A popular meeting place in Essaouira, Taros café-bar is much more than just a place to eat and drink. Also a popular gallery and bookshop, Taros is ideally located in a charming old merchant’s house right off the main square. Head here in the daytime to appreciate the sunlit interior, complete with colourful mosaics and brass lanterns which create a truly authentic Moroccan feel. Uniquely, this restaurant also houses its very own full bar, meaning food isn’t a must on a visit to Taros. Guests are invited to spend the evening sampling their tempting drinks selection and even enjoy live music on occasions.
Address: Place Moulay Hassan, Essaouira 44000, Morocco, +212 5244-76407
Le Chalet de la Plage
Le Chalet de la Plage boasts an ideal tranquil location right by the sea, and has been pleasing guests since 1893. It has since become a landmark in the city, and devotes itself in the daytime to typically Mediterranean cuisine, in particular succulent seafood, serving everything from oysters, to prawns, and even sea-urchins. Also boasting a popular bar area, guests can stick around after food to enjoy their best wine, Le Val d’Argan.
Address: Blvd Mohammed V, Essaouira, Morocco,+212 5 24 47 59 72
With an idyllic location close to the beach and overlooking the tranquil harbour, Dar l’Oussia is more than a simple riad hotel. It features a relaxing spa, open terrace, and its very own bar. The Cosa Bar boasts a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, inviting guests to enjoy a colourful cocktail either in the romantic interior, or in the spacious outdoor terraces filled with inviting cushion filled sofas.
Address: 04, Rue Mohamed Ben Messaoud Essaouira 44000, Morocco, +212 5 24 78 37 56
At the luxurious and upmarket Sofitel hotel, visitors to Essaouira can head into an oasis of luxury and relax by the sunlit pool, or head to the popular cigar room to enjoy some of the most delicious and colourful of cocktails. Friendly and helpful staff serve up delicious gourmet meals and enticing drinks to intrigue and satisfy guests. Choose from their pool bar, Tiki Bar, Le Gary Player Lounge, or even their very own disco/club for an entertaining night.
Address: Domaine Mogador, Essaouira 44000, Morocco, +212 5244-79400
Il Mare is a restaurant, café, and bar, and is renowned for its popular and entertaining live music. It’s funky terraces boast fantastic views of the historical ramparts and make for a stunning backdrop to the eating and drinking experience. Not only do visitors flock here for the live music, they’re also tempted in by the idea of sipping champagnes whilst watching the most beautiful of sunsets at the sophisticated piano bar.
Address: Kasbah, Essaouira 44000, Morocco,+212 524 476 417