The best restaurants in Marrakech
The best Restaurants in Marrakech: One of Morocco‘s biggest tourist destinations, Marrakech is the city to visit! Between strolling the narrow streets, shopping in the souks, lush gardens and visiting museums and other marvellous sites, you’ll have no time to get bored – a real guarantee of a total change of scenery. By the way, if you’re looking for something to do in Marrakech, take the time to read my dedicated article.
During your trip, I strongly recommend that you take the time to discover the local Moroccan gastronomy. Here, it’s considered an art in its own right. So no trip to the red city is complete without a taste of Moroccan specialties. And there are plenty of locations where you can try them.! Whether on Place Jamaa El Fna, in the medina, the kasbah or in the central districts, there are plenty of addresses where gastronomy takes pride of place.
So, starred restaurant or cheap snack? I’ve provided a list of some of my favorite restaurants in Marrakech below to make your stay easier. It’s now simply necessary to say “bon appetit”!
The best restaurants to eat in Marrakech
Here are the addresses most coveted by locals and tourists visiting Marrakech. After a relaxing afternoon in one of Marrakech’s top spas, there’s nothing better than a feast in one of the city’s best restaurants.
Le Café des Epices
Café des Epices” is one of Marrakech’s must-visit addresses. Why not? Because the food is simply delicious, and the establishment has a charming asset: a superb terrace overlooking the Place des Epices and the Atlas Mountains. In fact, this rooftop is one of the city’s most famous. So don’t miss it!
If you’ve come to Marrakech with your family, you’ll find peace and serenity here, and if you’ve come with friends, prefer a night visit. You’ll be able to dance to the electro sounds of the DJs.
Where to eat in Marrakech? At Foundouk, of course
Located in the historic district of Marrakech, inside a former foundouk and caravanserai, this restaurant offers a sober decor with many Moroccan touches (wall fountains, ceramics, wood…). It’s also one of the best rooftop restaurants in Marrakech. You’ll have one of the best views of the medina rooftops and the Atlas Mountains!
With its relaxed, romantic ambience, it’s the perfect place for a wonderful tête-à-tête. Unless you prefer to dine in the intimacy of the inner courtyard.
La Maison Arabe
There are many reasons to visit La Maison Arabe, which is first and foremost a hotel. Firstly, you’ll be welcomed into a setting worthy of an ancient palace, beneath fabulous hand-painted ceilings. Secondly, you’ll be able to enjoy an incredible traditional cuisine with Arabo-Andalusian music in the background. Finally, there are a number of other restaurants, including a private club in the style of the 30s, with a variety of warm ambiances. In short, the “Maison Arabe” is undoubtedly one of Marrakech’s finest addresses.
At the “Maison Arabe”, you can order refined Moroccan gastronomic dishes, as well as European and Asian ones (tandoori chicken, for example). You can also enjoy delicious drinks and tapas at the “Piano Bar” – to the sound of a jazz pianist.
You can also enjoy light meals inspired by Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine at the poolside bar, “Le Figuier” (in the Country Club gardens).
Finally, in the intimate atmosphere of “Les Trois Saveurs” restaurant, you can choose from a range of menus featuring Mediterranean, Moroccan and Asian dishes. You can enjoy them inside the restaurant or on the adjoining terrace overlooking the pool and gardens. Here’s some practical information to help you get there:
Address: Hôtel La Maison Arabe, Derb Assehbi, Marrakech 40 000.
“Le Restaurant”: 7pm to 11pm
“Le Figuier”: noon to 4pm
“Restaurant Les Trois Saveurs”: Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., lunch and dinner from noon to 11 p.m.
Where to eat in Marrakech? At Al Fassia, of course!
The “Al Fassia” restaurant is run by women, and they do their utmost to offer you the very best in Moroccan cuisine. All in 2 different atmospheres: there are in fact two “Al Fassia” restaurants. One in the Guéliz district (la Ville Nouvelle) and the other in Agdal, close to Marrakech’s historic quarter.
In an impeccably-polished setting, you’ll be able to savor extraordinary traditional dishes: pastilla, briwates, couscous and many other specialties are on the menu. Here’s how to get to the various Al Fassia restaurants:
Address in Guéliz: 55 Bd Mohamed Zerktouni, Marrakech.
Address in Agdal: 9 bis, Zone Touristique d’Agdal Al Fassia, Aguedal, Marrakech.
Restaurant “Al Fassia” in Guéliz, open every day from 5pm to 11pm except Fridays and Saturdays: from 12:30pm to 2:30pm and from 7pm to 11pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
Restaurant “Al Fassia” Aguedal, open every day from 5pm to 11pm except Tuesdays, from 12:30pm to 11pm.
Located on Place Rahba Lakdima overlooking the spice market, “Le Nomad” restaurant was a carpet workshop before 2014. Today, the four-storey restaurant boasts a modern decor with a touch of vintage. However, its trump card remains the panoramic terrace with its breathtaking view of the medina and the Atlas mountains. It’s the ideal place to eat in Marrakech.
