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“Best place for a snack and coffee in Marrakech” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Des Epices

Cafe Des Epices
75, Rahba Lakdima (Spice Square) | Place des épices, Marrakech, Morocco
+212 5243-91770
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Ranked #86 of 587 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $6
Cuisines: Fast Food, Sandwiches, Tea Room, Soups
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Coffee & Tea, Dessert, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
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
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“Best place for a snack and coffee in Marrakech”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

This place is simple in decor, but provides superb service, food and drink to the extent that I rate it one of the best in Marrakech. Run very efficiently by a young team with views of life on the sqaure outside. Relaxing place, well worth hunting out.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Jemaa el-Fna watching spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Okay, honestly I cannot remember if I ate here or not (because I ate at quite a few places along the square...all delicous!). But this place stands out in my mind as having a great view of Jemaa el-Fna! For anyone, like myself, who is hesitant to take pics/video while actually down in the square, a cafe like this is what you need to seek out. Order some mint tea (mmmmm), sit, relax, listen to the noise & take all the pics you want. Enjoy Marrakech! It's an amazing place!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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“People watching cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012 via mobile

Great place to watch world go by with a mint tea. Perfect above a busy square, lots of life to observe. Not eaten here but the food looks good.

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“super cafe in the spice souk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

This little cafe is a great place to sit and have a nus-nus and watch the world go by. You can see the ladies at work making colourful hats or pounding spices. Coffee is inexpensive and you can also get sandwiches, soup and msammen (Moroccan pancakes). Clean toilets too!

Visited November 2012
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“Great place to watch the world go by”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We got lost in the surrounding souks and stumbled onto the Place des epices and this cafe, great for lunch if you want a sandwich and mint tea / coffee. Gets busy / crowded and only has one toilet so a queue develops quickly! Offers free wifi too.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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