If the thought of eating sheep’s brain at the Jemaa el-Fna (the city’s main square and famous market place) doesn’t take your fancy then no fear – Marrakech’s Medina is home to a plethora of different restaurants for you to choose from. Read on to discover some of my personal favourites below!
1) Cafe Kessabine 77 Souk Kessabine Jamaa Fna, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
Cafe Kessabine was the first restaurant I visited in Marrakech. Naturally, as a first timer in the city, I gravitated towards the Jemaa el-Fna to find somewhere for lunch. I was pretty eager to sample my first Moroccan tagine and so Cafe Kessabine’s traditional menu looked perfect.
The chicken and lemon tagine was not only delicious and homely, but the budget prices were incredible – my tagine cost approximately £5GBP! While not the most picturesque of panoramic views, it was wonderful to sit on the restaurant’s rooftop overlooking the hustle and bustle of the Jemaa el-Fna and soak up the hectic atmosphere of the Medina. This is a great place from which to “people watch” worshippers flock towards the Koutoubia Mosque during the call to prayer.
2) Atay Cafe 62, Rue Amsefah Sidi Abdelaziz, Marrakech 40030 Morocco
The Atay Cafe, as pictured in the header of this blog piece, has a bohemian look and feel similar to Cafe Kessabine. The food is also similarly wonderful and reasonably priced – here I had my favourite tagine of the trip, beef and prune.
For me, the main attraction of the Atay Cafe is that each of the cafe’s three terraces offers a magical view of the Atlas Mountains. I thoroughly enjoyed feasting my eyes upon the snow capped mountains while drinking copious amounts of mint tea.
Another beautiful bohemian style rooftop restaurant, El Fenn’s dishes involve a unique fusion of Moroccan and European cooking. The mint tea and patisseries are simply wonderful.
4) I Limoni 40, Dyour Saboun Bab Taghzout, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
The only non-rooftop restaurant on this list, I Limoni makes a break away from traditional Moroccan cuisine in offering an Italian menu. The food and service is superb – I particularly enjoyed the endless flow of free bread as a starter.
The most unusual feature of this restaurant is that it is centred around a beautiful lemon tree and unsurprisingly, many of the recipes (such as the lemon sorbet I had for dessert) involve the fruits from the tree.
If that wasn’t enough, the restaurant also has a rather bizarre snow globe collection for you to check out.
5) Le Salama 40 Rue des Banques, Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Le Salama is a slice of opulence on the Marrakech dining scene. It is certainly pricier than the other restaurants on this list, but the interior design and furnishings are simply stunning. Le Salama is also one of very few places in the Medina to offer alcohol and the extensive beer list was very appealing after a long day of exploring the souks.
Let me know if you decide to visit any of these restaurants in the comments below! If you’re planning a trip to the city, make sure you check out my top 10 things to do here.