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Cafe Des Epices

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Fast Food, Sandwiches, Delicatessen, Soups
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75, Rahba Lakdima (Spice Square) | Place des épices, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5243-91770
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch
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
Little nice cafe at a centrally but quiet square

Go to Cafe Des Epices for a coffe or Juice (sorry no alc!) or for a small snack in between like a sandwich or health salad. Very nice rooftop overlooking the square but the ground floor is also fine as well. Service is efficient and flawless. Mixed juices are great! Only drawback for me... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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  • Families with children
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We came here a few times, for mint tea, orange juice, lunch and just to get out of the heat. The mint tea is one of the best I had in Marrakech, the orange juice is amazing, and the sandwiches are lovely. The views from the terrace are fantastic, it's great to watch the hustle and bustle from the quiet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We loved this little gem in the middle of the souks. The fresh fruit juices and colourful and crunchy Moroccan salads, soups and sandwiches were delicious and helped to refuel us before we continued wandering the souks. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great view across Marrakech, and nice food. Lovely just sitting on the roof top looking over the suks. It great watching the world go by seeing the shoppings looking at the stools.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Go to Cafe Des Epices for a coffe or Juice (sorry no alc!) or for a small snack in between like a sandwich or health salad. Very nice rooftop overlooking the square but the ground floor is also fine as well. Service is efficient and flawless. Mixed juices are great! Only drawback for me are prices (salad/ sandwich for ~... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a simple place, with several floors of couches and low tables. There is a rooftop but it was so hot in July for us (109 degrees!) that it was actually cooler inside. You can get salads and sandwiches and cool drinks. Friendly service. The restaurant is located about mid-Medina and is relatively easy to find.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Very nice place, because of the heat I just had a Ceasar's Salad, a lemonade, the house's youguort and menta Thea, it was excellent when the real feel was on 43 degrees Celsius! Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Right in the heart of the souk..this cafe was a welcome sight to sit, have a cool drink and do some people watching. If u have the energy, a climb to the roof terrace is worth the view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

These rooftop restaurants are great for their views but also for a slight breeze which is so welcome... Plus you are in less of a busy spot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Nice little place to relax after hitting the crazy crazy crazy souks! Grab a cup of coffee (very good), relax and observe happenings on a cute little square.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Cafe des Epices turned out to be a great place for a break strolling through the busy souks. Food is very good. Staff is friendly and it is great to watch people on the small square. overall a great place.

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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: Dining on a budget, Families with children

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?