There are a lot of things to do in Marrakech, but sometimes the hot Moroccan sun can take its toll. It is in these moments that even the most hardened traveller requires a café to relax, drink a refreshing drink and maybe even grab something to eat. Situated in Kasbah district, close to the entrance of the Saadian Tombs and the Bab Agnaou and Bab er Robb Medina gates, lies the Kasbak Café. The central location of this café, just a few minutes walk from Dar Habiba, makes it the perfect place to grab a cool beverage or something to drink whilst ticking off that tourist checklist.

Spread across 3 floors including an ample terrace, Kasbah café has a large menu of hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals and, our particular favorite, a wide range of delicious milkshakes made form real ice cream and milk. Delicious.

Once you have followed the small sign off Rue Mouassine, worked your way through the alleyways and knocked on the almost anonymous door to be let in, you are greeted with a warm welcome and an amazing interior.

Dar Cherifa can be found in one of the oldest Riads in Marrakech, dating back to the Saadian times. It has recently been lovingly restored by Abdelatif Ben Abdellah, one of the key figures behind the rejuvenation of the Medina. One thing that firsts strikes you about Dar Cherifa is the incredible use of space: there is a mix of bare untouched walls and original craftsmanship, with a unique centerpiece that hangs above the Riad before the blue Moroccan sky. Alongside some of the best Arabic architecture in Marrakech, the art itself is equally unique and is of a very high standard. Yet, unlike the larger contemporary galleries around the world, the fact that Dar Cherifa focuses on local talent makes it all the more unique.

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Although the price of the artwork on display cost a fair bit more than your average postcard and probably won’t make it onto your souvenir list, the food and drink is very reasonably priced and we were given space, time and freedom to look round the gallery at our own leisure. Dar Cherifa is a space of culture that is accessible for everyone, well worth a visit.

Keep It Secret!

Not such a well kept secret these days is the KIS boutique on Mouassine not far from the main square.  Clothes, accessories, bags, toiletries and household items from contemporary Moroccan and international designers.

There is a small Cafe on the roof terrace.

A fun place for breakfast, lunch or just a quick coffee. The Cafe Charlot is more widely known among British expats as ‘The Charlie Chaplin Cafe’. Located on a prominent street corner in central Guiliez.

Fast friendly service and a menu that includes moroccan standards like tagines and cous cous as well as sandwiches and a full range of cafe beverages.

You will not be disappointed by Cafe Charlot!

Stay in our Marrakech Riads and our staff are always on hand to make your stay more comfortable

We are proud to have funded and helped organise the start up of Henna Cafe a not for profit project ‘giving back’ to the welcoming Marrakech Community.

The Cafe is located not far from Riad Papillon near the Dar El Bashash taxi rank. It serves an inexpensive range of drinks and snacks with a menu including some Moroccan specialities which visitors to Marrakech do not normally get the chance to experience.  Try the ‘Khlear’  lamb sandwich, great value at just 50 dirhams. There are also (subject to availability) traditional cakes baked by local women in their homes, delicious with mint tea!

In addition, Henna Cafe offers two pattern books of traditional Henna tattoos using pure henna with no additives.   Simple designs at 50 or 100 Dirhams are available immediately.   Sophisticated designs at 400 Dirhams plus are by appointment at the Cafe allowing access to some of the top wedding henna artists in Marrakech.

The Henna Cafe Project is not for profit, we hope to be able to fund education and development projects as well as a soup kitchen. There are already free English, German and French language classes running at Henna Cafe with more than 80 people benefitting. Basic literacy classes in arabic are planned to start shortly. Below are some of the first English students pictured as they arrive for a lesson in the ground floor room of the Henna Cafe.

More information and a location map are available on the Henna Cafe website. Requests for reservations in the Henna Salon can be made online.



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Chez Yassine is a well kept secret. A super little cafe located on the Rue Fatim Zohra just round the corner from the Dar El Bashah Palace. Yassine serves delicious and inexpensive Moroccan dishes. We are particularly fond of his freshly prepared vegetable soups. The best tables are upstairs.

Our Marrakech Riads offer the perfect location from which to explore the Medina of Marrakech and our staff will help you to find the best and safest places to eat, from local cafes like this to international fine dining. Reserve Accommodation today!

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Some of the longest established fine dining restaurants in the Medina are located near to our Marrakech Riads in the heart of the Medina. We are delighted that there are also an increasing selection of Cafes in which to hang out and relax. Newly opened in the spring of 2010 Marrakech Korner  is a pleasant and inexpensive daytime eatery located on the Bab Doukala street between Dar El Bashah and the Bab Doukala Mosque. There is a small dining room on the ground floor as well as a larger space upstairs accessed from the street and a shaded roof terrace.

A variety of teas, sodas and juices are on offer with food freshly made to order. We particularly like the home made soups and have found the staff to be unfailingly attentive and polite. A drink and light meal here will cost less than ten euros.

Marrakech Corner has been closed during July and August 2011, we hope it will reopen for the Autumn season

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The aptly named Souk Kafe opened in March 2010.  Mike and Lucie of Marrakech Riad were the first customers! The Cafe is located  at the northern end of the famous Souks at  11 derb Souk Jeldid  about 50 metres south from the well known shrine of Sidi Abdelaziz just around the corner from Riad Cinnamon and less than five minutes from Riad Papillon. There is a large straw teapot on the roof terrace which makes Souk Cafe easy to spot from other roof terraces in the central medina.

There are two comfortable lounges as well as a roof terrace with great views. The menu includes moroccan standards like tagine and cous cous served with tea, soft drinks and juices. It is possible to eat well here for less than ten euros.

Marrakech is a vibrant and exciting destination with new cafes and restaurants opening every month. Reserve Accommodation today in our stunning Marrakech Riads in the heart of the old town Medina.

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The Bougainviller Restaurant is a long established, cheerful and reasonably priced Cafe. It is conveniently located toward the Jemaa Al Fnaa end of the Rue Mouassine and serves as a bit of landmark walking north up Mouassine as the street deviates around the Mouassine Mosque. It serves some western dishes like Pizza as well as some Moroccan standards like tagine and cous cous. It is possible to eat here for around 100 dirhams. Seldom used by locals this is really a tourist restaurant. Safe rather than spectacular but a very good address to know.

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