Marrakech: Where to Eat
International cuisine — especially of the French persuasion — abounds in Marrakech. But for an authentically immersive Moroccan experience, these traditional restaurants will please your palate.
Al Fassia: Experience this favorite of American chef, cookbook author, and Moroccan cuisine expert Paula Wolfert at its original location in the Gueliz neighborhood. 011-212-524-434-060; alfassia.com
Le Foundouk: In a riad off a hidden Medina street, this restaurant exudes a contemporary style that’s a pleasing contrast to its mostly traditional menu. 011-212-524-378-190; foundouk.com
Le Marocain at La Mamounia: This haute spot at the Medina’s iconic historic hotel adds continental sophistication to its dishes with both traditional and contemporary menus from which you can mix and match. 011-212-524-388-600; mamounia.com
Le Restaurant at La Maison Arabe: Dating back to the 1940s, when it opened as the first Medina restaurant that also served foreigners, this spot now includes a riad-style hotel and half-day cooking classes at a top-notch culinary school, Morocco’s first. 011-212-524-387-010; lamaisonarabe.com
Le Salama: Among the city’s newest local-cuisine restaurants, it occupies three intricately decorated floors of a Europe-meets-Morocco-style riad just off the Medina’s main Jemaa el Fna square. A bonus: the nightly floor show. 011-212-524-391-300; lesalama.com
Le Tobsil: Live entertainment completes the experience at this relatively low-key version — and arguably the best — of the Medina’s more touristic, multicourse, prix-fixe menu spots. 011-212-524-441-523