Eating and drinking in Marrakesh & Essaouira

I’m off to Morocco for two weeks (first week in Marrakesh and then going on to Essaouira). Does anyone have any great suggestions for restaurants, cafes or bars in either place?
On a previous post I’ve seen a lot of people recommending Café Arabe in Marrakesh so this is definitely on my list!

Thanks very much!

Olivia Rawes 03/06/13    Food & drinkMorocco Link Report

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Hi Olivia,

In Marrakesh, Café Arabe is definitely worth a visit, as is Al Fassia in Guéliz, for Fassi cuisine such as pastilla (sweet yet savoury pigeon pie). Café Arabe also does cocktails, while Kechmara, also in Guéliz, is a good place to catch DJ sets and other live music.

In Essaouira, try the Italian-Moroccan cooking at Elizir or, for breakfast, the flaky pastries at Patisserie Chez Driss. For drinking, there’s chilled-out La Triskalla and/or the rooftop terrace at Taros.

Street food in either town is great: at the stalls that set up each night in the Jemaa el Fna in Marrakesh, and at the fish grills down in Essaouira’s port.

Cheers,

Keith

Keith Drew 04/06/13    Link Report

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  • Hi Keith and Gavin,

    Thanks so much for these recommendations they look great! Will definitely make note of them for my trip!

    Thanks,

    Olivia

    Olivia Rawes 04/06/13    Link Report

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  • The fish restaurants at the port are lively and exciting. Select your fresh fish, be as fancy or as plain as you like. They weigh it, give you a price. Haggle, agree and wait to be served. It’s all outdoors. You will get local fresh bread, a tomato and onion salad and can have a fizzy drink. If you’re a vegetarian, like my partner, bring your own vegetables and they will grill them for you. A really special dining experience. Locals and tourists/travellers eat here daily.

    Farawayvisions 06/06/13    Link Report

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  • This sounds fantastic, definitely right up my street! Thanks very much!

    Olivia Rawes 06/06/13    Link Report

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