One of the most beloved destinations in Morocco, the Red City, as it is usually called, is made up of an old district bordered by modern neighbourhoods. Here is our list of the best places to enjoy a meal in one of the city’s numerous outdoor dining options.
Restaurant, Moroccan, $$$
Hidden away down a secluded Medina alleyway, Le Jardin brings a touch of French elegance and refinement to the bustle of the Marrakech old town. It is an oasis of peace within the chaotic world of the Medina, and allows diners to experience the palatial charm of ancient Marrakech in peace and quiet. Located in a 17th-century mansion, Le Jardin is built around a large central courtyard and features a beautiful combination of traditional Moroccan design and retro 1960s decor. It was started by Kamal Laftimi and interior designer Anne Favier, who discovered the house in ruins and rebuilt it to suit their very distinctive tastes. They now describe it as a ‘place of culture’ in which guests can relax, enjoy film screenings and other special events. The extensive menu features Moroccan classics and organic dishes.
Sitting under palm trees and the blue sky in a wonderful garden courtyard can make the noisy markets seem miles away. La Table du Palais is ideal for your lunch break, serving delicious dishes influenced by French and Moroccan cuisine in the most enchanting atmosphere. With birds and butterflies around you and jazzy tunes in the background, it is hard not to fall in love with the place.
The rooftop restaurant at Nomad is a great spot to catch the sunset | Courtesy of Nomad
Collaborating with the Chefs in Residence program at Restaurant Numero 7 in Fez and located in the heart of the Medina, this restaurant supports cross-culinary exchange as well as the use of local ingredients. Designed to evoke an aura of the late ’50s, Nomad is the perfect choice if a refreshing change to typical flavours is what you’re looking for. Book to ensure you will get a place on the terrace. Explore its creative modern Moroccan menu and enjoy some stunning views over the spice square and the surroundings.