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Eating Marrakech - one dish at a time

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An April 2011 trip to Marrakech by koshkha

Bougainvillea Cafe Photo, Marrakech, Morocco More Photos
Quote: There's an old saying that the way to eat an elephant is one mouthful at a time. Sometimes when faced with enormous dishes in Marrakech you'll do well to remember that advice. Here are a few of the places we ate during a short break in the city.

Eating and Drinking in Marrakech

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Dried fruit stall Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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There are some countries that fill me with a sense of culinary expectation so much that my mouth is almost watering before I get off the plane. Sadly Morocco is not one of those countries. I don't eat meat and haven't done so for over 20 years and the local approach to that is one of acceptance - "OK, she doesn't want meat, we won't force her" which is a step or two better than you'll find in China where it seems to be "The woman is crazy, let's sneak some dead animals into her food when she's looking the other way". Whilst nobody will treat you like you're crazy for choosing not to eat meat, they won't go out of their way to tempt or delight your taste buds. Instead they just give you exactly the sam...Read More

Dar Zellij

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Restaurant | "Expensive and Disappointing"

Dar Zellij Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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When we first arrived in Marrakech my husband and I were staying for two nights in one riad whilst my sister, Aileen, and her girlfriend, Joyce, were staying at another nearby. On the night that we arrived we'd all chosen to eat at our riads but on the next day we wanted to eat together. We'd not seen any restaurants in the area where we were staying and the weather was a bit grey and drizzly so we didn't want to go all the way back into the town centre just to find food. My husband accompanied the others back to their riad so he'd know more or less where it was, and whilst there he found a pile of restaurant cards in the lobby of the riad. Dar Zellij caught his eye and when he asked the owner if it w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 10, 2011

Dar Zellij
Sidi Ben Slimane
Marrakech, Morocco

Bougainvillea Cafe

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Restaurant | "Great Value but Slightly Bland"

Bougainvillea Cafe Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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Just around the corner from our Riad was a restaurant called Bougainvilliers which was note-worthy for two reasons; firstly it served good cheap food and secondly it was a landmark on our route because it was the place where we had to turn to head towards the Jemaa el Fna via the souks. We ate at Bougainvilliers twice – once for a late lunch and once for dinner. Obviously we liked it or we wouldn't have gone back a second time.Bougainvilliers is close to the Mouassine mosque in a district of old Marrakech which is to the north and slightly to the east of the Jemaa el Fna. It's just a few doors from a good foreign exchange office and there are plenty of small shops selling both food and sou...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 9, 2011

Bougainvillea Cafe
33 Rue Mouassine
Marrakech, Morocco

Cafe Arabe

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Restaurant | "Italian - but not Very!"

Cafe Arabe Photo, Marrakech, Morocco
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The Cafe Arabe is the sort of place you will find in the guidebooks and so almost by definition it's not the sort of place to which we'd normally go. However it was so close to our riad that we couldn't help but be tempted. The fact that they had alcohol - and my sister and her girlfriend seemed to be at risk of withdrawal symptoms - was the deciding factor in them booking us a table on our second night in the Mouassine district of Marrakech. We knew it wasn't going to be cheap but the reviews we'd seen were very positive and a combination of booze and proximity sealed the deal.The restaurant is nominally Italian but not overtly so. The usual Italian restaurant cliches (I'm thinking waiter...Read More

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Cafe Arabe
184, rue Mouassine
Marrakech, Morocco
024/429728

Earth Cafe

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Restaurant | "A Rare Find in Marrakech"

Photo of Earth Cafe
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On our last day in Marrakech we consulted the guidebooks for something new to do. My husband and I have been twice before and had already worked our way through most of the more obvious tourist attractions but we'd never been to the Bahia Palace in the south of the city. With guidebook in hand I managed to get us and my sister Aileen and her girlfriend Joyce there without getting lost and along the route I spotted signs for a vegetarian and vegan cafe called Earth Cafe. As a fishitarian I'd been getting pretty bored with the food on offer for non-meat eaters which leans very heavily on carrots and potatoes and gets dull very quickly so I was keen to try it on the way back. With the palace ...Read More

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Earth Cafe
No2 Derb Zwak, Riad Zitoun El Kdim
Marrakech, Morocco
212 0 660544992