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Top 10 Places To Eat When Traveling To Marrakech

Marrakech is a hot spot for Moroccan cuisine, serving all types of traditional dishes with Asian, French, and Italian influences. Each of the Top 10 restaurants has a distinct and alluring atmosphere all with there own unique signiture styles.

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Dar Moha

Tables are delicately set with rose petals and candlelight under the vibrant green banana palms. The Dar Moha is a unique restaurant with distinguished dining beside the crystal blue waters of a small mosaic tile pool, and a Majorelle blue wall amidst the greenery.  For nearly ten years the Dar Moha has been set apart from other fine Moroccan dining, set in Pierre Balmain’s former home.  Inside the rooms feature an Asian art decor. The chef, Mohammed Fedal offers a great menu that includes vegitarian dishes. The wait staff also speaks English.

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Catanzaro

This restaurant in highly acclaimed for its thin crust pizza baked over a wood fire. With a cozy atmosphere Catanzaro is one of Marrakech’s most popular restaurants. Along with serving pizza, the Catanzaro offers other fine Italian dishes. Adding a cultural flair to the quiet streets on the outskirts of Marrakech, the Catanzaro also has great affordable prices.

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Dar Yacout

Located in a medieval mansion the Dar Yacout is so grand it even has fireplaces in the bathrooms, mosaic floors, chandeliers and fountains. While costumers wait to be seated, they can sip drinks on Yacout’s rooftop terrace. Guests can enjoy the panaramic view of the Koutoubia mosque, while sprawled out on a sofa. Known for their lemon almond chicken tajine, and tasty desserts the Dar Yacout is a bit pricey, but it’s hard to find a more luxurious restaurant.

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Djemaa el Fna

Although the Djemaa el Fna is more of a marketplace, it is rated one of the Top 10 places to eat in all of Marrakech. The square is pulsing with culture filled with fresh orange juice vendors, and a variety of food stands. The square comes alive in the afternoon with Berber story-tellers, snake charmers, musicians and other forms of mystical entertainment to make a great atmosphere with great prices.

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Le Comptoir

Le Comptoir lures a feisty crowd with its belly dancers rhythmically carrying plates of Morocco’s traditional cuisine with French and Asian influences. Le Comptoir is a mix of a lounge and boutique with an upstairs bar, lounge cushions, and deep red walls.

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Le Marrakchi

Le Marrakchi has it all. Great food, moderate prices, candlelight, dancers, great music, intricate mosiac walls and best of all a Panaramic view of the Djemaa el Fna. If you call for a reservation at Le Marrakchi you can request a table by the window to watch the rich Moroccan culture below. At Le Marrakchi you can also try out the local beer of Casablanca and some of the finest local and imported wines.

 

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Le Foundouk

Le Foundouk is a Morroccan restaurant with a French twist, offering both countries traditional cuisine. Dining on the rooftop terrace makes for both a lovely sunkissed lunch and a peaceful dinner under the stars. The terrace has breathtaking views of Marrakech.  Lantern guides lead costumers in and out of the restaurant and through the narrow streets of the medina.

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Al Fassia

Al Fassia has a distant view of the Atlas Mountains, and also overlooks the Aguedal gardens. There is just something about the atmosphere that is beyond majestic. The meals are A la Carte, and served fresh by Al Fassia’s team of cooks.

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Chez Chegrouni

Chez Chegrouni has box seats out infront of the restaurant for the Djemaa el Fna, but is not to be mistaken for a tourist spot. Inside the restaurant lacks all the frills and decor of some of the other Top 10 spots, but the locals and the tourists divide for some classic Moroccan cuisine.

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Jnane Tamsna

A calm get-a-way from the hustle and bustle of the streets of Marrakech, the Jnane Tamsna is a great dining experience with Moroccan-Mediterranean cuisine made from the organic gardens of the villa. The Jnane mission is to blend with local culture and provide a fresh perspective.

 

 

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