18 great places to eat in Marrakech, from riads to roofs

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The Moroccan table reflects the influence of the multicultural history of the country and blends indigenous Berber traditions with the flavors of Andalusia, Spain, France and Arabia. It is one of the best cuisines in the world, and typical dishes include a wonderful vegetarian appetizer from seven salads, tagine (a slow-cooked stew that combines meat with fruit) and couscous. But newer restaurants now skip grandma's recipes for richly flavored Atlantic seafood, spicy waste and earthy bowls of lentils and Moroccan pasta. In addition, many restaurants in the Ville Nouvelle (new town) serve fusion French cuisine, Medi-Moroccan and now even Asian dishes. In fact, the city is currently experiencing a kind of restaurant revolution, so check this space for exciting new openings.
One of the best riad restaurants is the colorful El Fenn by Vanessa Branson. Here under the stars, with a beautiful view of the Koutoubia minaret, you can dine on the inventive Moroccan menu of Ahmad Elhardoun, packed with tasty, tingling ingredients from El Fenn's Ourika Valley farms. The ballotine of the chicken with preserved lemon is an ingenious reconsideration of a traditional tagine, while the fresh gazpacho with Argan oil and the John Dory with celery mousseline and tarragon emulsion show exceptionally subtle flavors. In the winter, the action moves in the restaurant in theatrical design, where candles shine like stars in the mirrored ceiling.Contact: 00 212 524 441 220; el-fenn.com
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Daily, 12.00-12.00
Reservations: EssentialHead out on an adventure to find this palatial riad in a quiet western corner of the medina and you will be rewarded with some very refined modern Moroccan dishes courtesy of executive chef Youssef Jbari. Start with the very tasty lobster bisque with a single juicy scallop and follow it with a plate of St Pierre-fish with the most delicate spoon of mashed potatoes, a charred fennel bulb and crunchy asparagus. Every taste on the plate is different but balanced, harmoniously married with impeccable herbs. It is a revelation: modern, from farm to plate Moroccan cuisine, no-nonsense and yet exceptional. To accompany it you also have the benefit of a wine cellar with 3000 bottles and in the future an internal sommelier will be ready to guide you through the selection.Contact: 00 212 524 380 975; noir-d-ivoire.com
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Daily, 12: 00-15: 00, 19: 00-23: 00
Reservations: Essential
Best table: For special occasions, consider a tailor-made, multi-course dinner at the chef's table (£ 130 per person). Nothing closes a day of triumphant souk shopping as lunch in this green-tinted oasis. Take place under a canopy of banana leaves, bamboo and palms and look at the small turtles on the iridescent green floor tiles. Then order a light Moroccan salad or club sandwich, accompanied by an orange and beet smoothie or a milky datashake. There are also Moroccan dishes, but portions are smaller than normal and they go easy on the oil. After all, you want to look svelte in the designer Kaftan that you will undoubtedly buy at Norya Ayron's pop-up store on the mezzanine level. Contact: 00 212 524 378 295; lejardinmarrakech.com
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Daily, 10.00-12.00
Reservations: advisedTake place under a canopy of banana leaves, bamboo and palms at Le Jardin Lake • Where to find the best nightlife in Marrakech

Kafé Fnaque Berbère

Located on a strategic corner of Souk Laksour, this old bookstore is a medina institution. Come along the excellent selection of books about Morocco and follow the easy to miss staircase to the left, walk through the small kitchen and find a couch in the brightly colored, simply decorated café upstairs. It is a quiet and peaceful oasis in the hectic souk and is full of a large selection of interesting books. You can spend hours nestled between the cushions, derived from delicious hummus or enjoy excellent sandwiches and well-cooked tagines.Address: Rue Laksour
Contact: 00 212 649 583 165
Prices: £
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

