Fez is a small city with endless history, architecture, and gastronomy influence from the French, Spanish and Jewish. Moroccan food is rich in spices, and a lot of famous dishes are made with Ras el Hanout – a selection of the best Moroccan spices in the market, like mrouzia, tagine or r’fissa. If you want to try all the delectable dishes Fez has to offer, here are the ten best local spots to get you started.
Exterior views of the lovely Riad Maison Bleue Courtesy of Riad Maison Bleue and Spa | Courtesy of Riad Maison Bleue and Spa
This restaurant is located within Palais Faraj Suites & Spa, a hotel in the Medina of Fez, overlooking the medieval houses surrounding the famous Chouara Tannery. The best time to go would be in the early evening, when you’ll be able to see the sun go down over Fez, while enjoying a delicious, gourmet dinner and a glass of red wine. On the menu: soup, tagines, couscous, pastillas, a variety of desserts and much more.
A hidden treasure of Fez, this is a peaceful little Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant with a beautiful garden andterrace. Whether you decide to sit inside in the amazing living room or outside in the picturesque garden accompanied by the sounds of birds and a water fountain, you can enjoy healthy but delicious food in a relaxed atmosphere. Dishes range from traditional Moroccan tagine to Mediterranean salad, both incredibly good. It gets busy, so make sure you book a table in advance.
Darori Resto is one of the best local restaurants in Fez, located in a house in the heart of the Medina. The main door is relatively obscure, down a narrow street, but the house itself is massive, with an indoor garden and a ceiling of coloured glass. Everything here is 100% traditionally Moroccan: the décor, the house, the food, the staff… The cuisine is the best thing about Darori, with local, fresh products and lots of Moroccan spices to make it as authentic as possible.
This modern café is perfect to have a break from the Medina. If you want a place you can feel right at home after a long day of sightseeing, Café Clock is the place to go. Here the atmosphere is relaxed, the food is hearty, the prices are low and the bathrooms are very clean. You can find burgers and chips, salads, delicious fresh juices, amazing dessert and much more. It has free Wi-Fi and live bands in the evenings to enjoy while sipping on a mocktail.
This restaurant, located inside the beautiful Riad Andalib, is more on the pricey side but definitely worth a visit thanks to its delicious food. Inside you’ll find traditional Moroccan décor, rugs, sofas, plates and, most importantly, traditional Moroccan dishes! Our recommendation is the chicken tagine, served with a selection of fresh spices straight from the Medina, enjoyed in an Arabian atmosphere.
This amazing little bar and restaurant is located in the Medina and feels like an oasis among the crowded streets. The décor is bohemian and the music appropriate so you can enjoy your Moroccan tagines and fresh mint tea in a relaxed setting. Definitely an ideal place for some Instagram shots, with its numerous straw chandeliers hanging from the ceiling and its lounge area with large pillows.
Riad Louna is a typical Moroccan house, where you can enjoy your dinner cooked by a local Moroccan woman with years of experience. Here they serve delicious, authentic Moroccan food – from chicken pastille to couscous and tagine. Everything is prepared with care and the furniture and music are also traditionally Moroccan. The best place to enjoy your meal is on the terrace, where you’ll get a nice view and, if you’re lucky, a bit of a cool breeze.
At Al Bartal, you’ll be able to enjoy the most exquisite traditional dishes in a peaceful riad for the most amazing price. They offer chicken tagines, pastillas, r’fissas and much more, all set in a beautiful indoor garden with lush plants that make for a picturesque setting.
This restaurant is located in the boutique hotel of Dar Bensouda and serves divine Moroccan food in an elegant atmosphere. Table d’Hotes offers chicken or beef tagines, chicken or seafood pastillas, couscous, msemmen and many more traditional dishes, all made with fresh, local products. The décor is traditional with a modern twist, with neutral colours that enable a relaxed felling so you can enjoy your dinner.
At La Maison Bleue, you can enjoy a typical Moroccan meal accompanied by a fantastic live band in an architecturally stunning building. Here you’ll find authentic tagines and other Moroccan specialties, all delicious and all beautifully arranged in a traditional Moroccan dinner setting.