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.
Enjoy one of the best tasting menus in Marrakech in a relaxed atmosphere either in the spacious dining room or at a table by the pool.
Try the cous cous which is among the best in Morocco.
Undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Marrakech. Located inside English owned Riad mk in the L’Ksour district of the Medina. A fusion of Moroccan and modern french cuisine, five course tasting menu at 650 Dirhams. Chef Omar visits each table at the end of the evening which is a nice touch.
Il lomoni, or to give its full title, il giardino dei limoni, the lemon garden was newly opened in 2013. Classic Italian with the attentive owners usually on the premises. The bohemian atmosphere is set with a Bob Dylan poster in the lobby and continues throughout.
Simple high quality food well presented and reasonably priced. Try the ravioli limoni with a light lemon sauce. Desserts are also a speciality
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.
The Earth Cafe is the the only western style vegetarian restaurant in Marrakech and the food is truly outstanding as well as great value for money with main dishes from 60 dirhams. The extensive menu caters also for vegans and is regularly updated featuring fresh produce from the owners organic farm near to Marrakech. The juices are also fantastic, last time we visited our group of nine tried five different seasonal juices and they were all excellent.
The Earth Cafe can be tricky to find the first time you visit. It is located to the South East of the Jemaa al Fnaa square accessed via the well know street ‘Zitoun Kedim’. Look out for signs hanging over the street advertising Earth Cafe then turn right into Derb Zawak and look up to see the Earth Cafe sign.
Reservations are not usually necessary but your Marrakech Riad staff will be happy to phone ahead for you, in any event you can be sure of a warm reception.
Chez Abdelhay is located just South of the place de la Kissaria in front of the Ben Youssef Mosque. Diners have a pleasant view of the hustle and bustle of the medina around the local fountain. Many of the tables are outdoors but well shaded in summer. This unpretentious cafe style establishment is run by locals and serves simple fare to Marrakechi customers and tourists and is open from lunch time to late afternoon.
A variety of tagines and cooked meats are on offer. In the absence of other instruction the service will default to a selection of salads (usually lentil, tomato and onion, and olives) served with bread, followed by a mixed grill (lamb chop, chicken and beef brochettes and Muerguez sausage). Dessert is usually seasonal fresh fruit.
Pleasant and inexpensive this cafe has been enjoyed by many Marrakech Riad guests. Mint tea and a good selection of soft drinks are available. If you have eaten Chez Abdelhay please feel free to add a comment below.