55 Boulevard Zerktouni, Guéliz
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
Open night and day, this club dishes Lebanese food, fancy drinks at the bar and dance music downstairs.
15 Derb Sidi Ali Tair, Bab Doukkala, Medina
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.
Grand Café de La Poste
Angle Boulevard el Mansour Eddahbi et, Avenue Imam Malik, Guéliz
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.
3 Rue de la Liberté, Guéliz
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
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.)
Av. Echouhada, Hivernage
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.
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