Marrakech is a proper food city, it knows what it is and doesn’t try to be anything it’s not. The food is distinct and packed full of local flavours and smells. After 4 days in this wonderful city I have come home full of recipe inspiration (and bread, stuffed full of bread).
The colourful chaos of the Medina is a mass of colourful smells, sounds and sights unlike anywhere else in the world and hidden away in the winding passageways there are tranquil and relaxing hidden oasis’ waiting to be discovered.
Here are my favourite 5 meals from a recent trip. I whole heartedly recommend every single one to anyone heading out on a Moroccan adventure.
- Breakfast: Riad Edward
Most good Riad’s offer breakfast included in the room price. The wonderful Riad Edward is no exception and you can enjoy it wherever you like within this hidden oasis tucked away safe and sound right next to all of the action of the old city. We had it on the balcony by our room, by the pool and even on the picturesque roof terrace.
- Lunch: Maison de la Photographie
This classic Moroccan home has been converted into a wonderful photography exhibition capturing the past 150 years of the city. As you follow the winding corridors up the building you arrive at a tiny hidden spiral staircase which takes you to the wonderful secret garden of a roof terrace over looking the Medina with the Atlas Mountains framing the view. Serving up classic Moroccon dishes and sweet mint tea, Maison de la Photographie offers a much needed rest bite from the chaos of the sukhs.
- Lunch: Le Jardin
Another oasis of calm hidden away in the sukhs, Le Jardin can be quite tricky to find but is well worth the hunt. With a slightly more interesting menu than most of the restaurants in the city, Le Jardin offers traditional Moroccan dishes with a bit of a modern twist. It’s calming green decour and devilishly handsome wait staff make for a pleasant way to recover from a morning haggling for your wares.
- Lunch: Berber House, Atlas Mountains
This one is a bit of a cheat pick as it isn’t technically in the city but makes part of a day trip out into the mountains. That being said, I had to include it as it was hands down the best meal we had on our trip. I couldn’t recommend this excursion more, after a trek up a waterfall you continue out into the mountains and are served a Tagine cooked fresh to order on proper coals as opposed to on a gas cooker. The view was also second to none and a blast of much needed fresh air after a few days in the dusty city.
- Dinner: Nomad
Nomad may be packed full of European hipsters but it still serves properly good Moroccan food in lovely surroundings just off the main square. The food offers a great modern twist on the Moroccon classics (which you will have had plenty of by this point) bringing the traditional cooking into the 21st century. It makes for the perfect end to a wonderful stay in a chasotic city.