Marrakech is one of the most popular destinations in Morocco. In the heart of modern Marrakech lies the Gueliz region, which offers tourists a completely different vibe to that of the sleepy old town. With a collection of upmarket shops, restaurants and cafes, as well as its own sites, Gueliz is very much the place to be. Here we discuss 10 of the area’s best restaurants.
Located in front of the stunning Agdal gardens, and just a few miles away from the famous Jemma el Fna square, Al Fassia Aguedal is nationally and even internationally renowned for its high quality international cuisine and excellent service. Established and serving guests for over 25 years, Al Fassia Aguedal is still the go-to for traditional Moroccan cuisine. The dining room is elegant, decorated with rich tones and white tablecloths and the food is freshly prepared with a passion for the Moroccan culture. Guests can also select from the ‘A La Carte’ for a variety of dishes and flavors.
Karobase is a wonderful spot in the heart of Gueliz offering a truly French experience, with a menu right out of a Parisian bistro. Guests can relax on the contemporary terrace or in the 1950s inspired interior of this beautiful restaurant while enjoying a steak tartare or a freshly prepared quiche. Visit the bar for a quick snack or drink, or a delicious homey breakfast. On Mondays and Tuesdays there is even live musical entertainment to complete the experience.
Restaurant and bar Level Five is tucked away under the famous Skybar, high up a flashy building in the Gueliz region of Marrakech. Featuring regular live music to complement their up-market French and Asian cuisine, with a wide range of Indian dishes and sushi platters, guests here enjoy a truly luxurious dining experience. This is also a great place to enjoy some top quality wine. After dining, guests can take in the spectacular panoramic views from the Skybar, and even breathe the fresh air from the open terrace. This restaurant doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to style and detail!
A new but very welcome addition to Marrakech’s restaurant scene, this authentic French Brasserie pays tribute to the historical French influence in Morocco. Right in the heart of the new part of Marrakech, Brasserie de Flore features a hugely popular terrace out front, perfect for coffee-drinking locals as well as tourists. Inside, its decorative and elegant Parisian interior transports guests to France whilst they enjoy delicious food at reasonable prices. This restaurant is ideal for those who want a break from Moroccan cuisine.
Often fully booked, the Catanzaro combines the flavors of France and Italy with the local ingredients and produce of Morocco, resulting in delicious, yet locally-inspired international cuisine. Situated on a quiet street, this is one of the most popular pizza places in the city, with great food and low prices being the key to its popularity.
A down-to-earth and welcoming restaurant, Les Jardins de Gueliz offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Marrakech. The interior stays true to traditional Moroccan decor, creating a cozy and comfortable atmosphere. Outside, guests can relax in the oasis that is the spectacular gardens that give name to the restaurant, with a large open terrace, and even the occasional tortoise. The extensive lunchtime salad buffet is popular with guests, and with excellent service and reasonable prices, its popularity is ever increasing.
This multifaceted restaurant offers a courtyard, bar, and even a library. Just ten minutes from the medina, it’s a perfect place to enjoy the surroundings of Marrakech. Guests can enjoy innovative French cuisine in a serene atmosphere with varied cocktails and music to complement. On top of all of this, there is a panoramic view to die for which can be observed from the contemporary terrace.
A Marrakech’s only boat restaurant, The Queen Atlantic certainly offers a unique experience. Giving guests the feeling of escaping the city, they can enjoy the 1980s music and a menu filled with a multitude of fish options, as well as meat and poultry. The sophisticated, innovative and welcoming decoration really give guests the true cruise experience, taking them on a trip to all four corners of the globe through the international cuisine.
An oasis located in the center of the bustling Gueliz region, the unique and chic Azar gives guests a modern experience of Morocco. A fun restaurant which serves Moroccan, Lebanese and international cuisine prepared from freshly sourced ingredients, guests can also choose from the large drinks selection as well as shisha flavors. The entertainment is also worth a mention, with glamorous belly dancers, an in-house orchestras and popular DJs performing every weekend. After a satisfying meal, guests can relax on the terrace sofas with some traditional mint tea.
Housed in a modern villa, the Venetian-run Casanova serves top of the range Italian food. Situated in unpretentious and homely surroundings, guests can enjoy entertainment, and a menu featuring home-made pasta, as well as the specials such as pappardelle with wild boar. You can wash all of this down with some typical Italian wine for a taste of something a little different in the heart of Gueliz.