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Cafe Des Epices

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Fast Food, Sandwiches, Tea Room, Soups
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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Dining on a budget

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  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely, cheap and cheerful!

Scrummy food in a fab location and so cheap! I would recommend either the local soup, meatball sandwich or burger. Staff friendly. Get there early as gets really busy-a sign of a great cafe!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Charlotte D
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Scrummy food in a fab location and so cheap! I would recommend either the local soup, meatball sandwich or burger. Staff friendly. Get there early as gets really busy-a sign of a great cafe!

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

i stopped here daily for coffee. I love this tiny square so it was fun to hang out. They have limited selection so don't expect the world.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

its a very good place to have lunch, nice food and adequate prices. Nice the terrace to see life unfold on the square below, which mixes old customs and new, old stuff and new..a melting pot

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Norfolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the ideal place to linger over a relaxed tea or coffee. The location and views are superb and the place is really friendly. We did stop once for lunch, but this was only on a par with other places. But, do take an hour over a coffee if you want to get away from the city bustle.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a couple of great lunchtime salads here last week, sitting in a nice shady spot on the roof terrace and watching the medina bustle by. Staff were very friendly and service was swift. Try the avocado milk or mint tea to accompany your food - both were fab!

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Guildford, UK
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

The trouble with guide books is that everyone reads them, so places such as the Cafe des Epices, once it gets known, acts as a sort of magnet for tourists. We went here, and indeed to many other places, but found it to be little more than an average, busy, cramped cafe with food. The downstairs was small and uncomfortable,... More 

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nieuwkoop
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

nice and hygienic place in the centre and souks. Safe place to eat and attentive staff. We recommend it!

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Leuven, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We went for a quick lunch, had a cucumber juice and vegetarian sandwich. Very delicious! The view on the terrace was breathtaking and you also have a nice view on the other rest, Nomad. Recommendable for a visit!

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sussex
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

OK for a light bite - salad and mint tea. Free WIFI avaiable using NOMAD opposite. Good location on spice market.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

This is one of a number of more "hip" cafes that are springing up around Marrakech. They play good music and serve a selection of traditional sandwiches and soups with a more modern twist. I'd highly recommend their cinnamon tea and a pastry while you watch life in the spice market unfold ....

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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, Tea Room, 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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