The Best Bars In Essaouira, Morocco

Photo of Rebecca Wilkinson
9 February 2017

A beautiful seaside city in the touristy region of Marrakech, Essaouira attracts a lot of yearly visitors, as well as boasting a friendly local community. Whilst Essaouira is very much a city for the day, there are some lovely bars spend the evening in. Read on to find out about the best bars in this stunning city.

Essaouira | © Sébastien Bertrand/Flickr

Le Chalet de la Plage

Bar, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Beach at Essaouira
Beach at Essaouira | © Tanel Teemusk/Flickr
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.

Dar l’Oussia

Bar, Moroccan
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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.


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.

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Il Mare

Bar, Restaurant, Italian
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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.