A relatively new addition to Casablanca’s café scene, Bondi Coffee Kitchen is an Australian-inspired place serving fantastic breakfasts and punch-packing lunches. However you like to eat in the mornings, Bondi has got you covered; there’s everything from home-made muesli to avocado on toast and teetering piles of maple-syrupy pancakes. For lunch, try the Thai chicken salad or, if that sounds a little light, a veritable slab of spinach and ricotta lasagne. The coffee is excellent too. In fact, Bondi Coffee Kitchen boasts the first and still the only La Marzocco espresso machine in Casablanca.
Bondi Coffee Kitchen, 31 Rue Sebou, Casablanca, Morocco +212 661-582219
Situated in the eponymous sqala, an 18th-century fortress now painted bright yellow, La Sqala serves traditional Moroccan food. Unlike most other cafés in Casablanca, it offers a dedicated brunch menu between 8am and 12pm. Go there with friends or a healthy appetite or both, so you get a chance to sample all of the delicious flat breads that are available. Try baghir (dimpled and tangy), msemen (rich and chewy), harcha (spongy and best with jam or honey) and sfinge (little rings of fried dough). The brunch menu also features a handful of tagines, in case you’re a savory-all-the-way sort of person.
La Sqala, Boulevard des Alhomades, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5222-60960
Khos is the place to go if you’re looking for a brunch that’s healthy and substantial. The owners make a real effort to source fresh, organic ingredients and combine them creatively. The menu changes daily, but freshly squeezed juices, home-made soups and hearty salads are always available. Photos of fruits and vegetables adorn the walls of the intimate dining room. The atmosphere is great, the staff are friendly and enthusiastic and the prices are more than reasonable. In short: a must-visit.
Khos, 44 Rue Annoussour, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5222-73716
Amoud was one of Casablanca’s first patisseries and is still one of its best. Staff are friendly, efficient and really know their stuff; a good thing too, since choosing from the huge range of cakes and pastries is no easy task. There are delicate gateaux, impossibly rich eclairs and the best croissants this side of France; which, in a former French colony, is still saying something. There are some good savory options too, such as the light and airy olive focaccia.
Amoud, Boulevard Panoramique, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5225-22121
Snack Amine is a lively joint specializing in seafood. Everything on offer is as fresh as can be; the vast majority of it will have been caught on the same day it’s cooked, and costs a fraction of what it would in other places around town. Dishes are clean and unostentatious; little prawns in a rich, spicy sauce being about as fancy as it gets. Everything else is grilled or lightly fried and served with olives, salads and pickles.
Snack Amine, 32 Rue Chaouia, Casablanca, Morocco, +212 5225-41331
Café Bianca in Casablanca is situated a stone’s throw from Casablanca’s stretch of beach, the Plage Lalla Meryem, and its large, shady terrace commands excellent views of the sea. Its breakfasts are superb; the café serves up tasty Italian fare in the afternoons and evenings, but keeps things traditional in the morning. There’s baghir and msemen, delicate pastries and fluffy omelettes, as well as all the mint tea and fresh juice you could want.