Marrakech is a major Moroccan economic center, a vibrant and bustling city brimming with magnificent mosques, beautiful palaces and charming gardens. The diversity and variety of Marrakech is reflected deliciously in the food it offers, with sumptuous spices and herbs combining to make flavorful African food unlike any other. With scorching temperatures here for many hours a day, visitors may choose to enjoy simpler meals and lighter bites as opposed to heavier dishes. With that in mind, here’s our list of the 10 best brunch spots to visit in Marrakech.
A restaurant with more than a wonderful menu, Amal will satisfy diners’ tastebuds as well as touch their hearts. With the aim of creating social stability for disadvantaged women, Amal employs less-fortunate women to work in their restaurant and gives them extensive job training. Daily cooking classes are open to the public each morning from 10am until noon, where students choose one out of nine Moroccan dishes to carefully prepare. This establishment uses only locally-grown, healthy ingredients to make delicious signature Moroccan dishes including tagine and pastilla.
A well-known brunch spot in the heart of Marrakech, Softy Sweet offers a full menu of breakfast and lunch options, as well as frozen yogurt and a wide selection of dessert choices. This café is praised for its minimal yet modern decor, including a charming chalkboard menu, a wooden bar and an open-top kitchen.The menu includes a selection of original dishes, and puts its own signature twist on classic menu items, like the lemon meringue pie it serves with a blueberry mousse. The most popular brunch item, the JAVI sandwich, includes warm homemade bread, avocado, onion, tomato, chilli, goats cheese and a splash of lemon.
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A true first-class dining experience, Crystal is an elegant establishment with a romantic atmosphere. Outside the restaurant sits an illuminated swimming pool with a charming walkway leading into the restaurant. Inside are tables covered in pretty white tablecloth and candles, as well as a picturesque wood-burning fireplace, create soft and enchanting lighting throughout the venue. Chef Jacques Laurent Pourcel ensures the quality of his food matches the first-rate ambience, with beautiful plate presentation and a variety of seasonal foods catering to every type of occasion. Live music and entertainment add an extra flare to this glamorous brunch space.
Owned by famous food expert Christophe Leroy, a revered international chef with a multitude of restaurants and cafés, Les Jardins d’Ines is a tasty breakfast choice located within five star hotel Jardin d’Ines. Brunch here is created in an entirely Moroccan style, with entrees such as black cod with miso sauce, and fresh tomato tarts with basil. Renowned architect Imaad Rahmounie recently rebuilt the dining space here, transforming it into a high-class, comfortable area for fine dining and relaxation. Brunch is served here only on Sundays.
La Mamounia was rated by Reader’s Choice as the ‘Best Hotel in Middle and Eastern Africa 2015’, and boasts a brilliant restaurant celebrated for its impeccable Sunday brunch. Served in the hotel’s swimming pool pavilion, there’s splendid seasonal options as well as a huge selection of seafood including lobster, salmon and juicy oysters. La Mamounia prizes itself on using locally sourced ingredients, and even has its own garden to cultivate herbs and vegetables. Customers are greeted with a glass of champagne upon arrival for Sunday brunch, confirming that the hotel is one of the most elegant places to dine in all of Marrakech. Be sure to try the signature cappuccino which uses a rich and strong locally grown coffee.
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With expert chefs cooking right in front of your eyes, Selman Marrakech really gives a personal touch on your Sunday brunch experience. With classical artwork hung around the room, and shiny platters of fruit and desserts displayed in glass cases, diners feel instantly relaxed in this pretty and elegant establishment. The Selman serves popular brunch delicacies, including a variety of sushi and pasta dishes, as well as its signature shellfish. Guests must purchase a ticket to attend brunch, and with this, there is more than amazing food on offer; paddle in the pool from dusk til dawn, or enjoy a spectacular horse show at the hotel, a performance incorporating a range of illusions and mesmerizing magic tricks.
Café 16 uses a simple decor of white and bright lime-green colors, combined with contemporary furniture, to create a modern and artistic ambience within its walls. With attractive indoor and outdoor seating available, diners can choose to sit in the shade or bask in the sun whilst enjoying an array of healthy brunch choices. A top pick here is the avocado and crab salad, and if feeling naughty, the macaroons and fine pastries here are sweet and delicious. The organic fresh juices are made from locally grown, flavorful fruit, with the raspberry and mojito varieties proving particularly popular.
Renowned for its Mediterranean feel, Café Extrablatt is a laid-back spot in which to enjoy a tasty brunch. The outdoor seating on the open street corner allows for sozializing in the sun on warm days, and the menu is brimming with flavorful and affordable options. Don’t leave without trying one of the crisp salads or homemade pizzas.
Pepe Nero serves up a truly delicious brunch daily from midday until 2:30pm. The restaurant combines Moroccan cuisine with vegetarian, vegan and Italian food to create colorful and innovative dishes. Top picks include the pasta and fish option, or the spicy Moroccan pigeon pie. The dining area here is situated in the middle of a beautifully ornate courtyard, surrounded by trees, fountains and balconies, creating an elegant yet casual atmosphere.