Although there are a myriad of restaurants, cafes and food stalls to choose from in Marrakech, your visit won’t be complete without eating out in the central square of Jemaa El Fnaa at least once.

As soon as you approach the food stands don’t be surprised to see waiters competing with one another to get your attention. Those who work at the food stalls speak a host of European languages and once they’ve figured out your nationality they’ll call out TV catchphrases and news headlines from your country in an effort to put a smile on your face and entice you onto their stall.

Whenever I take a five minute stroll down to the square, it usually doesn’t take long before I’m being seated by one of the salesmen, ready to try something new. Also, much like the vendors who sell orange juice, the food stalls are numbered so that once you discover your favorite location you know where to return to.

Part of what makes eating in the square of Jemaa El Fnaa different from other districts of the city is that you are directly in the heart of it all. As you sit down and choose from couscous dishes, tajines and salads you can expect to encounter salesmen weaving in and out of the stalls selling everything from traditional Moroccan confectioneries to local artwork.

Eating in the very centre of Marrakech will also only set you back on average about 50 Dirhams (£3.87) making it one of the most affordable locations in the city.

So when it comes to soaking up the essence of Marrakech, it’s hard to suggest somewhere that surpasses Jemaa El Fnaa. All the food on offer is cooked before your eye’s and the atmosphere within the square becomes electric as soon as the sun starts to set.

Although I know the number of my favorite open air stall, I couldn’t tell you what it is! As the best and indeed only way to experience Marrakech is just to completely immerse yourself and try something new!


Le Jardin restaurant opened at the beginning of 2012.

Enter through an unassuming doorway near to the Zaouia Sidi Abdelaziz shrine in central Marrakech just around the corner from our Riad Cinnamon.

The setting is beautiful cleverly laid out around a leafy garden in a central courtyard. The plants are nicely lit at night.

Service is friendly and the varied menu comprises both Moroccan and European dishes. The restaurant is licensed.

Le Comptoir also known as Le Comptoir Darna is a legendary Marrakech venue, located in the Rue Ahmed Chaqui in the heart of the buzzing Hivernage district West of the Old town Medina.  Dependable up market dining with an excellent show usually comprising drummers and dancers who perform in a variety of classical and cabaret styles. Upstairs is a bar with music and dancing until the early hours.

Le Comptoir is a favourite recommendation for a group looking to celebrate a special occasion. Your Marrakech Riad can help you reserve a great table, we can even arrange for a horse and carriage to collect you from the Riad to take you on an unforgetable night time tour of old Marrakech ending at the restaurant just in time for for dinner.

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The historic El Baroudiyine district is located in the centre of the Marrakech medina at the northern edge of the Souks which lead down to the Jema al Fna.

The area contains some of the most important Islamic buildings in the Medina all located around the open ‘Place de la kisaria’.

Ben Youssef Medersa MarrakechTo the north, built in the twelth centry by an Almoravid Sultan of the same name, is the Ben Youssef Mosque, the largest mosque in the medina. The Ben Youssef serves the community of the central medina and is approaching the end of a comprehensive renovation during which many of the locals have prayed at home. In common with most other mosques in morocco it is not open to non muslims.


Open to the public

Adjacent to the mosque is the Ben Youssef Medersa , considered by some the finest building in the city after the Koutoubia Minaret. The Medersa is a Koranic school and is usually open to the public from 9am to 6 pm allowing visitors to appreciate its richly decorated sixteenth century interior.

On east side of Place de la Kisaria is the renowned Musee de Marrakech (Marrakesh Museum) which occupies a stunning palace built by Mehdi Mnebhi a nineteenth century government minister and restored in the 1990’s by Omar Benjelloun. The museum shows an important collection of Moroccan art and sculpture open from 9 am to 7 pm. It also hosts an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions.

Koubba El Baroudiyine

In the midst of all this culture and history the area actually takes its name from its oldest monument of all. Marrakech’s only remaining example of a complete building from the 11th century Almoravid dynasty, the Koubba El Baroudiyine. At first sight a modest structure the Koubba is of huge architectural significance containing in its simple design many of the arches shapes and decorations on which centuries of Islamic buildings have been based. It is normally open from 9am to 1pm and 2.30 to 6 pm.

Riad hotel, Marrakesh

Riad Cinnamon is located on the quiet Derb El Hajra off the Rue Baroudiyine to the east of the Ben Yousef Mosque in the heart of the Baroudiyine distirct. The luxury Riad hotel is only two hundred metres from the Place de Kisaria and is the perfect base from which to explore this extraordinary area.

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