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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: Brunch, Lunch, Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Drinks, Breakfast, Late Night
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
Great break from the souks!

Great coffee and ice cream, in the middle of the biggest souk in Marrakech. Place to sit and watch the world go by! Good and friendly service. Recommended.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Monflanquin, France
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  • Dining on a budget
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Monflanquin, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Great coffee and ice cream, in the middle of the biggest souk in Marrakech. Place to sit and watch the world go by! Good and friendly service. Recommended.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The cafe, which is owned by the same person who owns restaurant NoMad, is situated on a small lively square. From the first Floor one has a nice view on the activities at the square. The lunch is decent. Service is OK.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This small café spills out onto the marketplace and is kept cool by jets from the misters. Small tables and stools didn't detract from the fun watching the passers-by and stallholder crocheting. More room upstairs for bird's eye views. The choice of ices was limited to hazelnut and chocolate, which was dark and delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

After the bustle of the market and the souk, it 's a lovely place where you can relax, listen to music or enjoy time with family or friends. The salads are delicious and so is the ice cream on a hot afternoon. The staff are very friendly, welcoming and ready to help. This place was recommended to me and I... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is the oldest and most realiable cafe in this square. I come to rest on the top floor while I am shopping in the souk. It is like looking through a kaleidoscope when you observe life down below at the Spice market. This year they have excellent ice cream, which has been a bit difficult to find before. The... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

After trailing though the souk this is a great place to sit and rest out of the sun and have a cook drink. You can watch the world go by.

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Tangier, Morocco
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

If I had to choose a favorite place in Marrakech, this would be the second one - the first is my home. Café des Épices is simply the best place to hang out in Marrakech.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This is one of the best places to sit around in the Medina. There are different floors from the outside cafe to the rooftop terrace. The food is, I'd say, just higher than average. A very easy going place with good service. I appreciated the place also because the first night, I mistakenly handed them 100Euro instead of 100MAD (there... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The misting water outside is so nice on your neck on a hot day! enjoy while sipping a drink and cool down enough to order some food.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Luckily we arrived early and we were able to get a table on the top with fantastic views over the Medina and over the Spice Market. The food was excellent as was the coffee! Would definitely go back.

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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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