By Maryam Montague
December 10, 2014
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Where to Have Lunch in Marrakesh
Credit: Quentin Bacon

There is a lot to do and see in Marrakesh, and so it’s not always easy to take time off for lunch. And where you have lunch, of course, depends on where you are in the city. If you are in the Marrakesh old city or medina, there’s the Nomad Café, which has great views. If you are in the new city of Gueliz, you should check out Entrepote. Finally, if you’ve made it out to the Marrakesh industrial zone, called Sidi Ghanem, there’s a wonderful French restaurant you should try. But no matter where you are, Marrakesh lunch requirements include good food, good service and a check that won’t break the bank (there’s dinner to consider, after all…). I’ve rounded up some of my favorite Marrakesh lunch spots to get you started during your trip. (And remember, in a pinch, lunch at one of the Marrakesh hole-in-the-wall kebab places is also perfectly okay.)

Nomad Café

In the Marrakesh medina, I highly recommend this new-ish and chic café, owned by the same group that has Café des Epices and Terrasses des Epices. You can expect fresh Moroccan salads, good juices, and nice desserts. There’s a cool view from the terrace (that also has a mister if you are overheating).

Café Kessabine

You can’t argue with the location of this Café, right on the Jemma el-Fnaa square in the medina. Expect good sandwiches, salads and Moroccan tagines and super friendly service. Their very affordable prices mean that you are likely to be back more than once. Great view of the square from the terrace.

Kaowa Café

I’m a regular at this adorable café across from the Majorelle Garden in the Marrakesh new city. They serve great salads with lots of choices, fresh quiches, and yummy desserts. There’s also a juice bar with some fun Marrakesh specials. Sit inside in the adjoining shop area, or sit outside and enjoy the day.


You can often find me hanging out on the front terrace of this café in a back street in Gueliz. There are sandwiches and salads if you are in a rush, but also more refined lunch options to accompany a glass of wine. Take a peek at the moody atmosphere, inside, too.

Le Zinc

This is a great stop for lunch if you are in the Marrakesh industrial zone. They serve elegant French nouvelle cuisine and lovely wines at very reasonable prices. Daily specials are written on the black board and include a starter and main course, or main course and dessert. One of my favorites.