First things first: Moroccan food isn’t just tagines and cous cous, despite what popular cookbooks might have you think. This capital city of Marrakech has an incredibly dynamic, growing food scene, and on our most recent visit we found a wide array of fusion menus alongside traditional dishes, plenty of French influences, and a smorgasbord of vibrant, flavoursome food.
From secret gardens to rooftop restaurants there are just so many options for dining here, so this list of the best places to eat in Marrakech only touches the surface of what’s on offer in this amazing city. Next time we plan to check out Al Fassia, Maison MK, Le Maison Arabe and Latitude 31, which we couldn’t quite squeeze in on this trip. Bon appétit!
The Best Beef Tangia : Souk Kafe
This was probably the best traditional Moroccan dish we came across in Marrakech. We ordered the beef tangia and beef tagine (we’d been chicken’d and lamb’d out) and it was so good we came back for lunch on our last day. Tangia is a Marrakech original. Just like tagines, the name refers to the dish and the vessel it is prepared in. The beef was in small pieces with onion which seemed to melt into the sauce. The flavours were just incredible – cumin, saffron, turmeric, ginger. We could have eaten this 100 times over.
The Souk Kafe is situated within the Medina opposite the popular Le Jardin and has a great little roof terrace. The menu is traditional and very good value (one of the cheapest meals we had in Marrakech), the staff are great and you can order beer here too.
The Special Treat Meal: El Fenn
El Fenn is a beautiful Riad located on the medina walls , but you don’t need to be a guest to eat here (although it is a lovely place to stay). The menu is fusion and offers some great twists on Moroccan classics.
We thoroughly enjoyed the prawn ravioli and mille-feuille of tomato, mozzarella, pesto & parmesan to start. For mains it was a hard choice – we nearly ordered the langoustine linguine and new potato, pea & artichoke tagine with pearl barley. However we kept it traditional and went for quail, almond and prune and lamb, pea and artichoke tagines. Although quail is a little fussy to eat with the bones it was delicious and rich. We enjoyed the little twist of the lamb classic. There are great French inspired desserts on offer too – the lemon granita was a wonderfully refreshing way to end the meal.
During the summer months the restaurant resides on the roof terrace where you can enjoy a view of the Koutoubia. On colder nights there is a restaurant within the Riad too, housed in an incredible room.
Incredible French Cuisine: Le Grand Café de la Poste
Le Grand Café de la Poste is located in the heart of Gueliz, an area which is very different to the medina. Gueliz is considered to be a pretty cool area and is packed full of great places to eat and drink. Le Grand Café was full of locals and expats when we visited, so book a table out on the terrace if you can – there is a great atmosphere, even if you just stop by for a drink to kick off the evening.
The menu is French with a touch of Mediterranean and we started with salmon tartare and a calamari and caramelised pear salad. The salmon was rich and citrusy while the salad was light and a great pairing of flavours. We both ordered the grilled côte de bœuf because steak, and it was enormous. To finish we shared a mini selection of desserts – the tiramisu and creme brûlée were very good. All in all a great meal in a rather wonderful colonial setting!
The Romantic Hidden Gem: Le Jardin
Le Jardin is definitely an oasis within the medina! We know everyone says to eat here, but it really is beautiful and is a great spot to escape the heat. You can eat over three floors, from the court yard to the roof terrace. This place is like a maze and is large but always feels nicely busy. The menu offers Moroccan dishes such as pigeon pie and tagines together with French options like chicken caesar salad, burgers and pasta gratin.
We ended up eating here twice because it was such a relaxing place to sit for a while and enjoy the lush greenery and basically just chill after lots of walking. The lemon chicken tagine is very good here. We also tried the chicken club sandwich which came served in 4 mini pitta and it was more of a corination chicken type filling. Even though it wasn’t quite what we were expecting it was really delicious, and we would definitely order it again. Note that Le Jardin is also licensed to serve alcohol, as not everywhere within the medina is.
Live Music & Laid-Back Vibes: Kechmara
Kechmara is also located in the cool Gueliz area. There is a wicked roof top bar here where we enjoyed a great lunch, but we came back here on the last night of our whole trip as they had live jazz. We especially noticed on Friday when we returned for the music there was a hip and creative crowd there. It was fun and they serve great cocktails! If you want to come for a music night definitely book ahead though, as they were jam-packed.
A mainly French menu with some Asian influences in the mains, there are lots of great salad options and also a tapas menu. The burgers are good, but the chips are amazing – the perfect crisp/fluffy ratio! When we returned for dinner we ordered the tomato and mozzarella which was distinctly average, but the salmon and potato salad was wonderful. This could have been a main itself: there were thick cuts of smoked salmon on top of a dill potato salad. Really enjoyable. A crab linguine followed which was full of crab meat and nice and zingy. We sat and finished our bottle of wine listening to the live jazz – a perfect way to end a week in Morocco.
For A Modern Menu & Tasty Snacks: Nomad
Last by certainly not least, Nomad is a modern Moroccan eatery and rooftop cocktail bar located within the medina. Created by the same team behind Le Jardin, the decor is sleek and very Scandi-chic compared to the usual Moroccan style. The menu is very modern. We just snacked on courgette and feta fritters which were crispy, soft, and minty. Just lovely. We didn’t get a chance to try the whole menu, but it looks that we’ll definitely be go straight here on our next visit to Marrakech.