street-level terrace is good for watching the comings and goings in the square. The menu offers unexceptional but serviceable fare and decent coffee at a reasonable price; you're paying for the location and convenience factor.

Address: , Rue des Banques, Marrakech,
Telephone:

Jemaa el Fna

Cuisine: Moroccan

Of the many slogans bellowed at tourists sizing up the food shacks in one corner of Jemaa el Fna ("We cook better than Waitrose"), only one is honest: "It's the same shit everywhere". With almost identical menus, grab a spare spot, avoid inhaling the acrid smoke and tuck in to your suspect chicken and rice. Authentic? No. Overpriced? Yes. Must-do Marrakech experience? Definitely.

Address: , Jemaa el Fna, Marrakech,
Telephone:

Taj'in Darna

Cuisine: Moroccan

Of the many restaurants offering outdoor terraces overlooking Jemaa el Fna, this is the best. Not as crowded as some come sundown, it serves traditional tagines, sandwiches and salads. The food isn't the cheapest in the square, but it's worth the extra dirhams for the view. Order the olives, which aren't on the menu but provide the perfect sunset snack.

Address: , 50 Jemaa el Fna Square, Marrakech,
Telephone: +212 670 213 191.
Website: http://www.tajindarna.com

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Riad Dar Aby

Situated just outside the Medina, Riad Dar Aby houses a number of en-suite rooms circled around a bright, tiled courtyard. The daily breakfast of Moroccan pancakes with lashings of jam provides a homely touch, while free Wi-Fi access, optional specialised tours and friendly staff complete the package.

Riad Cherihane

Notable for its vibrant rooftop garden where tortoises laze in sun, the well-priced Riad Chrihane is situated near the northern edge of the Medina, roughly a 15-minute walk from Jemaa el Fna. Though it can be tough to track down, due to its location down a quiet side alley, complimentary Moroccan tea and biscuits greet wearisome guests.

Riad L'Etoile D'Orient

Restored in 2010, this tastefully appointed riad mixes the modern with the traditional, meaning guests can upload snaps of the refined Moroccan decor using the speedy free Wi-Fi service. Just minutes from Jemaa el Fna, rooms here include flatscreen TVs and gorgeous bathrooms. There's also a rooftop terrace to enjoy.

Riad Al Massarah

This riad is the definition of Marrakech cool, with its blend of traditional lofty architecture, handsome custom-made furnishings and ultramodern bathroom fittings by Philippe Starck. Proprietors Michael and Michel are blazing the trail for responsible tourism with clever use of natural light and solar energy, contributions to local charities, and standard-setting wages for staff.

Riyad El Cadi

This elegant guesthouse is a maze of historic riads set around five courtyards and faceted with private balconies, terraces, staircases and light wells. Each of the rooms has its own décor scheme (stay in the cupola-capped Ottoman suite with Turkish tile and latticework harem balcony). It also has a pool with Jacuzzi, subterranean hammam and well-stocked wine cellar.

La Maison Arabe Marrakech

Opened in the 1940s, La Maison Arabe was a popular dining place for the rich and famous (Winston Churchill was a patron). It closed in the 1980s but reopened in 1998 as a hotel with Italian blueblood and African antiques collector Frederic Ruspoli at the helm. His collection is now the centrepiece of the hotel's luxuriously restored suites and rooms.