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.

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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The hottest restaurant recommendation in Marrakech. Packed with expats but rarely visited by tourists. Reservation is essential Tuesday to Saturday, on Sunday and Monday le Studio is closed.

Established in 2011 in the heart of the up and coming new town of Marrakech, Le Studio is a smart and very stylish restaurant boasting an outstanding menu of French culinary classics with an international twist. The Thai Beef particularly is to be recommended, and indeed it would seem that beef is this restaurants speciality, naturally it being Morocco it was never going to be pork, but without a doubt nearly all the beef dishes in the restaurant are exceptional. That is not to say that the beef averse should not visit this restaurant, there is also a fine selection of other dishes, including very pleasant fish and vegetarian offerings. One can even partake in a very fine foie gras if they are inclined to do so. These fine dishes are naturally complimented by an excellent wine selection bringing together some truly outstanding Moroccan wines which are specially tailored to the menu.

The staff are very friendly and attentive, speaking both French and English and they certainly give a very fine representation of the restaurant as a whole. The manager one Steeve Verbeek is a most accommodating individual and a very pleasant man to encounter whilst having in a meal in his fine restaurant, indeed the feeling of a truly personal service is one which of the things which helps to make a visit to Le Studio such an enjoyable and memorable experience. The décor of the restaurant is also very impressive, sticking naturally to the theme that its name implies the layout is a chic homage to an Hollywood studio, with the furniture and the layout oozing style. Not only this but the restaurant sports a rather interesting retractable roof, allowing for cool eating in during the often rather warm Moroccan nights. All in all if you are looking for an excellent meal in Marrakech in elegant and stylish surroundings then one should look no further than Le Studio. It is situated on avenue Mouley Rachid behind the popular café de poste. A mere 5 minute taxi drive or a 15 minute walk, our Riads are in a prime position to take advantage of this exciting new culinary development. Book our Riads now to avoid disappointment.

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First class Indian Restaurant Les Jardins to Bala is located within the hotel Les Jardins de la Koutoubia to the South West of the Jema al Fnaa square.

Located on the roof terrace this excellent restaurant offers great food in a relaxed setting. On arrival at the hotel entrance an impeccably dressed concierge will accompany you around the courtyard garden to the elevator. The comfortable restaurant interior features a fireplace with is usually burning in winter.  Relatively expensive by Marrakech standards a meal for two with drinks would typically cost around UK £50



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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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Cafe Arabe is one of the longest established and best respected restaurants in Marrakech serving both Moroccan cuisine and excellent Italian Food (the owners are Italian). Our favourite dish is the steak in green pepper sauce.

Cafe Arabe is located less than five minutes from Riad Papillon and Riad Cinnamon at the top of Rue Moaissine. There are are many different dining and seating areas within which almost feel like visiting different restaurants. Our favourite is the roof top terrace which has a great atmosphere and a misting system. The non alcoholic cocktails are great for lunchtime, served with a generous helping of nuts.

Our Marrakech Riads are in the heart of the ancient Medina, reserve accommodation today and be our guest!

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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 rustic interior is reminiscent of the ‘hippy paradise’ of Chefchaouen in Northern Morocco, and the atmosphere relaxed and casual.

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.

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This outstanding Moroccan restaurant is staffed exclusively by women and is run as a workers cooperative. Al Fassia means literally the women from Fez and the menu includes a number of specialties from the Fez region. The menu is a la carte and our favorite dishes are the intricate Pastilla and the superb slow roasted shoulder of lamb with almonds served for two people.

From the Medina take a taxi to the new town of Guiliez, in the unlikely event that your taxi driver does not know Al Fassia ask them to drop you at the landmark Cafe Negociants on the Avenue Mohammed V. The restaurant is a few hundred yards down the road to the right. Expect to pay 600 to 800 Dirhams for two people.

Al Fassia is not an undiscovered gem! It is deservedly very busy. Your Marrakech Riad staff will be able to help you to make a reservation.

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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.

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