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“Go for the amazing view and cheapish drinks!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier

Le Grand Balcon Cafe Glacier
Ranked #376 of 771 Restaurants in Marrakech
Cuisines: Moroccan, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Go for the amazing view and cheapish drinks!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

We didnt eat hear but from what i can tell the food looked pretty standard, i wouldnt bother eating but it is 100% worth getting a drink and sitting back and watching the madness of the square. We went up here twice, once at sunset which was just perfect!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars
      Service
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Just go for the views!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

As everyone has said, this is not a place for fine dining, or even good drinks! But you should go up, pay for a coke and then enjoy the views over the djemma el fna and soak up the atmosphere!

Visited March 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great view, food not too bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We came here with the intention to view the activities in the square without getting hassled by all the "acts" rather than the gastronomic value of this place. We had chicken tajine and chicken couscous - both were acceptable and not bad like some of the reviews (i only read them after our visit).

The place was like a zoo when we arrived, everyone scrambling for a table. I'm coming to the conclusion that Marrakech (in general) doesnt like/want organisation!

The view was definitely worth the visit but food wasnt bad either. Would we return? Yes definitely but just for drinks next time as the menu was very limited.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great view, shame about the service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Probably the best terrace view for getting photos looking down over the Place Jemma el Fna and the Koutoubia mosque at sunset. They know it too! The upstairs terrace has a great ringside view of all the action below and tourist groups fill the place all day. However, the food upstairs is only average - tajines, pizzas, salads, brochettes etc and service is very slow and surly. Food prices are reasonable tourist prices but about 20% more than any of the other cafe/restaurants just a few metres away (without terrace) e.g. Cafe Snack Toubkal. Downstairs is popular cafe for Moroccans and tourists alike and a good, easily found meeting point. Food is not served downstairs. I used to go here a lot and put up with the bad restaurant service, however the last time I tried to save a couple of seats for some friends who were on their way to meet me in the downstairs cafe the waiter insisted that I could not keep them and installed a couple of tourists. I promptly left and we went elsewhere and got cheaper coffee and better service! Only go here if you want to get the photos and need to escape from the chaos of the main square with a good vantage point.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Basically paying £1.80 for a view with a complimentary soft drink”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Being close to the square is the only selling point for this cafe and people don't seem to tally awhile here so not much in atmosphere. Preferred to go to one of the other terrace cafes, sit down have a leisurely drink and meal while observing activity in the square. Did not use the toilets here but from other comments probably a good thing.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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