Tucked away in the northeast corner of Marrakech’s famed Souks, Café Arabe is a perfect culinary oasis to escape above the hustle and bustle of the shopping that lies below. The setting is effortlessly and warmly Moroccan, with the second floor consisting of traditional Berber rugs, curtains and pottery. However, the best table to grab is on the third floor roof terrace, where an eclectic menu of Italian and French influenced Moroccan cuisine awaits; along with breathtaking panoramic views of Marrakech. The clientele and vibe is predominantly French, and the space oozes cosmopolitan cool.
While Italian dishes are nothing to write off, the best choice is to select a Moroccan staple, such as a Beef or Vegetarian Tajine (pictured below). Beyond the view and authentic cuisine, an additional perk of this stunning space is a full cocktail and wine menu; a rarity in Marrakech, where Islamic traditions frown upon public consumption of alcohol.
No trip to Marrakech is complete without visiting the beloved Jardines des Majorelles (Majorelle Gardens), also home to famed couturier Yves Saint Laurent. The site is renowned for its flawless and timeless design, most notably the pronounced presence of Cobalt Blue throughout most of the structure.
However, what’s equally impressive is the café tucked away next to the Museum of Islamic Art (inside the gardens), on the terrace of what used to be Yves’ personal home. Whether it’s simply for a light bite or a spot of Moroccan mint tea, Café Bousafsaf is the perfect way to finish taking in the impressive grounds.
The menu selections are light and traditionally Moroccan, with standouts being custom teas, coffees and fruit juices. Standout plates include the Kafta (Moroccan Meatballs) and It’s not often restaurants next to gift shops are notable, but Café Bousafasa makes a name for itself by being quaint, traditional and tasteful with hints of French . Yves would be proud.
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