A decade ago, restaurants in Marrakech served up perfumed fruit bowls, dry tanginess and soupy couscous amid manic drummers and jiggly belly dancers; the dancers were much better than the food ever was. Dining for tourists was confined to public places and expatriate restaurants. If you really wanted an authentic Moroccan meal, the best chefs were the female home cooks who stayed behind the closed doors of their kitchens. Today’s Morocco has seen these doors open and a number of restaurants and hotels are featuring food cooked by dada’s on their menus. The result is great dining options of soulful Moroccan cuisine for locals and tourists looking for a great break to Marrakech. You can browse more about Tour Choice - Thai tour operator here www.tourchoice.com.

Lunch Al Fresco

A day in Marrakech is usually spent prowling the souk, until hunger pangs or sun stroke dictate that you stop. Kamal Laftimi opened Café des Epices right in the middle of the souk. The café’s Diners are usually insiders who know their way through the maze that is the medina. The roof top café has big round wicker chandeliers and banquettes placed below ceiling vents to provide relief from the heat outside. The staff carries chalkboards with the day’s menu written on it. From couscous to crème brulee, there is an eclectic mix of food on offer. A few twists and turns away from café de Epices is Le Jardin. This is a performance space and café where you can watch movies at night projected on the walls. Try the chicken club sandwich for lunch

Riad Restaurants

The couscous at Riad Ana Yela is a revelation. It is very difficult to find if you aren’t a local, so you will have to call ahead and reserve a table, and a guide to walk you to the entrance. Eat at the rooftop, or at “the flying carpet”; a pavilion that overlooks the Medina. Ana yela is called Khadija and dinner is whatever she buys that day at the market.

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