Few things make Marrakchis happier than seeing guests eat with gusto – so go on, do your bit for international relations and tuck in. Locals don’t eat out often, and when they do they expect a generous diffa (feast) in a gorgeous setting. This typically takes the form of a four- or five-course banquet served in an atmospheric riad (courtyard mansion).
Beyond the traditional feast, Marrakech has an increasing number of French, Mediterranean and Moroccan fusion restaurants, most of which can be found in smart hotels and Gueliz, the so-called ‘New Town’, where Marrakech’s rising middle classes hang out. Medina workers, on the other hand, head to the city’s plethora of food stalls which serve sugared doughnuts, bean soup, stewed snails, fried fish and an epic evening barbecue that turns the whole Jemaa el-Fna into an open-air restaurant. Worked up an appetite ticking off this city’s marvellous array of things to do? Here’s our pick of the best restaurants in Marrakech right now.
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