Derb Debacchi and Kaat Benahid, Medina

Nomad

Kamal Laftimi is one of the most creative entrepreneurs in Marrakech and its modern Moroccan eatery and cocktail bar on the roof is one of the most popular restaurants in the medina. The slender sand-colored sofa's and black-and-white tiled tables feel more Scandi-chic than the usual explosion of Moroccan color. The menu is also modern, with calamari marinated in cumin served with a dash of spicy harissa and saffron-scented dates pie with salted caramel ice cream. It is also the first place in the medina to take cocktails with good cucumber martinis and more icy mojito's.Contact: 00 212 524 381 609, nomadmarrakech.com
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Daily, 11: 00-11: 00
Reservations: RecommendedNomad is a popular modern Moroccan eatery and cocktail bar on the roofMore • The best luxury hotels and riads in Marrakech

Naima

This little, no-nonsense place buried in the heart of the souks does one thing – couscous – and does well. There is no menu, seats in Moroccan style around a common dish where everyone ends up, and portions are huge. Sometimes they also do a tasty chicken tagine, anyway, you can expect a hearty home-cooked meal served with mint tea gallons. Appetizers and dessert are simple, including grilled peppers & breads and bread and usually some fruit to finish. Payment is only cash and the food takes a while before everything is prepared to order. A three-course meal costs about MAD 98 (£ 8).Contact: 00 212 667 846 370, see Facebook page
Prices: £
Opening hours: Daily, 11: 00-10: 00 The best riad hotels in Marrakech

Derb Debbachi, Medina

Le Trou au Mur

The rather clever medina restaurant of James Wix is ​​dedicated to "granny & # 39; s recipes", which means that there is a menu full of unusual dishes. Given that they are such a major component of the Moroccan table, a number of slaughterhouse dishes are exhibited here. Do not let them scare, they are very tasty and are executed in a refined way. Other highlights are berkoukesh (a handmade Moroccan pasta in a spice and tomato sauce), tride (grated pancakes with lentils, chicken and saffron) and a juicy mechoui of slowly cooked lamb cooked in a traditional clay oven. Apart from the food, the atmosphere is very cozy, the service fast and professional, and the restaurant has a chic graphic feel with black and white zellij tile floors and chairs sporting prints from the photographic museum a few doors away. It certainly sets a new bar for the medina.Contact: 00 212 524 384 900; letrouaumur.com
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Wed-Mon, 12.30 – 15.00, 18.30 – 12.00; closed di
Reservations: HelpfulLe Trou au Mur has a chic graphic look with black and white Zellij tile floors. More

Riads Zitoun and the Kasbah, Medina

Naranj

This is a first for the medina – a Lebanese top class with an excellent menu of grilled and marinated meat and delicious salads (most of which can be shared). The interior is unusually hip for the area, with whitewashed walls, striped banquets and filigree lanterns that cast magical shadows on the walls. Cooking is also cool classic and well executed. The kibbeh is particularly good, as is the chicken salad with orange and saffron vinaigrette. Desserts have a European twist, since the owners emigrated here via Vienna. Do not miss the divine almonds with mascarpone, pomegranate and orange blossom.Contact: 00 212 524 386 805, naranj.ma
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Daily, 11: 00-11: 00
Reservations: advisedNaranj is a first for the medina – a Lebanese top class with an excellent menu with grilled and marinated meat and delicious salads. More • The best restaurants in Cape Town

La Famille

Sometimes, when the Sahara sun is collapsing, everything you want to do is withdraw in the shadow of the nearest tree. But in a high urban city devoid of green, that is easier said than done. That is what makes La Famille such a find, located in a large enclosed garden with tables scattered among banana and olive trees. The vegetarian, Mediterranean menu is fresh and simple and changes regularly. The salads, in particular, are highly recommended. On the property you will also find a nice shop with a number of beautiful leather goods, jewelery, ceramics and baskets. Contact: 00 212 524 385 295, facebook.com/La-famille-marrakech
Prices: £
Opening hours: Tue-Sun, 12.00-16.30
Reservations: advisedThe vegetarian, Mediterranean menu of La Famille is fresh, simple and changes regularlyMore • An insider's guide to Cape Town

