OUR TOP 3 PLACES TO EAT WHEN ROAMING THE STREETS IN MARRAKECH
The sweet smell of dates, the caramelised onions, a handful of lightly roasted almonds and a soft stack of golden khboz ( bread ) that just left the fire. Some salty olives and freshly made Atay ( mint tea ) to wash it all down! Now that's just the beginning of your food adventure in Morocco.
Lets not get into the homemade tagines with handpicked vegetables, fruits and the ever so beloved pastille that makes your mouth water just looking at it. Or just the love of it all when you watch the hustle and bustle of families getting their spices and other ingredients and your mind wanders to how magnificent the meal will taste when its put together or when you walk past a group of men hurdled together eating the ever so glorious cous-cous on that blessed Friday afternoon.
For a London girl like me that is so used to her fish and chips and her egg batty on a Saturday morning, Moroccan food was not only an experience but such a wonderful one at that. Learning each day for the last 4 years how to make their food, how to present it, how to eat it and how to nurture every mouthful is something that I can talk about all day long. Now I have become the "eats with the locals" kinda of girl.
Having a husband who takes pride in his cooking, makes the best tangias and shashukas I have ever eaten in my life and being able to handpick the produce, stand side by side in the kitchen to make this beautiful meal together, then share a plate, eat with our bare hands and enjoy the creation that we made - I call that love.
But not everyday do we have the time to cook ( or you are just not up to it ) and we want that same home cooked feel at an affordable price that when we head to Winoo ( a family restaurant in Gueliz ) or to one of these 3 magical places in the medina.
The name says it alone, it really is a family hang out spot. When I first walked into La famille from the crazy streets of the souk, it became an instant oasis. Feeling as though you have been transported to a Greek island where you can reach complete solace whilst having an organic salad and a fresh fruit smoothie. Defintely my all time favourite restaurant discovery.
CAFE FOOD ATAY
In one of my best locations in the souks hides this gorgeous bohemian haven named Café Food Atay, with its cool exterior and even more fabulous interior with shabby chic rag rugs on the chair, fun artwork and rattan light fixtures- it really has become one of my favourite hang out spots when we have had a long day and just need to chill. Not to mention its insanely beautiful roof top where you can eat until your heart desires and have a sip of some nous nous ( coffee ) whilst the sun sets.
With locations both in Marrakech and Fez its no wonder why this café has even made it on this list... If its not their spectacular graffiti and art work all over the walls or the enchanting live music that will make you want to dance all night or the intriguing Moroccan story tellers that have got your mind thinking or maybe its their lovely service that makes you feel that you've made a few friends by the time you finished your food then I don't know why I'm in love with this café. With its diverse menu filled with meals such as falafel and hummus salad or some tagine or maybe even an interesting camel burger that might tickle your fancy.... I dare you to try that camel burger!!!