New Restaurants in Marrakech for 2020
Regular visitors to Marrakech will know that barely a week goes by without some hot new restaurant bursting on the scene. First timers will be awed by the sheer diversity of the dining scene. While the old classics definitely shouldn’t be missed, the last few months’ newcomers are making waves for food, design and good old-fashioned, Moroccan hospitality.
Les Jardins du Lotus
With its ice-cream sundae colors, leafy courtyard arranged around a glimmering pool and plant-forward menu it ticks a lot of boxes for the modern traveller. Come for the all-day brunch built on seasonal fruit platters and avocado on toast, or the rather more decadent spaghetti piled high with tender crayfish and a glass of champagne. Stay to rub shoulders with the Red City’s groovers and shakers who quickly adopted ‘le lotus’ as their own.
6 Derb Sidi al Benhamdouch
This sleek new rooftop restaurant on the Place des Epices is overseen by cookbook author Nargisse Benkabbou who shot to fame for her blog My Moroccan Food (mymoroccanfood.com) a few years ago. Her spin on Moroccan classics like kefta tagine and saffron scented couscous have opened the wonderful world of Moroccan cooking to thousands, but you’ll also find poke bowls and a terrifically juicy burger. No alcohol.
Conveniently located a couple of doors along the main traffic street from El Fenn, Kabana is the latest opening of Saharan entrepreneur Kudous Fahkredine. A tropically inspired rooftop decked in fabulous zellije (hand-cut, Moroccan tiles) serving excellent sushi to pair with exotically nuanced cocktails, as well as classic tapas for nibbles and creative mains like grilled salmon with celeriac mash and duck breast with passion fruit coulis.
Kissariat Ben Khaled Rue Fatima Ezzahra R’MILA Marrakech Medina +212 (0) 8 08 51 06 84
Over in Gueliz things have been hotting up ever since Plus61 opened its doors setting a new benchmark for Red City dining. An indoor-outdoor terrace onto the street, with red brick walls against leather banquettes, give it an industrial edge while the food is all about pleasing the crowd: hot goats cheese salad, an extra-large cote du boeuf for 2, and apple tart with ice-cream. A solid French wine list seals the deal.
24 Rue Moulay Ali +212 622-513311
Medina kid turned restauranteur extraordinaire, Kamal Laftimi, has done it again with the opening of Le Kilim – a vast, red-on-red dining room on leafy shopping street Rue de la Libertie – this time taking his inspiration from culinary Americana. Think eggs benedict in the morning, a pulled beef and mozzarella sandwich for lunch, and cheesecake with berries for that afternoon pick-me-up. Combined with plenty of nicely executed Moroccan favourites too, it’s a winner when you need something to suit everyone. No alcohol.
Sis 36 angle rue la liberte et rue Tarik Ben Ziad, Geliz +212 5 24 44 69 99