Café Clock

The brother of Mike Richardson's hugely successful Café Clock in Fez, this outpost in Marrakech, is just as popular. The bright courtyard, housed in an old school in the Kasbah, offers a perfect place for mint tea and storytelling, while yogi's on the roof instruct stressed city breakers to breathe with attention on the roof terraces. Star chef Tariq Hadine has also moved here from Fez and works his magic on the seasonal Marrakeshi menu with fresh salads, sandwiches and the signature camel burger of the café. On Sunday, join the locals for Rock the Kasbah sunset concerts.Contact: 00 212 524 378 367; cafeclock.com
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Daily from 10 am to 10 pmCafé Clock is located in an old school in the Kasbah Lake • The best restaurants in Lisbon

Ville Nouvelle

Al Fassia

Al Fassia is one of the leading lamps of the food culture in Marrakech. It is not only the richly decorated dining room with its cushions covered with pillows and heavy white tablecloths that distinguishes it, but the Fassi heritage of the Chaab sisters who run the place, which gives a touch of culinary refinement to many traditional dishes. The mezze with nine dishes is a separate mini party, and many people stop there, but that would miss the memorable pumpkin and lamb tagine and the delicious slow roasted lamb shoulder strewn with almonds.Contact: 00 212 524 43 40 60; alfassia.com
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Wo-Ma, 12.00-2.30, 19.30 – 23.00
Reservations: EssentialAl Fassia is one of the leading lamps of Marrakech's food culture. Credit: Volodymyr Vasylyshyn More • The best places to eat in Paris

Le Jardin, Royal Mansour

Chef Yannick Alléno is one of the most famous French chefs in the world, with two Michelin star restaurants to his name. So you can be assured of great things in his beautiful garden restaurant in the heart of the beautifully landscaped gardens of the Royal Mansour (courtesy of Luis Vallejo). Inspired by the East-meets-West influences of the Silk Road and focused on a traditional slow-cooking technique over coal, the exciting menu offers a delicious selection of dishes, varying from 'raw & # 39; dishes with sea bream from Agadir and Atlantic tuna, to & # 39; fire-cooked & # 39; plates of baked aubergine with orange blossom honey and picanha beef with a spicy barbecue sauce. In addition, there is a super selection of inventive salads, something that is generally hard to find in Marrakech.Contact: 00 212 529 808 282; royalmansour.com
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Daily, 12.00-16.30
Reservations: EssentialLe Jardin is located in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Royal Mansour Lake

Grand Café de la Poste

This brasserie is in the scene of Marrakech since it served as a coffee house and post-relay in the 1920s. Jacques Majorelle and General Lyautey served their coffee on the same terrace, where expats, Moroccans and tourists are now enjoying bottomless bottles Val d & # 39; Argan Rosé. The interior, renovated in 2005 by Studio KO, appeals to the history of the building; linen-covered bistro tables and palm trees with potters hang around a large, central, two-level staircase, with ceiling fans that woozily run above their heads. The classic bistro menu is good instead of groundbreaking, but then most punters come here for a good glass of rosé and a few gossip.Contact: 00 212 524 433 038; grandcafedelaposte.restaurant
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Daily, 8 am-1am
Reservations: RecommendedIn the French bistro Grand Café de la Poste expats, Moroccans and tourists sit on a bottomless bottle of Val d'Argan roséMore • The best restaurants in Seville

Chez Mado

In the meat-oriented Marrakech, this first-class seafood restaurant is a relief. The French chef Alex Chaussetier has made it his mission to grow and serve the best Moroccan seafood, including succulent Oualidia oysters, large Atlantic shrimps and delicate tongs. The highlight is of course the towering shell with seafood, which you can enjoy with a chilled bottle of Pouilly Fume. The contemporary restaurant with its light oak tables, chairs with low backs and striped table runners evokes an atmosphere of the sea, and there is often live music on weekends. The menu du jour is excellent at MAD 98-122 (£ 8-10).Contact: 00 212 524 421 494, facebook.com/chez-mado-marrakech
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 12: 00-15: 00, 19: 00-11: 30; So, 19.00 – 11.30
Reservations: RecommendedIn the meat-based Marrakech, finding Chez Mado – a first-class seafood restaurant – is a relief More • The best things to do in Lisbon

