With so many awesome things to enjoy in Meknes
, you might find yourself in need of a break and a pick-me-up. If you’re looking for a place to sit for a while and relax when visiting Morocco’s old imperial city, head to one of these terrific cafés and coffee shops.
Cafe, Dessert, $$$
Damascus Cafe is a peaceful and quiet café that offers good views over the streets of the old medina. The views from the terrace are especially nice at sunset. Grab a cup of coffee or a soft drink and maybe treat yourself to a cake or pastry
from the glass cabinet too. It’s a pleasant and calm café where you can sit and unwind for while.
Café Bella Cita
Another lovely café with sweeping views across the medina, the terrace at Café Bella Cita is made even more charming by the roses that grow in pots along its edges. Indoor seating is also available, along with tables and chairs on the grass in the ground-level garden. A basic selection of light bites and snacks are served, as well as a selection of desserts. There is a peaceful atmosphere.
Located at the bottom of a housing block, Ô Quartier is a nice café with a basic menu of snacks and light fare. Pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, and wraps are among the menu items. Milk coffees are served with attractive designs created in the froth. The open-fronted seating area is bright and airy.
Les 4 Oliviers
Cafe, Dessert, $$$
Located a short distance from the heart of the city, Les 4 Oliviers can be found near the Plaisance area. It is a large café with a choice of different indoor and outdoor seating areas. This café wins when it comes to spaciousness. Soak up the sun from the garden or grab a seat in the shade of a gazebo. Admire the views from the terrace or relax indoors. There’s a children’s play area too. Order from a wide selection of drinks and snacks and enjoy the attractive surroundings.
Open from early in the morning until 11 p.m. at night, Meknes’s Promenade Palace is a great choice for breakfast, brunch, lunch, a quick evening meal, a sweet treat, or a drink. Cozy and calm during the daytime, the café gets quite busy in the evenings. The coffee is of a good quality and there’s a wide selection of juices too. Meals include pizzas, tagines, omelettes, crepes, paninis, salads, brochettes, and grilled chicken. Couscous is available on Fridays
Clean and attractive, Saraya Palace is also noted for its efficient staff members, pleasant ambiance, and tasty sweets. An assortment of Moroccan pastries, ice creams, and cakes are available in addition to a wide selection of meals. Of course tea
, coffee, juices, and soft drinks are also on the menu. Floor-to-ceiling glass walls on both the upper and lower level allow plenty of light inside, and there is outdoor seating as well.
Palais des Glaces
Cafe, Ice Cream, Dessert, $$$
Palais des Glaces translates into the “Ice Cream Palace;” it will be no surprise, then, to learn that this is a place that specializes in delectable ice cream. There are other treats to further satisfy any sweet tooth, such as crêpes, cakes, and pastries. In a quiet part of the city, the comfortable café has a relaxed and casual vibe.
Café Moulay Ismail
Named after the founder of Meknes and a former Moroccan ruler, Café Moulay Ismail can be found near the large Carrefour supermarket and Moulay Ismail Collage. A top place to mingle, sports are often shown on the large T.V. A fairly small, yet popular café, it can sometimes get quite crowded. Free and fast Wi-Fi is available. When it comes to food, traditional breakfasts
are available, along with sandwiches and other light bites.
Pavillon des Idrissides
Pavillon des Idrissides occupies an enviable position next to El Hedim Square and facing the glorious Bab Mansour, one of Meknes’s major attractions and a stunning piece of historic architecture
. Customers can enjoy beautiful views over the square while sipping on a cup of coffee, tea, or other soft drink. The vistas are especially captivating in the evening, when the square springs to life. The food menu includes tagines, salads, grilled meats, and other typical Moroccan meals.
Surrounded by verdant palm trees that sway gently in the breeze, Cornette Palace is a pleasant place to take a break. Popular with younger guests, customers can choose to sit indoors or outside. The interiors are fancy, with classical pieces of artwork adorning the walls, intricate arches, chandeliers, and striking wall and ceiling tiles. Food includes pizzas, salads, tagines, pasta dishes, burgers, brochettes, shwarma, paninis, and pastilla. There’s a good selection of desserts too.