Moroccan food is known for its exciting flavors and unique cultural influences. Surprisingly though, there aren’t many restaurants serving traditional fare, but a few eateries should not be missed. Morocco’s nightlife exists purely in the large city centers while smaller areas have little or no entertainment. The cities don’t disappoint however, putting forward a good mix of Western and local options.
Morocco Bars and Pubbing
The larger downtowns have a vibrant nightlife, offering both travelers and locals everything from thumping nightclubs and flashy casinos to live music and traditional belly dancing. Most establishments only get busy around midnight and stay open until the early hours of the morning. One show that cannot be missed is the halga, street performance theater comprised of fantastic musicians, cross dressers and acrobats who take over city squares country-wide.
So in Agadir (Baie de Palmiers) is the place to be when in the city. Multi-level, expensive and showy, it has several stages for different genres, including live music and popular dance music. For something a little less wild, head to La Petite Roche in Casablanca (Blvd de la Corniche Phare El-Hank, Casablanca). This relaxed bar is great for winding down, offering visitors a myriad of pillows strewed across the floor and a candle lit atmosphere.
If it’s a pub you’re after, look no further than Dean’s Bar in Tangier (2 Rue Amerique du Sud, Grand Socco, Tangier). Popular with tourists, locals and expats, pints are on tap in a quaint colonial atmosphere.
Morocco Dining and Cuisine
Moroccan cuisine is known the world over as some of the most exciting and delicious on Earth. Unfortunately though, there is not a large culture of eating out so there are only a handful of restaurants in each city which specialize in local fare. There is always a range of international cuisine including Indian, French, Chinese and fast food specifically for travelers.
For a quick Moroccan snack tourists should head to the trendy Café Clock in Fes (7 Derb elMergana Talaa Keriba, Fes). With everything from camel burgers to traditional grilled kebabs, it’s the place to try some of the region’s more unique dishes. Travelers interested in immersing themselves in Moroccan culture should also take advantage of the café’s Culture Shock program, where conversation classes are offered and local concerts are held.
Those looking for something a bit more reminiscent of home will be pleased to find Rick’s Café in Casablanca (248 Blvd Sour Jdid, Casablanca). Owned by a former US diplomat, Rick’s serves up the finest burgers, steaks and chili in Morocco. While there are a couple of local dishes on the menu, the emphasis lies firmly in American favorites. Sundays bring a great Jazz session which is a nice way to round off a week of sightseeing.
For the sweet-tooth’s out there, Pâtisserie Driss in Essaouira (near Place Moualy, Hassan Medina, Essaouira) is well known for its freshly-baked croissants and pastries. This bakery is one of the best places to go for breakfast or an afternoon treat.