A Moroccan restaurant and tearoom in one, this family-run riad in the heart of the medina is an excellent place to enjoy tea and delicious cuisine. Prices are also very affordable. To find out more about riads in Marrakech, take a look at my dedicated article
Le Grand Café de la Poste
A true Marrakech institution, Le Grand Café de la Poste. You’ll love the retro decor and period furniture (from the 20s), which reflect the colonial atmosphere of yesteryear.
In this place steeped in history, you can discover many specialties of French gastronomy. You’ll be treated to traditional and regional dishes such as bavette or leg of lamb.
Here’s some practical information:
Address: On the corner of Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi and Avenue Imam Malik, Guéliz district, 40 000 Marrakech (next to the Central Post Office).
Opening hours: daily, non-stop from 9:00 am to midnight.
Le Tanjia, Marrakech’s unmissable dining address
Located in a former riad overlooking the mellah, “Tanjia” is another must-visit address in Marrakech. If you’re looking for a restaurant with an oriental decor, you’ve come to the right place: it’s a complete change of scenery. Especially when the oriental dancers come to perform.
Tanjia” offers traditional Moroccan cuisine, with mechoui, meat and fish kebabs and other local specialties on the menu.
What you need to know to get to Tanjia :
Address: 14 Derb Jdid, Hay Essalam, Mellah, Medina, Marrakech.
Opening hours: The restaurant is open daily from midday to 1am.
Luxury establishments in Marrakech
As you know, France is renowned for its gastronomy and the many Michelin-starred chefs who work all over the world. Well, in Marrakech too, gastronomy is an asset for the city and the country. So I’m going to introduce you to the best luxury restaurants in Marrakech.
Le Stylia is one of Morocco’s gastronomic Meccas. It has even been awarded the highest distinction in Morocco: 3 Fourchette de Luxe! And the intimate decor of this small riad, which was once a 15th-century palace, is sure to please: wooden doors, the traditional fountain in the courtyard and rose petals on the floor. It’s all a call to calm, especially when the lute player is there.
The Court of Lions
Luxury and refinement are also the order of the day at this restaurant, located in the heart of a superb palace, the Es Saadi Resort. Here, too, you’ll be treated to a decor worthy of a thousand and one nights, like those of the palaces of Granada, and from the terraces to an equally beautiful view of Marrakech, the gardens and the swimming pool.
You’ll be able to savor delicious dishes from bygone eras, as well as more elaborate modern fare by renowned chef Fatima Hal (from “Mansouria” in Paris), but just as authentic. On the menu: pigeon pastilla, roast lamb shoulder, mrouzia, etc…
How to get to Es Saadi Resort
Address: Es Saadi Marrakech Resort – Hotel, Rue Ibrahim El Mazini, Marrakesh 40 000.
Opening hours: 7:30pm to 10pm.
Les Jardins de la Médina
When you arrive at this restaurant, set in a superb garden in the Kasbah district, you can sit down in a former lounge with high ceilings, or on the terrace with swimming pool.
Your taste buds will salivate at the refined, generous Moroccan cuisine and its French influences. Choose from foie gras, lamb mouse, chicken and duck leg pastilla or spaghetti with squid ink. Please note that “Les Jardins de la Médina” also offers a fine wine list.
Address: 21 Derb Chtouka, Marrakesh 40 000.
Breakfast: 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 pm to 3 pm
A little hunger: 3pm to 6:30pm
Dinner: 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Bar: 7:30am to 9pm
The setting of this establishment, just 100 meters from Jamaa El Fna square, is simply splendid. Two restaurants are open: the “Bistrot Arabe” and the rooftop “La Pergola” on the top floor.
While the decor of the “Bistrot Arabe” blends Moroccan and Andalusian ambience with a few contemporary touches, that of “La Pergola” is more casual, ideal for relaxing with friends. Take note: jazz concerts alternate between the two restaurants every evening!
The dishes at “Riad Monceau” are authentic and refined, but if you prefer, you can also order tapas. Delicious Moroccan wines are served with your meal.
Address: Derb Chaabane, Riad Zitoun Lakdim, Marrakech Medina.
Bistro Arabe” opening hours: daily, 6.30pm-11pm (reservations preferred).
Opening hours of “La Pergola”: daily from 11am to 11pm. Happy Hour from 5:30pm to 7pm.
The Palais Ronsard
The “Palais Ronsard” is a luxury hotel actually called the Palais Ronsard Relais & Châteaux. It has two dining establishments: “Le Jardin d’Hiver” and “Le Verger.””.
In a Belle Epoque setting, “Le Jardin d’Hiver” has a private lounge, an outside terrace, and two pools encircled by lovely columns.
As for the “Verger”, you can enjoy your meals in a natural setting, under a magnificent pergola, surrounded by olive trees, palm trees and roses.
At “Jardin d’Hiver”, the French chef offers seasonal local specialties with Moroccan ingredients prepared with a touch of Western inspiration. At “Le Verger”, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy vegetarian-style lunches, but not only.
Address: Palais Ronsard Relais & Châteaux, Propriété Salah 7 Abyad, Municipalité Annakhil, Marrakech.
