Friday, 16 October 2015

The best restaurants on a budget!

There is certainly no problem to spend a lot of money in Marrakech if you want to! There is an abundance of expensive five-star hotels, upscale restaurants and trendy nightclubs in the Red City. But there is on the other hand no problem to be in Marrakech on a budget! You could eat like royalty for very little money if you just choose wisely!

You see plenty of street food vendors all around the medina! And usually they are really cheap, around 3 Euros for a big meal.

There are quite a large number of restaurants where you can get a meal for less than 10 Euro. You just have to know which ones that have the best food, best service and the best ambience. And you always want that little extra of course! We've tested so many of Marrakech's restaurants and here is our Top-5-budget-list!

1. AMAL (Angle Rues Allal ben Ahmad et Ibn Sina)
 - You get a delicious Tagine for just 4 Euros
 - When you have lunch here you support a non-profit association dedicated to empower disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement
 - They have both Moroccan and international cuisine

The Amal Center was founded in 2012 by Nora Fitzgerald, an American born and raised in Morocco. She employs 15 people full-time, and accepts classes of 15 women every six months for training. They serve lunch to around 100 people every day!

2. CAFÉ CLOCK (224 Derb Chtouka)
 - You get a great goat cheese quiche for just 6 Euros
 - This is a place for food, arts and music! On Wednesdays they have jam sessions and on Saturday and Sundays they have concerts! Thursday nights are for the story tellers!
 - They have camel burgers, almond milkshakes, homemade ice cream and breakfast all day

Café Clock has free performances with traditional story tellers (in both English and Arabic) every Thursday night at 8.00 pm. Come at least 30 minutes before so you get a good table!

3. KECH BURGER (39 Rue Mohamed El Baqqal)
 - You get the best burgers in Marrakech here for 4-5 Euros
 - It's all freshly made and all organic, natural burgers
 - They have vegetarian burgers, fish burgers, chicken burgers and ever beef bacon burgers

Kech Burger is a quite small restaurant in Gueliz but it serves fantastic burgers and fries!

4. BAZAAR CAFÉ (Derb Sidi El Yamani, 24B)
 - You get a 3-course meal on their beautiful terrace for just 9 Euros
 - Organic, healthy, light, fresh and locally grown products! They even have vegan options

 - They have both Arabic and Mediterranean cuisine in an elegant atmosphere 

The terrace boast panoramic views and this restaurant also serves wine and beer!

5. ATAY FOOD (62, Rue Amsefah Sidi Abdelaziz)
 - You can get really nice chicken skewers for 6 Euros
 - There are beautiful views of the Atlas Mountains, perfect for sunsets

-  They have Moroccan food; tagines, cous cous, sandwiches and delicious fresh juices

This terrace has also great panoramic views!

Besides our Top-5-Budget-List there are several other nice non-expensive restaurants also worth visiting, like Henna Art Café, Souk Café and Kui Zin.

Marrakech Henna Art Café is very popular with its vegetarian food. Here you can also get one of those henna tatoos!

And if you are adventurous you could always try the stalls down at the square Jemaa el Fna where you get tangines, mixed grills and even sea food for a few Euros. The atmosphere is magical here at night but be prepared of the being hustled by the numerous vendors who wants your business. Good tips are to go to the stalls where the moroccans go and always negotiate the price before sitting down.

Jemaa el Fna turns into a large open-air dining area as dusk falls, filled with stalls lit by gas lanterns

So you see, you really don't need a silver fork to eat good food here in Marrakech!

Eat, drink & be merry,