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“The place The time The view” 4 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 #91 of 588 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: Coffee & Tea, Breakfast, Drinks, Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Brunch, 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
“The place The time The view”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

The place: Place des Epices - one of the most picturesque in whole Marrakesh where you can buy baby turtles, iguanas, knittwear,hats, carpets, bags, spices,fruits..............everything, in a display of colours, scents, music, sounds,
TheTime: anytime in order to escape the sun and enjoy a coffee, a drink or a meal in a cool athmosphere inside The Cafe.
The View : from the top floor you see the Place des Epices, the Koutoubia Mosque, the rooftops of Marrakesh

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Trevligt för lunch eller fika”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

This cafe is excellently located in the middle of the souk north of the big square. The prices are moderate, the service friendly and good - and not pushy - and you can idle away there at your leisure if you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the souk around you. Clearly recommended.

Visited September 2013
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“Only did lunch, but boy was it on the money!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Seated, served and slurping a cold Fanta within 2 minutes of even seeing the place. This little gem is just what you need to recharge and fortify yourself before heading back into the souks.

Great views of the little square and a perfect spot to people watch. Indeed we saw many people on the roof terrace sitting back and nursing a mint tea for hours to enjoy this spot.

The sandwiches are terrific also. In the 45 degree heat of midday... they are filling, tasty and light on the old tummy. Perfect!

Visited August 2013
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“Cafe in the spice souk with a great view from the terrace”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

We just had beverages on the roof terrace. The service was super slow. I mean, I think we waited 40 minutes just for the waiter to come to our table. Then, they brought me a Sprite instead of a sparkling water. I drank it anyway but, for the record, Sprite and eau gazeuse sound completely different. Even with an accent. We did meet some new friends here. A lovely German couple that were in Marrakech for their honeymoon. Thus, I have no regrets of our time spent here. The view of this little square in the spice souk is amazing, too. The rooftop has it's charm. Just don't expect speedy service.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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“Friendly, cheap cafe for a spot of lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

A great find in the spice souk - sit and have cheap but good food with the aroma of spices and views of the small square where you can people watch! Menu is small but all you need for a snack or lunch - sandwiches and salads etc. Very friendly and polite staff who speak good English.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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