I just took a very impromptu first trip to Marrakech, Morocco where I fell in love with the place. It’s magic. An absolute world away in almost every respect, there is something special in the air there. It is a place I will surely revisit. Through mutual friends, we befriended two very lovely (and handsome!) men who have made Marrakesh their home. They unmasked the city and along with our guide Laetitia, opening its seemingly mysterious doors. Here, we’ve put together a list of the most in-the-know spots.


3 Rue de la Liberté, Guéliz | +212.524.42.24.32

Located in the new part of town, this restaurant has clean lines and a modern look. The café, restaurant, and terrace are a local hot spot with live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Stop by for a croque-monsieur and a salad.

La Terrasse des Epices

15 Souk Cherifia, Sidi Abdelaziz, Medina | +212.524.37.59.04

This airy restaurant on a terrace overlooking the Cherifia Souk serves up light, simple Moroccan fare. The food is delicious and the place is so inviting you could easily while away the whole afternoon. (Drinkers beware, no alcohol served here.)

Grand Café de La Poste

Angle Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi et, Avenue Imam Malik, Guéliz | +212.524.43.30.38

Located in the new part of town. The food is French and the place, a renovated post office, has an old, elegant yet casual air.

Dar Marjana

15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair, Bab Doukkala, Medina | +212.524.38.51.10

I had the pleasure of dining at this restaurant which means “rare pearl” and indeed it is, found in the district that used to make up the Pasha’s palace. The restaurant is in a restored mansion and every night you’ll find the best traditional Moroccan dishes fit for a king (in fact, King Mohammed VI is known to visit here from time to time). It sounds exotic, but I promise the pigeon pie is a must! The added bonus to meals here is that belly dancers serenade your table, which my friends got beyond into. I’d almost like to upload the footage on YouTube—it’s that good—but for now I’ll leave to the imagination.

Le Comptoir

Av. Echouhada, Hivernage | +212.524.43.77.02

A bar, a restaurant, and a boutique, Le Comptoir does it all. The sprawling building has a clubby feel to it. My local friends have mentioned that it is a tourist spot, but it’s great fun just the same. A good spot for dinner and a drink plus, there’s a belly-dance show every night at 10:30.

Al Fassia

55 Boulevard Zerktouni, Guéliz | +212.524.43.40.60

This restaurant boasts some of the best traditional Moroccan cuisine in Marrakesh. Be sure to book in advance as it’s always full. Laetitia highly recommends the Lamb Shoulder for two.


Rue de Yougoslavie, Guéliz | +212.0.524.43.09.20

Open night and day, this club dishes Lebanese food, fancy drinks at the bar and dance music downstairs.