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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, Dining on a budget
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good view on the Market from the Room top

Good food.. great view on the local market.. good Place to shot some photos.. and not far away from djemma El fnaa....

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Köln, Deutschland
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Lovely café in the Souk. Only stayed for drinks and coffee, but the food looked tempting. Many tourists of all nationalities.

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Thank Anja R
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited Cafe Des Espices after wandering around the souks and Khadimma Square. Great to relax on the rooftop terrace roof with a refreshing mint tea and some local delicacies. This was a great vantage point for watching and photographing everything going on in the square

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Thank Malcolm M
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Situated in an open courtyard of the souks, the top floor gives an amazing opportunity to see the roof tops of the souks and look down on the market below. They even have sun hats to wear although there is plenty of shade. The cafe got busy at lunchtime so aim for an early pit stop if you want the... More 

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Thank Gareth_2015x
Köln, Deutschland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Good food.. great view on the local market.. good Place to shot some photos.. and not far away from djemma El fnaa....

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Thank Koelner1971
Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Cafe Des Epices was recommended to us by the hotel, it's in a very good location and offers impressive views of the market and souks if you're willing to climb the spiral stairs to the terrace. It's fine for a cheap lunch or coffee as it lets you sit down and escape the craziness for a little while. But it's... More 

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Thank JenandNeil365
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We took shelter from the intensity of the Medina on the roof terrace of this cafe. It was lovely to enjoy a drink and sun overlooking one of the square and the roofs of the Medina. We had a Kefta Sanwich and greek salad, light and tasty. Definitely recommand. note that place is not very big and can get busy... More 

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Thank O L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the best restaurants I have ever been in worldwide! Ever before we ate I loved the place. It attracts you at first by the full glass front, and full casual wood interior. We went up not realising there was a 3rd floor which was the real restaurant hot stop. Romantic with single candles on the tables... More 

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Thank josephspendlove
Shipley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I came across this cafe whilst shopping in the market. I ordered mint tea and used the WiFi to contact home. When my friends joined me, we ordered more drinks and a small bite. It's a lovely place to people watch. I would highly recommend it

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Thank Thakks
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Needed and break and there was this place like an oasis. The only place we were searched on the way in. Good coffee, relaxed atmosphere, well worth a visit.

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Thank FairsWestSussex
Ledbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited the Café Des Espices several times during our stay in Marrakech. This is a charming, gentle oasis in the souks, perfectly placed for people watching in the spice market. Teas and coffees are plentiful as well as light lunches and snacks. We were never rushed away from our table even though the café is always... More 

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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: Moroccan, French, Fast Food, Mediterranean, Delicatessen, Soups

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Scenic view, 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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