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Marrakesh restaurants

Boiled sheep head, anyone? Thought not. How about lamb simmered in a dozen exotic spices, sprinkled with grilled almonds and drizzled with a touch of honey? That's more like it. Like the city itself, cuisine in Marrakesh is an enchanting, sometimes mystifying, blend of cultures. There's no doubt French expertise (and pretension) has played into Morocco's culinary ways, but the real delights here are traditional dishes such as pastillas (a mille-feuille pastry stuffed with pigeon or chicken); hearty soups like chickpea harira; couscous of all sorts, including vegetable versions; and tajines—the ubiquitous Moroccan casseroles of lamb, beef, or chicken cooked au jus with vegetables and spices in a conical-topped clay pot. To accompany everything, there's not just the mint tea but a number of eminently quaffable Moroccan wines—from hearty reds to delicate and light blush wines known as gris.

As a general rule, restaurants specializing in traditional Moroccan food are located in the Medina and usually have a prix fixe policy, whereas à la carte menus and European watering holes are mainly found in Guéliz (the new town) and the smart Hivernage neighborhood. Many restaurants stop serving dinner around 11 pm, although some of the hippest spots such as Bô & Zin stay open past midnight. It's common for a bountiful Moroccan breakfast of eggs, yogurt, croissants and pastries, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and often sautéed Berber crepes with honey or fig preserves to be included in the room rate.

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Al Fassia, Guéliz, Marrakesh

Moroccan à la carte is a rarity but it can be found at this family-run restaurant in Guéliz, the new city quarter northwest of the Medina. Al Fassia...more

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Alizia, Hivernage, Marrakesh

The bougainvillea-shaded front garden of this pretty little Hivernage neighborhood restaurant is one of the most pleasant places in town for dinner. The food is...more

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Bô & Zin, Marrakesh

This glamorous roadhouse two miles south of the city is the favorite watering hole of the French and Moroccan A-list. Owner Cyril Durand carefully created and...more

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Dar Moha, Medina, Marrakesh

Since 1998, the former home of designer Pierre Balmain in the Medina has played host to what is one of Marrakesh's finest restaurants. The nouvelle Moroccan...more

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Dar Yacout, Medina, Marrakesh

One of the first (and still one of the most spectacular) fantasy palaces in Marrakesh, Yacout is not merely a restaurant. It's a legend. In the 1990s, visionary...more

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Grand Café de la Poste, Guéliz, Marrakesh

With a vast terrazzo veranda shaded by bamboo blinds and cooled by a battery of ceiling fans, this grand Marrakesh brasserie feels more Southeast Asian than...more

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Kechmara, Guéliz, Marrakesh

This cool little café with molded plastic furniture, gleaming terrazzo floors, and a rotating gallery of works by local artists is Marrakesh at its most...more

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Le Tobsil, Medina, Marrakesh

In typical Marrakesh fashion, the food at Le Tobsil just keeps on coming, course after course after course. But far from being a test of endurance, the...more

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Stalls in the Square, Medina, Marrakesh

As the sun sets on the central square of Jemaa El Fna, about 100 open kitchens are swiftly assembled in tightly drawn rows along with long tables and...more

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