Rabat, Morocco’s capital, has ancient pre-17th century architecture and colonial streets that have earned it UNESCO World Heritage Site status, and visitors who make the effort to discover the city’s charms are richly rewarded. Rabat’s foodie scene is also diverse as our updated guide to 10 stand-out city restaurants proves.
Both a lounge and a restaurant located in the docked of Kasbah Oudayas, Le Dhow is a vintage boat with history dating back to the 17th century. Nowadays, it is an elegant dining room offering guests authentic French cuisine accompanied by live bands, karaoke and DJs.
Le Dhow, Quai de Bouregreg – Avenue Al Marsa, Rabat, Morocco, +1 212 5377 02302
Art Patio’s aim is to introduce the best of Spain to Rabat. With its Spanish atmosphere and a lounge and restaurant, the place offers authentic tapas dishes. Along with its exciting menu, Art Patio provides its visitors with live performances from different local Andaluz bands and Flamenco dance groups in their lounge.
Known for its modern art décor villa, the Cosmopolitan brings the finest French cuisine to Rabat. Located across the street from ramparts of Rabat and close to Bab Rouah, the Gate of the Winds, the Cosmopolitan offers refined dishes that have been carefully crafted by its chef. The desserts are a particular highlight, transporting diners from Rabat to the streets of Paris with the classic French flavors and textures.
Dinarjat is one of the most magical restaurants in Rabat and is considered to be one of the best dining places when it comes to traditional Moroccan cuisine. In Dinarjat, guests have the unusual opportunity to choose their own dishes made with local ingredients straight from local market, from couscous to tagines.
Dinarjat Restaurant, Boulevard el Alou, Rabat, Morocco, +1 212 5377-04239
Respected for its high quality ingredients and seafood, Samaky is located in the historical part of Rabat. Its simple yet elegant indoor and outdoor is decorated with arts and crafts from local Moroccan artists, creating a relaxing backdrop for diners to enjoy the simplicity of authentic Moroccan cuisine.
Ty Potes is a joint restaurant and grocery store. Its store provides customers with imported products from France, such as cheese and other Gallic delicacies. When it comes to its dining experience, Ty Potes’ casual and colorful interior design and garden patio set the scene for guests to enjoy light dishes like the mixed global tapas.
Ty Potes, Rue Ghafsa, Rabat, Morocco, +1 212 5377-07965
In keeping with its traditional Middle Eastern name, which refers to the ‘Beauty of Syria’ in Arabic, Yamal Acham is decorated in a lavish Arabic red and golden décor. Its friendly and warm atmosphere allows guests to appreciate a menu that consists of a selection of Syrian cuisine, such as kebabs and shawarmas.