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T+L's Definitive Guide to Marrakesh

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Sophisticated authentic fare and easy café lunches—here’s where to go now.

Le Jardin: The owner of the venerable Terrasse des Épices opened this shabby-chic garden café last spring. Guests sit at vintage tables and feast on casual staples, from salade niçoise to crisp, tangy Moroccan briouates (vegetable- or meat-stuffed phyllo triangles). 32 Souk El Jeld, Sidi Abdelaziz. $

Les Trois Saveurs: Housed in La Maison Arabe (the hotel owned by Italian nobleman Fabrizio Ruspoli), this lovely space, set under porticoes, serves faultless Moroccan dishes—the pastillas perfectly balance spicy-sweet and savory—plus pan-Asian specialties and French classics. 1 Derb Assehbe, Bab Doukkala. $$

Le Loft: Behind black-varnished shutter doors hides a fashionable newcomer to Guéliz. Le Loft serves bistro standards executed to perfection (not to mention a mean mojito). Le tout Marrakech table-hops in the dining room and on the front terrace. 18 Rue de la Liberté, Guéliz; 212-5/2443-4216. $$

A Palace for Every Palate

Palace restaurants are all about candlelit courtyards, Berber musicians, and heaping platters of food. Each has its loyalists: Dar Marjana (15 Derb Sidi Tair; $$$) and Dar Yacout ($$$) are in the top echelon, as is the newer and less pricey Le Tobsil ($$). Chef Moha Fedal updates the experience with lighter fare in Pierre Balmain’s former riad at Dar Moha (81 Rue Dar el-Bacha; $$$).

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150

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