El Fenn Rooftop
Whether you can afford to stay or not, a drink or dinner on the vibrant rooftop of El Fenn is a must. Set in one of the oldest Riad’s in the heart of the Medina El Fenn is a visual feast of colour and the very best of traditional Moroccan design with a contemporary edge.
Overlooking the Atlas Mountains, their seasonal menu runs from breakfast through to dinner and features a mix of traditional and contemporary Moroccan cuisine.
Cafe De Espices
Set up high under cane umbrellas and overlooking the bustling Medina, Café De Espices takes its name from the Spice Market in which it is located. It is a landmark cafe and the ideal fuel-stop for a Moroccan nous-nous coffee or sweet Moroccan tea and a perfect place to begin your day or take respite in after shopping in the heat.
You can spot the white cursive sign from the street painted across its earthen-red building. They serve food all day, like shakshuka in the morning and authentic tagines at night.
This Australian-owned and run restaurant in the new part of the city Guilez. +61 brings a bit of Bondi to the heart of industrial Marrakesh with its inspiring fresh fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisine. Chef Andrew Cibej (Vini, Berta, 121BC and Bacco) makes everything from scratch onsite including the bread, cheese, pasta, and even the yoghurt.
Designed by owner Australian Cassandra Karinsky (Kulchi) and Sebastian de Gzell, (Nomad), with many of its elements handmade by local artisans, it is a calm and serene spot in which to enjoy a casual meal!
The ideal time to visit Nomad has to be for a drink at dusk, when the pink building blends with the orange sunset. The rooftop of this contemporary styled space overlooks the colourful Medina and is surrounded by lanterns.
Serving up a contemporary spin on traditional Moroccan cuisine, expect dishes like a refreshing lentil salad with roast beetroot and local goats cheese for lunch, or a lamb tagine with ginger and orange on the evening menu.
Cafe Le Studio, YSL Museum
Cafe Le Studio which sits within the stunning YSL Museum and was designed to reflect the simple and subdued atmosphere of Yves Saint Laurent’s workspace. Serving a menu of traditional and inventive French dishes, it provides a wonderful cool oasis and café to relax in after browsing the institution’s corridors.
The beautifully designed courtyard is decked out with pale coloured wood, pops of yellow, and a panoramic drawing of Yves St Lauren’s Paris studio – it’s perfect place to hang with a book and a coffee.