Amal Center

In the Amal Center you can both eat well and feel good, because every cent of your lunch money goes to support Amal's non-profit organization that offers paid internships, literacy programs & culinary training to women in need . The regularly changing menu also includes less common Moroccan dishes, such as fish balls, Moroccan tortilla and calamari salad. Since many of the women who work here are mothers, children are taken care of with a nursery full of toys, games and art supplies. Cooking lessons are also offered. Payment is only cash.Contact: 00 212 524 446 896; amalnonprofit.org
Prices: £
Opening hours: Daily, 12.00-16.00
Reservations: advisedAt the Amal Center you can both eat well and feel good, because every cent of your lunch money goes to women who need it. More information • The best things to do in Seville

+61

This airy, light restaurant with its copper fittings, tables with marble table and soft pastel colors accentuates many of the head in Marrakech. It is the brainchild of the Australian Cassandra Karinsky who, after settling here, was at a loss to find the kind of modern, ingredient-oriented eatery she was accustomed to in Australia. So, with a little help from some friends at Nomad, she launched the beautiful +61 with her inventive, ever-changing, modern, seasonal menu. The favorites include a homemade ricotta with roasted red peppers, balsamic-glazed lamb ribs, chargrilled sirloin rolls with eggplant sauce and a welcome selection of delicious vegetarian sides. Desserts are equally good, including the most fragrant fig frangipani pie accompanied with an intense shot of real espresso.Contact: 00 212 524 207 020; plus61.com
Prices: ££
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 12.00 – 16.00; Thursday-Saturday, 19:00 – 22:00
Reservations: HelpfulFavorites on +61 include a homemade ricotta with roasted red peppers, balsamic-glazed lamb ribs and grilled loin rolls with aubergine sauceMore

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Ling Ling

Beautiful Ling Ling, the first African outlet of Hakkasan, is housed in the west wing of the Mandarin Oriental with huge arched windows and a long terrace overlooking the gardens. It has a sleek, graphic interior designed by the Parisian duo Gilles & Bossier, which matches the mouth-watering Cantonese menu of chef Tong Chee Hwee. Order small saucers golden fried chicken with mango salsa, vegetarian truffle rolls or Chilean sea bass with honey and combine with one of the most imaginative cocktail offers of Marrakech, such as the Golden Lingyu, which combines Julio Resposado tequila with geranium, ginger, vanilla, chili, lime and apple. Main courses £ 10-45.Contact: 00 212 524 29 88 88; mandarinoriental.com
Prices: nice
Opening hours: Sun-Thu, 7 pm – midnight; Fri-Sat, 7 pm – 1 am (closed mid-May – mid-June)
Reservations: EssentialLing Ling, housed in the west wing of the Mandarin Oriental, is the first African outlet of Hakkasan More • The best restaurants in Barcelona

16 Kawa

This juice-bar-cum-café feels more Miami than Marrakech with its bright, cheerful interior, extensive juice bar and seriously hip staff. Facing the new Musee Yves St Laurent and next to the trendy 16 Majorelle concept store, the hotel attracts a handsome, local crowd to its sunny terrace at lunchtime. They come to enjoy detox smoothies and lunch in couscous or quinoa salad bowls, followed by some homemade cakes and macaroons. For more hungry museum visitors, there is a pretty good burger or a club sandwich, in addition to a selection of tasty wraps. Finish with a few scoops of homemade ice cream.
Contact: 00 212 524 31 00 16; 16cafe.com
Prices: £
Opening hours: Daily from 8:00 to 20:00
Reservations: Not necessaryA smart, local crowd descends on 16 Kawa at lunchtime to enjoy detox smoothies and lunch on couscous or quinoa saladMore