Map &

Been here?
Rate it

Top Tours

Farmhouse Cooking Class from Marrakech
From EUR55.00
3-Day Private Trip to the Draa Valley from Marrakech
From EUR154.00
Private Day Trip: Imlil Village and Kik Plateau with Lunch from Marrakech
From EUR43.00

Cafés Tips (34)

Cafés: Best view of the action?

With an enviable situation overlooking the Djemaa el Fna, this café offers a relatively peaceful vantage point from which to watch all the action. We found ourselves here on several occasion. The first was on our first morning (pre broken foot) when we climbed the long dark staircase to emerge on the large roof terrace, the so-called “Grand Balcon”. Several of the cafes surrounding the square have these, but this is one of the most popular. It’s a great spot for photos, especially if you have a decent zoom lens, as you can catch unawares all the hawkers, water-sellers, snake charmers and others who would normally extract a tip for any photos taken. But you pay for your photos in any case, as a cold drink purchased up here will cost far more than elsewhere – we paid 40 MAD for a Coke and a Fanta. But worth it in my opinion!

After my fall the climb to the roof terrace became impossible, but the large one at ground level (well, up a couple of steep steps) proved to offer almost as good a view, and we came here several more times. Usually this was just for a coffee or mint tea, but on the last evening, after a meal in the night market, we stopped off here for ice cream. We each had three flavours, costing 30 MAD, and particularly liked the pineapple and the nougat flavours.

Next 2009 tip: the Café de l'Etoile

toonsarah's Profile Photo
Sep 21, 2016

Cafés: Café Argana

2016 review The review below was written after our 2009 visit to Marrakech. Two years later, in 2011, the Café Argana was destroyed by a terrorist bomb, killing 17 people and injuring 25 more - most were tourists. Al Qaeda were blamed but denied responsibility.

In 2016 when we returned to Marrakesh it was to find the Café Argana completely rebuilt and very much open for business, although the airport-style security gates are a reminder of the past. We didn't have a meal here on this visit, but came twice for cold drinks on its roof terrace (which by the way is now fully accessible as a lift has been installed). On both occasions I enjoyed "citronade", what the French call citron pressée - really sharp and refreshing. Chris had the same on our second visit, but on the first an equally good orange juice. Prices were fair, given the location and the views of the activity in the Djemaa el Fna below.

2009 review This was another lunch-time choice, and a place where we particularly appreciated the friendly service. They usually only serve drinks and pastries on the ground floor terrace – for a meal of any description you need to go upstairs to the roof terrace or first floor dining area. But this was just a couple of days after my accident and I didn’t feel up to tackling the stairs, so the waiter kindly fetched a menu from upstairs and served us a lunch there on the ground floor terrace.

We both had an omelette – cheese for me and mushroom for Chris. They were nicely cooked (i.e. not too much) and generously filled. We then ordered a pot of mint tea and what appeared to be the specialities of the place, a small plate of assorted Moroccan pastries – 7 for 30 MAD. These were delicious and not as sweet as I had imagined they might be.

Next 2009 tip: mint tea

toonsarah's Profile Photo
Sep 21, 2016

Cafés: Pretty setting for lunch

In the heart of the Majorelle Gardens is this charming café, with a courtyard shaded by trees and several inside rooms decorated in traditional Moroccan style. The food is not the cheapest in the city, but the quality is good and the pretty setting makes it well worth the little extra.

Favorite Dish The menu includes both light and more substantial dishes. We opted for the former – I had a delicious quiche made with spinach and smoked trout, while Chris chose a tuna melt Panini. The café specialises in a variety of fresh juices and the mint, pineapple and ginger one I chose was excellent and very refreshing on a hot day. With Chris’s sparkling mineral water and a coffee afterwards for me, we paid 295 dirhams (about £23.50).

Of course on top of this you have to pay the 30 dirhams entry to the gardens, but they are so beautiful that they should be high on any must-see list in any case!

Next 2009 tip: a warning about courtyard basins

toonsarah's Profile Photo
Sep 20, 2016

Les Terrasses de L'Alhambra: Great food

Great food here,

There is a downstairs part and also a room and balcony upstairs.

