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Marrakesh

F&W's roundup of the best restaurants in Mumbai, from a French-colonial landmark serving great bistro dishes to the city's only 2-Michelin-starred spot. For more great restaurants, check out our guide to the world’s best places to eat.

Restaurants

Le Blokk

It's worth a trip out to the Palmeraie suburbs for Le Blokk's Marrakesh-meets-old-Hollywood vibe, the very reasonably priced dishes—which blend French, Thai and Moroccan influences—and the impressive lineup of live music.
We loved: Medallion of beef with foie gras.

Café du Livre

This stylish second-floor café has wooden bookcases stocked with over 2,000 English-language books, tables set up for chess and comfortable velvet armchairs. A simple menu offers soups, salads, and baguette sandwiches.
We loved: The hamburger; chocolate cake.

Crystal

Jacques and Laurent Pourcel's elegant Mediterranean cooking anchors the menu at this pricey, impossibly elegant three-year-old restaurant in the spectacular Pacha Marrakech nightclub and restaurant complex. Food arrangements are photograph-worthy.
We loved: Dark chocolate tart.
Insider tip: There's live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Dar Ennassim

At Marrakesh's only 2-Michelin-starred restaurant, in the Golf Pavillon at the Palmeraie, chef Fabrice Vulin prepares excellent French dishes with a few Moroccan accents, such as the sautéed shrimp with argan oil vinaigrette.
We loved: Jumbo prawns with almonds, and watermelon-fig confit.

Djemaa el Fna

By day, the city's most famous square is home to dozens of stands on wheels where 35 cents buys a tall glass of fresh-squeezed juice. At night, scores of food vendors come out to serve Moroccan specialties at modest prices. The adventurous might want to try snails scooped from large vats or sheep's head.
We loved: Pigeon b'steeya, a meat-filled phyllo-pastry pie.

Le Grand Café de la Poste

Recently restored, this French-colonial landmark in the Gueliz neighborhood offers a fine covered veranda with rattan chairs and lazy ceiling fans. The food is—what else?—the city's ubiquitous French-bistro staples.
We loved: Cold Casablanca beers and Oualidia oysters on the half shell.

Ice Legend

Revered among Marrakesh's junior set, this ice cream kiosk near Djemaa el Fna Square serves over 40 flavors of house-made ice cream on wafer cones.

Kechmara

Late-night Marrakesh partiers meet at this insidery hangout for lazy breakfasts and mixed grill lunches. The backdrop: an ever-changing art collection.
We loved: Mixed grill of lamb chops and sausages.

KosyBar

Near the El Badi and El Bahia palaces, this hot spot has three floors: a cool bar with inventive cocktails on the first floor, intimate dining rooms decorated with Moroccan carved wood and Asian pillows. on the second, and a rooftop terrace for admiring the storks sitting in their huge nests nearby. The food is tasty nouvelle European with Moroccan influences. The owner is a scion of the Celliers de Meknès family, whose wines have been dubbed premier crus in Morocco.
We loved: Quail tagine cooked with onions, ginger, saffron and cinnamon.

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