Foodies - Moroccan Cooking
Cookery classes in our riad in Marrakech
How to experience authentic Morocco by learning to cook Moroccan dishes.
We know how much discovering the food culture of Morocco means to our guests. Exploring Marrakech means getting to grips with the different flavours, spices and recipes and is all part of the fun. We run cookery classes at Riad Sapphire & Spa which are proving very popular indeed. Be inspired and impress you friends back home with your own tasty Moroccan dishes.
Places in the Medina of Marrakech
What better to get to know a different culture than to taste the food? With culinary traditions that draw on Morocco’s mix of Berber, Arab and European cultures, there are dozens of tasty dishes to try. If you are looking for something cheap and cheerful then head for the famous Square, Jemaa el Fna, where from early evening the stall holders start setting up their stands. To get the inside info on which stalls to go to, read our blog
Another place to go for cheap and cheerful Moroccan food go to is Restaurant Oscar Progrès, 20 rue Bani Marine, Marrakech medina. Two people can eat well on only Dh 100 (approx. € 9 or £ 7.50)
Trendy Restaurants in Marrakech Medina
Le Foundouk is a stylish renovated foundouk – one of the old merchants’ inns with large courtyards, originally a space for stabling horses and camels. It is spread over 3 floors with lots of small cosy nooks and a great roof terrace with wonderful views. Le Foundouk offers a mix of French or Moroccan cuisine.
Within walking distance of the Musée de Marrakech or, if you come by taxi, you will be collected by guides dressed in djellabahs and carrying candle lanterns to show you the way.
Very near to Riad Sapphire a visit to the fabulous Moroccan restaurant, Dar Zellij, is a must. Great Moroccan food. The decor is sophisticated and the ambience is fantastic. Live Andalusian music, belly dancers on Thursday evenings, great service. Good restaurant for a special celebration. Alcohol served. You can pay by credit card.
Another new restaurant in the Medina is Le Jardin, owned by Kamal Laftimi who is also owner of the Café des Épices and the Terrasse des Épices. All the venues are delightful spots to take a break from shopping in the souks.
Le Jardin is a large courtyard enclosed in a 17th-century mansion, two steps away from the Terrasse des Épices and on the cross roads between Dar el Bacha and Riad Laârouss. It is well sign-posted. The predominant colour scheme is green with lots of plants, trees and water features creating a relaxing atmosphere. Freshly-cooked organic food and delicious desserts – open 9am until 11pm.
Cuisine in the New Town, Guèliz
We’re starting with one of the old established restaurants in the heart of Guèliz
Grand Café de la Poste, Guèliz, Marrakech
With authentic 1920s colonial décor–soaring high ceilings, wicker chairs, slowly rotating fans and potted palms Le Grand Café de la Poste is a favourite of Marrakech’s trendy local and expat crowd for long, casual lunches and indulgent dinners. The menu is a mix of Moroccan and French cuisine, featuring simple dishes ranging from croque-monsieur and goats’ cheese salads, to grilled sardines and roasted sea bass.
Great for people-watching and a relaxing way to while away an afternoon reading the local newspapers and sipping tea or coffee. Arrive around 6pm and you can indulge in the free appetizers offered while sipping on your chilled glass of wine.
Over the past few years there have been lots of exciting new restaurants mushrooming in Guèliz. Here are a few insider tips :
Brasserie de Flore, Guèliz, Marrakech
A recent, welcome addition to the restaurant scene in Marrakesh is the Brasserie de Flore. An authentic French Brasserie (think early 20th century) in Marrakech Plaza, Place du 16 novembre in the heart of Guèliz, the new town of Marrakesh. The tastiest restaurant meal I’ve eaten in Marrakech is at Brasserie de Flore.
The décor, typically French so you’d think you were in France, is one of understated elegance with crystal chandeliers and fans hanging from the high ceilings. It is spotlessly clean and offers great food at great prices and in very generous portions. Alcohol served.
Open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Le Loft, Guèliz, Marrakech
Another recent addition to the restaurant scene in the new town of Guèliz. The décor is New York bistro style – modern industrial with some interesting heavy-duty ceiling fans. The look is cool and trendy with pop art on the walls and old Charlie Chaplin movies projected on to the wall above the seating area. International cuisine with good reviews.
One drawback is that there is no roof terrace – so unless those fans are truly powerful, it may seem a little too warm in the summer. Moderately-priced. Alcohol served. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
8, Rue de la Liberté, Guèliz, Marrakesh
Level Five, Guèliz, Marrakesh
Restaurant and bar Level Five is hidden away on the fifth and sixth floor of a smart building in Guèliz (Immeuble ben Hafsia 2, Place du 16 Novembre, Guèliz). It has, just recently, been taken over by a new team and has had a facelift, so even if you have been before, now is the time to plan a return visit.
The new layout splits the restaurant, which regularly offers live music (usually after 10pm), and the stylish Skybar, both of which are reached by a glass lift.
The restaurant menu offers French and Asian cuisine, including an enormous range of Indian dishes and sushi platters. Excellent wine list aside, the other aspect to win top marks is the long bar which is gold and visually striking.
Imperially positioned high above the city, the Sky Bar has a canopied open-air terrace to make the most of the views which stretch out to the Harti Gardens and beyond. On the whole, Level Five is young, now and very much of its time – a convivial place that doesn’t scrimp on fun or polish.
Restaurants outside Marrakech
Bo & Zin Restaurant Marrakech
Bo & Zin restaurant is 3.5 kms out of town on the main road to the Ourika valley but well worth the journey. This is an amazing experience! The food is wonderfully tasting fusion food – a mix of French and Thai cuisine.
The setting is stunning – the interior design is unique and the gardens are a mix of desert and oasis, all beautifully laid out. The restaurant itself has room for large and small groups, with small, intimate corners as well as tables overlooking the spectacular gardens. The gardens also offer more seating in cozy Berber style tents. This place has a wonderful atmosphere and makes a great evening out.
Bo & Zin Restaurant Marrakech
Douar Lahna, Route d’Ourika, Marrakesh
05 24 38 80 12
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