The balcony overlooks the night market which is great, at night it is very atmospheric :)

Well worth eating here :)

Favorite Dish The Tajines

stevemt's Profile Photo
Aug 09, 2015
Sponsored Listings

Hotels in Marrakesh

Circuit de la Palmeraie , Boite Postale 1488, Marrakech, Morocco
Show Prices
1, Derb Assehbe - Bab Doukkala, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
Show Prices
10 bis Derb Chérif, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
Show Prices
Route Fes, km 6, Marrakech, 80000, Morocco
Show Prices
44, derb chourafa ex derb draoua, sidi ben slimane, Marrakech Medina, 40000
Show Prices
14 Derb Lafkih Sbaai, Quartier Ksour, Medina, Marrakech, 40000, Morocco
Show Prices

Cafe de France: Historic Cafe with Great Views

The cafe first rose to fame in Peter Mayne's A Year in Marrakech. The writer spent many afternoons sitting in the cafe watching the festivities in the Djemaa el Fna, It was the focus of his early days in the city. It later became a popular place for tourists, offering some of the best views in the city, especially at sunset as the square changes into one big open air restaurant. The food, which I didn't eat, is apparently terrible. Your best bet is to go up there at least an hour before sunset and drink lots of mint tea.

antistar's Profile Photo
Jan 12, 2014

La Mamounia: Luxury Lunch

Fancy a 25 euro sandwich? Well it does come with a small serving of fries.

Lunch at the Mamounia hotel is not the cheapest eat you'll find in Morocco, but it is in an exclusive, historic and beautiful location. Winston Churchill once stayed at this hotel, and President Putin's daughter got married here in 2013. It's a place for the rich and famous, those who don't care about the price of a sandwich, or those who will expense it.

As it was Christmas day, and because it was so pleasant to sit inside the hotel, we paid out about 50 euros for a sandwich, fries, mint tea, freshly squeezed orange juice and a fruit tart. They did bring my son a plate of strawberries fresh from their own gardens, and there were free nuts too, but it's still hard to justify the cost. The drinks were quite reasonably priced, though, so sitting down for a mint tea would probably be the best option if you aren't loaded. Plus the food took a very, very long time for what amounted to toasted sliced bread with cheese.

Just a note: it's totally fine to enter the hotel even if you aren't resident there. They will probably assume you are staying there when they bring you the bill and ask for your room number, but just give them cash or credit card instead.

antistar's Profile Photo
Jan 12, 2014

Cafe Toubkal: Good Moroccan menu

If you want good food at a cheap price then this is where to come.Very popular with the locals and in a good position overlooking Jamaa el Fna square,with the best views on the top floor.Service was good,food likewise.Had lunch here on two occasions and both times very satisfied.

2x Lamb Tagines,bread,1 fresh orange,1 tea = 72 dirhams (about £5)
You can't get better value than that!

CDM7's Profile Photo
Nov 30, 2013

Patisserie Des Princes: Great sweetss and tea!

After dinner on our second night we needed some sweets and found this place which has a great cafe in back where families can sit down and enjoy themselves if you decide to eat here as we did.

Favorite Dish Chocolate cake was great.

flynboxes's Profile Photo
Nov 17, 2012

Top 5 Marrakesh Writers

suvanki's Profile Photo


"Winter and Summer in Marrakesh"
View Member
angiebabe's Profile Photo


"Magical Marrakech"
View Member
sue_stone's Profile Photo


"Marrakech - Incredible but exhausting!"
View Member
johnsakura's Profile Photo


"Red City of Marrakech"
View Member
toonsarah's Profile Photo


"Two times in Marrakech"
View Member


Le Charlot was a lovely cafe/restaurant on Mohammed V Avenue. We had a latte whilst people watching. Prices are very cheap for food and drink in Marrakech and the price of a latte here was about £1.
This cafe has only been recently opened and the decor is based on Charlie Chaplin.

Favorite Dish The cakes and desserts looked lovely but we had just had lunch.

alyf1961's Profile Photo
Jan 31, 2010

Cafe Les Negociants: French style pavement cafe

Gueliz is in Ville Nouvelle, the French Quarter.
There are many pavement cafes, ice cream parlours, patisseries.

I quite liked this cafe, to sit in the comfy wicker seats,and watch the world go by, as I planned my day.

The clientele was a mix of tourists, holidaying Moroccans, and locals in traditional dress or westernised attire.

Open 0600 - 23.30hrs daily.

On my 2nd visit to M'kesh, I used this cafe quite a bit as my hotel was nearby. It was still very popular. This time though I was amused to find one of the surliest waiters ever- he looked a bit like Rene from the old TV comedy Allo Allo, in fact it was like watching a comedy as he huffed and puffed, tutted and clicked his tongue at every inconvenience, trying to avoid catching anyones eye who might want to order and sitting down in a chair at every opportunity while the other waiters ran around. (He was like this with everyone, locals included)
I'd spotted a few tables with clear green drinks, but didn't know what it was. I'd asked "Rene" for a menu - his eyes nearly shot out of his head as he shrieked"menu???" at me, before shuffling off to find one, shaking his head and tutting.

