Casablanca is Morocco’s economic capital, and although it might lack the traditional charm of cities such as Marrakech and Fes, it has its own cosmopolitan, contemporary appeal. Before a day of sightseeing and shopping in this bustling city, a stop in a cafe for a late breakfast or brunch is a necessity. Read on to find out about the best places to grab breakfast or brunch in Casablanca.
Tucked into the ocher walls of an 18th-century fortified bastion north of the center, this delightful and charming restaurant offers an escape from the bustling city. With a rustic interior and stunning garden full of beautiful flowers, La Sqala is a haven of tranquility. Offering typical Moroccan specialties all day long, from tagines to couscous – all popular lunchtime choices, – guests can wash these traditional dishes down with some sweet Moroccan mint tea. In the Andalusian inspired garden, a mouthwatering traditional breakfast is the perfect way to enjoy the Moroccan morning.
Rick’s Café, famous thanks to the film Casablanca (1942), has been transformed since it’s appearance in the cinematic classic. Set in an old courtyard-style mansion built among the walls of the Old Medina, Rick’s Café features a piano bar with replicas from the film itself – curved arches, balconies, and brass lighting. For a unique atmosphere, Rick’s Café is certainly a perfect place to eat. With four fireplaces and intimate private dining with a view of the fishing port, it offers a very atmospheric experience, along with an international menu specializing in Casablanca’s fresh seafood and vegetables. Popular however is their extensive Sunday brunch menu, which boasts everything from eggs benedict, to homemade yogurt and French toast with maple syrup.
For a slightly more luxurious breakfast, head to L’Insense for a treat. Located in the Kenzi Tower Hotel, L’Insense is a modern and airy restaurant renowned for its excellent buffet which boasts a wide variety of international breakfast options. This trendy restaurant and terrace ensures the best of customer service to match its exquisite international cuisine, and a varied breakfast and lunch buffet which changes according to the season in order to ensure the freshest of ingredients are used. Lunchtime is most magical, with show cooking, healthy corners, and tempting pastries available to please happy guests.
Riad 21 welcomes its guests into a typical Andalusian styled house turned restaurant. Pleasing guests since 2009, this authentic riad combines a homely feeling through its warm and welcoming Moroccan living room, with elegant and professional service. Riad 21 really does justice to the fantastic cuisine of Morocco, offering guests the chance to sample the rich flavors of typical dishes, from tajine to couscous, whilst relaxing and enjoying classical Arab music. A multipurpose eating place, Riad 21 is perfect not only for an elegant evening, but for small breakfasts and tasty lunches. A fantastic cafe with an excellent ambiance and ideal location.
This modern and chic cafe prides itself upon offering cheap, fast, and most importantly, healthy food. In the heart of the Racine district, and close to the bustling Boulevard of Anfa, the Pivano sits with its delightful plant filled outdoor terrace, making it a perfect and refreshing place to start the day. Pivano boasts a calming and contemporary ambiance, which attracts many guests who also praise their tempting and diverse menu, with soups, pastas, sandwiches, deserts, and more.
There’s no more refreshing way to start the day than with fruit, so there’s really no better place than Le Paradis de Fruit. This colorful establishment is a restaurant-fruit bar and even ice cream bar, which boasts a natural and fresh menu which changes according to the seasons, and does of course focus predominantly on fruit. More than just a fruit smoothie bar, Le Paradis de Fruit offers pastries, mini fruit cheesecakes, and vegetables in its ‘iftah buffet’.
Venezia Ice isn’t specific to Casablanca, but rather has cafes all over Morocco. An excellent choice if you’re looking for a chain rather than an independent cafe, but want to steer away from the big western names, Venezia Ice is inspired by the charm of Venice, with an air of romance and charm, and promotes a huge philosophy of quality, professionalism, and innovation. A really pleasant place to sit and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat at any time of day, and a recommended safe and comfortable place to relax for the lone traveler, Casablanca’s Venezia Ice even boasts beautiful sea views to complement the refreshing ice cream and sorbet.
An inviting and homely little cafe with free WiFi is an ideal place to start the day. Sip on some mint tea whilst relaxing on the small but inviting sun terrace and really get off to the best start to the day. Their extensive range of fresh fruit juices and hot morning drinks mean there’s something to suit everyone, from hot chocolate and coffee, to avocado juice. Food wise, they have a charming and modest breakfast menu, with all food served at ridiculously cheap prices. Feast on omelettes, breakfast combinations including drinks, toast, and most tempting of all, crêpes.