Where can you find the best places to eat in Marrakech?
Steer clear of the fancy restaurants (where all the tourists go)…
…and check out the city’s local hot spots (where all the natives gather).
Yes, you’re not going to get 5 star dining comfort.
But if you plan on sampling authentic Moroccan cuisine…
…and are looking for some cheap places to eat whilst in Marrakech…
…this is the way to go.
So without further ado…
Here Are The Best Places To Eat In Marrakech
#1 Top Recommendation
- A tiny nameless eatery that sells awesome curry sandwiches
#2 Top Recommendation
- Snack Adam
#3 Top Recommendation
- Abdul Latheef
#4 Top Recommendation
- Mechoui Alley
Want To Know More About The Best Food In Marrakech? Read On…
Tiny nameless eatery
These guys don’t really have a name board, so they’re not the easiest to find.
Luckily, they’re right opposite an eatery that does have a name board.
So all you’ve gotta do is locate Snack Adam and you’ll find this little eatery just across it.
The shop doesn’t operate during the day – instead, the guys inside start prepping for night time when they open for business and immediately start attracting hordes of customers.
In fact, that’s how we stumbled upon this little gem.
Every time we popped into Snack Adam for dinner, we saw crowds of people gathered around the nameless shop.
They even had a few seats nearby so customers could sit and tuck into their food right away if they wanted to. Men, women, teens, older folks – they all made a beeline here to get their dinner.
And we figured – if it’s good enough for the locals, it’s good enough for us!
Anyway, we were super keen on trying out this eatery for ourselves.
So we decided to order dinner one day and chose minced chicken curry buns from the menu card placed on the counter. And after taking our first bite, we realized why the Moroccans in the area make a beeline for this place.
First off, the buns (also called sandwiches) were fresh and absolutely packed with curry, which made them a very satisfying meal.
As for the filling, WOW.
Containing plenty of flavorful minced chicken, onions, cheese, coriander leaves and a combo of various spices, the explosion of flavors is guaranteed to leave your taste buds dancing in delight.
That said, we felt that the food would be even more delicious if there was a tad more salt and spice added – and we were right. It took the taste levels up a notch and really unlocked the full flavor of these curry buns.
Oh and the prices here are super cheap.
So if you’re wondering where to eat cheap in Marrakech, definitely make a stop at this place.
One more thing…
This eatery actually specializes in serving up several offal dishes – another reason for their immense popularity.
In fact, we tried out the cow brains sandwich as well as the chicken liver bun – both were insanely good and excellent value for money. If you don’t really care for offal, simply stick with their standard chicken or lamb bun.
Either way, you’ll definitely keep going back for more, just like we did!
Where To Eat In Marrakech
If you’re a fan of fast food, you’ll like what this place has to offer.
Although a fairly small cafe, they do have limited seating both downstairs and upstairs.
We never dined here though and preferred to order takeaway to have on the rooftop terrace of our hotel.
Snack Adam has a pretty extensive menu including tacos, burger buns, paninis, sandwiches, couscous and tagines. And each time we placed an order, we received freshly prepared food that was both delicious and filling.
Always a good combo, right?
We recommend trying their grilled chicken sandwiches, chicken tacos and chicken paninis. They also do a decent chicken couscous.
Their prices are very reasonable as well, so it’s another reason to drop by often!
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Abdul Latheef is another little restaurant found a short distance from Hotel Belleville (where we were staying).
This place was recommended to us by one of the staff members at the hotel. He told us it was one of his go to places for lunch, so we were keen on checking out the food here.
These guys too specialize in curry sandwiches.
The buns we ordered were fairly large and absolutely crammed with a tasty chicken mix.
But in my opinion, Nameless eatery #1 trumps them in terms of overall flavor.
Still, Abdul Latheef is a great little place to pop by and grab a quick + filling lunch.
By the way, these guys don’t really have a name board either, so finding them isn’t easy. You may have to get directions from a nearby shop keeper or ask for a drawn map from the hotel you’re staying at.
Where To Eat In Marrakech Medina
Are you a lamb lover?
Then you’re going to LOVE Mechoui Alley!
Everyone’s familiar with the food carts in Jemaa El-Fnaa (the main square), but this place is less well known by most tourists. The stalls here are very basic, the lamb is either served on paper or plastic plates and you’re supposed to eat with your hands.
But don’t let any of this put you off.
Trust me, it’s all part of the experience!
Plus, all will be forgotten when you take your first bite of méchoui.
Simply put, it will be the most delicious smoke-roasted lamb you will ever taste.
It’s that good.
The meat is super tender and literally falls off the bone. And while it’s tasty on its own, sprinkling a little bit of the cumin salt (that’s provided) enhances the flavor and takes it to the next level.
A kilo costs around 170 MAD – the menu and prices are usually posted on boards on the walls of each stall.
Where To Eat Lunch In Marrakech
It all boils down to your preferences really.
If you’re a meat lover, Mechoui Alley should be your first stop.
If you’d like to sink your teeth in some delicious curry buns, head over to Abdul Latheef.
On the other hand, if you’re in the mood for some good ‘ol fast food, Snack Adam is a good choice.
Where To Eat Dinner In Marrakech
You can always make your way to the food stalls in Jemaa El-Fnaa and try out some of the dishes on offer there.
You can do what we did and grab some insanely tasty curry sandwiches at the nameless eatery located opposite Snack Adam.
Before we wrap up…
I thought I’d address some of the biggest questions that pop up when talking about the best food in Marrakech…
FAQ When It Comes To Eating Out In Marrakech
1. Is Moroccan food spicy?
No, not really.
So if you aren’t too fond of spicy food, you’ll love the cuisine.
On the other hand, if you like your spices (like we do), you’ll probably find the dishes here to be slightly bland. But this can easily be remedied by requesting for more spice to be added when your meal is being prepared.
When we did this, the flavors really came alive and the food went from being bland to exceptional.
2. What food to avoid in Morocco?
Well, it might be a good idea to avoid salads, unless you know for sure that they’re fresh and have been prepared hygienically. Also, it’s better to eat fruits/vegetables that have been washed and cooked.
3. What food is popular in Morocco?
Tagines, couscous, pastilla, curry buns and sardine sandwiches are just some of the food that’s popular in the country.
And they’re all delicious.
You’ve just gotta ensure you’re getting them from the best places to eat in Marrakech, which has been conveniently covered for you in this post. 🙂
Now go forth and enjoy your food adventure!