Amid the bustling Djemaa Al Fnaa is this multi-floor restaurant. We could comfortably sit on the ground floor and enjoy the movement in the square in front of us or go up to the terrace where we could enjoy fantastic views.
There is authentic food for decent prices. We decided to try vegetable couscous and chicken tagine, both were good. The service is a bit slow, but while you are being served, you can take advantage of the time to take photos of the unique plaza.
I would not come back and eat here, but only to buy the candy. Here they specify that the tip is not included in the bill, at least by our waiter. Do not be surprised if the waiter picks up a tip and pouts at when you leave it on the table again, in some places they throw long nose, because they are very touristy. We ended up leaving 6 € and walking off with a nerdy tourist face: O
The Grand Balcon Glacier Cafe is an institution in Marrakech. The first time I went, was at sunset, and it was crowded with people enjoying the views from the balcony. They charge for entry, to ensure that you won't leave without having a drink. It has all kinds of drinks, but they don't serve alcohol. They also offer nice homemade ice cream, and a variety of traditional dishes. There are better places to eat elsewhere in the city, but the views can't be beaten here.
The Café Des Épices (Spice Cafe) is a nicely renovated building. It's painted red and set amid several souqs, or markets of the medina. It's located in the Place aux épices (Plaza of Spices), with an informal market in the center, where spices and baskets are sold along with various beauty products. The cafe has a fairly minimalist décor that respects the traditional architecture of the city, formerly called the red city. It is quiet, and it has a small terrace to view the medina and the square below. The cafe is staffed by a team of French and Moroccans and serves pastries and mint tea, cold drinks, salads and sandwiches. The food is basic but tasty and fresh. From the terrace you can see the minaret of the Koutoubia. They have a variety of teas and spices used in the preparation of your food to give it a special touch.
Le Marrakchi is, in my opinion, one of the most spectacular restaurants in Marrakech. Firstly, it is located in the Jemaa el Fna, where you can enjoy the nightlife in the square, a relatively quiet place. Secondly, they have created a Thousand and One Nights' décor and setting. There are carved wooden ceilings, wooden windows are also reminiscent of the old marrakchis palaces from the past century, and a multitude of pretty fine Moorish details. You eat well and dishes are the usual ones with a traditional touch and freshly made. There is a large selection of different couscous and tagines.
Restaurant Marrakesh Dar Es Salem is in the district of Riad Zitoun, near the Jemaa el Fna. It is an old riad that has been converted into a restaurant, with a traditional lounge and dining room. It has traditional decor, with the kind of furniture that you find in any Moroccan family home. You can rent the entire place for your group, or share with other visitors. They offer a Moroccan dancing show, with a small instrumental group. The menu is classic, and costs between 20 and 45 euros per person, with dishes like couscous, tagine, pastilla ... you are paying more for the show, the food is not amazing.
Before you enter you are greeted with horses at the entrance. It is a large palace and you can see different Arabic songs. They take you to a Bedouin tent to have dinner and a dinner show. They treat you like a queen and they finish the dinner with a big show with horses, fireworks, and a flying carpet. The quality for the price is fine. I honestly can not go to Marrakesh and not dine here!
Tanja Le Marrakesh is a restaurant, located next to the square of Ferblantiers. It is a tastefully decorated, installed in one of the old houses in the Jewish quarter. The restaurant has a menu that mixes traditional dishes with some more innovative. In general, a main course and a fruit salad will keep you full, as the portions are generous. There is a terrace where you can see the activity of the Place des Ferblantiers, where iron working takes place. The restaurant is a 10 minute walk from the Jemaa el Fna, but down a main road. If you'd rather not walk, you can take a small taxi instead, which will bring you back to your hotel for 15dh. Dinner costs about 20 euros per person, and they have good music.
Jour et Nuit is a restaurant on the beach in Agadir, located close to Bijaouane Square. In fact there are two restaurants of the same name, one on either side of the square. The Jour et Nuit has a first floor dining room, offering good sea views. We went during Ramadan, and it was a bit strange, as Moroccans come to the cafe to socialise, talk, sit and read the paper, but they don't eat or drink. At night it fills up, and people stay eating and playing cards until 4 o'clock in the morning, when the daily fast begins again. The restaurant has good prices, you can try grilled fish for 6 euros, with bread and salad.
