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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
good snack on sunny terrace

We went twice to this place. Good snack for good price. Nice view on the market and the souks. They have no alcohol, but the snacks are fresh and tasty.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Antwerp, Belgium
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Gravesend, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Stopped by after being recommended by our road and guide book as great place for mint teal.i do not usually drink herbal tea but this was lovely and had the vegetarian sand which which was local bread topped with advocado and tomatoes....delish

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Antwerp, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

We went twice to this place. Good snack for good price. Nice view on the market and the souks. They have no alcohol, but the snacks are fresh and tasty.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere on the windy terrace. A pleasant alternative to the noise of the medina. Reasonable food, reasonably priced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was the first place we stopped for food during our stay, and I am about to jolly over there now. The staff and service were both great. The food is simple and snacky but also fresh and tasty. Great views can be had over the souks, and I was people watching like a pro. The tunes set a good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Perfect for a break from wandering through the spice souks, this cafe has a lovely roof terrace with amazing views over the spice markets. Serving fantastically cooked food, the Harira soup in particular was very tasty, the staff were very friendly and service quick, even though it was busy and there are even straw hats to shade you from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Great little sandwiches, but no alcohol. Cool vibe, excellent view, inexpensive, popular (=crowded).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The avocado drink with orange juice and dates is a must try. Guests are very friendly. Sandwitches were tasty. We liked the place also because it is not only for tourists. You have real Morrocans that go there and explain to you how they drink their tea of you care to listen.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My wife and I stopped by this cafe and enjoyed the rooftop terrace. Service was fine and our kofte sandwiches were good. I guess we were pretty lucky because we got a table with an umbrella. I felt bad for the customers sitting under the sun. Nevertheless, a nice lunch. No complaints here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Lovely place for people watching and just for the simple but cool decor. The food is delicious and very fresh and the standard consistently high. Lovely staff too and a real Marakkech institution - but in a good way. I have to recommend the The de menthe and also the avocado juice with milk or orange - a total taste... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?