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What to Eat in Marrakech

One of North Africa's most unique cuisines is Moroccan, and one of the best places to sample it is in Marrakech. Known for their unconventional flavor combinations and subtle spices (think: cinnamon, saffron, cumin and turmeric), Moroccan dishes are featured on many restaurant and cooking class menus throughout Marrakech. Must-try delicacies include tagines (stews baked in traditional clay, cone-shaped pots that go by the same name), couscous (a fine wheat pasta commonly served with a protein and vegetables) and salads made with ingredients like carrots and dates. Traveler-approved restaurants that specialize in authentic Moroccan fare include Corner Cafe, Dar Chef and Libzar.

No visit to Marrakech would be complete without savoring the city's world-renowned street fare. Areas like Jemaa El Fna are packed with food stalls selling an array of tasty items. Traditional options include b'stilla (a layered pastry made with pigeon, almonds, eggs and various spices), harira (a tomato-, chickpea- and lentil-based soup generally served during Ramadan) and snails simmered in a citrusy, herb-filled broth. Another delicacy prepared by some street vendors is steamed sheep's head, which is sold by the half or whole head. For less adventurous travelers, Marrakech also offers kabobs (grilled, skewered meats), makouda (deep-fried potato balls) and chebakia (fried sesame cookies molded into flower shapes).

To cool off after a long day in the sun, Moroccans love to sip orange juice, which is made with oranges grown in Marrakech's alleys and courtyards. Additionally, locals enjoy serving mint tea to guests or drinking it while catching up with friends. This flavorful tea combines gunpowder tea (a kind of Chinese green tea), sugar and fresh spearmint leaves, and is poured from high above the glass to create a crown (or froth). Both beverages are available at food stalls and restaurants throughout the city.

Find the Best Restaurants in Marrakech

  • #1
    Patisserie Gato
    #1 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 183 reviewsTripAdvisor (183)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan
    Rue Hassania, gueliz, a Deux Pas De La Clinique Chifa A Cote de L'ecole du Sud, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #2
    Barometre Marrakech
    #2 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 778 reviewsTripAdvisor (778)
    $ - $$ | French, International, Mediterranean, European, Fusion
    Rue Moulay Ali Gueliz Résidence Al houda, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #3
    Le 68 Bar A Vin
    #3 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 470 reviewsTripAdvisor (470)
    $ - $$ | French, Bar, Wine Bar
    68, Rue de la Liberte Derriere Carre Eden Gueliz - Voiturier Sur Place, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #4
    Cafe Restaurant Dar L'hssira
    #4 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 124 reviewsTripAdvisor (124)
    $ | Moroccan, African, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    Rue Essabtienne a Cote Hammam Essabtienne La Direction De Tannerie Ancienne Medina, Marrakech 40030 Morocco
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  • #5
    Le Medina Privilege Restaurant
    #5 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 226 reviewsTripAdvisor (226)
    $$ | Moroccan
    Rue la Kasbah N51 Sahrij Gnaoua Sahrij Gnaoua, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #6
    Kabana
    #6 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Sushi, Asian, International, Mediterranean, Spanish, Healthy
    Rue Fatima Ezzahra R'mila 1 Kissariat Ben Khaled, Medina, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #7
    Manzil la Tortue
    #7 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 244 reviewsTripAdvisor (244)
    $ - $$ | French, Moroccan, European, International, Mediterranean
    Km12, Douar Gzoula Route de Ouarzazate - Marrakech, Marrakech 40002 Morocco
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  • #8
    Entrepotes
    #8 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 563 reviewsTripAdvisor (563)
    $ - $$ | French, Moroccan, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Wine Bar, International
    62, Rue Tarik Ibn Zyad, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #9
    Restaurant Le LOFT
    #9 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1107 reviewsTripAdvisor (1107)
    $ - $$ | French, European
    18 Rue de la Liberte Gueliz, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #10
    La Palette Restaurant Marrakech
    #10 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 270 reviewsTripAdvisor (270)
    $$ | Gastropub, Dining bars
    24 Rue Moulay Ali, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #11
    Bazaar Cafe
    #11 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3910 reviewsTripAdvisor (3910)
    $ - $$ | African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern
    Derb Sidi El Yamani, 24B, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #12
    Jemaa ElFna Restaurant
    #12 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 367 reviewsTripAdvisor (367)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern, International
    Boulevard des banques rue Zaari N 42 Kennaria, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #13
    Amal
    #13 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1959 reviewsTripAdvisor (1959)
    $ | African, Moroccan, Middle Eastern, International, Mediterranean
    Rue Allal Ben Ahmed et Rue Ibn Sina Gueliz, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #14
    Terrasse de la fontaine
    #14 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 224 reviewsTripAdvisor (224)
    $$ | Moroccan, Italian, French, International, European
    118 Rue mouassine, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #15
    Dar Zellij
    #15 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2865 reviewsTripAdvisor (2865)
    $$ | African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
    No1 Kaa Sour, Sidi Ben Slimane Medina, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #16
    La Cantine Des Gazelles
    #16 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2681 reviewsTripAdvisor (2681)
    $ | African, Moroccan, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern
    6 Dabachi Kennaria, Marrakech 40040 Morocco
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  • #17
    La Table Du Riad at 72 Riad Living
    #17 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 693 reviewsTripAdvisor (693)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, Middle Eastern, Arabic
    72 Arset Awzel, Bab Doukkala Taxi stop: Dar el Bacha, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #18
    Le Trou au Mur
    #18 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 460 reviewsTripAdvisor (460)
    $ - $$ | African, Moroccan, International, European, Middle Eastern
    39 Derb El Farnatchi Marrakech Medina, Marrakech Morocco
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  • #19
    Majorelle Restaurant
    #19 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 95 reviewsTripAdvisor (95)
    $ - $$ | Moroccan, International, Mediterranean, French
    08 Rue Khalid Bnoulwalid Gueliz, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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  • #20
    Naranj
    #20 of 1,236 Places to Eat in Marrakech
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2413 reviewsTripAdvisor (2413)
    $ - $$ | Lebanese, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Fusion, Middle Eastern
    84 Rue Riad Zitoun Jdid Medina, Marrakech 40000 Morocco
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