I couldn't find anything that might have been the green drink, so I ordered a cafe glace (11dh), to his disdain. Looking in my purse, I only had a 100dh note, which nearly reduced me to a fit of giggles imagining his response.

I'm afraid I waited to make sure that he had to come over to take my money, rather than call one of the others. (people at neighbouring tables had also apparently noticed his dismeanour) It was worth it for the charade of his reaction, when he eventually returned and slammed down my change, he turned on his heel (the quickest I'd seen him move) and fled to slump in a chair. I didn't even get a chance to hand him his tip!(I left a larger tip than normal on the table, for this memorable encounter)

Favorite Dish I enjoyed a mint tea, fresh orange juice and a Latte on my visits.

This is an ideal spot for people watching, it's on the corner of Ave Mohammed V, so plenty going on around.

There are hawkers passing through with DVDs, tissues, sunglasses, shirts, rugs etc, but they're approaching the locals as well, not just tourists, so just shake your head and smile, or say Non Merci if You don't want to buy.

I visited at various times of the day and late evening.

Somewhere to sit and linger, not ideal if You're in a hurry.

suvanki's Profile Photo
Apr 25, 2009

Patisserie des Princes: Cakes and coffee at Patisserie des Princes

This big shop sells biscuits, cake and icecream in the front.
Check out all the lovely cakes on offer, and decide which one you want. Then, elbow your way through the crowd to the quite back of the shop and sit down in the Salon de The. (There is more seating upstairs!) Order your drink and cake, or have an icecream, and relax.
My favourite time for a visit is in the evening after dinner. Skip dessert at the restaurant and come here! Both the shop and salon are nice and quiet then and service is super-fast.
Prices are great considering the good quality of the food: cakes for 15 - 20 dh, coffee for 6 - 10 dh. They serve moroccan coffee or Illy espresso. Icecream sorbets for around 30 dh.

Favorite Dish A noss-noss (half coffee, half hot milk) with a piece of cake - any of the gateaux!

Apr 17, 2009

Cafe des Epices: Hot cafe near the souks!

This little gem is located at the Place Rahba Lakdima, at the center of the souks. The place is very european, with a perfect view on the square, where daily life goes on as usual. Enjoy a mint tea or fresh orange juice by watching the life on the square.
This place is runned by enthousiast young people.
The menu is limited and only for lunch.
There's no dinner served.

The atmosphere is good and very relaxed.

Favorite Dish The tuna sandwich with a fresh orange juice. This place looks very good, and well equiped to serve this delicious food.
They also had something to eat for our kids, which are not such adventurous eaters.
Very well recommended for lunch or a drink.

li-anne's Profile Photo
Feb 16, 2009

Things To Do in Marrakesh

Things to do

Ensemble Artisanal

In the Ensemble Artisanal there are carpet weavers, musical instrument makers, leather workers, wood workers and many more crafts people. The centre has government controlled prices, and although not...
View More
Things to do

Jardin Majorelle

The Jardin Majorelle is a very nice garden, made by the French artist Jaques Majorelle who decided in 1923 to live Marrakesh and purchased same land, and commissioned the architect Paus Sinoir to...
View More
Things to do

The Mellah

The Mellah, or Jewish quarter, of Marrakech is famous for its spice market and so we headed there to see if we could get some of the colourful photos that markets usually provide – and nowhere more...
View More
Things to do

Ali ben Youssef Mosque

This is the oldest surviving mosque in Marrakesh, and the largest of the mosques in the medina. It dates from the Almoravid era ( mid- late 12th century), but has been rebuilt several times, most...
View More
Things to do

La Palmeraie

I visited this area of Marrakesh by the Hop on - Hop off Marrakech tour bus (see my transport tip for more details) It's also a short taxi ride from the city centre if you don't want to use this...
View More
Things to do

Dyers District

After a pleasant time spent learning about the dyes and 'dressing up' ;-) (see previous tip!)I tried to explain that I wanted to see the skeins of wool hanging to dry (as I'd seen on post cards/guide...
View More

Getting to Marrakesh


We don't yet have an address for this Restaurants. Help us improve our info!


We don't yet have hours for this Restaurants. Help us improve our info!