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Marrakech - Restaurants

Restaurants

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

La Maison Arabe
The restaurant of Marrakech's famed hotel offers a selection of traditional Moroccan dishes and local specialties, including a few vegetarian options. The restaurant has a plush interior with hand-painted woodwork and some tables spill over into the pretty, shaded courtyard. Good for lunch as well as dinner, but dinner is accompanied by excellent Arab-Andalusian music. Serves alcohol.

Bab Doukkala
1 Derb Assehbe
Medina
Morocco
Tel: 05243 87010.
Web: www.lamaisonarabe.com/

Dar Moha
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. Dar Moha's menu consists of sumptuous fix-priced feasts. The best seats in this former family home are around the petal-strewn pool in the garden, where musicians play in the evenings and a grill house emits tantalising aromas by day. Reservations necessary. Serves alcohol.

81 Rue Dar el-Bacha
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05243 86400.
Web: www.darmoha.ma/

Comptoir Darna
Comptoir Darna is still the place to be seen and the favourite hang-out for Marrakech's beautiful people. Both cocktail bar and restaurant, Comptoir Darna segues from mellow dining downstairs to outbursts of belly-dancing and carousing by the upstairs bar as the night wears on. The Franco-Moroccan menu works well in this sumptuous, east-meets-west setting where diplomats, supermodels and minor royalty rub shoulders.

Hivernage
Avenue Echouada
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05244 37702.
Web: www.comptoirdarna.com/


Moderate

Terrasse des pices
Chic and sleek, the Terrasse des pices offers a smart space for meeting and eating north of Jemaa El Fna. Offering a tantalising mix in Moroccan and continental cuisine it also tempts with a fabulous line in desserts. Dine alfresco or in attractive private nooks. Post-business, this is one of the city's liveliest spots at night.

Sidi Abdelaziz
15 Souk Cherifa
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05243 75904.
Web: www.terrassedesepices.com/

Le Grand Caf de la Poste
Once a sorting office and colonial hotel, this deco Casablanca-style eatery is where Mediterranean flair meets top-notch Moroccan ingredients on the inventive seasonal la carte menu. Among the potted palms in the dining room, ordinary mortals mingle with movie stars on a break from filming desert scenes. With ample vegetarian options, salads, and dishes light on the sauces, it's easy to justify dessert.

Boulevard El Mansour Eddahbi
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05244 33038.
Web: www.grandcafedelaposte.com/

Al Fassia
Al Fassia has become a local legend for hearty yet elegant dishes from the Middle Atlas and Fes. The restaurant is run by a group of sisters who recreate their own family recipes with top-notch ingredients and a sharp all-female staff. The menu is la carte and the dcor plush, modern Moroccan. A wide selection of savoury meat dishes, tagines and couscous are on offer, but the array of nine salads alone is enough to satisfy a vegetarian. Serves alcohol.

Guliz
55 Boulevard Zerktouni (at end of pedestrian passage)
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 0524 383839 or 381138.
Web: www.alfassia.com


Cheap

Jemaa el Fna
For the most authentic Moroccan dining experience, join the crowds and eat within the Jemaa el Fna itself. As twilight falls, over 100 food stalls are set up and clouds of smoke drift over the square as all manner of meats are grilled and served with cooked vegetable salads as sides. Wander around until you see ingredients that look the freshest, then squeeze onto one of the benches. Bread is used instead of cutlery and orange juice is brought from one of the many juice stalls. A word of warning - although the food is well cooked, ask for food to be served on paper instead of hastily rinsed plates, and drink OJ from your water bottle instead of reused cups. Jemaa-el-Fna

Jemaa el Fna
Marrakech
Morocco

Chez Chegrouni
A better option for delicate stomachs and vegetarians than the food stalls in the Jemaa el Fna but still within the square, Chez Chegrouni is a hugely popular restaurant with tourists and locals alike. It offers all the usual dishes and has a small terrace at the front to watch the nightly antics. Unlike many of the other budget restaurants in Marrakech, this place does not use meat stock for non-meat dishes, so vegetarian dishes are just that. Although it's small and basic, it's very clean and well run, and a justifiable favourite.

Jemaa el-Fna
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 06654 74615.

Caf de France
A local institution and one of the most famous cafs in Marrakech, Caf 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, while the roof terraces have superb views. The menu offers unexceptional but serviceable fare and decent coffee at a reasonable price; what you're paying for here is the location and convenience factor.

Rue des Banques
Marrakech
Morocco


Hotels

Marrakech is renowned for its riad accommodation - a handful of rooms fanning out from a central courtyard and often featuring traditional architectural details. Some of them are now boutique hotels, and many of them are opulent, grand affairs. It certainly pays to splash out and stay in a luxury riad, but you don't always have to pay the earth for the privilege. Aside from riads, Marrakech boasts larger, well-known hotel brands as well as cheaper, budget stays.

