With French colonial heritage, it’s little surprise to find elements of French cuisine in Morocco
. French-style breads and pastries sit alongside Moroccan breads
and traditional sweet treats
in bakeries galore. There are also plentiful French restaurants throughout the nation. Here are some of the best.
Le Bistrot du Pietri
Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, Bistro, French, $$$
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kurt-b/26178103204/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Rare-cooked steak | © Kurt Bauschardt / Flickr</a>
Located close to Rabat
‘s main train station, Le Bistrot du Pietri tempts diners with a rich assortment of French gastronomy. The surroundings exude urban chic and menu items include oysters, pate, grilled fish with a white butter sauce, seafood gratin, sole stuffed with salmon, and steak. Wines and beers can be paired with your meal, and there is often a live jazz band to add to the ambience.
Bistrot Art & Le Wine Bar
Bistro, Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, French, $$$
A great choice for French-food lovers in Meknes
, Bistrot Art & Le Wine Bar can be found within the well-known Hotel Transatlantique. Steaks cooked to preference, foie gras, pate, meat pies, a wide selection of cheeses
, fish, beef fillet, and quiche are just a few items you’ll find on the menu. There’s a good selection of desserts, wines, and coffees too. The Belgian manager ensures food is as authentic as possible and the hilltop location provides great views over the city.
Le Relais de Paris
Restaurant, French, $$$
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Le Relais de Paris is a sophisticated French restaurant in the historic Moroccan city of Fez
. Delicious dishes to try include salmon tartare, risotto, four-cheese ravioli, tomato and mozzarella salad, and duck with a hazelnut puree. Sip on a glass of quality wine and soak up the views from the terrace.
Restaurant, Hotel Restaurant, French, European, Moroccan, $$$
A charming restaurant in the high-class Palais Amani hotel, Eden is a popular eatery in Fez. The garden is a top romantic spot for couples exploring Morocco
, and the roof terrace is enchanting under the starry sky. The menu offers a wide selection of both French and Moroccan dishes
and there is an extensive wine list.
Brasserie La Tour
Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, French, $$$
Soft jazz music plays in the background while diners peruse the regularly changing menu and enjoy sumptuous cuisine. The restaurant is within Casablanca
‘s Sofitel hotel.
Le Bistrot Chic
Bistro, Mediterranean, French, $$$
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/quinnanya/3821686925/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Red wine pairs well with red meats | © Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr</a>
A popular French eatery in Morocco’s financial heart of Casablanca
, Le Bistrot Chic is noted for its top-notch service, tasty cuisine, and refined atmosphere. The establishment is managed by a French man. Examples from the extensive menu include filet of beef with béarnaise sauce, duck with mushroom, salmon, and sea bream with artichoke hearts. Dessert options include fresh fruits, ice cream, and macaroons, and wine is available by both the bottle and the glass.
Restaurant, Mediterranean, French, Seafood, $$$
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/garryknight/15549207610/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Lobster | © Garry Knight / Flickr</a>
A fancy establishment in Agadir
, La Scala serves delicious French and Mediterranean cuisine. Select a large lobster from the tank or order items like John Dory fish, various steaks, tender lamb, succulent skewers, sea bass, prawn tagine, oysters, and pasta from the menu. Sip a cocktail or glass of wine as you savour your meal. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating areas.
Restaurant, French, European, Mediterranean, $$$
With dishes like risotto, bouillabaisse, smoked salmon, steak, and cassoulet, Restaurant O’Saveur is a good option for French food in Tangier
. Dishes are well presented and can be enjoyed on the terrace, in the elegant dining area, or at the bar.
Brasserie La Renaissance
Brasserie, Hotel Restaurant, European, French, Moroccan, Mediterranean, $$$
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/cyclonebill/2222391907/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">Colourful salad | © cyclonebill / Flickr</a>
‘s La Rennaisance Hotel, the Brasserie’s menu combines French, Moroccan, and Mediterranean fare. Dishes include tagine, chicken, and salads. The set menu, where you can eat as much as you want, represents good value for money. The sky bar provides excellent views over the surrounding area of Gueliz
, and the inside dining area is decorated in a French style.
Restaurant, French, European, Mediterranean, $$$
La Paillote features a leafy garden with lots of olive trees, which is gently illuminated by soft lighting and candles in the evening. The inside dining area is pleasant too. Enjoy octopus salad, tuna with avocado cream, or another starter before a main of duck magret, cod on mashed potatoes, monk fish in tomato sauce, lamb shanks, carbonara, and even more. Creme brulee or ice cream are great ways to round off your meal.