10 Top Spots for Couscous in Casablanca

Moroccan vegetable soup with couscous
Moroccan vegetable soup with couscous | © Jennifer / WikiCommons

Here are the best spots in Casablanca to sample some of the city’s most delicious couscous.

1. La Sqala

Restaurant, Moroccan

The entrance of La Sqala
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La Sqala is a refined restaurant in the remains of the old Portuguese fortress on Casablanca’s coast. Dine on fresh and tasty seafood while enjoying the breeze in the green and leafy garden, or head into the air-conditioned dining room and admire the views through the large floor-to-ceiling windows. Although famous for fish and seafood, La Sqala also serves an assortment of Moroccan cuisine, including tagines, brochettes and pastries. Order a pot of mint tea and relax in the unhurried and welcoming atmosphere.

2. Rick's Café

Bar, Cafe, Moroccan, European, Mediterranean

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Rick’s Café, famous thanks to the film Casablanca (1942), has been transformed. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion built among the walls of the Old Medina, Rick’s Café features a piano bar with replicas from the film – curved arches, balconies and brass lighting. With four fireplaces and intimate private dining with a view of the fishing port, Rick’s Café offers an atmospheric experience, along with an international menu specialising in dishes made with Casablanca’s fresh seafood and vegetables.

3. Moumni

Restaurant, European, Moroccan

Falafel sandwich
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Moumni is a Moroccan fast-food restaurant that serves all types of dishes. At Moumni, you will be able to satisfy every palate for a fair price, with couscous, sandwiches, pasta and even barbecue dishes for as little as 25 MAD (£2). You will be able to find these small restaurants at any neighbourhood you visit in Casablanca, so they are very accessible and can even deliver to your home.

4. Restaurant Al Mounia

Restaurant, Moroccan

Moroccan bastilla
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At Al Mounia, visitors can enjoy some of the best Moroccan food in the city in a fantastic traditional restaurant. Guests are invited to sit in the authentic Moroccan salon, complete with beautiful tiles and magnificent sculpted wood, or alternatively, relax in the oasis that is the leafy and exotic garden. Al Mounia dishes up the traditional favourites, including all types of tagine and couscous dishes, but also the less well-known specialties, including pigeon bastilla (now often made with beef rather than pigeon).

5. Riad 21

Cafe, Restaurant, Moroccan

Riad 21
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Riad 21 welcomes its guests into a typical Andalusian-styled house-turned-restaurant. This authentic riad combines a homely feeling in its warm and welcoming Moroccan living room with elegant and professional service. Riad 21 really does justice to the fantastic cuisine of Morocco, offering guests the chance to sample the rich flavours of typical dishes from tagine to couscous, while relaxing and enjoying classical Arab music. A multipurpose eating place, Riad 21 is perfect not only for an elegant evening, but for small breakfasts and tasty lunches. A fantastic café with an excellent ambiance and ideal location.

6. Dar Beida

Restaurant, Moroccan

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Offering a positively touristy experience, Dar Beida is not for the shy. With bellydancers and oriental orchestras demonstrating typically Arab fun and livening up the atmosphere while guests enjoy traditional cuisine, Dar Beida is as much about the ambiance and experience as it is about the food. It offers different regional tastes and culinary traditions, and guests can enjoy a menu that brims over with options. They specialise in Moroccan specialities like tagine and couscous, so guests can get a truly cultural experience at Dar Beida.

7. Le Riad Restaurant

Restaurant, Moroccan

Moroccan tagine
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A traditional Moroccan restaurant, and much less touristy than the rest, Le Riad offers a friendly dining experience with delicious food. With a simple yet pleasing menu at an equally pleasing price, Le Riad serves couscous, fish, tagines, meat dishes and more. For a warm welcome and an experience reminiscent of entering a Moroccan home, Le Riad is a perfect place to go with family and friends.

8. Zayna Restaurant

Restaurant, Moroccan

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Located in the modern part of town, Zayna Restaurant offers Moroccan specialties at a very desirable price. As well as serving tagine and couscous dishes, they also offer delicacies such as chicken pita and lamb kefta. This delightful little restaurant has pleased visitors from all over the world for over eight years, and its immense popularity attests to its incredible cuisine.

9. La Fibule

Restaurant, Moroccan, Middle Eastern

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Boasting a romantic and inviting setting with warm, autumnal colours and an elegant interior, La Fibule creates a relaxing and homely environment in which guests can feast on both Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine, complemented by a beautiful and captivating ocean view. As well as its traditional food and decor, the restaurant sometimes entertains guests with folk music to complete the experience. A perfect place to experience true Moroccan hospitality and cuisine.

10. Basmane

Restaurant, Moroccan

Moroccan vegetable soup with couscous
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Basmane Restaurant is located ideally in La Corniche beach region of Casablanca in the Val d’Anfa Hotel, and is deemed one of the best places in the city for traditional cuisine, especially couscous. Guests can dine on the typical dishes of Morocco while taking in the typical Moroccan decor, with its intricate woodwork and beautiful mosaics. The welcoming dining rooms feature candles and flowers and stunning colours of ochre, red and blue. Not only do the food and decor provide a culturally immersive experience, the restaurant also features a gimbri lute player and a tbal drum player, along with beautiful dancers to complete the ambience.

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