The Marrakech hotels have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over Dh1,500)
Moderate (Dh700 to Dh1,500)
Cheap (under Dh700)
These Marrakech hotel rates are for a double room per night and include all taxes and breakfast unless otherwise stated.



Cheap

Du Pacha
Expect friendly staff, a warm welcome, simple breakfasts and clean rooms at this good value hotel outside the city's medina located close to the main train station. Rooms offer TV and free Wi-Fi. Amenities include a concierge, a safe-deposit box and a 24 hour reception. Guests can also sit and relax in the hotel's tranquil grounds.


33 Rue De La Liberte
Marrakech
Morocco

Hotel Narjisse
This 37-room hotel is centrally located and close to the Moroccan medina. All the rooms offer air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a satellite TV.


101 Rue Oqba Bnou Nafiaa Medina
Marrakech
Morocco

Riad Eden
A snug, comfortable riad in Marrakech with four standard rooms and two suites, well located for the Jemaa el Fna, the Badi and Bahia Palaces and the souks. The large living room invites banter among guests but the real hang-out spot is the kitchen, where you can watch the in-house chef create tasty meals from scratch and pick up a few pointers. Sunny balconies and a shaded roof terrace with a view of the Koutoubia make the Eden a heavenly retreat at the right price.


Medina
25 Derb Jedid
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 06720 46910.
Web: www.riadeden-marrakech.com/

Luxury

La Mamounia
Set within lush gardens (once the royal grounds of the Saadians) and with fine views of the Atlas Mountains, this art deco luxury hotel has been the place to stay in Marrakech for the rich and famous since it opened in the 1920s. Winston Churchill described it as 'the loveliest spot in the whole world' and was a frequent visitor - the Churchill Bar is named in his honour. In its heyday, it wasn't so much a hotel as a way of life, with a casino to rival Monte Carlo and silver screen movie stars sipping highballs at high tea. A major sumptuous overhaul is now complete and La Mamounia is once again the grande dame of Marrakech.


Medina
Avenue Bab Jedid
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05243 88600.
Web: www.mamounia.com/

Les Jardins de la Koutoubia
Tucked behind the Jemaa el Fna, Les Jardins de la Koutoubia has 100 rooms and suites, clustered around a palm-filled courtyard with a large pool, decked out in a smart, spiffy, modern Moroccan style. Another major draw is its sleek, serene spa, which offers traditional hammam treatments. The piano bar is a prime spot for an evening cocktail, and you can dine on a range of international cuisines from India to France on the patio, garden, or rooftop. For location and space, it can't be beaten.


Medina
26 Rue de la Koutoubia
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 0524 388 800.
Web: www.lesjardinsdelakoutoubia.com/

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 under the new ownership of Italian blueblood and African antiques collector Frederic Ruspoli. His collection is now the centrepiece of luxuriously restored suites and rooms, most with private terraces, set around central courtyards. In terms of luxury, its suites rival La Mamounia, and the in-house restaurant, hammam (traditional steam bath) and the new swimming pool are well worth a visit.


Bab Doukkala
1 Derb Assehb
Medina
Morocco
Tel: 05243 87010.
Web: www.lamaisonarabe.com/

Moderate

Riad L'Etoile D'Orient
Restored in 2010, this tastefully appointed riad features modern rather than traditional comforts but guests can be assured of beautiful surroundings in rooms that offer free W-Fi, safes, flat screen TVs and gorgeous bathrooms. In addition, there's a rooftop terrace, bar/lounge and spa tub.


Derb Moulay Abdelkader n52
Derb Dabachi
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 06000 21803.
Web: www.etoiledorient.com

Riyad El Cadi
This elegant guest house 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 dcor scheme with custom furnishings and antiques. They range from the cupola-capped Ottoman suite with Turkish tile and latticework harem balcony to the Chaouen junior suite with an 18th-century Moroccan woodwork ceiling and inviting fireplace. Among the mansion's many charms are a pool with Jacuzzi, subterranean hammam, in-house chef, and well-stocked libraries and wine cellar.


87 Derb Moulay Abdelkader
Marrakech
Morocco
Tel: 05243 78655.
Web: www.riyadelcadi.com/

Riad Al Massarah
This riad (courtyard guesthouse) 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 riad tourism with clever use of natural light and solar energy, contributions to local charities, and standard-setting wages for their top-notch staff. With such thoughtful attention to detail, restorative massages and an acclaimed in-house chef, the Riad Al Massarah is an idyllic spot to unwind by day and sleep exceptionally well at night.


Bab Doukkala
26 Derb Jedid
Medina
Morocco
Tel: 05243 83206.
Web: www.riadalmassarah.com/

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