10 of Marrakesh's Best Spots For Dessert

Display of vibrant macarons | © Wikimedia Commons
Display of vibrant macarons | © Wikimedia Commons
Photo of Sarah Williams
23 April 2017

Morocco is known for its delicious food, such as the Friday speciality of couscous, the ever-present tagine, harira (a hearty tomato-based soup with chickpeas and lentils), and the local Marrakshi dish of tangia. But what about dessert? Satisfy your sugar cravings and sweet tooth by heading to some of these establishments for a delicious dessert experience in Marrakesh.

Venezia Ice

A great place to satisfy your craving for ice cream and get something sweet and cool to help combat the high Marrakesh summer temperatures, Venezia Ice is a popular ice cream shop in Gueliz. There are several branches of the Casablanca-based store around Morocco, including in Casablanca, Meknes, and Tetouan. You can flop into a wicker chair in the shaded seating area or grab an ice cream to go. Tempting flavours include chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint, and pistachio. Whether you choose a homemade cone or a glass dish, the creamy goodness is sure to delight. Sorbets and ice cream cakes are among the other sweet treats to choose from, and there’s also a wide selection of drinks and light meals, such as paninis, too.

Venezia Ice, Avenue Mohammed VI, Marrakech, Morocco

Patisserie Amandine

Bakery, Patisserie, Cafe, Moroccan, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pastries, Dessert, $$$
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Treat yourself at Pâtisserie Amandine
Treat yourself at Pâtisserie Amandine | Courtesy of Pâtisserie Amandine
Morocco is known for its tasty cakes and pastries, and Patisserie Amandine serves a selection of artfully designed and beautifully presented treats. Choices include traditional Moroccan favourites and French-inspired goods, and customers can order personalised cakes for special occasions, such as birthdays. From cute cupcakes and macaroons in a wide array of flavours to sticky almond-filled triangles, éclairs, cookies, and bite-sized crumbly treats, there is plenty to tempt you. An assortment of sandwiches is available too if you want something more filling before getting stuck into dessert. Patisserie Amandine,177 Rue Mohammed Al Béqal, Marrakech 40000, Morocco

Panna Gelato Italiano

There are two branches of Panna Gelato Italiano in Marrakesh: one in the newer area of Gueliz and one in the old medina. The company sources fresh raw milk from local farms and pasteurises the milk itself before making the ice creams to ensure that quality is of a high standard. The homemade ice cream is organic, with no artificial additives. Seasonal fruits are used by the shop and spices are sourced from across the globe. Ice cream flavours include classics such as vanilla, chocolate, mint, and coffee, along with hazelnut, black cherry, coconut, pistachio, pine nut, saffron, date, almond, passion fruit, rose, liquorice, and more. Fruit sorbets also come in a wide array of flavours, including pineapple, fig, banana, apple, mango, peach, prune, kiwi, lemon, and watermelon. Try the Moroccan six-spice cream for something exotic and unusual.

Panna Gelato Italiano,Mag.89, angle Rue DDM et Rue du Capitaine Arrigui Gueliz, Marrakesh 40000, Morocco

Le Grand Balcon Café Glacier

Bar, Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
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Le Grand Balcon Café Glacier is located next to the bustling main square of Djemaa el-Fna. As well as offering a wide selection of drinks, ice creams, and meals, one of the main draws of this popular café is its brilliant views over the square from the balcony. Pavement-side seating is also available. Sunset is a great time to chill with an ice cream and a glass of mint tea, or come later on in the evening to enjoy something sweet while observing the frenetic nighttime activity of Djemaa el-Fna.

Patisserie al-Jawda

Patisserie, Moroccan
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A top-class patisserie, with around 200 items to choose from you’re sure to find something you love at Patisserie al-Jawda. The fresh fruit smoothies or shakes are a great accompaniment to any sweet treat. Options include French cakes and pastries and traditional Moroccan fare. For something typically Moroccan, try the almond tart, gazelle horns, or traditional yoghurt with mixed fruits. The French mille-feuille, strawberry and custard tartlet, and walnut torte are also top sellers. You can sit in the patisserie to enjoy your treats or get your goodies to go. The cookies would make a great gift or souvenir from your time in Morocco. Patisserie al-Jawda, 11 Rue de la Liberté, Marrakech, Morocco

Juliette et Chocolat

Cafe, Restaurant, Italian, French, Moroccan, $$$
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Juliette et Chocolat is a small cafe that sells an array of affordable Western favourites, such as burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, and fries, in addition to a good dessert selection. Chocolate brownies with ice cream, crepes topped with chocolate (and other choices), and strawberry cheesecake with a big dollop of ice cream on the side are just a few of the options you can look forward to.


Located close to the pretty Majorelle Gardens, Kaowa is a combination of a café and an art gallery. Grab a cup of coffee, a glass of tea, a smoothie, or a soda and admire the stylish surroundings while you wait for your food to arrive. Serving a variety of mains, including a few veggie-friendly dishes, and snacks, the dessert menu is also sure to entice. Various flavours of ice cream are ideal if you want something light, cool, and creamy. Baked apples with caramel, small bite-sized pastries stuffed with fruit or chocolate sauce, carrot cake, and fresh fruit are a few options for an injection of sweetness.

Kaowa, 34, Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakesh, Morocco

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La Patisserie des Princes

A well-known patisserie in the heart of Marrakesh’s bustling medina, La Patisserie des Princes is popular with locals and tourists alike. Browse the enticing displays and take your choices into the rear dining area to savour in air-conditioned comfort. Alternatively, goods are available to go. Choosing from the vast assortment of pastries and cakes from Morocco and France can be quite tough! Various flavours of cheesecakes and tarts, macaroons, cookies, fruit, cream and custard slices, ice creams, and more are waiting to be devoured. La Patisserie des Princes, Passage Prince Moulay Rachid, Marrakech, Morocco


A major selling point of Winoo is its quick and efficient service coupled with its laid-back vibe. Often busy, with a combination of locals and visitors, it’s a popular spot for a quick pizza, sandwich, salad, or tagine. Some of the inventive drinks could be classed as a dessert in their own right, with smoothies packed with large chunks of fruit, glasses brimming with cookies and cream, and thick, layered smoothies in an array of colours and flavours and topped with fresh or dried fruit, nuts, sprinkles, and more. Fancy a drink with added M&Ms, pieces of Kinder Bueno, or Snickers? No problem! Fruit salad and crepes are among the dessert items on the menu.

Winoo, 77 Angle Avenue Mly Rachid Et Rue Mauritanie، Gueliz، Marrakech 40000, Morocco

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News Cafe

Cafe, Patisserie, Restaurant, Italian, French, $$$
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A chic and hip hangout that attracts a youthful local crowd, News Café is a great spot to rest your feet, enjoy the vibe, and tuck into something sweet. It also serves a good selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare too. A fruit salad is great if you’re trying to be healthy and the homemade ice cream is perfect if you want to indulge a bit more. Crepes, muffins, biscuits, and cakes are also sure to satisfy any sweet cravings. News Cafe, 1 Angle Abou Baker Seddik et Omar Ben Khattab، Marrakech 40020, Morocco
Whether it’s a laid-back café, a traditional local restaurant, a fine dining establishment, a patisserie, or an ice cream shop, there are plenty of places to enjoy dessert in Marrakesh.

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