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“Cafe is Good, but the Terraces is excellent . . .” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe Des Epices

Cafe Des Epices
Ranked #61 of 816 Restaurants in Marrakech
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $6
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
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
London, United Kingdom
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“Cafe is Good, but the Terraces is excellent . . .”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2012

Cafe des Espices on Place des Espices is a great place to stop for a quick drink, rest your weary feet and watch the bustling square infront of you. It also has a clean and well-stocked loo! However, my favourite eating place in Marrakech is its sister restaurant Terraces des Espices. This is situated close to Cafe Arabe and is a rooftop restaurant with tables to sit and eat in the sun, with great views over the rooftops to the snow-capped Atlas Mountains beyond. If its chilly you park yourself in one of their little nooks and cosy up. Highly recommend having the chicken pastilla, the sardine tart and the goats cheese salad - all of which are excellent. No alcohol served here, but the fresh juices are wonderful and they make a good cappucino too. Service is excellent and the staff and friendly, helpful and a delight. Will always go back here . . .

  • Visited December 2012
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“Best place for a snack and coffee in Marrakech”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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“Jemaa el-Fna watching spot!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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
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“People watching cafe”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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