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For cheap dinners with the most atmosphere in Marrakech, sidle up to one of the food stalls at the Djemaa el-Fna, where your couscous or harira soup is presented with plenty of theater from the jovial chefs and the action-packed square. Restaurant dining in Marrakech is equally inspiring, though you’ll pay more for the pleasure.

Top Restaurants in Marrakech

Café les Negotiants

Wicker chairs on a wide sidewalk terrace on the Ville Nouvelle’s main thoroughfare channel France. The crowds enjoy the tasty French-style baked goods and Moroccan pancakes almost as much as they enjoy the people-watching.

110 Ave. Mohammed V, 011-212-24-43-57-62
Tags: budget | cafe

Café-Restaurant Argana

One of a handful of cafes fronting the Djemaa el-Fna, Argana is great for budget tajine or couscous and happening medina views. Their strong Moroccan coffee and croissants also make for an affordable breakfast.

1 Souk Jdid, Djemaa el-Fna, 011-212-24-44-53-50
Tags: budget | great location | views | cafe

Dar Marjana

A classic Moroccan dining experience awaits at the end of a sleepy Medina alley in Dar Marjana. Enjoy aperitifs like mahia (a fig liqueur) in the lovely open-air, lantern-lit courtyard where local Gnawa musicians pluck two-stringed banjos. The first course includes six or so traditional hot and cold Moroccan salads like carrots sautéed with cumin, spicy tomato puree, and roasted eggplant, served with pan-fried liver, sweet tomato jam, and homemade bread. Next comes the bastilla, filled with layers of pigeon, eggs, onions, spices, and crushed almonds, and topped with cinnamon. After that follows a succulent lamb tagine with prunes and figs; then vegetable couscous; and finally fruit and a sweet, flaky bastilla topped with powdered sugar for dessert.

15 Derb Sidi Tair, 011-212-024-38-51-10, www.darmarjanamarrakech.com
Tags: family | expensive | smart splurge | moroccan | reservations

La Jacaranda

Très francais all the way (and one of Marrakech’s best restaurants), this buttoned-up bistro in the Ville Nouvelle serves upscale French fare in white tablecloth surrounds. Specialties include foie gras, tripe and seafood dishes.

32 Blvd. Mohammed Zerktouni, 011-212-24-44-72-15
Tags: moderate | trendy

Le Tanjia

Tables on the rooftop terrace are the most coveted seats in the house at this atmospheric café in the Mellah. Specialties include dishes like tajine with lamb and prunes.

14 Derb J’did, 011-212-24-38-38-36, www.le-tanjia.com
Tags: moderate | trendy

Le Tobsil

Expect rose petals and an intimate courtyard illuminated by atmospheric lanterns at this romantic restaurant. The exquisite French-Moroccan fusion fare is a favorite among foodies.

22 Derb Abdellah ben Hessaien, 011-212-24-44-40-52
Tags: expensive | great location | french-moroccan

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