Winter Garden” opening hours: daily:
Breakfast from 7:30am to 10:30am
Lunch from midday to 3pm
Dinner from 7:30 p.m. with reservation
Orchard” opening times: Lunch from midday to 3pm daily.
Le Selman Marrakech
This hotel at the foot of the Atlas Mountains promises a truly luxurious experience, with private rooms, suites and villas. It too boasts several restaurants, including the majestic “Le Selman”. This is Marrakchis’ favorite weekend brunch spot, either on the terrace or in the garden.
You’ll find a buffet offering all kinds of cuisine: French, Moroccan and Lebanese. The dishes are always refined and gourmet.
Address: Km5 Route d’Amizmiz, Marrakech 40 160.
Cheap restaurants in Marrakech
You can eat well and cheaply in Marrakech. There are many small and large restaurants serving delicious food, typically Moroccan or otherwise, at very affordable prices. Here’s a short list of what I consider to be the city’s best restaurants/snacks.
If you want to eat great food and do a good deed at the same time, Amal is the place to go! Your bill will go to an association that cares for underprivileged women and victims of violence. The restaurant belongs to the “AMAL” association, which means hope in Arabic. The association finds jobs for women in need in the city’s restaurants.
Under the guidance of their chefs, the apprentices prepare Moroccan and international cuisine with a smile, an excellent sense of service and low prices. The best!
Address: Corner of Rue Allal Ben Ahmed and Rue Ibn Sina, Marrakech 40 000.
Opening hours: Daily from midday to 3.30pm (except vacations).
Le Bazar Café
Vegetarians and vegans will feel like royalty at Le Bazar Café. In a cosy, elegant atmosphere, everyone can enjoy the most succulent Moroccan and international cuisine (Greece, Italy, Lebanon…). And on the terrace, please!
If you’re looking for quality street food, the “Bazar Café” will be your favorite address in Marrakech. In addition to fine cuisine using organic ingredients and locally grown produce, you’ll enjoy delicious traditional Moroccan home-made pastries, plenty of fragrant teas and infusions, and 100% artisanal ice creams made with seasonal fruit.
The restaurant also offers a wide range of Moroccan and foreign wines, beers, spirits and cocktails.
Address: Derb Sidi El Yamani, 24B, Marrakech.
Opening hours: daily from noon to 10pm.
Atay Café Food
Atay Café Food is a little gem in the medina. It’s the ideal place to take a gourmet break between two visits. From the terrace, you can enjoy a 360° view of the city and the Atlas Mountains. It’s one of Marrakech’s favorite places to eat, according to tourists.
Café Clock is a unique space in Marrakech. It serves as a café/snack bar, an art gallery for cultural exhibitions and a concert hall.
It’s a real cultural space, with Moroccan charm and industrial decor, where you can enjoy a good meal. If you find yourself in the Kasbah, don’t hesitate to push open the doors of this exceptional place of exchange.
Le Rôti d’Or
Le Rôti d’Or is an intimate Latin-American restaurant located near Place Jamaa El Fna. It’s one of the best addresses in the medina, offering delicious takeaway food. You’ll find Tex Mex-style menus: kebabs, tacos, burgers, quesadillas….
Address: Taoualat Ben Saleh N 64, Marrakech 40 000.
Opening hours: noon to 10pm. Closed on Fridays.
Quite simply, this is where you’ll find the best burgers in Marrakech. Eat in or take away! You’ll only find burgers served with a salad and a smoothie or a fresh fruit juice.
La Cantine des Gazelles
Another of the Medina’s top addresses is La Cantine des Gazelles.. If you’ve come to Marrakech as a family, you won’t be disappointed. The service is impeccable and the welcome warm.
The menu features Moroccan cuisine (couscous, tajine, brochettes…) as well as pizzas, salads and sandwiches.
Address: 6 Dabachi Kennaria, Marrakech 40 040.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon to 4pm and 7pm to 10pm. Closed on Mondays.
Of course, Italian cuisine is the order of the day at Mamma Mia. This restaurant in Marrakech’s Guéliz district offers authentic, refined Italian cuisine. You can order a host of Italian dishes, including pizzas, fresh pasta and a variety of desserts.
Snack Al Bahriya
The “Al Bahriya” restaurant/snack is a must for Marrakchis and visitors alike. Here, fish and seafood take center stage: grilled, a la plancha or fried. You can also order a pizza, tagine or sandwich.
A must: Café de France
Established in 1914 on Place Jamaa El Fna, the Café de France is one of Marrakech’s most famous dining establishments. The establishment has remained almost unchanged since colonization. It’s a must to spend a moment on its terrace, with its panoramic view of the famous square. It’s a truly unique setting, and you’ll have a front-row seat to its almost permanent spectacle.
What to eat at Café de France
The restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes. If you get the chance, go in the morning to enjoy a Moroccan breakfast. On the menu: khliaa and eggs + mint tea + homemade wholemeal bread + beldi butter and honey + Moroccan baghrir or msemen pancakes.