Chez Brahim is a restaurant specializing in Moroccan and Berber cuisine located only a few steps from Jamaa el Fnaa. Despite its location, it's actually a fairly quiet restaurant though it does have a gigantic TV which seems somewhat out of place. The overall quality of the food is good and it's actually very cheap if you order one of the daily menu specials.
Le Tobsil is a very romantic restaurant in the Marrakech Medina, perfect for a special dinner, The food is Moroccan and very good, but the best part is the atmosphere. The neighborhood isn't the nicest in town and when you arrive, there's no sign or anything on the door. You have to pass through the doors of an old mansion and then you find yourself in a romantic, candlelit courtyard with tables decorated with rose petals! They have a menu for 600DH that includes a variety of starters and mains.
The Ksar el Hamra is a fancy restaurant in the Riad Zitoun Kedim neighbourhood. This is a nice area with plenty of good hotels and restaurants. The restaurant is in a small street near the main street, easy to find. When you leave, you can walk to the Jemaa el Fna in five minutes. The restaurant offers a variety of Moroccan dishes, including a spicy soup with some meat, typical at the end of the days of Ramadan. There are salads and pies with minced pigeon and almonds or with spinach. At nights there are concerts by groups of Gnawa, traditional musicians in the region. It's a bit touristy but an interesting place if you are spending a little time in Marrakech.
Dar Tim Tam is a restaurant in a palatial riad in the medina of Marrakech. Dar Tim Tam serves a variety of Moroccan food, but specializes in tagines and Moroccan-style salads. The cuisine is excellent, a fact reflected in the prices (about 15 euros per person) which are well above the Marrakech average. I'd recommend eating in the second courtyard because it isn't covered like the first one and it's bright and full of beautiful plants. The decor is great and involves a lot of traditional Moroccan fixtures like rugs, tapestries, mosaics, lamps, fountains and arches with plaster decorations.
Chez Fatima Berbère is a Moroccan restaurant on Rue Riad Zitoun, one of the main streets in the Marrakech medina which leads directly to the famous Jemaa el Fnaa. The restaurant is popular among both locals and budget travelers for its attentive service and low prices (vegetable couscous, for example, cost around 3 euros). As you pass by, you can't help but notice all the tagines, the star dish of Chez Fatima Berbere, cooking over the open fires.
The cafe is in Bab Agnaou Street, next to the ice cream shop that also carries the name l'Étoile. I wasn't particularly enthusiastic about it, as it's one of the city's tourist spots, and I didn't really care for the decor. It's a modern cafe over two floors, and is nice and cool thanks to the air conditioning. It offers a menu of 10 euros, which includes starter, main of couscous or tagine of meat, fruit salad, and mint tea. In the end, I was pleased to see that you can eat well, and cheaply. There are international à la carte dishes.
Le Bougainvillier is a quiet tearoom in a riad in the Marrakech Medina that's perfect for relaxing after an exhausting morning of shopping in the souks. Aside from the obligatory mint tea, you can also try some traditional Moroccan dishes as well as a smattering of international cuisine like pizzas, paninis, and salads. It's frequented by Moroccans and tourists alike, which is always a good sign. Service is very attentive and the price are average: a tea for two costs about 1.50 euros.
We actually were having dinner here just one night and found our favorites to be the Moroccan dishes because the pizza was pretty normal, and with a doubt the tahin was delicious. It wasn't very expensive, around 15-20 euros for two people dining on the terrace. Best of all were the views from the terrace.
Café Arabe is an elegant and well-known haunt for ex-pats and visitors alike in the northern section of Marrakech, right down the street from the el-Glaoui royal residence. It's got a ground floor restaurant area that looked nice enough, but really, when you're in a place with as delicious and inexpensive food as Marrakech, why go to a Western restaurant? (I will say, to be fair, that I've heard nothing but good things about the food). For me, the real charm of this place was the roof-top terrace and full-bar.
Yes, a full-bar. A rarity in Marrakech. It's a perfect place to head to around sunset to have a few reasonably-priced gin and tonics served with ice (which almost NEVER happens in Marrakech) or glasses of wine before heading out to eat and explore the festivities in the square.
If you fancy an ice cream in Marrakesh, this is one of the most popular places in the city. It's on Bab Agnaou Street, the pedestrian street that leads from Jemaa el Fna in the direction of the Bab Agnaou gate. It's a little touristy, but on the top floor you can also find Moroccan families, and some couples in hiding from their neighbors on the street. The prices are a little higher than in other cafes, but you have views of the Jemaa el Fna plaza, and a place that is a reference point of the city. They have been serving homemade ice cream for a long time now. They are not very original; some are tropical fruit, others cream-based, which I found very sweet. It is a good place for a cold coffee.
Our first day in Marrakech was great, and to end the day we chose to dine in one of the staffs in the El Fna Square. The truth is that there are many without a lot to choose between them - the price is the same wherever you go - so I finally decided to come here, as the guy selling it seemed like the nicest. There were four of us, and the price was about € 10.00 per couple, that is dirt cheap. Speaking of dirt, don't expect spotless treatment - but that's standard in Morocco, and if you're fussy or worried about germs, you're better off not going to Marrakech.
First of all, they put a piece of paper on the table to serve as plate / tablecloth, then offer bread, beverages (it's always better to ask for a bottle, and it's probably cleaner to drink straight from the bottle rather than risk a glass), and in the middle of the table, delicious Moroccan olives and two homemade spicy tomato sauces to accompany. After we ordered grilled eggplant, fries, and 2 servings per person of chicken and beef skewers, of course we did not know that there would be 6 skewers per person ... we had a real feast, then! We were given mint tea, too, and we really enjoyed it. A great experience.
A comfortable place in town with spectacular views from it´s terrace. You can enjoy a glass of wine or a cold beer in one of the few places where you can find alcohol in Medina. The soothing music and comfortable chairs help you enjoy the spectacular sunsets. The clientele is usually European and at times you have to wait for a table.