Les Terrasses lAlhambra is one of the most modern restaurants in the Jemaa el Fna square. It is a fairly new place with a terrace overlooking the square. It's particularly beautiful after sunset, when the whole square becomes a huge open-air restaurant, with beautiful views. It has lovely decor, and the room below is heated. The dishes aren't very Moroccan: they serve pasta, pizza, and huge salads. It's good for a change, if you want a break from Moroccan food after a few days. Prices are reasonable, there is a menu for 10 euros, and mains are between 4 and 7 euros.
Al Baraka is a restaurant in the Jemaa el Fna Square in Marrakech. It is a traditional place that can host groups for a few hours, so it's better to look elsewhere if you want something more intimate. The nightly menu costs about 25 euros per person, and includes pastry stuffed with pigeon and almonds, soups, salads, and a selection of couscous and tagines. The restaurant is built in a former palace, and has a terrace overlooking the square and the Atlas mountains. The kitchen is very good, with a famous chef.
Le Dome is a large beachfront complex that hosts a tea room, bakery, a restaurant, a nightclub, and rentable party rooms. The restaurant is cozy, has a terrace and an indoor room from which you can watch very beautiful sunsets. It's a little more luxurious than other restaurants with white tablecloths and fine china, but it isn't too expensive. The bakery is open for the day, and you can sample some of their delicacies in the restaurant, or sit in the tea room for a snack. To end the evening you can go to the club with an oriental atmosphere, serving drinks but also some small snacks. Some nights there are shows with dinner included.
Ibtissam is a neighborhood restaurant in the area of Talborjt Nouveau. It's in a nice pedestrian plaza, with a good sized balcony. It is full of tourists at lunchtime, with the locals coming later for tea and something to eat. The full menu costs 45 dirhams, or 4 euros, and includes a starter (a salad or soup) and a second course (Moroccan tagine with fish, lamb or chicken). There's also ground beef tagine with eggs that is also good. For dessert they offer fruit salad and local pastries. There are some European-style dishes if you're sick of Moroccan food, like spaghetti, burgers, and sandwiches. But these dishes always disappoint me - they're never as good as I'd like!
The Ksar el Hamra is a fancy restaurant in the Riad Zitoun Kedim neighbourhood. This is a nice area with plenty of good hotels and restaurants. The restaurant is in a small street near the main street, easy to find. When you leave, you can walk to the Jemaa el Fna in five minutes. The restaurant offers a variety of Moroccan dishes, including a spicy soup with some meat, typical at the end of the days of Ramadan. There are salads and pies with minced pigeon and almonds or with spinach. At nights there are concerts by groups of Gnawa, traditional musicians in the region. It's a bit touristy but an interesting place if you are spending a little time in Marrakech.
The restaurant is in the gardens of the same name, in the centre of Agadir. It is named after the Portuguese town of Olhao, which has been twinned with Agadir since the 1960's. The garden is a beautiful place, and the restaurant is a wonderful choice for a meal, because there's plenty shade. You can eat outside under the big trees, without worrying about the sun. There's a play area for children. Prices are a little higher than in the centre, but not as high as the restaurants by the beach. You can eat a full meal for 12 euros. The place is open at night only on special occasions.
We visited this place after having made some experiences with other restaurants and street cuisines. I am therefore comparing this experience to other places we saw during the last days.
On entry the restaurant rooms are very bland and radiate little atmosphere. The staff was not very attentive and the food was not out of the ordinary great and the portions very small. Compared to other restaurants of their price level we had better quality food and service. Upon leaving the waiter tried to work his tip into the bill.
However, the view from the top terrace onto the busy Jamaa el fna at sunset is worth recommending.
The medina is a charming maze that makes you feel as though it is never going to end. Everything is intense...the colors, architecture, smells, lights, and donkeys that are about to run you over, among other perils. This atypical restaurant is right next to the Attarine market away from the big touristy restaurants with little authenticity. This cozy restaurant is decorated with the typical colors of Morocco, the service is good, and there is appropriate music and a full menu. The vegetarian couscous was expertly made,0 but of course, I am not Moroccan, and appreciated being able to have a beer and relax :o). Good place to re-charge before returning to the vortex of streets.