Marrakech, a former imperial city in Western Morocco, is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in Morocco. With a densely packed medina, and lots of mouths to feed, there’s a surplus of beautiful cafés in which to eat and relax. From charity run cafés, to traditional Moroccan havens, the lucky tourist will never be short for choice. Here we list the 10 best cafés in Marrakech.
Café Arabe welcomes guests of all backgrounds in a traditional yet contemporary environment. A charming and enchanting atmosphere, guests can relax with lunch, dinner, or just a snack. In the medina of Marrakech, yet away from the madness of the souks, Café Arabe features Italian and Moroccan cuisine, and has been a popular place to eat amongst tourists and locals alike throughout its history. Enjoy relaxing in the lounge or on the terrace: you’ll feel right at home in this spacious and colourful café.
Rue Mouassine, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
Grand Café de La Poste
Located in the more modern Gueliz area of Marrakech, yet still full of history, this delightful café features a modest but charming décor, with clear Moorish and European influences creating a relaxing and homely café experience. With its salon room featuring club chairs, chaise lounges, and cushions, guests can relax on old Berber carpets by the fireplace and revel in the warm, musical atmosphere. Café de La Poste gives guests an atmospheric environment with well prepared French and Moroccan inspired food – especially recommended is the duck breast with baby potato!
Angle Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi et avenue imam malik Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Much like its successful counterpart in Fes, Café Clock Marrakech serves it’s signature camel burger amongst other popular favourites. Offering sunset views over the Kasbah, and ideally located in an old school with a light-filled courtyard, the cross cultural vibe that guests encounter in Café Clock is truly worth experiencing. With travellers from all over the world gathering here for an almond milkshake or quick snack, it’s not only a place for yummy food, but for making friends. Not only does Café Clock serve a consistently delicious menu, they also offer cooking classes, and Sunday ‘sunset concerts’, making it a truly cultural experience.
Café du Livre
Part library, part café, you can’t get more homely than Café du Livre. Tucked away in the old French district of Gueliz, this is a popular gathering place for tourists and local alike; guests can enjoy a coffee whilst diving into one of approximately 2000 great books, snack on a light lunch, or even tackle a substantial dinner! With continental cuisine, and excellent wines and beers, Café du Livre even hosts quiz nights and live TV sessions for the most popular sports events. Café du Livre is based on a unique concept, with a welcoming and warm atmosphere.
44, Rue Tarik ibn Ziad, Menara, Marrakesh, Morocco
Café des Epices
In the city’s charming ‘spice square’ the aptly name Café des Epices’ sets a trend for the other similar cafes which have recently followed suit. This original café spreads over 3 levels, including a rooftop from which guests can enjoy views of the Atlas mountains and even admire the glowing sunset by evening. Boasting simple décor, reflecting the colours and architecture of Marrakech, Café des Epices serves spiced tea and cinnamon coffee, as well as juices and light snacks, from Moroccan pastries to tagines. A delightful and relaxed place to take a break from exploring the medina, it is a must visit for the curious traveller.
Derb Rahba Lakdima, Marrakech, Morocco
The unique and characterful Henna Café offers the usual tea, coffee and salads guests can expect at a café, but with the added extras of Moroccan Arabic classes, henna tattoos and even a kids’ club. A registered cultural foundation, the Henna Café offers a truly friendly and positive environment. It serves wonderful traditional Berber dishes seven days week, so whether it’s lunch, snacks or dinner you want, this is an ideal spot. All profits from this café are used to assist with educational related projects, or simply help those in need, making Henna Café the perfect place to please both your stomach and your conscience.
Arset Aouzal Rd, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco
La perle de sud
This café/restaurant is located in the heart of the Main Street of Jemaa el Fna and features a stunning terrace with panoramic views of the Koutoubia mosque and Jemma el Fna square itself. Priding itself on offering gourmet and traditional Moroccan cuisine at affordable prices, guests can eat anything from a light lunch to a hearty dinner. Guests can choose to feast on fresh, healthy and authentic food in the Moroccan lounges, Berber tent, or the air conditioned pergola. A haven of relaxation and sweet Moroccan music, guests can admire the chef and staff working on the best of Moroccan dishes.
Un Déjeuner à Marrakech
A good choice for after visiting the famous Palais Bahia, this café is not far from Jemaa el Fna, and is located in its very own little square. With a few tables outside, as well a roof terrace, guests can choose their preferred location to relax. Since its inauguration in 2009, Un Dejeuner à Marrakech has served a French inspired menu, a bit of a break from the typical tagine and couscous! Offering fresh fruit drinks, warm goats cheese, salmon sandwiches, and a relaxed restaurant atmosphere, this is the perfect spot for something a little different.
4 Rue Douar Graoua, Medina Marrakech 40000, Morocco
Located down a side street just a short walk away from the famous Jemaa el Fna square, Earth Café is Marrakech’s only exclusively vegan and vegetarian café.The owner of Earth Café grows most of the ingredients on his farm just outside of the city, and guests can even arrange to visit this farm and participate in cooking classes. Guests can enjoy something to eat in the intimate atmosphere and colourful setting. With fresh and healthy dishes, this is a paradise not only for vegetarians, but for guests wanting a more unique Moroccan experience.
Derb Zawak, Riad Zitoun kedim 2, Marrakesh MEDINA, Morocco
Café Littéraire: Dar Cherifa
Situated in one of the oldest renovated riads in Marrakech and paying homage to the beautiful ancient architecture of the city, Café Littéraire offers guests the chance to enjoy a traditional mint tea or fresh juice, browse exhibitions of painters and sculptors, or even attend an evening concert or workshop. A cultural hotspot, this architectural treasure Dar Cherifa attracts all kinds of artists and intellectuals. So for Moroccan culture, Moroccan cuisine, and a culturally inspiring experience, Café Littéraire is a perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat.