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Cafe Des Epices

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75, Rahba Lakdima (Spice Square) | Place des épices, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5243-91770
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks
Description: In the heart of the Medina and Souks of Marrakech lies the Rahba Kedima...
In the heart of the Medina and Souks of Marrakech lies the Rahba Kedima spice square, where old women gather to pound henna for traditional tattoos and sell hand knitted hats, while seasoned vendors run the surrounding spice stores. Within this setting is the now famed Cafe des Epices, the perfect meeting place and rest stop from the heat and commotion of the souks. The inexpensive menu is focused on the simple and fresh, offering teas and coffee, freshly made juices, sandwiches, salads and crepes. The design is correspondingly simple: deliberately paired down and basic in order to offer a peaceful resting place after the visual overload of the Souks. Built over 3 floors, the top terrace offers great views over the square and surrounding Medina, the non-smoking 2nd floor salon is a great place to lounge and the ground floor and outdoor tables are fantastic places from which to watch the colourful comings and goings of the spice square market. Open daily from 9am to 10pm
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice break from the madness

Nice cafe with gorgeous rooftop which is a nice break from the madness of the markets. Tried my first pastilla there and it's my new favourite. At night, the street cats come up to eat the scraps, sweet little things. I don't think the staff liked them being there, but we did.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Jennifer W
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to stop for a drink whilst wandering the Souks. It is situated in a lovely little square which is perfect for people watching. Their orange juice and mint tea are lovely!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We stumbled upon this place after an exhausting walk in the souk. We had some teas on the rooftop area overlooking the chaos of markets below. If you look closely at the horizon, you will see the silhouette of Atlas mountains. Glad we saw this place!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Nice cafe with gorgeous rooftop which is a nice break from the madness of the markets. Tried my first pastilla there and it's my new favourite. At night, the street cats come up to eat the scraps, sweet little things. I don't think the staff liked them being there, but we did.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Please go to this cafe, order some mint tea and watch the sunset from the rooftop. We did just that on our first day in Marrakech and it was magical!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Great sandwiches, great view, good value. Deservedly busy at lunchtime when we went. A good place for a pitstop whilst exploring the medina.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Cute little rooftop. It was a welcome break from the madness of the souks with nice coffee, sun hats and cooling mist.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We end up here by causality. We came out of the zoco and drink some juices and eat ice cream in the terrace of this place. It has an incredible view and really nice place to drink something. We order an orange juice for 15 DHs(1,5 euro) an they also offer typical Moroccan sweets. Ice Creams are 20 DHS (2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The avocado sandwiches are a must try! Though this place is more like a cafe than a restaurant, so don't expect a full traditional Moroccan meal here! Ran by the same guys as Nomad and Le Jardin.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The location is great for lunch if you are in the souk. The menu itself is a little limited, but more than sufficient for a quick bite to eat. Not really a memorable place, but it good and clean. Oh, get the ice cream here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Fun place to watch the goings on by the sellers and sit with fellow travelers. Good coffee and of course oj.

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Additional Information about Cafe Des Epices

Address: 75, Rahba Lakdima (Spice Square) | Place des épices, Marrakech, Morocco
Phone Number: +212 5243-91770
Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Marrakech
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
Cuisine: Fast Food, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 75, Rahba Lakdima (Spice Square) | Place des épices, Marrakech, Morocco
  • Location: Africa  >  Morocco  >  Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz Region  >  Marrakech
  • Phone Number: +212 5243-91770

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 6
  • Cuisine: Fast Food, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

Description

In the heart of the Medina and Souks of Marrakech lies the Rahba Kedima spice square, where old women gather to pound henna for traditional tattoos and sell hand knitted hats, while seasoned vendors run the surrounding spice stores. Within this setting is the now famed Cafe des Epices, the perfect meeting place and rest stop from the heat and commotion of the souks. The inexpensive menu is focused on the simple and fresh, offering teas and coffee, freshly made juices, sandwiches, salads and crepes. The design is correspondingly simple: deliberately paired down and basic in order to offer a peaceful resting place after the visual overload of the Souks. Built over 3 floors, the top terrace offers great views over the square and surrounding Medina, the non-smoking 2nd floor salon is a great place to lounge and the ground floor and outdoor tables are fantastic places from which to watch the colourful comings and goings of the spice square market. Open daily from 9am to 10pm
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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